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This Handcrafted Life is a fantastic blog dedicated to the beauty of art in various mediums. Posts cover everything from painting and paper crafts to photography and drawing, while also including commentary about the life of an artist and the creative process. This post in particular is quite beautiful in that it presents a famous place with a unique photographic perspective. Enjoy!

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When we visited Florence a couple of years ago, we spent an afternoon wandering the paths of the Boboli Gardens, the beautiful ornamental gardens behind the Pitti Palace. The Boboli Gardens were one of the first and most formal 16th century Italian gardens. Elegant and lavishly designed, they were originally used only by the Medici family for private strolls.

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The gardens are filled with statuary dating from the 16th to the 18th centuries, along with Roman sculpture. This made for a photo-filled afternoon. I liked the way the lush foliage seemed to almost overwhelm the sculptures, which were scattered everywhere.

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The gardens house all sorts of marvels, from a bizarre grotto to an amphitheater, with an emphasis on elaborate fountains, all linked together by alleyways and paths, dotted with sculptures and whimsical stonework. This lovely path is called the Ragnaie, or “Spiders Lane.”

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When the Medici family bought the Pitti…

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