It’s a strange spring here in Florence, with summerish and wintery days following. Nevertheless, something very springy is going to happen in the next few days: ‘Il Giardino dell’Iris’ daily opening!
An old Florentine tune – Mattinata Fiorentina, literally a Florence Morning, known also as È primavera, svegliatevi bambine (it’s springtime, wake up lasses!) – celebrates the spring and its love is in the air feeling.
That feeling that you are going to find at the Giardino dell’Iris, the Iris flower garden.
Giardino dell’Iris: a 100% Florentine garden
The Iris, in the variety of Florentine Lily – Giglio Fiorentino – is par excellence the flower of Florence.
The Giardino was inaugurated in 1954 in occasion of a floricultural competition dedicated exclusively to irises: Florence was the “perfect” place for it!
In 1959 the S.I.D.I. – Società Italiana dell’Iris (Italian Iris appreciation society) – was founded to preserve the area of the garden. In 1963 and 2006 the Giardino hosted the International Iris Symposium, “Hybrids & Iris”.
The S.I.D.I.’s flowers compete in many competitions.
While you are in Florence, as the Giardino dell’Iris is in Piazzale Michelangelo, i.e. the best view of Florence skyline, it definitely worth a visit.
Mind that the Garden is usually visitable by appointment only, but between next Tuesday April 25th and Saturday May 20th will be opened every day with this timetable:
- Monday / Friday: 10AM – 1PM (admittance closes at 12.30PM), 3PM – 7.30PM (admittance closes at 7PM);
- Saturday and Sunday: 10AM – 19.30 7.30PM (admittance closes at 7PM).
More to see when you are the Giardino dell’Iris
On the opposite side of Piazzale Michelangelo you can visit the Rose Garden, Il Giardino delle Rose.
With just a 5 minute walk from Piazzale Michelangelo you can reach a Renaissance church, the Chiesa di San Salvatore al Monte: its main feature is a Deposition in glazed terracotta by Giovanni della Robbia (1469 – 1529/30).