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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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  • Yes it is poorly maintained and poorly managed, but the richness of flora made amends and the air of discreet abandonment has its own charm. Notable ficus and the Avenue of the experimental zone.
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  • Extraordinary! not only to botanists and plant enthusiasts, but for anyone who loves beautiful things, different, strange. This Botanical Garden hosts several interesting collections culminating in the 1845 magnolioide fig (Ficus macrophylla subsp. columnaris) that you won't be able to photograph in full because of the foliage on more than 1000 square meters: is the ideal place to spend half a day in a cool, shaded by unique plants, so different and so very nice. GO for IT (with a basket for the snack)!
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  • It makes an impression, for a trip to Palermo feel, the Botanical Garden, with all you can see in Palermo. Well, it is not a coincidence. the orto botanico di Palermo is a true wonder, must see
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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