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Orto botanico di Palermo, Palermo

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Escape the bustle of the city under ancient, twisted trees and Roman statues at Orto botanico di Palermo, established in 1779 by the Accademia dei Regi Studi to cultivate and study medicinal plants. Sit near the turtle-filled lily pond, and explore the tropical plant-filled greenhouses. The 10 hectare (24.7 acre) garden also is home to myriad cacti, spiky Canary Islands dragon trees, and an enormous ficus imported from Australia in 1845. The site's Neoclassical administrative buildings designed by French architect Dufourny feature 18th-century statues and frescoes. Use our Palermo itinerary maker to arrange your visit to Orto botanico di Palermo and other attractions in Palermo.
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  • The garden is a fine oasis in the middle of Palermo. Not really set up as a tourist draw, so its quiet and serene. There are many magnificent specimen plants. Its not so much a park as a the specimen ...  more »
  • If you a student of botany, then this would be good, but for the average layman, then probably less so. It is more a garden for botanists than one you would visit for attractive plants or gardens. Lot...  more »
  • This botanical garden needs a lot work but it's still nice enough to stroll around. There are plenty of benches in the shade to relax and read a book. Do bring mozzie reppelent because even in daytime...  more »
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  • There's no water inside... Please bring with you from outside! Wonderful place badly managed in Palermo. A lot of different plants classified one by one. It demonstrates an old culture in botany.
  • Great place to walk around for a couple of hours. The garden has a lot of plants but could be in slightly better shape. However it's nice to get out of the sun here and wonder around. When you enter you receive a map and can guide yourself through the gardens. Most plants have a plaque indicating their species too. If you come here you can couple it with Villa Giulia next door and Foro Italico by the water.
  • Very peaceful, vast variety of plants and trees. 5 euro admission fee. Great place for walking and relaxing.
  • This garden charged us only 2.5 Euros per head to enter but even this was dramatically poor value. The grounds and plants might at one time have been impressive. Everything now looks tired, unkempt and very much unloved. I have visited botanical gardens around the world, Singapore, Adelaide, Hobart, Sydney, London and so on. They are all excellent. This one is the dreariest and most disappointing. Don't waste your time and money here - go and find one of the free smaller delightful gardens in the Piazza Marina near the marina , the Piazza della Vittoria near the cathedral or the Giardino Inglese all of which offer a refuge from the madness and chaos that is Palermo.
  • Wonderful place. We spent the whole day in the garden and were very satisfied