“WAKE UP GIRLS!!! It’s SPRING!!!” WALKING TOUR IN THE CASCINE PARK

WAKE UP GIRLS!!! It’s SPRING!!!

WALKING TOUR IN THE CASCINE PARK

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THE PATH

Cascine Park is the largest public park in the city of Florence with about 160 hectares which runs parallel along the Arno River. It’s characterized by lush vegetation, by vast lawns, walkways and Historical Monuments, it is the ideal place, especially in spring, to make a long walk. The path of Cascine Park opens from the Piazza Vittorio Veneto to get to the feet of Indian bridge, bordered by the natural confluence of the River Arno with Mugnone torrent and the Fosso Macinante Canal. Vittorio Veneto square, historically the main entrance to the Cascine Park, shows the monumental bronze Equestrian Statue of King Vittorio Emanuele II, once located in the middle of the Republic Square. Left the Piazzale Vittorio Veneto we take the magnificent Viale degli Olmi, it’s definitely a spectacular impact, you enter the heart of the Park, where you see on the left the Garden of the Chain and the Cave of the Monk. Continuing, the second monument of cultural interest is the Fountain of Narcissus, remembering the English poet Percy B. Shelley, who was here inspired to compose the “Ode to the West Wind”. Giuseppe Manetti built the famous “Pyramid” in the Park, originally used as Grand Duke’s Ice house. We skirt the eclectic monument and reach the “Pavoniere”, these were two large cages in Neoclassical style. You cross the Prato della Tinaia that crowns the end of the Viale degli Olmi and arrive at Piazzale Kennedy, here you will see the monument dedicated to George Washington. Visitors will stop next to the fountain, where I will talk about the Piazzale delle Cascine and Palazzina Reale. The center of the park opens to the vast Meadow Quercione, enriched with sycamores and oaks.Birdwatching is becoming popular, there are many species of birds that inhabit the park: in addition to the most common sparrows, swallows, chickadees, starlings, blackbirds, robins, parrots , etc. you can also see herons and egrets. Continuing our walk along the Viale dell’Aeronautica will meet on the right the Air Force Military School “Giulio Douhet”, designed by Raffaele Fagnoni. We’ll cross the meadow Quercione to watch the Fountain of Faces, then we’ll walk the Viale del Galoppatoio dei Berberi until the “Amphitheatre of the Crows”, located close to Prato of the Crows and Neoclassical Casermetta. We’ll go through the eight lanes semicircular to the Viale del Galoppatoio dei Berberi that will lead to the end of the path. The last stop will be the Monument to the Indian Prince.

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 INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE CASCINE PARK VISIT

Duration is about 3 hours in the open air. It’s recommended therefore sneakers and hat, binoculars for birdwatching and a bottle of water.  This walk is for anyone who love being in touch with nature, for families with children with no age limit.

HOW TO GET TO THE MEETING POINT

  1. The Tram  It is easy to reach from Santa Maria Novella.  Stazione Alamanni direction Cascine: T1 Villa Costanza – Fermata | Stop – Cascine Olmi\Carlo Monni .
  2. Bus – C2 and C3 – Fermata | Stop – Porta a Prato .

Meeting Point: Equestrian Monument of Vittorio Emanuele II in Vittorio Veneto Square.

Day: Saturday Morning 10-13;  Saturday Afternoon 15-18 (On request also other days).

Cost = 15 € Each, Minimum 10 Visitors to start; Family with 2 children = 35 €; Adult with 1 child = 20 €

Contact me for your private tour – Francesca Rachel Valle

Florence Guide

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