The Rose Garden is a beautiful park in Florence, below Piazzale Michelangelo in Viale Giuseppe Poggi. Here there are about 1000 types of plants and you can smell the fragrances of over 350 species of roses. You can enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view of Florence from this beautiful and peaceful place. The Rose Garden was built in 1865 by the architect Giuseppe Poggi. In 1998, it was enriched by a Japanese garden, called Shorai, designed by Yasuo Kitayama, donated to Florence from Kyoto (from Kodai-Ji Zen temple).
The beauty of the landscape is enhanced by the artistic touch of the works of the Belgian artist Jean-Michel Folon scattered in the garden. Since 2011, the Garden has got ten bronze sculptures and two plaster sculptures, which the widow of Folon donated to the city of Florence. Without a doubt, my favorite piece of work is Partir, a large empty suitcase containing all the excitement of the journey, the enchanting view of Florence with Santa Maria del Fiore and the Palazzo Vecchio. I assure you that you will always find plenty of space to collect the best moments of your trip in such a beautiful suitcase.
Je me souviens, another impressive sculpture, represents a man who seems to be sitting on the bench to contemplate this endless beauty, catapulted into another dimension.
NOTE: If you are in Florence visit this wonderful garden ideal for a romantic getaway or for anyone wishing to relax in a magical, natural and artistic setting. Then, if you want to relax after walking all the day long, enjoy a sunset picnic, maybe next to Chat, the cat sleeping on the grass among the roses (another Folon’s sculpture).
The garden is open from dawn till dusk every day and is free to enter.
May to September inclusive from 9.00 to 20.00;
the month of October from 9.00 to 18.00;
from November to February inclusive from 9.00 to 17.00;
March and April from 9.00 to 18.00.