I live and work in a city of art, Florence, and I was born in another beautiful city of art, Rome. And sometimes there is the risk of a certain addiction to beauty... The same happens in my work: so accustomed to the beauty of flowers that I forget the simplicity of things. Like that, I have always lived and worked in a city that holds a lily as its symbol. The lily from grower Bredefleur is the center of my designs today. And with that, I am proud to be a BFF, a Bredefleur Friend.
The Lily of Florence
The lily has always been one of the most representative symbols of Florence. This flower has a long and meaningful history for my city dating back to Roman times. Florence has been nicknamed the 'City of Lilies' due to the abundance of this flower that grew in the area surrounding the city.
The Florentine lily, also known as the white lily, is a variety of lily that stands out for its beauty and symbolic meaning. This flower has been associated with the city of Florence since the Middle Ages when the Florentines adopted it as a symbol of their city.
This same Florentine lily has been used in various contexts, including fashion, ceramics, and political symbology. For example, the Florentine lily appears in the city's famous coat of arms, which depicts a white lily on a red background. This coat of arms was used to identify Florence throughout the world and can still be seen today on the city's monuments, streets, and official documents.
Furthermore, the Florentine lily was used as a symbol of the city's nobility and pride. Over the centuries, numerous Florentine artists, such as Sandro Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, and Michelangelo Buonarroti, have represented the lily in their paintings, to underline the link between Florence and artistic beauty.
Admiration of the Florentine Lily
Today the Florentine lily is still highly appreciated by Florentines and visitors to the city. You can admire this flower on clothes, flags, and many other items. Furthermore, every year, during the celebration of the Feast of San Giovanni Battista, the patron saint of the city, a large lily coat of arms is carried in procession through the streets of the city, in a gesture of pride and belonging to the city of Florence.
Indeed, the lily has always been an important symbol for the city of Florence. This flower represents the beauty, nobility, and pride of the town, and continues to be a fundamental element of Florentine culture and tradition.
My Lily Designs Inspired by Florence
I work at my shop La Bottega dei Fiori. As a florist, I like to tell the most beautiful stories through unique and memorable floral arrangements. From an understated bridal bouquet to a luxurious transformation of a venue, flowers play a significant role in setting the right mood.
If you live and work in Florence, it is not difficult to get a good backdrop for your photoshoot. Good scenery is never far away. That is why I decided to not only show my designs with the lilies from Bredefleur inside but also outside on my roof terrace.
My photographic proposal started when the idea of a design for Bredefleur came up. and I immediately thought of the lily, that symbol of Florence. I looked for a location that could offer a broad view of the city, a place from which one could see and admire the major symbols of the city: Palazzo Vecchio, the National Museum Bargello, Orsanmichele, Giotto's Bell Tower, the Medicean Chapels, Palazzo Pitti, etc...
As a result, you can watch how the lilies colorfully match with other flowers in the arrangements, like typical Italian flowers like Mimosa Floribunda and anemones, and with flowers like Helianthus, alstroemeria, roses, and iris. And see how the lilies blend with the beautiful City of Lilies, Florence.
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