The Iris Garden covers an area of 25,000 square meters next to Piazzale Michelangelo
. This true corner of paradise was created in 1954 to host the “Premio Firenze”, an annual international award for the best varieties of irises organized by Flaminia Specht and Nita Stross Radicati, members of the Società Italiana Amici dei Fiori (Italian Friends of Flowers Association) and passionate hybrid growers. Few people know that Florence
boasts a very special bond with the iris, with the heraldic flag of Florence not featuring a white lily, as is commonly believed, but a red iris in a white field!