LR: While strolling through the Boboli Gardens in Florence, I was consumed in the man made beauty of nature. The Garden is a wonderful example of an Italian styled garden heavily influenced by the Medici family in the 16th century. Copies of Roman statues from the 16th and 17th centuries are evident in the Boboli Gardens. Through time the garden expanded to its current size of about 110 acres. The statues were so perfectly placed in the plants and along the pathways, outlining the beauty the artists worked so intensely on. It was amazing admiring how much thought was put into this garden. After just entering the garden, one of the first sights we saw is pictured above. As you can see, symmetry is a vital component when constructing the Boboli gardens. Although there is symmetry throughout the gardens, snakelike pathways are also found that wander through the place. This shows that there were many types of gardening techniques from different countries used in the creation of the Boboli Gardens. The hikes up the hills and all over the land were well worth it; we overlooked the beautiful city of Florence at the height of the Duomo. We even stumbled upon orange and strawberry plants. Our instructor told us to eat a strawberry. We thought it would be poisonous but he was right, they weren’t! The Boboli Gardens are, with out a doubt, amazing.