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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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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... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed July 14, 2015
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St. Albans, United Kingdom

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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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.

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St. Albans, United Kingdom
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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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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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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 

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Milano
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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

We enjoyed a pleasant hour walking around these gardens. What they lack in pristinely manicured beauty, they make up for in the wide range of plants from all over the world and from years gone by. We visited in mid May, when we hoped the azaleas would be in full bloom. Unfortunately, perhaps because of the unusually warm weather, they... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

I'd have felt I had wasted my time if it were free, but it was 3 euro each. Maybe I'm just spoilt by the botanical gardens of my own country, but we were disappointed. Opposite is a gated off hotel which had far nicer gardens, not to mention the free gardens over the river

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

This garden is close to the Accademia and is a welcome break from museums and stair-climbing. Admission is included in the Firenze card, but only 3 Euros if paid separately. Lots of plants from all over the world.

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Weymouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

These gardens are the same ones as the Orto botanico and are botanical, as the second name indicates. Therefore, there is no point going if you are looking for English-style flower beds and cultivated lawns. Prettiness is not the point of this garden. HOWEVER, if you like or love Plants, then this is probably the place for you. The range... More 

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Weymouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

These gardens are the same ones as the Giardino dei Semplici and are botanical. Therefore, there is no point going if you are looking for English-style flower beds and cultivated lawns. Prettiness is not the point of this garden. HOWEVER, if you like or love Plants, then this is probably the place for you. The range of plants is impressive... More 

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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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