We had really spread things out in Florence, only seeing a couple of sites every time we went. And there is no shortage of things to see in the city that began the Renaissance, we went at least eight times. This last trip included a tour of the Pitti Palace garden, the Boboli. The Pitti Palace was owned by many powerful families but known mostly as one of the Medici residences. A covered hallway stretches all the way from the city hall to this ‘home,” at least 1/3 mile over other city buildings, a bridge covered in jewelry shops, and some (most-likely) other homes of Florentines. From the Boboli gardens at the back of the palace there is an excellent view of the Firenze skyline.
Neptune and his trident in the fish pond
Drinking fountains with lovers heads. Villa Celle has a set of them as well.
Walls of the peony and roses garden
Sculptures and school children
My happy place in Boboli gardens with pillows of white marble.
My chosen pillow.
My nap on said pillow
Island fountain garden
Avenue up past the island garden past pillows to sculpture head.
Temporary recreation of Pompeii gardens.
The citrus house at Pitti Palace.
Hundreds of citrus readied for the adventure outside into spring after a long winter.
Beautiful parrot tulips.
Grotto sculpture near the palace
The next day was Thursday! Time to get away from all the craziness and relax in the countryside painting.
Setting up by the roadside.
… my painting
Packing up before the rain comes.
Gabriele took us to see some of the countryside that we hadn’t seen on our trips back in far history. This is a cemetery of Australian, British, and Canadian soldiers from WWII. Serene in the rain.