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Botanical Garden of Padova

Via Orto Botanico, 15, 35123 Padua, Italy
+39 049 201 0222
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Ranked #9 of 89 Attractions in Padua
Type: Gardens, Outdoors
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Owner description: The world's first university botanical garden continues a tradition of research into plant species begun in 1545.

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Banbridge, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

The formal gardens outside the greenhouses were beautiful but the greenhouses themselves were the most impressive and interesting. They are devided into different climatic areas and demonstrate our dependance on plants as well as the effects they have on our lifestyles. The emphasis on our effect on the flora of the planet is also well presented. This is an edducational... More

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Ljubljana, Slovenia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
6 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

I was surprised when we walked there. Gothes palm was extremely old 400 years. I liked the modern greenhouse with so many different climate zone and rare species from all over the world.

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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

We visited only a couple of days after the opening of the new bio-diversity glasshouses. The glass structures themselves are extremely beautiful, and have viewing galleries so you can look down onto the water lily pond, and different climatic areas. Waterfalls form part of the exterior of the glasshouse structure. The information on plants,their habitats, and various uses is presented... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

We almost missed the modern section of the garden; it isnt on the maps you get at the ticket window. Walk al the way around the central garden and take the path to the right near the fountain; you will find an enormous modern greenhouse with four different climate zones inside. Best of all were the interactive displays detailing the... More

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Port Coquitlam, Canada
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58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

You have to be really into gardening to want to go to this garden but it is free with the Padova card. It is one of the largest botanic gardens in the world. In August there was hardly a flower in sight and you need to be a garden lover to appreciate it.

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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

The world’s oldest academic garden is now home to contemporary greenhouses hosting what is defined as 'biodiversity'. I had read about it in the news and decided to go and see for myself. The greenhouses are amazing and the educational aspect is really interesting. When I visited they had litterally just opened the new greenhouses and some of the plants... More

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Bath, United Kingdom
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57 reviews 57 reviews
9 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

We visited the botanical garden in late August. It was probably not the best time to go as the hot summer had clearly taken its toll on quite a few of the plants. But was still quite a lot to see in particular giant water lilies of which there were several varieties and carnivorous plants (just short of a triffid!).... More

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Long Island
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50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

If you are from the States, you should be aware that this is a historic garden and not a show place of fantastic flower beds like we have here. The plants on display are really weeds but therein lies the charm. Once upon a time these were collected in order for the student botanists of the 1400, 1500, 1600's to... More

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Padua, Italy
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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The renovation occured recently has just made this garden even more interesting and amazing. It has a great tradition, but now with all the new green houses and the green technology it is really worth a visit!

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Milan, Italy
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28 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Such a surprise to find that crocus, lily of the valley, holly, delphiniums and other garden favourites are poisonous, but this is just one of the surprises of the Botanical gardens. The geometrical lay out, the ginko, Goethe's palm tree in its glass pagoda, the hothouses (such a pity the orchid house was closed). The little leaflet you get with... More

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