It is no secret that Piazzale Michelangelo provides some of the best views of Florence. A better kept secret, however, is Giardino delle Rose, the rose garden that lies just below the north side of Piazzale Michelangelo on the San Miniato hill. Designed in 1865 by Giuseppe Poggi, this garden provides a quiet and tranquil atmosphere not commonly found throughout the rest of the city. Visitors casually laze about the garden, soaking up the sun on benches, lying in the shade near bubbling fountains, or reading on the grassy lawns. Since September 30, visitors have also been enjoying the sculptures of Jean-Michel Folon, a Belgian artist who fell in love with Italy and dreamed of gifting Florence with his artwork as a token of his affection.