Of the many gardens and parks in Florence, the Giardino dell’Iris, is one of the hardest to visit. In fact, it opens only for a few weeks a year, when obviously these magnificent flowering plants, symbol of Florence since 1251, are blooming.
The garden is owned by the National Society of Irises and is almost entirely devoted to iris plants, with over two and a half hectares of land and olive grove enjoying a breathtaking view over Florence.
Among the 1,500 varieties (specific, sometimes reaching 2,000) of irises there are fifteen which risk extinction. Every year, during the opening season, the Garden hosts one of the most famous iris breeders’ competitions of the world.
For 2015 the garden will be open from April 25th to May 20th. Opening hours 10 am to 12.30 pm and from 3 pm to 7 pm. Free admission.