Sunday, August 1, 2010

Gardening Gone Wild Photo Contest Entry

Italian Rooftop Garden
Florence, Italy

We were in Italy for a 2 week stay the summer of 2006. Italy completely captivated me, my imagination and creativity, opened my heart and brought great joy to my spirit. Our first day there we traveled by train from Rome to Florence. To say Florence, Italy is beautiful would be like saying the sun is hot. Florence must be experienced first-hand for there are no words and no photos that convey how it really is. However, this missive is not to tell everyone about Italy, though no doubt I could fill my blog with tales and photos the rest of the summer. This missive is for my first ever entry into Gardening Gone Wild's Photo Contest. Thought I would give it a go this time ... just for grins.

But to set up the scene you must know that we walked from the train station straight to the Cathedral of Florence, beside which stands Giotto's Campanile. Giotto's Campanile is a free-standing tower residing alongside the Cathedral of Florence along with a host of other buildings. There are 414 steps up a narrow, winding passage. Trust me ... I counted every last one. Thankfully, windows come often, allowing any breezes. Landings allow one to catch one's breath. We climbed up, up, up, pausing at the main landings along the way to peek out to the city below us.

Giotto's Campanile;
Florence, Italy

Taken from the top of Giotto's Campanile;
The red rooftops of Florence, Italy

Once we reached the top we walked around the rooftop, astonished at the sights before us. The red tile rooftops of Florence spread all around us like a tapestry. Gentle green hillsides surrounding the city were dotted with villas and olive gardens while distant landscapes were shaded in blue haze. We enjoyed the scenery and especially enjoyed seeing how people landscaped their rooftops with gardens, one of which is my entry.

What a special memory. This makes me all warm on the inside and smiley on the outside. I hope you enjoyed my little tale of Florence and enjoyed the photos.


Gaelyn said...

What a beautiful city Florence is and I absolutely love the rooftop gardens. Which gives me an idea for next summer to have a container garden on my RV roof to keep the deer away. Gorgeous!

Eve said...

Good luck Debi!! It's a beautiful garden and photo!

bunnits said...

I absolutely love Italy and Florence is one of my favorite cities. When I was there, I just wanted to pack up everything here and move there. It was so lovely and driving through the country was a delight--something beautiful to see everywhre you looked. I know you enjoyed your trip.

blog with no name said...

The red roof tops are making me think of spaghetti sauce, with meat balls and mushrooms... I'm hungry... Glad you had such a good time there!

healingmagichands said...

We had the same sort of experience at the cathedral in Seville. It is just wonderful to be able to look down at the roofs of a city and see that it is a living space, that there are beautiful gardens.

Thanks for sharing, I love your image.

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

Your photo really gets the feel of Florence, with the tiled roofs and sundrenched gardens.

Caroline said...

Oooh, Italy! Your photos make me want to go, today. Good luck in the contest!


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