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N 21 B 208 C 9 E Mar 6, 2007 F May 2, 2015
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Here's another glimpse of this lovely place. Truly a pleasant surprise to discover this ancient garden, originally the Medici family's medicinal plant garden, and one of the oldest botanical gardens of Europe, now owned and maintained by the University of Firenze.

The historic center of Florence is crowded with medieval buildings with few trees, so coming upon this garden was like finding a little oasis and breath of fresh air. This young magnolia tree was announcing the end of winter on this cold, overcast March day. I added a slight touch of "Diffuse Glow" in PS to honor the poetry of this sweet little tree.

Tags:   Florence Firenze Giardino dei Semplici magnolia blossoms nature tree botanical garden historic garden Medici family medicinal garden www.ritacranestudio.com Rita Crane Photography

N 28 B 275 C 5 E Mar 5, 2007 F May 1, 2015
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Another view of the astonishing architecture at the Piazza del Duomo. I was trying to give a sense of the amazing detail of these facades. On the left is just a glimpse of the facade of the Baptistry, the Duomo is in the center, and Giotto's Campanile is on the right. My album "Beautiful Florence" has a selection of photos of this treasure of a city, including views along the Arno of the Ponte Vecchio and Ponte Santa Trinita.



The Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore is the main church of Florence. It was begun in 1296 in the Gothic style, designed by Arnolfo di Cambio, and completed structurally in 1436. The dome was engineered by Filippo Brunelleschi. The exterior is faced with polychrome marble panels in shades of green and pink bordered by white, and has an elaborate 19th-century Gothic Revival facade by Emilio De Fabris.



The three buildings are part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site covering most of the historic center of Florence.

Tags:   www.ritacranestudio.com Rita Crane Photography Duomo Giotto's Tower Santa Maria del Fiore World Heritage Site Brunelleschi's Dome Florence Firenze Tuscany Italy architecture cathedral marble

N 30 B 641 C 16 E Mar 6, 2007 F Apr 18, 2015
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Just a few minutes walking distance from the Convent of San Marco in Florence, there are several gardens. I couldn't go inside as they were closed, but this charming scene was visible from the ancient garden gate. To spend a few peaceful moments enjoying this garden and the Giardino dei Semplici nearby was special. The historic part of Florence is densely crowded -- just as it was in the Middle Ages -- with narrow streets and no room for nature, not even trees. So it was pure pleasure to suddenly come across this little garden.

I was in somewhat of a trance in any case, after spending several hours at the Convent of San Marco experiencing the exquisitely moving frescoes there, by Fra Angelico. One of the highlights of my visit to Florence.

I truly recommend visiting the San Marco Museum. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Marco,_Florence

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N 18 B 691 C 10 E Mar 7, 2007 F Apr 11, 2015
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It is a pleasure to visit the lesser known museums of Florence. Loved wandering through this restored medieval home of a wealthy member of a wool guild. "The Palace, built by the Davizzi family around mid-14th century, was purchased in 1578 by the Davanzati family (their coat of arms is still visible on the facade) and remained in their possession until 1838, when it was divided into several flats and suffered severe damage." Here is the link to the museum: www.museumsinflorence.com/musei/palazzo_davanzati.html

Over the centuries, in between periods of neglect in has been restored several times, and is now beautifully maintained!

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N 30 B 936 C 7 E Mar 6, 2007 F Apr 5, 2015
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This is a glimpse of Europe's third oldest historic botanical garden of medicinal plants. Amidst busy Florence, in early Spring on a very misty morning it was an unexpected happy surprise to find this peaceful spot. The garden had closed, but one could still take pictures from the sidewalk, aiming the camera through the bars of the ancient wrought iron gates. This garden felt like a breath of fresh air in the midst of the crowded historic city....and it too has a fascinating history.

Here is some information about this former medicinal garden of the Medici family:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orto_Botanico_di_Firenze



The Orto Botanico di Firenze (2.3 hectares), also known as the Giardino dei Semplici, is a botanical garden maintained by the University of Florence. It is located at Via Micheli, 3, Florence, Italy, and open weekday mornings. An admission fee is charged.

The garden was established on December 1, 1545, by Cosimo I de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany, and is Europe's third oldest, behind the Orto Botanico di Pisa and the Orto Botanico di Padova. It was first laid out by landscape gardener Niccolò Pericoli to a botanical system and plantings chosen by Luca Ghini, and rose to prominence under Cosimo III, with Pier Antonio Micheli as its director. As was typical of early European botanical gardens, its prime interest was in medicinal plants. However, as in 1753 the Società Botanica was formed, the garden's focus turned to "experimental agriculture" and its layout was revised accordingly. The garden grounds opened to the public in the mid 1800s, at about the same time that its glass houses (1694 m²) were constructed.





it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giardino_dei_Semplici

Il Giardino dei Semplici di Firenze è una sezione del Museo di Storia Naturale dell'Università degli Studi di Firenze.



«Un Luogo Pubblico, dove... si coltivassero le piante native di climi e paesi differentissimi, affinché i giovini Studenti, le potessero in breve spazio di luogo, con facilità e prestezza imparare a riconoscere.»

(Luca Ghini, 1543 - frase citata sulla medaglia commemorativa per i 460 anni dalla fondazione del Giardino dei Semplici)

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