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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  • August 14, 2017
    Exceptional plants, unique varieties, trees and climate would make of this place a Pearl of Italy. Unfortunately, carelessness, intolerant plants, yellow, lack of comments and constructive criticisms, even giving rise to right degradation on arrangement and organization. Reception staff friendly, polite and professional pointed out a short summary describing the path in the paths and the most important areas of the Park. Suggestions to improve it: 1) guided tour 2) Less dry leaves 3) greener (such as the grounds "LA MORTELLA" of Ischia) 4) tourist guides or organization groups (such as is done in the visits of castles in Val d'Aosta) 5) signals with clear arrows 6) information boards on plants 7) greater care of plants and flower beds we hope for improvements and adjustments!
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  • August 10, 2017
    A large Botanical Garden a little left (poorly maintained) abandoned with sometimes inaccessible areas green having regained possession of certain spaces. It's € 5 entry per person and well worth a visit but it was expected when even a little better (compared to Kew Gardens it seems very sad for example). There are only 2-3 greenhouses and paths are laborious.
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  • August 9, 2017
    Territory of biodiversity, l'orto botanico di Palermo is, like Sicily, a place of diversity and acceptance. A visit is absolutely recommended. Word of Palermo
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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

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