giardino dell'orticoltura | florence

So, as promised yesterday I will tell you about my latest discovery in Florence. First you should know that I have been complaining about the lack of parks in this city for the past 12 months, in other words since I arrived here from Rome (which by the way is the European capital with the biggest total green area!).

Yes, we have Giardino di Boboli, which is beautiful (and has free entrance for residents), but which isn't the most child friendly place, since there are no playgrounds and everything is a bit museum-like. Also it is quite far from where we live, so it hasn't really been an option to go there with the baby.

But some weeks ago I heard someone mention a park near Piazza della Libertà, which should be quite nice. I knew absolutely nothing about it, but since it was just a small walk from where we live, I decided to check it out.

I was completely overwhelmed. Giardino dell' Orticoltura is not just a park. It's an AMAZING, beautiful and perfect park! Sure, compared to Villa Ada and Villa Pamphili in Rome, this is just a lawn, but hey, for Florence standards, this is really brilliant.

The park is surrounded by beautiful houses, it's completely closed, except for the entrances of course, so it's a safe place to bring children. It has a great playground, a lovely outdoor cafe where you can even have lunch, and the most beautiful gigantic Tepidarium (greenhouse).

We hung around for about an hour, Matilde enjoying the swings, I taking photographs and finally sharing a smoothie at the cafe.

This place is nothing less than magic.

Via Bolognese 17.


  1. Oh it's so beautiful! I would love to live in one of those buildings overlooking the park - so lovely.

    1. Yes, I wouldn't mind living there as well :-)

  2. I used to live around the corner from that park in the early 90's. In april they have a huge garden/plant fair there. Very lovely.
    If you are looking for parks there are an endless amount in Isolotto (the other side of the river from the Cascine). Have you been out to Villa Vogel? It's on Via Canova. A huge park with lots of activities for kids. A lovely pond, merry-go-round, roller skating rink, large sand box, swings, slides, a caffé, a trampolene.....and you can also fill your water bottles with the free water that the comune has set up at these fountains.

  3. I have heard about Villa Vogel and often passed by but I have never been inside. It's a little too far away to walk from our home, which is why I haven't given it a try, but I should go some day to check it out. Thank you for reminding me :-)

  4. It's not every day that you see a place you visited two days ago featured on a blog but then this IS Firenze I guess ;) The giardino is a 20 min walk from my home and I toted a gorgeous orchid back this year; last years' was a bougainvillea which in Tuscany is bred especially to blossom in shot flame and fuschia, a MUST on my balcony. I love your blog Birgitte : the photos and quirky stuff is very refreshing. Will connect through FB. I ve lived here for 5 years and it's time to meet more travellers...

    1. Thank you so much for your nice words, Gaya. Where in Florence do you live?


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