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Orto Botanico di Padova

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Address: Via Orto Botanico, 15, 35123, Padua, Italy
Phone Number: 0498273939
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The world's first university botanical garden continues a tradition of...

The world's first university botanical garden continues a tradition of research into plant species begun in 1545. In the World Heritage List Unesco from 1997.

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we spent several days in the botanical garden and we sensed the centuries of caring for plants - a wonderful display in the Mandala design of the garden, a remembrance of the palm... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

we spent several days in the botanical garden and we sensed the centuries of caring for plants - a wonderful display in the Mandala design of the garden, a remembrance of the palm of Goethe (unfortunately not free standing but imprisoned - or protected). And the new greenhouses with the different ecosystems and a modern description of ecosystems and changes... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Our first visit to this wonderful place was an event never to be forgotten. Kudos to those who took part in making this happen. A big learning experience and I would recommend it for visitors

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is NOT for the amateur gardener. I have visited Gardens all over the world and this was pathetic. It may be for the academic, but at the price they charge for entry, they should be embarrassed. Go elsewhere, DON'T waste your money.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It’s amazing that such a place should be located so close to the city centre of Padua but I suppose that when it was founded in 1545 it was probably on the outskirts of the city. Apparently it is the world’s oldest academic garden still in its original location and largely to the original plan. The main garden is contained... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Extremely fascinating and dense with history, I loved the visit, not just thanks to my passion for plants! A modern part has been recently added, with a selection of tropical and desert plants. In my opinion this contrast between ancient and contemporary was very successful!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We loved it. Hardly anyone there. Beautiful. Compared to the gardens in the US this is a special treat.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The old part of the garden is quite small, but pretty and with an interesting selection of plants. There is a new extension called the Biodiversity Garden, basically one big greenhouse divided into five sections, each simulating the conditions of different environments like a tropical rainforest, the Mediterranean region or a desert. There are of course plants to look at... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There is a 15 Euro entry fee (13 for seniors like me) so we settled for looking through the fence. It is not large at all.

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This is a peaceful and beautiful place. The historic garden is now augmented by the fairly new Biodiversity greenhouses which are modern and light. I just miss the little tea place where you could sit and recover your energy!

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I am not a big fan of botanical gardens, but since Padua's is the world's oldest botanical garden, I thought I should see it. I was not impressed, and found the botanical garden in Leiden more impressive. If they would point out more historic facts about this garden, it may be more appealing.


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