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Orto Botanico di Pisa

Via Luca Ghini, 5, 56126 Pisa, Italy
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Ranked #34 of 47 attractions in Pisa
Type: Gardens
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Leiden, The Netherlands
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34 reviews 34 reviews
16 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

Peaceful and quiet spot, a few minutes walk from the Piazza dei Miracoli. You can seat and relax there and have a lunch. But the garden itself is in poor condition, badly maintained, with a lot of dead plants. The work needs to be done. The coffee and water, which you can by from the machine, by the entrance, are... More

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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
4 reviews 4 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

We only paid €1.50, but even that was too much. Even the chlorophytum, which can go months without water, was dying. Sure, it's a nice quiet location but it was sad to see all these dying plants.

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29 reviews 29 reviews
13 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

Although we weren't too impressed with the garden over all, it was such a treat to get out of the masses of the piazza dei miracoli and into this quiet, pretty and peaceful 16th century garden. I think there were at most six other people during our visit. We bought some cheap water and crisps from a machine and settled... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013 via mobile

How can they pretend there's any value in this?? It may be the oldest botanical garden in Europe .....but what's for sure - it's the worst. Nobody waters the specimens, so they're all dead and nobody tidies up, so it looks unkempt. They should be prosecuted for misrepresentation!

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London, United Kingdom
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158 reviews 158 reviews
23 attraction reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013 via mobile

We loved these gardens and thought them a great place to visit - and incredibly cheap entrance fees too. But I want to organise teams of keen English gardeners to go and give some tlc and water. Wouldn't the average Brit pay for such a privilege - in the oldest university gardens in the world? These need love but are... More

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Washington, United Kingdom
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30 reviews 30 reviews
4 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2013

We were a bit sceptical after reading all the bad reviews but looking at the images uploaded on TA, to us it looked quite inviting. At euro 2.50 the gardens are well worth a visit....yes there are areas of neglect but not that bad, this isn't a commercial money making set-up it's a work in constant progress as part of... More

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Sydney, Australia
14 reviews 14 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2013

A stone's throw from the cathedral and the tower, the gardens are entered from a lane off the Via San Maria and could provide a pleasant green oasis if you tire of stone and history. Entry costs €2.50 but the gardens are sadly neglected. There are one or two interesting specimens, but many more weeds. There are a couple of... More

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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2013

If you love plants or need a quiet place to rest this is the place for you. It is close to the Tower area so worth popping in.

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32 reviews 32 reviews
5 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013

The garden is a little oasis in the city centre with some fine old trees. However, we were disappointed at how neglected it was, with the labelled plant specimens overrun with weeds. We weren't expecting a lot to be in flower during an unseaonably cold April, but they neglected to tell us that the glasshouse, which we would have expected... More

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Budapest, Hungary
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44 reviews 44 reviews
33 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

I think the most important characteristics of Pisa are the special, old houses and the lush vegetation. Also the Orto Botanico is is characterized by such features, and is absolutely worth a visit! It is only 5 minutes walk from the Leaning Tower, in a side street, located at via Ghini 5. It belongs to the University of Pisa. Dream... More

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