Southwest Gardening forum: My trip to Italy--the botanical photos

Page 1 of 3 • 1 2 3
Views: 741, Replies: 43 » Jump to the end
Name: Jill (no, really?)
Tucson, AZ
Tucsonjill
Jun 16, 2010 1:15 PM CST
Not sure if this is the right forum for this or not, but here goes...

DH and I got back about a week ago now from our 10-day whirlwind tour of Italy, and WOW what a trip it was! Since we have never been there at all before, we hit the major tourist high points: Rome, Florence, Chianti (prime wine country in Tuscany), Venice and Sorrento/Amalfi Coast. I, of course, went picture-taking crazy, including about a billion of all the great gardens and windowboxes we saw. After much hemming and hawing, I managed to cut it down to the top 30 botanical photos of the trip.

So if you're interested, grab some of your favorite beverage (a morning cappuccino or afternoon vino, if you want to savor the local flavor ☺) and take a look! (I should apologize in advance, though--we still have people working on the house, so I may have to post in bits and pieces. I'll let you know when they're all up, though. The last one will be, literally, dessert...)

Here are the Pines of Rome, made famous in music by Respighi. These are actually the ones in the gardens of the Villa Borghese.

Thumb of 2010-06-16/Tucsonjill/7d8aea
Name: Jill (no, really?)
Tucson, AZ
Tucsonjill
Jun 16, 2010 1:31 PM CST
This is the outside of the Roman-era Pantheon. I was constantly amazed by the little plants, grabbing whatever footholds they can on these amazingly ancient structures.

Thumb of 2010-06-16/Tucsonjill/704cd8
Name: Jill (no, really?)
Tucson, AZ
Tucsonjill
Jun 16, 2010 1:32 PM CST
Bouganvilleas everywhere! This one was amazing--not only huge, but it had also been planted with jasmine, so up close it was even more beautiful, but also had that heavenly jasmine fragrance.

Note to self: plant jasmine for next spring!

Thumb of 2010-06-16/Tucsonjill/0b1f92
Name: Jill (no, really?)
Tucson, AZ
Tucsonjill
Jun 16, 2010 1:35 PM CST
Okay, now on to Florence. Unfortunately, our two days in Florence were the only two days it rained, so nothing looks bright and sunny. However, this did not stop us from visiting the Pitti Palace (home to the Medicis and now several amazing museums) and the Boboli Gardens. They could have used a little upkeep, but were lovely nonetheless.

Thumb of 2010-06-16/Tucsonjill/c2253a
Name: Jill (no, really?)
Tucson, AZ
Tucsonjill
Jun 16, 2010 1:37 PM CST
The gardens overall weren't much on flowers, but there was a rose and peony bed that was beautiful, even in the rain.

Thumb of 2010-06-16/Tucsonjill/4f4256
Name: Jill (no, really?)
Tucson, AZ
Tucsonjill
Jun 16, 2010 1:38 PM CST
And of course, grape vines everywhere--even in the ornamental gardens. Apparently they're trained differently; unlike the cordons I'm used to seeing, the Italians tend to train them more as standards. They look kind of funny, but who's to argue with the Italians when it comes to grape vines?

Thumb of 2010-06-16/Tucsonjill/044db5
Name: Jill (no, really?)
Tucson, AZ
Tucsonjill
Jun 16, 2010 1:44 PM CST
After Florence we went to the Chianti region of Tuscany, and stayed in the 800-year-old Castello di Meleto, just outside of a small town called Gaiole in Chianti. We had some of our absolute best meals in Chianti, not to mention some very nice wine. Unfortunately, neither DH nor I is particularly educated about wines, so we usually just ordered the vino di tavola and enjoyed. The Castello is part of an active winery, and does give tours. We took the tour of the castle, but missed the timing for the vinyard tour and tasting. This, of course, means we NEED to go back!

The castle gardens were lovely. This was the morning view from our room in the castle.

Thumb of 2010-06-16/Tucsonjill/3f798e
Name: Jill (no, really?)
Tucson, AZ
Tucsonjill
Jun 16, 2010 1:45 PM CST
Another garden shot...

