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Botanical Gardens (Orto Botanico)

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Address: Via Micheli 12, Florence, Italy
Phone Number: 055 275 7404
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Some space, some fresh air in busy florence

We were amazed to find a green space in the city we could get into even if we did pay a fee - there are other gardens marked on the map but mostly they are private inner... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 6, 2015
Jer D
Bordeaux, France

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Harelbeke, Belgium
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14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015

Don't be mislead by the negative comments and appreciations from other visitors. Like some other people said here, this is not a place where you will find lots of flower beds, mind blowing viewing axes,... This is a BOTANICAL garden, and one of the nicest I 've ever been to. Not very large, but we strolled here for hours... A... More 

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Bordeaux, France
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57 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015

We were amazed to find a green space in the city we could get into even if we did pay a fee - there are other gardens marked on the map but mostly they are private inner courtyards ( for a block ) Not fancy, not a big production, but a haven away from the busy main sights

Thank Jer D
Utrecht Province, The Netherlands
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9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015

A very quiet garden, just a half a kilometer away from the crowds. Every tree and bush has its nameplate to help those interested in botanical details. Benches to sit (or lie) on. I cannot judge the collection, but is is a nice place to be.

Thank Donkiemar
London, United Kingdom
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112 reviews
50 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015

The gardens are not large and to be honest not any larger than many a London Square but charming enough and sheltered enough on a hot Florentine afternoon. They also take you to a part of Florence you are unlikely otherwise to venture and we certainly encountered cafes and shops we might not have.

Thank Christopher U
Ballymena, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

As a gardener I was keen to visit a green space in Florence. Although the entrance fee was only €3, I found the gardens which are attached to the university disappointing. The information provided in the garden layout map asked that visitors not touch or damage the

Thank Casualdiner287
Christchurch, New Zealand
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

The most boring and unpleasant park I've ever been to, nothing to see there, very small and poorly organised. Mosquitos in abundance.

Thank irinammelnik
St. Albans, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

It was very hot and the roses and other earlier flowering plants were "over" but interesting section of roses and some special hydrangeas (still in flower),and unusual citrus.Apart from a rather bored and unforthcoming girl who took our (modest) entry fee we saw no one else.Interesting and worth a visit if you are interested in plants but it felt neglected... More 

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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56 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

These are lovely garden that were all but empty of people when we visited. There are parts that are a little unkempt but it's all very interesting. The entry is reasonably priced and it's a good place after all the crowded parts of Florence. On another note, the toilet that looked awful from the outside was spotless and perfectly pleasant... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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50 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

I spent a lovely hour or so at the Orto Botanico today. There were lots and lots of healthy and sumptuous plants, trees and flowers in full bloom (last time I visited in January 2013, the gardens were closed for Winter) with the most fascinating medicinal section, right next to the carnivore plants. The most interesting feature regarding this garden... More 

2 Thank lindasydney1
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29 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

The botanic garden ("Giardino dei semplici" in Italian) is part of the Department of Botanic of the University of Florence. In fact, its access is through the departemental reception. It offers a vast collection of plants and flowers, mostly from the Tuscany area. Interesting break from the visits to the crowded museums, and very relaxing.

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San Marco
The pleasant atmosphere of this residential area, a stone’s throw away from the Duomo of Florence, surprises everyone. A continuous flow of backpacking students provides the tranquil surroundings for the elderly residents who sit in Piazza San Marco to read the daily newspaper. Home to several universities, including the Academy of Fine Arts, San Marco is one of the most vibrant cultural centers in the city. A bridge connecting the modern cultural activity of Florence to its classic art, represented by the everlasting magnificence of the original David, resonates as a symbol of Florence and of Italy as a whole. Get lost in a Neoclassic world, a journey back in time through historic buildings like Spedale degli Innocenti (Hospital of the Innocents), San Marco church, Basilica della Santissima Annunziata, and natural jewels like the Botanical Gardens.
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