The flowering of two hillside gardens, a green oasis overlooking the city, is an unforgettable experience. We are talking about two beautiful city parks very close to each other, a few steps from Piazzale Michelangelo.
The first one, destination of spring walks and not only, is the Rose Garden, which stretches on the hill just below the square towards the district of San Niccolò. In this green space, open all year round, there are over 350 types of roses; the green meadows invite you to relax, while the poetic sculptures - donated to the city by the Belgian artist Jean-Michel Folon - stand as interludes among the plants. In the lower part of the garden, there is also a Japanese garden, looked after by gardeners from Kyoto, Japanese twin town of Florence.
A few steps from the Rose Garden, crossing Piazzale Michelangelo, we suggest to visit also the Iris Garden, entirely dedicated to the flower, symbol of Florence. The garden is open only for a few weeks, from late April to late May when the iris blooms and the admission is free. Walking through the paths, you will discover the many hybridized species of this colourful flower: these specimens participate in a prestigious international competition.
The Rose Garden and the Iris Garden are not to be missed if you are in Florence in spring, in the most beautiful season.