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“Gorgeous views from peaceful surroundings” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Folon e il Giardino delle Rose

Folon e il Giardino delle Rose
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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“Gorgeous views from peaceful surroundings”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2014

Piazzale Michaelangelo is lovely but the views from here are just as good (if not slightly better) and it isn't crowded full of tourists.

Visited May 2014
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“Beautiful, peaceful with stunning views over Firenze”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2014 via mobile

When you've tired of the hustle and bustle of museums, statues, piazzas and crazy teenagers on vespas, head over the river Arno, and up the hill towards the Pizza Michaelangelo, for the bronze replica of "David", and along the way stop for a rest in this beautiful rose garden.

A good 20 minute stroll, but worth the effort.

Cross the Arno on the Ponte Vecchio, past the stylish jewellers, and turn left down beside the river for 10 minutes or so, following the brown signs for the Piazza Michaelangelo.

On the way, you pass through the little "village" (more like a couple of streets) of Porto San Niccolo which is kind of a "left bank of the Arno" - very arty with one room art galleries and the occasional smart wine-bar.

As you walk up the winding streets, on the right hand side, you'll pass a tiny little (almost "hole in the wall") sandwich shop where you can pick up a take-away bread roll and fantastic local meat and a beer, and eat a picnic lunch like a local. You'll need to look out for it - and it won't be open before about 11am - but it's worth the find.

They have a small bench outside, or you can collect your lunch, and continue up the hill, through the "gate" in the city walls, (watch out, the traffic is a killer), and on for about 100 yards up Via Di San Salvatore Al Monte, where you'll come to the base of the steps leading up to the Piazza.

Don't follow the crowds of tourists heading up the stone steps, instead, just before the steps, look along the wall to your left, and you'll see what looks like an open "gated door" into a walled garden. It looks like a private entrance to somebody's garden, but don't worry - it's actually a remarkably beautiful public rose garden which meanders up the hill, is free, and has a beautiful rooftop view over Florence towards The Duomo.

It's a great place to stop for a picnic lunch.

At the very top of the rose garden you'll find a collection of out-door art installations, (my personal favourite is the suitcase view of Florence), and this eventually leads past the greenhouses full of lemon trees, and finally out onto a winding road, just at the base of the Piazza where you can re-join the tourists, and buy drinks and souvenirs at the Piazza Michaelangelo.

As a place to sit down with a beautiful view of the city with an Italian sandwich and a beer, the rose garden was a stunning find that my wife and I just happened upon - completely by accident.

Just don't tell anyone!

Have a good trip and take my love with you to Firenze. You won't be disappointed.

Visited April 2014
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Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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“Beautiful assortment of roses”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2013

A friend who lives in florence suggested this garden. Glad she did. There are a small set of stairs that lead to the rose garden but you can also access it on the larger stair way to the piazza michelangelo...there is an entrance on the right. Great way to relax and stop and see the roses. I suggest buying a bottle of wine and some antipasti and head towards piazza michelangelo and stop by and rest before heading up the piazza for sun set.

Visited May 2013
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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“A wonderful surprise”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 March 2013

We were walking the city for the day with no real direction and found this garden by accident, it is so beautiful with alot of interesting sculpture pieces, was a lovely afternoon with an amazing view accross florence.

Visited August 2012
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Exeter, New Hampshire
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“Absolutely gorgeous”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2012

While walking about on our way to the Piazzale Michelangelo, we stumbled upon this magical terraced garden. The walk ways meander up the hill to hidden alcoves of plantings. Contemporary sculptures are randomly placed through out the gardens. Demi-water features abound in the nooks.

I really appreciated this garden and the care that is put in to keep it up. I recommend a visit, but if you have any mobility problems this is not for you. A nice spot on your way to the Piazzale Michelangelo or after visiting the Piazzale. We spent more time in this garden, then at the Piazzale. Admission is free, which given most of Firenze is a out of the ordinary.

Visited June 2012
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