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Orto Botanico

The University's Botanical Gardens

Entrance to the gardens

The University’s Botanical Garden, started by Ulisse Aldovrandi, is one of the oldest in the world. It's also the second-largest park in the city centre, with a collection of mostly Mediterranean flora, rock and herb gardens and ponds, along with such exotica as a fully grown sequoia, and greenhouses for cacti and insectivorous plants.

There's also a Botanical Museum and a Herbarium; the latter houses over 100,000 dried plants, although this is open, by appointment, only to students and researchers with documents proving their studies.

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Via Irnerio 42

Hours Gardens open Mon–Fri 8.30am–3.30pm, Sat 8.30am–1pm; closed Sun. Botanical museum: Mon–Fri 9am–1pm

Adm Gardens and the museum are both free


+39 051 209 1325

Text © Dana Facaros and Michael Pauls

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