Finding Nature in Florence

By Sarah Noel Rodriguez, MA 2015-16

Within the city center, it is obvious that there is a lack of trees and nature beyond the flower stands or arrangements on balconies. Springtime is upon us: many flowers are in bloom, grass is becoming greener, and the air is getting warmer. Is there anything better or more relaxing than walking through a beautiful garden, seeing and smelling the flowers, and feeling the sunshine?

If you’re like me, spending a day like this is a brilliant springtime activity for meditation, contemplation, a bit of fresh air, a picnic, and other fun activities alone or with friends. It’s not too hot yet, so spending time visiting the outdoor treasures in the city is an ideal activity for spring!

The Rose Garden, located below and to the left side of Piazzale Michelangelo is absolutely wonderful to see during the months of May and June. There are over 350 varieties of roses planted here. If the allure of the scent of roses doesn’t immediately make you want to visit, there are also different types of trees, a Japanese Garden, and a beautiful view of the city.

The Boboli Gardens, located behind Palazzo Pitti, is a perfect place to go for a nice walk, especially after visiting the museum. Within the gardens, there are many sculptures, fountains, and structures to see, including the grotto. The nature and tranquility of Boboli is absolutely enticing, inviting, and welcoming. In addition, walking through the gardens takes time, so if you’re looking to spend a few hours of the day strolling and enjoying nice weather, Boboli is wonderful for that.

If you want to be surrounded by nature and trees, then Le Cascine Park is a great place. There are trees that line the walking paths, making feel as if you have left the stony city center and have found yourself in a forest. Cascine is close to the city center, and there are many fantastic things to do here such as run, exercise, bike, play soccer and volleyball, and Rollerblade. There is a market every Tuesday morning, a carnival type event, and food vendors throughout.

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