Edited to add, that's our room right there with the dark shutters open on the second floor. Our bathroom was in the tower. How cool is that?!!? :)

Thumb of 2010-06-16/Tucsonjill/880bfa
Name: Jill (no, really?)
Tucson, AZ
Tucsonjill
Jun 16, 2010 1:48 PM CST
And one more of the gardens. Did I mention they were pretty?

Thumb of 2010-06-16/Tucsonjill/2c529b
Name: Jill (no, really?)
Tucson, AZ
Tucsonjill
Jun 16, 2010 1:49 PM CST
The hotel also had an amazing pool... which was unfortunately too cold to really swim in this early in the year.

Thumb of 2010-06-16/Tucsonjill/4fe9d3
Name: Jill (no, really?)
Tucson, AZ
Tucsonjill
Jun 16, 2010 1:50 PM CST
I think this was a weed growing in the pool area, but it was sure pretty! Does anyone recognize it?

Thumb of 2010-06-16/Tucsonjill/262eda
Name: Jill (no, really?)
Tucson, AZ
Tucsonjill
Jun 16, 2010 1:53 PM CST
Everywhere we went, there were these small red wild poppies blooming. On the train trip from Rome to Florence, we'd pass whole fields full, sometimes growing in and around the obviously-cultivated crops and vines. I, of course, fell in love...

Thumb of 2010-06-16/Tucsonjill/532418
Name: Jill (no, really?)
Tucson, AZ
Tucsonjill
Jun 16, 2010 2:15 PM CST
We spent a fair amount of time in Chianti driving around, loving the beautiful countryside...

Thumb of 2010-06-16/Tucsonjill/d6a8f1
Name: Jill (no, really?)
Tucson, AZ
Tucsonjill
Jun 16, 2010 2:16 PM CST
...grooving on wildflowers (and more poppies, of course!)...

Thumb of 2010-06-16/Tucsonjill/c848f3
Name: Jill (no, really?)
Tucson, AZ
Tucsonjill
Jun 16, 2010 2:16 PM CST
...and admiring the Italian yard art.

Thumb of 2010-06-16/Tucsonjill/4b0014
Name: Jill (no, really?)
Tucson, AZ
Tucsonjill
Jun 16, 2010 2:18 PM CST
After all the ancient fountains and statuary, I was rather fond of this nifty little modern fountain in the middle of the town of Gaiole-in-Chianti.

Thumb of 2010-06-16/Tucsonjill/b1f5ea
Name: Jill (no, really?)
Tucson, AZ
Tucsonjill
Jun 16, 2010 2:21 PM CST
Eventually we did have to leave Chianti, and go to Venice.

What can I say? I really like windowbox pictures...

Thumb of 2010-06-16/Tucsonjill/414b98
Name: Jill (no, really?)
Tucson, AZ
Tucsonjill
Jun 16, 2010 2:23 PM CST
Most of the hotels we stayed in had either a rooftop lounge or a courtyard that was geared towards dining al fresco. This is the courtyard at the Hotel Abbazia in Venice, a "repurposed" abbey turned hotel--one of my favorite breakfast areas.

Thumb of 2010-06-16/Tucsonjill/6f0401
Name: Jill (no, really?)
Tucson, AZ
Tucsonjill
Jun 16, 2010 2:25 PM CST
After our time in Venice, we went back down south to the coastal town of Sorrento. Lots of the plants looked pretty familiar, although their climate is wetter and milder than ours is, they still get the high heat of summer.



Thumb of 2010-06-16/Tucsonjill/dec52e
Name: Jill (no, really?)
Tucson, AZ
Tucsonjill
Jun 16, 2010 2:25 PM CST
A little more jasmine...

Thumb of 2010-06-16/Tucsonjill/91a0d2

Page 1 of 3 • 1 2 3

« Back to the top
« Garden.org homepage
« Southwest Gardening forum

You must first create a username and login before you can reply to this thread.

National Gardening Association

© 2016 Dash Works, LLC
Times are presented in US Central Standard Time
Today's site banner is by dirtdorphins and is called "Crocus"

About - Contact - Terms of Service - Privacy - Memberlist - Acorns - Links - Ask a Question - Newsletter

Follow us on TwitterWe are on Facebook.We Pin at Pinterest.Subscribe to our Youtube ChannelView our instagram