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Orto Botanico

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Address: Via Pier Antonio Micheli 3, 50121, Florence, Italy
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These gardens hold a wonderful collection of exotic and Italian specimens that would be of interest to most plant lovers. There are herbs, exotics, cactii, all on display in a... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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Canberra, Australia
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

These gardens hold a wonderful collection of exotic and Italian specimens that would be of interest to most plant lovers. There are herbs, exotics, cactii, all on display in a garden with seating and also in a large greenhouse. Having said that, they are tired looking. At the time I visited there were weeds on the paths and in the... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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53 reviews
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Reviewed 30 September 2016

I always try to visor botanical gardens when traveling. Florence's is quite old, well displayed and offers a broad array of plantings. It was so nice to stroll the grounds and enjoy the product of many generations of nurturing plants with nary another soul in sight! Well worth it. Very close to the Academia/David.

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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41 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 22 September 2016

We found this by chance, wanting somewhere to reflect, as we had just visited San Marco and our minds were full of Fra Angelico. The gardens, begun in 1545 by Cosimo di Medici, are just around the corner from San Marco: they are behind the railings by the bus stops on via la Pira; follow the railings away from town,... More 

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56 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 30 June 2016

A small botanical garden north of the Galleria Accademia. Not the best gardens we have seen parts of it looked a little run down & untidy. Probably had its funding reduced as it is looked after by the university. It has some good tree specimens, palms & some beautiful hydrangeas. I would not make this a must visit place but,... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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150 reviews
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Reviewed 23 June 2016

These gardens are a little out the way, but not far as Florence is small. The gardens are so quiet and peaceful and a lovely way to end a busy tourist day.

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Nairobi, Kenya
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Reviewed 25 May 2016

The Orto Botanico is a small, peaceful and well laid out pretty garden on Via Per Antonio Micheli in Florence. Well worth a visit

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Vancouver bc
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 183 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 May 2016

Great to walk around this lovely old garden. You are handed a paper guide to the help inform you of the different groupings of plants. This garden is so quiet compared to the rest of Florence, well worth the time for a visit.

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London
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Reviewed 8 May 2016

I do love this botanical garden because it is an oasis of peace and tranquility in a busy old town. I did visit it in April so there was many flowers and trees in full blossom. There wasn't many tourists around so I did enjoy a time for reflection and meditate. It is worth visit!

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Herts
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Reviewed 29 April 2016

This is a small garden laid out in experimental beds. You are given a guide when you go in and it explains what you will find in each area. It is very pleasant to wander around on a warm day. The downside is that there is only one toilet in the garden and is is not in pristine condition.

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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 27 April 2016

We spent a very happy hour or so in this lovely little botanical garden. It's clear that there is much work in hand to improve this haven of peace, and there are sections of medicinal plants, carnivorous plants, scented plants, succulents, and a magnificent palm house, among lots of shrubs, mature trees, ponds, etc. It's really varied - lots to... More 

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San Marco
The pleasant atmosphere of this residential area, a stone’s throw away from the Duomo of Florence, surprises everyone. A continuous flow of backpacking students provides the tranquil surroundings for the elderly residents who sit in Piazza San Marco to read the daily newspaper. Home to several universities, including the Academy of Fine Arts, San Marco is one of the most vibrant cultural centers in the city. A bridge connecting the modern cultural activity of Florence to its classic art, represented by the everlasting magnificence of the original David, resonates as a symbol of Florence and of Italy as a whole. Get lost in a Neoclassic world, a journey back in time through historic buildings like Spedale degli Innocenti (Hospital of the Innocents), San Marco church, Basilica della Santissima Annunziata, and natural jewels like the Botanical Gardens.
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