The Rose Gardens

Ines Romitti

The Rose garden, a precious gem of perfume and color, was set into the grandiose Viale dei Colli project of enlarging Florence, the capital of Italy. 

On roughly a hectare of land called Podere di S. Francesco between Viale delle Rampe and Via delle Croci, Attilio Pucci divided the surface into terraces overlooking the enchanting view of the city for the cultivation of roses in the ground. 

Today, there are over 300 varieties in the collection: ancient species like the 1560 Rosa mundi and the 1590 Foetida bicolor, originally from Turkey; numerous botanical roses, scented English roses, the Tea hybrids and many modern climbing and carpet varieties.

In 1998, in the lower part above the Via dei Bastioni wall, the architect Yasuo Kitayama created the Japanese oasis Shorai donated by Florence’s twin city Kyōto and the Zen temple “Kōdai-ji”, using materials sent directly from Japan.

Since September 2011, the garden has been enriched with poetic sculptures by Jean-Michel Folon in bronze and two of his plaster casts positioned in perfect harmony with the natural and symbolic context, a donation by the Belgian artist’s widow to the City of Florence.

Timetable and address

Viale Giuseppe Poggi 2, Florence

  • every day 9 am – 5 pm
    (closing time variable according to the month)

Events in the gardens

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