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THE BOBOLI GARDENS

written by Chiara Guzzetti

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I truly love this spot and whereas some of the gardens, especially in the midst of the summer are hot and full of people, this corner of the garden is like a little paradise where one can easily spend a good hour relaxing, reading, chatting, thinking, resting...

Following a tree-lined and statue-clad allee I arrived upon to what I consider to be one of the most enchanting spots of Florence: the Piazzolo dell'Isolotto.

Constructed by Guilo and Alfonso Parigi in 1618, this lovely place first greets you with a fountain of the mythical Triton. As you enter this corner of the Boboli, you immediately see the moated emerald green Pond of Isolotto where one can see the dramatic stone images of Pereus and Andromeda. In the centre of the pond is the Island of Isolotto, planted with lemon trees and flowers all of which serve as a sprawling pedistal of Giovanni da Bologna's magnificent Ocean Fountain crowned by the statue of Oceanus.

FLORENCE: OTHER GUIDES

  • Christmas Lights and Gifts on the Florence Street

    written by Dave Mitchell

    Visiting Florence at Christmas can prove to be a spectacular event, which is truly magnificent.The decorative streets in Florence especially during Christmas times coupled by brilliant window displays with greens and reds and fairly lights make it... continue

  • B&B Il canto de Nelli

    written by Chiara Guzzetti

    The B&B Canto de’ Nelli is set in Tuscany, in the hearth of Florence, located just a few steps from Piazza del Duomo and from the Railway Station of Santa Maria Novella, and it offers just a few elegant rooms, overlooking the city of Florence with a... continue

  • Hotel La Gioconda ***

    written by Cedric Mills

    Hotel La Gioconda welcomes guests to Florence and to its beautiful historical center full of artistic buildings. Its particular and refined environment recalls the story from which the hotel gets its name and that made it celebrated a century ago.... continue

  • Hotel Excelsior ****

    written by Cedric Mills

    Located in Piazza Ognissanti, just a few steps from the renowned Ponte Vecchio, the Uffizi and Pitti Palace, the Westin Excelsior hotel combines contemporary ambiances with over seven centuries of Florentine history. Built in the thirteenth century... continue

  • Hotel degli Orafi ****

    written by Chiara Guzzetti

    Hotel degli Orafi is set in a stunning location, in the city centre of Florence, next to the River Arno and just a few steps away from the famous Ponte Vecchio and the Uffizi Gallery. This magnificent 4-star luxury hotel is located in an ancient... continue

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