Last Thursday Joshua and I set off for Boboli Gardens- one of the most elegant Italian-style gardens in the country.
In Boboli, trees, flowers, hedges and meadows are elements of enchanting beauty. Cypress avenues, green walls that harmoniously delimit space and box hedges in elaborate geometric patterns all blend together to form this amazing living art that just so happens to also be a wonderful piece of history (started in 1549).
The old coffeehouse (installed around 1774)
Steps leading down to Neptune’s Fountain. We though about having our picnic there, but decided to opt for a more secluded spot.
Looking out at a huge expanse of olive groves from an overlook near Fort Belvedere.
One of my favorite pictures of my sweetness. So happy!
My photo really does not do Cypress Lane any justice, but I had to try.. It is one of my favorite spots in the gardens. We walked all the way through to the end and past a gated island/fountain to find a precious little meadow with itsy-bitsy flowers poking out of the ground. The light was glorious and the sun warm on our backs so we laid down our things and had a picnic on the lawn.
You can see all the little flowers in this photo..
Ragnaie (spider’s lane)
My favorite of all the states in Boboli Gardens- Adam and Eve with the serpent.
Outside Palazzo Pitti
Inside the Baptistery- thought to be the oldest standing building in Florence. We sat on the wooden pews and I listened for nearly an hour as my now very secular, but previously headed-for-the-seminary, boyfriend gave me a very thorough run-down of all the historical and religious art we were (and would be) seeing.