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2006 Trip - Italy - Florence - Iris Festival

Monday 5-15-06

As I mentioned in an earlier blog post, the timing of this trip and the cities we visited was based on when the Florence Iris Festival was to be held.

We had visited the Iris Festival briefly on the day we arrived, but we went back up to Piazzale Michelangelo to see it again today. The garden is open only 20 days a year when they have the iris competition, and I timed our visit to Florence to coincide with those dates.

The flowers were quite beautiful, and the garden has a spectacular view. It is well worth doing if you are ever in Florence in May.






We had lunch at a place called San Benitore and had really good chickpea soup, spaghetti with tomato sauce (Bill) and duck on spinach (Nancy). A yummy lemon dessert and cafe - can't find the receipt though, so don't know what the cost was.

Late dinner that same night at Cavolo Nero Trattoria next door to Residenza Il Carmine. Actually only Bill ate a complete dinner while I went to the computer place to do my first trip report. I joined him for a wonderful chocolate dessert and a glass of red wine. Bill had a salad and a really good monkfish. Total cost was 48E.

Comments (11)

The irises look stunning among the olive trees. I love the informal feel of the gardens.


Those iris are gorgeous. We have friends that have a mail order iris business up in Fort Bragg. What beautiful colors. Don't see them in the desert. : (

Beautiful flowers,Nancy.


Nancy, simply beautiful!! I have never heard of this festival. I wish we had known of it while we were living there.



We have lots of irises up here. In fact, Bill bought a lot of them up in Oak Glen at an iris farm. The iris festival up there is the middle of May.

During June, of course, is the lavender festival in Beaumont. Want to go?


Oh, Jane, that is a shame that you didn't get to see it. Maybe it isn't publicized too much since the garden is only open 20 days a year. It sounds like it is a pretty big competition, though.


Nancy, those are so beautiful. I love irises! Sometime I must try to catch this festival -- it must be lovely.

What wonderful timing, to be there for an Iris festival! Love your photos.

Kathy (Trekcapri):

Hi Nancy, the iris are very beautiful and you captured them so well in your photos. That must have been so great seeing them in person. Amazing that this festival started 52 years ago. Your dinners sounds delicious also.

Thank you so much for sharing the information about this wonderful iris festival and for sharing your experiences and photos.

I enjoyed reading your post this morning.


The iris festival is on my list. So gorgeous!

I love these photos. It must have been incredible to see them in person. I have never heard of this festival before. Thanks for sharing.

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