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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 155 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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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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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50 attraction reviews
103 helpful votes 103 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
17 reviews 17 reviews
11 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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70 reviews 70 reviews
20 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 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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317 reviews 317 reviews
52 attraction reviews
158 helpful votes 158 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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Copenhagen, Denmark
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65 reviews 65 reviews
22 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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47 reviews 47 reviews
8 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
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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