Fragrances of Boboli

Monday, August 13, 2012

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Every year, the Tuscan tourist office gives tourists more and more reasons to rent Tuscany villas. From art festivals to cycling events, and from rock concerts to nature treks, the beautiful Northern Italian province has long stopped relying on its beautiful countryside and the rustic charm of its farmhouses, and made a bid for modernity which has, so far, yielded very interesting results.

One of the undertakings sure to populate a few more Tuscany villas each spring is the “Fragrances of Boboli” festival, held in the Florentine gardens of the same name. Hosting its sixth edition between 17-20 May of this year, this festival is dedicated to highlighting artistic traditions relating to the world of botany.

The nature of this event, which will focus on outdoor design this year, is two-fold. On the one hand, visitors can come into contact with many of the region’s botany-related arts and crafts; on the other hand, the event also serves as a market, which allows interested visitors and tourists to take a little sample of the wares on display back to their Tuscany villas. Be it a perfume, some spices, a print, fabric, accessories, or even a plant itself, the “Fragrances of Boboli” festival is sure to offer something to please everyone!
In addition to the market stalls, the organisers of the Boboli fragrance festival will also re-build the Speziaria, where spices used to be prepared. As well, in the ten days after the festival (May 20-30), a special path will be opened in the Zoology section of the gardens, where author Giulianno Ghelli will read extracts from “I raconti della luna”.

This festival, which will be open from 10am to 8pm over the course of the weekend, is free of charge for residents of Florence, who only need to display ID to be granted entrance. Those visiting or renting Tuscany villas nearby will need to pay for a ticket, but will be offered value for money: the entrance fee grants access to not only the festival grounds themselves, but also the Gardens, the Silver Museum, the Porcelain Museum, the Costume Gallery in Palazzo Pitti and the Bardini Gardens.

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