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Other Gardens

Orticoltura (Garden of)

Via Bolognese 17

+39 055 483698

Description

In 1854 the "Societa Toscana d'Orticoltura" (Tuscan Society of Horticulture) was constituted. In the second half of the 19th century the garden got larger and Giacomo Roster designed the big tepidarium, inaugurated in 1880. The little loggia "Bondi" by the architect Castellucci was realized in 1911. The Municipality of Florence bought the garden in 1930 and designated the area as a public garden. In 1990 the "snake" was completed with decorations of different materials following the project of Marco Dezzi Bardeschi.

Notes

+39 055 2768751 sig. Baldi, +39 055 2768753 sig. Marini (Quartiere 5). Library +39 055 4627142. Property: Municipality of Florence. Toilets are inside the library (the librarians let people in to use the facilities also when the library is closed).

Opening Hours

October-March 8.30 a.m.-6.00 p.m.; April, May, September 8.30 a.m.-7.00 p.m.; June-August 8.30 a.m.-8.00 p.m.

Prices

Free entrance, it is a public garden.

Disabled Access

Access: Yes
Accessible Restrooms: Yes

Masterpieces

- iron and glass tepidarium by Giacomo Roster (1879-80) - little loggia "Bondi" by the architect Giuseppe Castellucci (1911) - "snake" by Marco Dezzi Bardeschi.

Flora & Fauna

- domestic pines - stretches of lawn with aromatic plants - first blooming jasmine - trees of the liriodendron-tulips - birch - oleander - poplar - beech - camphor tree - cypress.

Accessibility

Partial access for the disabled.

How to get here

From Piazza S. Marco bus 25A (direction Pratolino). Bus stop “Pratolino”.

Source: Tourist Information Centers City of Florence - Piazza Stazione 4, [email protected] - Loggia del Bigallo, [email protected]

Provincial Nature Reserves

Padule di Fucecchio

Source: Tourist Information Centers City of Florence - Piazza Stazione 4, [email protected] - Loggia del Bigallo, [email protected]

State Nature Reserves

Park of the Forests of Casentino

Notes

Other website: http://www.parks.it/regione.toscana/index.php?prov=FI

Source: Tourist Information Centers City of Florence - Piazza Stazione 4, [email protected] - Loggia del Bigallo, [email protected]

Theme Parks

Pazzagli Park

Via Sant’Andrea a Rovezzano 5, Firenze

+39 055 691114

www.pazzagli.com

Description

200 works, above all by the artist Enzo Pazzagli, are displayed on a surface of 23900 squared meters.

Notes

Other phone number: +39 348 3300352.

Opening Hours

March-October: every day 10 am-7 pm, in winter by appointment only.

Prices

Free of charge.

Disabled Access

Access: Yes

How to get here

Public transport: from Piazza Stazione bus 14 (direction Girone), bus stop Aretina 11. Car: direction Pontassieve, in Via Generale dalla Chiesa turn right at the 3rd traffic light towards S. Andrea a Rovezzano.

Source: Tourist Information Centers City of Florence - Piazza Stazione 4, [email protected] - Loggia del Bigallo, [email protected]

Other Gardens

Petraia (Garden of Villa)

Via di Petraia 40 – Castello – Firenze

+39 055 452691

Description

The garden was realized in the 16th century in three terraces: one at the level of the villa, one intermediate with hatchery and flowers, and one lower with fruit trees. During the time of Napoleon it was transformed and, in the first half of the 19th century, Leopoldo II entrusted the project of a big English style park to Joseph Frietsch.

Notes

Property: State. Coffee machine.

Opening Hours

November-February: 8.15 a.m.-4.30 p.m. March: 8.15 a.m.-5.30 p.m. April, May, September, October (till the end of the legal hour): 8.15 a.m.-6.30 p.m. June-August: 8.15 a.m.-7.30 p.m. Closed the second and third Monday of the month, 1/1, 1/5, 25/12. Last entrance 1 hour before the closing time.

Prices

Free of charge.

Disabled Access

Access: Yes
Accessible Restrooms: Yes

Masterpieces

- copy of the fountain in marble by Tribolo with the bronze figure of “Fiorenza” or “Venus” by Giambologna (the original in bronze, which came from the Villa di Castello, is kept on the first floor of the villa Petraia; the fountain in marble is being restored in a room nearby).

Flora & Fauna

- ilex little wood - flowerbeds with small dwarf pear trees - geometrical flowerbeds with an elaborated design - avenue of planes - garden of bulbous plants: crown imperial, tulips in ancient and 19th century varieties, hyacinth of the Grand Duke - little wood with cedar plants, realized in the Savoia epoch - 19th century park with interesting species of conifers and wide flower meadows (jonquils in the spring).

