Girl in Florence aka Georgette Jupe

I started this blog as a writing outlet for me to share what it is I adore about the beautiful city of Florence and Italy also sharing travel tips and stories along the way. Now 'Girl in Florence' includes advice for Florence, artisan features, interviews with locals, tips for life in Italy and travel posts from all over Europe. I'd love to think of myself as a fearless badass but If I am keeping it 100% real on this blog a quote that I sort of live by is"I haven't failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work." I hope you enjoy this journey with me.

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Florence Rose garden in bloom

17.05.2012 8 Comments

Tuesday was the only day this week that I had even an ounce of flexibility and in order to get some fresh air and enjoy a little calm before the storm, I took t-man to the rose garden in Florence aka giardino delle rose to see the beautiful flowers in full bloom. May is absolutely the optimum time to head to this tranquil stunning garden located underneath Piazzale Michelangelo and it was the first time I had actually been there when the flowers were at their best. I can honestly say, despite having no talented ‘green thumb’ ( I am closer to killing two plants we currently own) that the grinch himself would love this place. It’s free, you can bring a book or a friend and while away the hours with a view of the city that would cost 15 euros a drink at a fancy Florentine hotel.

I was curious about how this garden came to be,  so after doing some research online I found this out:

In 1865 Florence new Italian capital city, asked the architect Giuseppe Poggi to renew and enlarge the town also planning new important things on the left bank of the river Arno. Among important settings as the new avenues around the city, Poggi planned Piazzale Michelangelo and on the opposite side of Iris Garden, he planned a particular garden all devoted to the roses. Here you can find ancient roses, new kinds of this flowers, and a Japanese garden which was given by Koadai-Ji Temple in Kioto to the town of Florence. All in full quiet and in front of one of the most amazing view you can have in Florence.

Keeping to the artistic tradition of the city, in 2003 world-famous Belgian artist Jean Michel Folon provided 12 bronze statues to be placed in various spots throughout the garden which really adds to the tranquil sereneness. His art sought to connect man with nature and my personal favorite statue is of a man on a bench reading a book, perhaps in anticipation of a visit from a friend or maybe he wishes to be left alone engrossed in his novel. Who knows? Many tourists (and t-man) enjoy using it as a fun photo-op.

There is a special Japanese section of the garden called Shorai-Teien which was donated by Zen Temple Kodai-Ji of Kyoto, Japan in June 1, 1998 as a sign of friendship between the inhabitants of Florence and Kyoto. It’s really peaceful and to me perfectly embodies the poetic soul of a traditional Japanese garden. One example is the pine tree; which is considered an important element of a Japanese garden, the importance being that it remains always green and does not change in any season. thus associated with the idea of being indestructible. I love that analogy, and I love this garden. Sigh


Georgette Jupe is a 'Tuscan Texan' digital social media marketing maven based in Zug, Switzerland and Florence, Italy. When she's not at her day job as editor at ITALY Magazine, she's creating social strategies for international clients and providing travel, foodie & life tips via her blog 'Girl in Florence'. Hobbies include plenty of reading, hiking, beagle cuddles, the hunt for the 'perfect' flat white and laughs with the girls.

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    Pierotucci 17.05.2012 at 16:35

    Looks like we had the same idea today – roses. But you are the “city” girl and I focused on the countryside – have a look at my blog:
    PS your photos are great!

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      ggnitaly84 17.05.2012 at 17:02

      Nice! I really enjoyed your blog and roses are one of my favorite flowers, it’s the best time of the year to enjoy flowers. They also have an iris garden only open during May by the piazzale

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    iamlenise 17.05.2012 at 17:59

    Your first pic really set the tone of this lovely story..I love roses, and your photos are charming..Thanks so much for sharing 🙂

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      ggnitaly84 17.05.2012 at 18:20

      Thank you for reading and commenting :), I am a huge fan of roses as well, their scent is incredible

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    Certainly Curious 17.05.2012 at 18:28

    I went yesterday! 🙂 It really is worth the visit!

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    Simon 04.06.2016 at 17:26

    Great post and a great blog! How come I’ve only just found it!

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    Ciao, I'm a curious American "Tuscan Texan" who has called Florence, Italy home for the past 13 years and now you'll find me between Firenze and Zug, Switzerland. Besides the blog, I am the editor at Italy Magazine and I also work as an established digital social media marketing strategist (5+ years) as well as a freelance writer. You might have seen my articles in Lonely Planet and a feature on my blog in Forbes. This space is my way to share what life is like living and working abroad, as well as provide up-to-date true advice on traveling, eating and living in Europe with tips for weekend trips. I'm married to a wonderful Frenchman and we have a Florentine beagle who rules the household. Keep in touch with our adventures with your favorite glass of franciacorta or espresso!


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