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Orto Botanico (Giardino dei Semplici)

World's Third Oldest Botanical Garden

Plan of the Gardens in the 18th century

The University’s Giardino dei Semplici, a botanical garden of 'simples' or medicinal plants was created by Cosimo I in 1545 (only the gardens in Pisa and Padua are older) and maintains much of its original layout, with medicinal herbs, Tuscan plants, water lily basins, carnivorous plants, cycads, flowers and tropical plants and palms in its greenhouses.

View of the Orto Botanico

They are rightly proud of their five ancient trees, including the garden's senior citizen, a yew planted in 1720. It's usually very peaceful in the gardens, an oasis from the hustle noise and bustle of the city.

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Via P. Micheli 3

Hours Apr—6 Oct daily 10am—6pm, closed Mon; 7 Oct—Mar Sat & Sun 10am—4pm

Adm €6, reduced €3, under 6 free. Family €13.

+39 055 275 6444


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Text © Dana Facaros & Michael Pauls

Images by Sailko, GNU Creative Commons License, tato grasso, Creative Commons License