Accessibility

Partial access for the disabled.

How to get here

From Piazza Stazione (bus stop “Stazione Palazzo dei Congressi”) bus 28 (direction Sesto), then walk for about 10 minutes.

Source: Tourist Information Centers City of Florence - Piazza Stazione 4, [email protected] - Loggia del Bigallo, [email protected]

Other Gardens

Pietra (Garden of Villa La)

Via Bolognese 120

+39 055 5007210

www.nyu.edu/global/lapietra

Description

The baroque garden belonging to the Capponi family was transformed into an English style garden in the 19th century. The actual garden, whose owner was Arthur Acton, was realized starting from 1904 by great gardeners: Ambroziewicz, Bonaiuti, Castellucci, Dodge and Watson. It is a terraced system, typical of the Tuscan garden, with "stanze di verzura" ("green rooms"), typical of the baroque tradition, inside of which we can find architecture and statues coming from Veneto.

Notes

Property: La Pietra Corporation S.A. Guided tours in Italian and English. Groups of maximum 30 people to visit the garden only, 15 people to visit the garden and the villa (till a maximum of 45 people divided in three groups). No access for animals. Smoking is forbidden.

Opening Hours

Booking is possible every day from 9.00 a.m. till 5.00 p.m. Tour of the garden only by appointment on Tuesday morning. Guided tours of the villa and the garden on Friday afternoon. Closed from 15th December till 15th January, August and in the holidays. The third week of April and of October the visits are free of charge from Monday till Saturday from 10.00 a.m. till 3.00 p.m. It is necessary to book in advance (booking is possible starting from one month before the visit).

Prices

€ 12 to visit the garden only; € 20 to visit the garden and the villa. Free entrance the third week of April and October.

Masterpieces

- exedras, stone portals, pergolas, vases, bow compasses, masks of various origin: most of the architectural elements that adorn the garden are plainly Tuscan - classical statues from Veneto, most of them by Bonazza and Orazio Marinali - magnificent walls rustically decorated, probably from the 16th century - grotto with decorations of various materials - little temple.

Flora & Fauna

- cypress boulevard bordered by Bengal roses - yew topiary forms - lemon-garden - two specimens of Osmanthus in enormous vases - sculptured box hedges - roses pergola - elliptical meadow with plants of spontaneous thyme - north, a "green theatre" with yew wings.

How to get here

From Piazza S. Marco bus 25 (direction Pian di San Bartolo) or 25A (direction Pratolino).

Source: Tourist Information Centers City of Florence - Piazza Stazione 4, [email protected] - Loggia del Bigallo, [email protected]

Theme Parks

Pinocchio Park

Via San Gennaro 3, Collodi, Pescia (Pistoia)

+39 0572 429342

www.pinocchio.it

Description

Mosaics, statues and buildings set amidst the greenery and created by different artists to create the atmosphere and the episodes in the story of the Adventures of Pinocchio.

Opening Hours

From 1 Mar to 1 Nov (high season): open every day from 8.30 am to sunset From 2 Nov to 28 Feb (low season): holidays and days before holidays from 10 am to sunset, on the other days by appointment only (groups only).

Prices

Full price € 12 high season / € 11 low season, € 9 reduced high season / € 8 reduced high season.

Disabled Access

Access: Yes

Accessibility

Partially accessibile to disabled people.

How to get here

Public transport: train until Pescia, then bus BLUBUS line U803 until Collodi. Car: motorway A11 exit Chiesina Uzzanese, direction Pescia then follow the signs for Parco di Pinocchio.

Source: Tourist Information Centers City of Florence - Piazza Stazione 4, [email protected] - Loggia del Bigallo, [email protected]

Theme Parks

Pistoia Zoo

Via Pieve a Celle 160/a, Pistoia

+39 0573 911219

www.zoodipistoia.it

Description

Main zoological garden in Tuscany, with approx. 400 animals.

Opening Hours

Open every day 9.30 am-5 pm.

Prices

Full price € 14,50, children 3-10 years € 10,50, over 65 € 13,50.

Disabled Access

Access: Yes

How to get here

Public transport: train until Pistoia, then bus BLUBUS line 59 until the zoo. Car: motorway A11 exit Pistoia, turn left on the motorway junction, exit Pistoia Ovest. Follow the signs for the zoo.

