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Orto Botanico di Palermo

Via Lincoln, 2/A, 90123 Palermo, Sicily, Italy (Tribunali)
+39 091 23891236
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Ranked #34 of 142 attractions in Palermo
Type: Gardens
Traveler Description: Orto Botannico The Botanical Gardens are part of the University of Palermo. They constitutes the most significant scientific and educational facility... more »
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Annapolis, Maryland
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65 reviews 65 reviews
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

We visited the garden because our guidebook said it was one of the loveliest in Europe. I'm not sure when the writers visited last, because that was not our experience. It was fun to see plants from all over, and particularly to see (and be able to identify) plants that we then saw on our travels elsewhere in Sicily. And... More

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Watford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

Had a lovely afternoon in the botanical gardens of Palermo. So many cactus's I haven't seen anywhere! Lovely routes, great selection of plants. There also was in incredible botanical market onsite just around a green and lively pond. Word to the wise: don't feed the turtles in the pond or they will attack you in dozens! Fantastic rime spent.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

We were here in the fall a couple years ago. As Botanical Gardens go, this one was OK, just. There are a few nice sections and a good variety of exotic flora. It serves as a good place to escape the noise and bustle of Palermo and if you were wise enough to stay in lodgings nearby, then this will... More

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

Very nice garden, with some interesting plants and a good place to relax during the hot part of the day.

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5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013 via mobile

For €5 each it really wasn't worth it. Very dry, a bit dirty, not enough signs, just not really up to much. I've been to free botanic gardens before and they were fantastic, this was not.

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L'Orignal, Ontario, Canada
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3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013

We were amazed by the ancient trees with their twisted shapes. Like something out of a fantasy novel. Beautiful pond with turtles sliding. Wonderful get-away from the Palermo. We were lucky enough to see a wedding party doing photos.

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8 attraction reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013 via mobile

This is not a great example of a botanical garden - dry, unkept, really ugly in parts. The best thing here were the turtles. Not worth paying to get in.

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Saint Albans, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013

I bought my lunch from the supermarket one day and ate it here. Many newly married couples come here to take photos and videos, and I was asked by one photographer if I could remain on my bench while the bridge and groom sat next to me... While I'll never be sure, I'm pretty sure I 'photobombed' someone's wedding photos.... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2013

We had a full day to ourselves before our tour began in Sicily so we went to Orto Botanico. It turned out to be a lovely day. The flowers were so beautiful... We loved walking through the gardens and grounds. The lily pond and statues were really beautiful. It was a relaxing way to get over our jet lag and... More

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Newport, United Kingdom
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56 attraction reviews
151 helpful votes 151 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2013

This was one of my favourite parts of the city. Located in the East of the city on Via Lincoln, just several blocks from Palermo Central Train Station, this 10 hectare site is really something else. Opened in 1795, work began on the grounds in 1789 as part of the university. Dufourny, a French architect, along with 3 local architects... More

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