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Orto botanico di Palermo, Palermo
(3.8/5 based on 700+ reviews on the web)
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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  • Botanical Garden among the most important in Europe boasts countless species, with specimens really superb.
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  • I highly recommend a walk to shadow this beautiful Science Park with rare specimens to our latitude some very unique and interesting
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  • Even for the less interested in Botany is a very good place for a stroll among the original plants from many parts of the world. Fabulous figs, bamboo groves, collections of cacti, various citrus fruits, shrubs, lotosy in the pool, and many others
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  • Awesome gardens with a mix of desert and tropical varieties. Highlight was a grand ~170 year old Moreton Bay Fig all the way from Australia
  • I dropped by here almost by accident when I was exploring the city, it was only €5 for entrance so I thought heck why not take some time to explore it and try out my new macro lens I bought for my digital camera. The gardens history can be traced back to 1779 making it the oldest garden in Europe and now covers 10 hectares, the gardens has certainly been run down which is a shame. The garden has a number of Australian plants which always makes you a little homesick such as the Moreton Bay Fig. There is also a free garden next door that you can also explore, if the weather is good or far too hot I would suggest dropping by the gardens to cool down as there is plenty of cover to escape the heat and plenty of paths to explore.
  • Was nice to wander round on a hot day and get some shade. Although the plants all look a bit dry and in need of some water. Slightly dilapidated as far as botanical gardens go but only €5 to go in. Have a good selection of cacti and a small museum to look in.
  • Inexpensive, not big but perfect for an hour walk or having a lunch.
  • Amazing place. Like wandering around in a dream