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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 #39 of 163 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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Richmond, Surrey
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

If nothing else, this was a most relaxing couple of hours ambling around he gardens. Some great photos, great wildlife, and of course, some very interesting plantlife. And not forgetting the statues

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Moscow, Russia
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28 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

We enjoyed the walk in the park. It is well kept and there are a lot of beautifull plants and trees there. Sicilians use it to sleep on the banks on a hot day (according to those we saw during our walk). There is a lot of shadow from the trees that is also great on a hot day of... More

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53 reviews 53 reviews
9 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

As a botanical garden it is fair, offering varieties of plants in different sections, but there are more attractive I have been to. Word of warning, while here we were eaten alive by the local Mosquitos, make sure you apply repellent.

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Toronto, Canada
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

The Botanical Garden in Palermo is indeed unique, by its size and from a historical and scientific research point of view. It set up centuries ago the very concept of such a place, after which other Botanical Gardens were built in Europe and elsewhere. It is not just a garden, but one that has high historical value, as it contains... More

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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

Perhaps our expectations were high but we were very disappointed with these gardens. We were particularly interested in the gardens as my husband is a landscape gardener and wish we had used our money for something else. There was litter thrown around, we did see two gardeners working and whilst we sat and watched them strimming the lawns my husband... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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192 reviews 192 reviews
95 attraction reviews
151 helpful votes 151 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

We viewed the botanical gardens from the outside and also discussed the merits with an American friend who had paid the entry fee and has a good knowledge of gardens around the world. Poorly maintained, and lacking in flowers, in our opinion there are better places to spend your hard earned dollars on tourist attractions.

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Rugby, United Kingdom
18 reviews 18 reviews
11 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

Perfect place for people who like calm and green environment. Lovely garden with plants from around the world. Walk around that place it's a proper rest from the chaos on the streets.

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Annapolis, Maryland
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21 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 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
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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381 reviews 381 reviews
70 attraction reviews
180 helpful votes 180 helpful votes
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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