Florence was beautiful this week, with sunny skies and warm temperatures. On a beautiful day in May a friend and I enjoyed the reopened Boboli.
That’s a real turtle! At first we thought it was a statue in bronze. But, it moved!
This is the season in which the iris blooms. Alas, we are at the beginning of Phase 2 here in Italy and can’t enter spaces like the English cemetery or the Boboli Gardens yet. Still, I wanted to have a look, even from the outside.
Bye, sweet place. I’ll be back to see you soon from the inside as well!
Some of these are of course from the archives. Nobody would believe that Florence’s Piazza Santa Annunziata would be filled with people in April of 2020. If it were, the police would soon be there!
But, from 20 years ago or so, I found this wonderful picture of the piazza during a plant exhibition of some kind. Sigh. :-))
Sometimes, you just need a fresh look at an old friend. How about the one below: the pavement of Florence’s Duomo. Wow.
A recent drone overview of the beautiful Duomo. In shots like this, you realize just how small Florence is. See the Piazza della Repubblica to the left.
And a recent shot from the arbored passerella near my apartment. I love wisteria so much!
On my walks to run errands, I was happy to pass by not only my usual wisteria spotting on the passerella, but additional flourishes in my neighborhood. What a season!
And, a second location: the local high school:
I wistfully think of the Giardino Bardini, which must be alive with wisteria blossoms right now. After the quarantine ends, I shall high-tail it over there to see my favorite spot in Florence. :-))
The wisteria in Italy is magnificent. I may not be able to view it in my favorite places this spring, because of the La Quarentena. However, I got a sneak preview on my way to the market recently. Crossing over the Mugnone river near my home, is a lovely little pedestrian bridge that somebody beautifully planned. It has an arbor above and a gorgeous wisteria vine covering it.
Here’s the overpass and you can see that the wisteria is getting ready to burst into bloom!
Here are close ups of the racemes in their current state of growth. I hope I’ll have the chance to see it in bloom in a couple of weeks.