Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Boboli Garden and Pitti Palace

One of my favorite days in Florence was spent at the Boboli Garden outside the Pitti Palace. The Palace and the gardens date back to the 16th century. The gardens are very "hilly" for lack of better word. Some of the hills are steep and difficult to climb, but the views are so worth it.

I have to be honest, when I first visited Versailles in France, I was quite disappointed. It was so touristy and so stuffy and the gardens left me less than impressed. The Boboli Gardens were everything I wanted Versailles to be -and more. They are some of the most beautiful and well laid out gardens in all of Europe. There are sweeping views of Florence and of the Tuscan countryside from various points in the gardens.

Funky statue in the gardens. We both need more sunscreen.
Beautiful walkway to the Pond of Isolotto which is full of statues and little orange trees. Gorgeous.There is a very cool Roberto Barni display at Boboli Gardens this summer. Actually, a few of Barni's works are scattered throughout the city, but there are a lot in the gardens. His works are very cool and modern and such a contrast to the traditional Roman type statues that adorn the gardens. This was my favorite statue by Barni. You could not tell the smaller men were coming out of his chest from the front. It was brilliantly disguised. Very cool. This is a statue of the self proclaimed "Bacchus" and his turtle by the exit of the gardens. Not my favorite statue. EEEEKS!
Beautiful statue rising out of the water. Do not ask me why they let the water go green. Chlorine is cheap, and would make it look a lot nicer.

Me being silly with one of the statues. I was missing my dogs.

Another beautiful sweeping view from Boboli Hill, for which the gardens are named.
I have more photos of the gardens to post, but blogger is not cooperating. More photos to come.
Until then....
Avere un bel giorno!
(All photos property of MonkeyPosh L.L.C.)


Blogger WinterWheat said...

"We both need more sunscreen" -- LOL! That comment alone was worth the whole post. What beautiful pictures!

1:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw you looking at the statue's goodies. Don't lie. Exposed scrotal areas give me the heebs. Art Shmart.... that's just porn.
Klearance's mom

5:00 PM  
Blogger violetnoir said...

Well, okay then...following the above post, I can't really think of anything to say, other than: What amazing views!

Do you think you are more of a francophile or italophile, J? I am definitely the former, but I think you knew that already, hee, hee!

Can't wait to see more pics. Will email you soon.


8:43 AM  
Blogger Parisjasmal said...

Hi K-

Thanks for the comment. My fair skin and red hair were not made for a Mediterranean climate. I ALWAYS needed more sunscreen!
Hope you are well.
Hugs and kisses to baby Fi!

C aka Klearance (the phantom baby's)Mom!

ART SHMART....Hilarious. It is all about the naked statues in Italy. Most of them are all Adonnis like, but not that vile fat little man...blech!
Love ya girl!

Hi R--
How are you love?
I am for sure more of a Francophile (funny the girl who posted above you HATES when anyone says francophile because it makes her think of pedophile--clearly she has issues HA). I love Italy, but not Rome....however I do love France more. I was just disappointed with the gardens at Versailles.
Hugs to you my love!

4:43 PM  
Blogger MISS S said...

Forget Amazing Race, I get to see the world through you!! Thank you:)


7:38 PM  
Blogger Water Into Wine said...

I am familiar with the garden, but thought I was the only person sick enough to take a photo of "Chris Farley Rides Turtle."

2:17 PM  
Blogger Carolyn said...

I love the Boboli Gardens! Your pictures are fabulous. That's the place where my husband drank water that was "unfit for drinking"--I think it was some of that green stuff. Yuck. Did you see all of the cats wandering the gardens? Can't wait to see more pictures from your trip.

9:15 AM  
Blogger Parisjasmal said...

Hi Miss S-

Thanks for visiting and thanks for your kind comments!

Water into Wine-
HA HA HA Chris Farley Rides Turtle!! That is rich. I love it.
It is quite a statue huh? Thanks for visiting and enjoy your special weekend!

Hi Carolyn-

Thanks for visiting and thanks for your kind words. Yes I did see all the cats, and I believe we have photos of some of them. I assumed they would be ferile (is that the right word for crazy wild cats?) but they were all quite friendly and affectionate. OMG about your hubby drinking the non-potable water--did he get sick? I hope not. I can only imagine how hot and thirsty you guys were if you went in the middle of the summer. It was VERY hot in September.

Have a beautiful day!

9:34 AM  

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