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The Lemons of the Grand Duke

Video in Italian | The Lemon House of the Boboli Gardens and its treasure

The scent of orange blossoms is powerful and inebriating. Bees have already been working in processions since early hours in the morning.
Spring has exploded in the Boboli Gardens. And in their Lemon House, curator Bianca Maria Landi tells about it. Built after a design by Zanobi del Rosso in the Habsburg-Lorraine age, this amazing architecture was realized between 1777 and 1778 and was later enlarged by Giuseppe Cacialli on its left wing.
Inside, over 500 vases with citrus trees find shelter during the winter. They are both ancient cultivars and rare varieties like Citrus limoni medica or Citrus limoni mellarosa. Indeed, the Medici had always been great collectors of masterpieces by that unrivaled Master that is Nature!


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