Monday, February 5, 2007

Boboli Gardens

View outward to the hills

The outdoor theatre based on the form of the Roman racecourse

Shot down the secondary axis

Flowers popping up through a grass meadow

Shot through a sculpture garden out to the city

These gardens form the majority of the property for the Palazzo Pitti. They are one of the first examples of the Italian villa style of gardens. This style was greatly copied afterward in France and England. The composition is based on axial and meandering paths that meet and cross the property. The outward views to the Florentine countryside make it unique for the time, as other gardens of the time all had an inward focus. There are also numerous sculptures throughout the gardens. It is definetly worth a wander or two, maybe bring a picnic and spend the afternoon if you have the time.

Elizabeth Conte

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