Tag Archives: Renaissance Gardens

In The City of Star-Crossed Lovers

It turns out I’m not the only one who has been longing for green.  And the marketers are on to us.  For 2016 there are all sorts of green tinted products to help us satisfy our verdant cravings.  Tired of that old, white … Continue reading

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Delusional – but Beautiful

Bagnaia is a small village perched on a narrow, volcanic ridge in northern Lazio.  The name comes from bagno (ban-yo) meaning bath.  The ancient Romans would come here to soak in its mineral waters.  Nowadays most visitors come for the gardens … Continue reading

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An Emperor’s Country Retreat

From Ninfa, it’s an easy hour drive to Rome, even for an unabashedly cautious Canadian driver.  I had been to Rome a few times before, but having spent my formative years, as far as all things Italian go, in Tuscany, … Continue reading

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Boboli’s Neighbour

As you can see from the map,  Giardino Bardini is essentially next-door neighbours with Boboli Gardens.  But, as often happens with real-life neighbours, as much as we might hope we’ll have lots in common and become great friends with the … Continue reading

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Boboli Gardens – Part II

It’s a long way from the Isolotto to the eastern edge of Boboli.  Close by is a path that leads to the last garden in Florence I wanted to visit.  Hopefully, not in the rain. It takes even longer than you’d think, because … Continue reading

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In the Garden of an Aesthete – Villa Pietra

I doubt many of us would be pleased to hear ourselves described as aesthetes, but then we’re not part of the wealthy ex-pat community that lived in Florence in the early 1900’s. There were a lot of Americans in that … Continue reading

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The Perfect Italian Garden – Villa Gamberaia II

When I looked out my hotel window the next morning it wasn’t glorious, but it wasn’t raining.  I set off early and was waiting at the entrance gate when the receptionist arrived.  I had the whole garden to myself for … Continue reading

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