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Orto Botanico

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Address: via A.Longo 19, 95100 Catania, Sicily, Italy
Phone Number: +39 (0)95 430901
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Nice Gardens, Not that Well Kept.

Nice Gardens that are nicely done, but not that well maintained. The hothouses are really nice if you want to experience the rainforest and have never been to one, or have.

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 13, 2015
Bray M
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Washington, DC
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172 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015

The Orto Botanico is a lovely botanical garden near the city center on Via Etnea, close to a bus stop. The ticket office is at the front gate and admission is only a few euros. A map is provided, but the gardens are small enough (16, 000 square meters) that you can wander around and enjoy it all within a... More 

Thank ViewsAndReviews
Warsaw, Poland
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164 reviews
55 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Safe your time for something else. A few things that are strange: 1. It looks nice in the pictures. Reality is quite different and garden is dissapointing. 2. They charge an entry fee (3 EURO/person) since at the same time people can enter the garden from the other side for free. 3. Even they charge you, some places are absolutely... More 

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8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

Nice Gardens that are nicely done, but not that well maintained. The hothouses are really nice if you want to experience the rainforest and have never been to one, or have.

Thank Bray M
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105 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

I think it's meant to be 4 euros to get in but we were told it was free (we may have looked over 65!). Very nice gardens in 2 parts - a Sicilian garden and the rest of the world. Lots of shade, beautiful plants and flowers and impressive trees. A good way to spend an hour or 2 and... More 

1 Thank LoungerLondon
San Diego, CA
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34 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

The website with all museums and the botanical garden listed free admission. Getting there, it turned out to be 4 Euros per person. The cactus garden before the entrance did not look like much, so we skipped it. More of the garden can be seen from Via Ettenea, close to the hotels.

1 Thank Liz-SD
Catania, Italy
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95 reviews
53 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

It is a departement of the Catania University, It is located in the main street of the town but the usual entrance is from the opposite side. A lot of species can be found there and there is also a covered tropical garden.

Thank Alessandro B
Burnham-on-Crouch, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

The Botanical Gardens of Catania is such a lovely spot in the morning to just slowly stroll round and to sit and enjoy it is so much larger than it looks from the street .

Thank Annie D
Toronto, Canada
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55 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

The Botanical Garden in Catania is not too big, probably because of being locked in a residential area a while ago, and this makes it very manageable. Given the tight space, I found it very well organized, the space is used judiciously and there is very little repetition of the plants/trees. One can spend there from minutes to hours, but... More 

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Budapest, Hungary
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47 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014 via mobile

We arrived late - could not find the opening hours on the web - so we did a 15 minutes visit, but did not have to pay! Meny cactuses as it was mentioned earlier and a few really exotic and interesting plants, but some parts are a bit less taken care of.

1 Thank SzonjaHU
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45 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

Well laid out, interesting exhibits, plants and tree species - nice cool areas to shelter in on hot days - very pleasant to walk around - we spoke with one of the managers and it struck me it was one of the lesser visited attractions - but for me - well worth half a day!

Thank JPR_101

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