Source: Tourist Information Centers City of Florence - Piazza Stazione 4, [email protected] - Loggia del Bigallo, [email protected]

Protected Natural Areas of Local Interest (ANPIL)

Podere La Querciola

Notes

Other websites: http://www.zoneumidetoscane.it/it/le-aree/la-querciola-sesto-fiorentino/lambiente http://www.firenzeturismo.it/ambiente-territorio/ http://www.provincia.fi.it/sentieri/

Source: Tourist Information Centers City of Florence - Piazza Stazione 4, [email protected] - Loggia del Bigallo, [email protected]

Other Gardens

Poggio a Caiano (Garden of Villa)

Piazza de' Medici, 14 – Poggio a Caiano – Prato

+39 055 877012

Description

The project of the villa owned by Lorenzo Il Magnifico is by Giuliano da Sangallo, and work started in 1485. It was Cosimo I, however, who entrusted the building of the garden to Tribolo and Davide Fortini. From the lunette by Justo Utens one can reconstruct the original plant: the garden was divided in parts with dwarf fruit trees and, over the fence, four boulevards forming a cross converged to the wood for bird-hunting. In the first half of the 19th century Pasquale Poccianti modified the garden completely, and realized the big enclosure for the citrus plants, the water cistern and the big lemon-garden on the right side of the villa. The first garden is with flowerbeds and cedar plants, and there is also a little wood with plants with a high trunk.

Notes

Property: State.

Opening Hours

November-February: 8.15 a.m.-4.30 p.m. March: 8.15 a.m.-5.30 p.m. April, May, September, October (till the end of the legal hour): 8.15 a.m.-6.30 p.m. June-August: 8.15 a.m.-7.30 p.m. Closed the second and the third Monday of the month. At the half hour guided tours in the villa. Last entrance till 1 hour in advance. The villa hosts the Museo della Natura Morta (still-life) that can be visited booking in advance (Tel 055 877012) in the following opening hours: November-February: 9.00, 10.00, 11.00 a.m., 12.00, 2.00, 3.00 p.m. March: 9.00, 10.00, 11.00 a.m., 12.00, 2.00, 3.00, 4.00 p.m. June-August: 9.00, 10.00, 11.00 a.m., 12.00, 2.00, 3.00, 4.00, 5.00, 6.00 p.m. April, May, September, October: 9.00, 10.00, 11.00 a.m., 12.00, 2.00, 3.00, 4.00, 5.00 p.m.

Prices

Free of charge.

Disabled Access

Access: Yes
Accessible Restrooms: Yes

Masterpieces

- villa by Giuliano da Sangallo - frieze by Della Robbia.

Flora & Fauna

- curvilinear form flowerbeds - cedar plants - blossoms that re-create the 19th century taste for the colour - 19th century little wood with interesting plants with a high trunk.

How to get here

Bus CAP from Largo Fratelli Alinari: bus-stop in front of the villa.

Source: Tourist Information Centers City of Florence - Piazza Stazione 4, [email protected] - Loggia del Bigallo, [email protected]

Protected Natural Areas of Local Interest (ANPIL)

Poggio Ripanghera, Santa Brigida

Notes

Other websites: http://www.firenzeturismo.it/ambiente-territorio/ http://www.provincia.fi.it/sentieri/

Source: Tourist Information Centers City of Florence - Piazza Stazione 4, [email protected] - Loggia del Bigallo, [email protected]

Other Gardens

Rose (Garden of the) and Japanese Garden

Viale Giuseppe Poggi, 2

+39 055 2342426

Description

In 1865 the Municipality of Florence entrusted the design of the garden to Giuseppe Poggi, and the garden was created on a terraced area following French samples. In May 1895 it was open to the public during the Arts and Flowers Festival organized by the Society of Fine Arts and by the Italian Society of Horticulture. The garden counts nowadays 1000 botanical varieties.

Notes

Property: Municipality of Florence.

Opening Hours

Open all year round from 9.00 a.m. till sunset. It is advisable to visit the garden from the 1st May till 15th June (it depends of the flowering). The Japanese garden has got the same opening hours of the Rose garden.

Prices

Free of charge.

Disabled Access

Access: Yes
Accessible Restrooms: Yes

Masterpieces

The garden hosts the statues of the Belgian sculptor Jean Michel Folon, donated by his widow Paola Ghiringhelli. There is also a video area edited by Eni with the commercials of the artist and his video-biography.

Accessibility

Only partial access for the disabled because it is on a hill.

How to get here

From Piazza Stazione (bus stop “Stazione Parcheggio”) bus 12 (direction Porta Romana/Piazzale Michelangelo) or 13 (direction Stazione Campo Marte/Piazzale Michelangelo).

Source: Tourist Information Centers City of Florence - Piazza Stazione 4, [email protected] - Loggia del Bigallo, [email protected]