Giardino

Monday was a hot and humid day, perfect for visiting Florence’s gardens rather walking around and exploring this historic city centre.  We were a foursome for the day, buying goodies for a picnic from a little supermarket on the south side of the Ponte Vecchio. The queue to pay was lengthy so Miss A and I sent the boys out to wait outside so we didn’t have to listen to their impatience in the queue…….so where did we find them……in a little bar a few doors down supping their beers!

Giardino di Boboli were our first gardens and picnic venue and just as we were about to go in we bumped into friends from Norwich!  We found a shady spot under a tree on the hill straight up from the entrance where we enjoyed our picnic lunch and the company of many very tame sparrows who enjoyed the focaccia crumbs that we generously shared.

Lunchtime picnic in Boboli Gardens

Lunchtime picnic in Boboli Gardens

The Boboli Gardens are a park rather than an ornamental gardens and are home to a collection of sculptures dating from the 16th – 18th centuries.  The Gardens were originally laid out for the wife of Cosimo 1 de Medici.  From the very top, up by the Porcelain Museum, we again had great panoramic views over Florence and to the Tuscan hills beyond.

View over Florence from Boboli Gardens

View over Florence from Boboli Gardens

Leaving Boboli we walked past the Forte di Belvedere and its 3 Anthony Gormley statues and into the Giardino Bardini.  The Bardini Gardens are an Italian Renaissance garden and more what we expected with its landscaped areas and stunning Lynn Chadwick sculptures (very Picasso in my opinion), and yet more wonderful views over Florence.  Lynn Chadwick is an English male sculptor best known for his semi-abstract bronze and steel sculptures.

Lynn Chadwick sculptures in Bardini Gardens

Lynn Chadwick sculptures in Bardini Gardens

View of Florence from Bardini Gardens

View of Florence from Bardini Gardens

Hot and tired the weary foursome trekked homewards for an evening in where Miss A and Mr D cooked dinner for us before we headed out to our local gelateria at 10.45pm for dessert – the place was packed with other like-minded folk!

By the way, today’s item of the day is a beautifully soft grey leather jacket (50% off in the sale so a bargain – really!) – the leather is so soft because it apparently comes from baby lambs……….have reassured myself that this is just a form of up-cycling – one needs to do something with the lambs skins if the meat is being eaten.

The leather shop!

The leather shop!

Steps walked = 19,306 / 13.9km

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