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Orto Botanico di Padova, Padua

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Managed by the University of Padua, Orto Botanico di Padova is devoted to the growth of medicinal plants. A shortage of hothouses means that more than 6,000 plant species are cultivated outdoors in carefully organized groupings by plant type. Visit the different sections: Mediterranean, alpine, freshwater, succulents, and orchids. University students often use the gardens as their library for studying the different varieties. Plan your Orto Botanico di Padova visit and explore what else you can see and do in Padua using our Padua tourist route planner.
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  • Where nature, history and culture come together! It is the ideal place to visit not only to botanists and plant enthusiasts, but for anyone still able to marvel at the immense beauty of nature and its laws. You will find both plants and environments in detail with the most modern techniques that ancient beds of medicinal plants ... and spend a few hours in an interesting way, relaxing and different than usual! Go for it!
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  • Visited March 2017, during a rainy, cold winter day, completely alone inside the garden ... a wonderful experience; the garden of biodiversity then is something that you will remember for a lifetime. I envy terribly students at the University of Padua, who can enjoy for free (and when they want) a day at this temple of scientific culture, immersed among those which I consider to be among the best reconstructed environments and more accurate descriptions I've ever seen. I spent 4 hours great, which made me a little less ignorant. If only even vaguely comparable Bologna had a vegetable garden instead of a flower bed with a puddle ...:(
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  • A perfect dichotomy between the old part (indeed, the super old) herb garden devoted officials and old trees, and the modern part, devoted to plants from every continent. Very impressive glass greenhouse with waterfalls and views on Santo and Santa Giustina which you can admire during the visit. Free for students and staff of the University of Padua.
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  • Extremely fascinating and dense with history, I loved the visit, not just thanks to my passion for plants! A modern part has been recently added, with a selection of tropical and desert plants. In my opinion this contrast between ancient and contemporary was very successful!
  • A must see for plant-lovers. A clean and beutiful place with a wide variety of interesting plants.
  • Despite being the first academic botanical garden, the Orto Botanico in Padova contains a highly interesting mixture of old and new. The greenhouse and modern exhibition building is so informative and intuitive, I spent over 3 hours just wandering around!
  • Good chice to have a rest and fun, you can also learn something. And the warm house is great. The First University Plant, worth to see!
  • thanks to this garden it is possible to have a complete overview of biodiversity! guided tours are really interesting and the staff is not only friendly but especially well prepared :)