22. Palazzo’s Belvedere

From up here, in the panoramic part of the garden, you can enjoy an amazing 180* view of Florence, that looks so close you can almost touch it. Choose the comfiest seat and let your imagination lead you between the city’s most famous features— amongst them, Brunelleschi’s Duomo emerges from the Berberis hedge, studded between the green tuscanian hills and guarding, with its shadow, the Florentines thoughts for centuries. In this spectacle the garden seems to melt with the city in a continuous interchange of perspectives, colors, shapes, vases, trees and meadows.

The Vision

It might happen to you too -at least this is what I wish to achieve- that while walking up here in Palazzo’s Belvedere you’ll feel a distinct hint of balance, as each one of your senses is invaded by a peaceful stillness made of colors, pearlescent white, turquoise… You’ll notice a distinct pop of color in this beautiful picture: the Enterprise, that constantly reminds us of the beauty of a rainbow flying over a city skyline after it rained, when the air is clean and pure, and the freshness of the ground and of the wet leaves fills the place with unforgettable perfumes.

Each one of us has a city in its heart where physical and historical space become one. It is there that we build intertwining relationships that give meaning to our existence.

Plants used

Abelia (abelia grandiflora)
Berberis (berberis thumbergii)
Bramble from thornless Blackberries (rubus ulmifolius)
Boxwood (buxus sempervirens)
Fox Grapea (vitis labrusca)
Helichrysum (helichrisum italicum)
Iris (iris germanica)
Ivy (Hedera Helix)
Jasmine (trachelospermum jasminoides)
Jujube (ziziphus jujuba)
Linden (tillia cordata)
Laurel (laurus nobilis)
Lavender (lavandula angustifolia officinalis)
Marjoram (origanum majorana)
Lentaggine (viburnum tinus)
Medlar tree (eriobotrya japonica)
Melissa (melissa officinalis)
Myrtle (myrtus communis)
Common Oak (quercus robur)
Cork Oak (quercus suber)
Olive tree (olea europaea)
Palm tree (chamaerops humilis)
Walnut tree (juglans regia)
Bengal Rose (rosa bengalensis semperflorens)
Landscaping Rose
Tea Rose
Santolina (santolina chamaecyparissus)
Sage (salvia officinalis)
Sophora (styphnolobium japonicum)
Vittadinia (erigeron karwinskyanus)
White Spirea (spiraea)

Seasonal blooms: pansé, begonia