Giardino di Boboli

One of the largest and most elegant gardens in all of Italy is the Boboli Garden that extends behind the Pitti Palace in Firenze, home to some of the Medici family from the 16th to the 19th century. It has been a constant expansion work for hundreds of years and remains a project of maintenance and restoration even today.

It houses numerous sculptures throughout the grounds – most of which I didn’t see.

Because what I saw was steps… and slopes… and terraces going uphill. And when you got to the top, there were more steps and slopes and terraces going to higher hills. It was beautiful. It was also green – and hot – and steep. If it had been mid-summer, it woulda killed me.

As it was, Mary Beth and I made it to the Pitti Palace fairly easily. But as soon as you cross the Palace courtyard, the hills start. The first slope wasn’t bad – and the view of the city and the Duomo was magnificent. Absolutely worth the climb. From there it was more of a challenge…

I know MB saw the consternation on my face, so she ordered me to take off my scarf and give her my bag. And with an encouraging “you can do it!” she took off up the hill in her high-heeled boots with all our gear.

Well, we had just gotten our tickets, after all, so what could I do but follow her… at a great distance! And there were no railings! Evidently, these garden designers don’t want any obstructions in the view. And somehow I don’t think I look quite as jaunty as MB…

So guess what the view is from the top of that slope! Honestly, take a gander at this…

This is a “garden”?

Not in my world. And you can call it “giardino” all you want – it ain’t a garden I’m gonna stroll around in my flip flops after supper. (I doubt if those rich Medicis did either.) By the way – click on this photo to enlarge it. That’s MB at the top waving down at me as I lie prone on a concrete bench begging passers-by for a sip of water and a cool cloth for my brow…

And here is some of the beautiful statuary that grace the grounds. However I wouldn’t know ’cause I didn’t see any of it…

Soon it was time to make our way back down. Gawd. The only thing I can say about that is you don’t get out of breath going downhill. No, you simply fear that one slip will send you reeling along the steepest slope you shoulda never went up in the first place. And if your thighs and hips are burning in places you didn’t know you had – well, you better remember that as a lesson to not do such a foolish thing again.

MB, of course, discovered another trail she didn’t see on the way up and made a detour in search of “the best view yet.” I do think she found it, but I’m not quite clear on that as I was befuddled from near heat-stroke when she re-joined me at the base of the hill from Hades.

All I know is that we somehow made our way back out of the Pitti Palace and down the slopes to a cafe. I was so tuckered I didn’t even have a glass of wine. No Siree. I got me a warm bowl of soup – cappeletti in brodo (tortellini in hot chicken broth) and I slurped that down right fast. That and a couple advil was just what I needed to find my way back to the hotel.

Boboli Garden – gorgeous.

DONE seeing Boboli Garden – gorgeous relief.

Of course I’m glad I saw it. But I’m even more glad I can say I saw it and it is now a treasured memory.

I do think that view of the Duomo from the back of the Pitti Palace will make more than one fabulous little painting. I guess that was worth the price of admission…


5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Paula
    Oct 19, 2012 @ 18:24:37

    LOL!!! You are Hilarious! Couldn’t wait to get home to see what you blogged. The views are something. But I enjoy your commentaries just as much. Wish I could come see with you. Paula


  2. thesketchylife
    Oct 19, 2012 @ 18:36:52

    I wish you could too! But it might involve keeping me out of a lot of trouble considering the landscape here. However, it is friends like you that give me the courage to post my less-than-flattering escapades with photos ’cause I know you know me and love me as I am. Thanks for that! much love to you…


  3. Ellyn
    Oct 19, 2012 @ 20:41:41

    And now when I thought I couldn’t be all that tempted to go to Italy – you had to go to the gardens of the Medici! Now that I would like to see. And I have, sort of, through your blog. Mom, your self-deprecating humor is at it’s finest, even if your hips and thighs are not. 🙂


    • thesketchylife
      Oct 20, 2012 @ 03:20:02

      Awwww, that’s my baby girl. And you would LOVE those gardens – and the museum collections at the top. Just make sure you plan to visit while you’re young and agile!


  4. Jeanie Ader
    Oct 24, 2012 @ 08:41:45

    Italy sounds like a good place to visit when one is young and healthy. At least people won’t be looking at a statue of you, seeing as how you survived the journey back down. Those poor other people didn’t, I guess, and now people take pictures of them all day.


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