Route 6: From the Museum of Sacred Art to Rose Garden
The Museum of Sacred Art, built in the former chapel adjoining the church of San Giovanni Battista in Cavriglia, offers an interesting series of busts in clay - for example the young St. John by Benedetto Buglioni of the Della Robbia school (fifteenth century glazed earthenware, 42x32x17) - and a polychrome angel ceroferario, as well as seventeenth-century paintings, Limoges manufactories of the sixteenth century, liturgical objects and an interesting processional cross of the twelfth-thirteenth century (engraved and gilded copper, embossed bronze, chased and engraved, 35x26).
After leaving the Cavriglia centre, near a roundabout, identified by a pitcher and a mill for the grinding of the olives, you take the street called of Saint Lucia going down to San Giovanni Valdarno.
A few hundred meters after the roundabout, turn right, you can get in locality Casalone places where there is the botanical garden "Carla Fineschi", one of the largest rose gardens in the world, personally supervised by the family Fineschi. In this pleasant place is collected more than 8.000 varieties of roses. The rose garden is open from May 1 to June 30.
 
The Fineschi Rose Garden
 
This unique botanical garden, founded in 1967 and edited first personally by Professor Gianfranco Fineschi and now by the family, is one of the largest rose gardens in the world, bound in art as well, containing more than eight thousand rose varieties: large and small, fragrant or climbing. In certain seasons, you may even find more than 12.000.
The plants come from all over the world: there are wild roses that have passed unscathed mutations habitat, there are the "species" that is archaic roses, and hybrid roses that contemporary art and the result of variations.
The "species" has more than 40 million years old, but there are also "younger" roses as the hybrids obtained from mid-1800.
In this concert of scents and colors are accessed in two periods of the year, from 20th May to 30th June and from 10th September to 30th October.
For the rest of the year, the garden is closed to perform the necessary work of preserving botanical heritage.
For the experts or for the curious interested in an infinite variety of species and hybrids, this is really the right place. Here you can see rare and unusual colors of velvety petals, the fruit of a series of multiple crossing. There is no admission fee, but voluntary contributions are welcome for the maintenance of this great botanical heritage.

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