Giardino delle Rose
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In 1865 the Commune of Florence commissioned the architect Giuseppe Poggi to carry out some workpieces on the left shore of the Arno. Poggi acquired for the Commune, about a hectare of land between viale Poggi, via di San Salvatore, e via dei Bastioni, from which a splendid view of Florence can be enjoyed. Il Giardino delle Rosse was then implanted on this terraced land, following examples of French style. In 1895 the garden opened to the public during the Festival of Art and Flowers which the Società di Belle Arti and the Società Italiana di Orticoltura hold every May.
In 1998, the garden was enriched by an international space donated by the Japanese architect Yasuo Kitayama. It was annexed to a Japanese Shorai oasis donated to Florence from the city of Kyoto out of the Zen Kodai-Ji temple. Today the garden contains about 1000 varieties of flowers with over 350 species of antique roses.
Beyond the Arno. On the left bank of the river, you’ll find a district that is famous for its unique cultural identity. Not only can visitors explore churches, museums, gardens, galleries and tabernacles, they can also discover streets and squares where history and culture still form the cornerstones of the area’s distinctive flair. On a walk through the Oltrarno, visitors can wander through lovely churches or view extraordinary museum collections. Its cultural heritage is truly unique within the Florentine context and it is just waiting to be discovered by those who wish to learn more about it.