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“Great gardens”

Orto Botanico "Giarino dei Semplici"
Reviewed May 19, 2013

I was not planning to visit these botanical gardens following the reviews I had read on trip advisor. I am so glad I did, they are not the largest garden I have ever visited, it only cost a few euros to get in and there is plenty to see if you love tropical, and sub tropical plants. You can visit the glass houses (don't expect Kew gardens) and look at many different palms and grasses, there is also a large collection of palms and cycad outside to look at. If you ask you can also visit the small greenhouses but you must be accompanied by a member of staff. You can wonder around and sit for a while in the shade and recover from the heat of the day. It was clean and tidy in the gardens and not how previously reviewed. Remember this is a Botanical garden in a city centre, not a landscaped garden with views.

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Reviewed May 4, 2013

I feel this place has been slated on Trip advisor, but we found it to be clean, tidy and a well attended. We spent about an hour and a half wondering round looking at Palm trees and such like. A nice peaceful place to sit amongst the hustle and bustle of the city.

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Reviewed November 18, 2012

Coming from California, I'm used to a wide range of year-round public gardens, from the spectacular at Huntington, to the more pedestrian, in Golden Gate park. Coming to Florence, having done the statuary, the palatial museums and the churches, I'd have expected something a bit more impressive, and perhaps that would be the Bandini or Boboli Gardens we've still to see. This?

Perhaps in summer, or late spring. In November, many of the beds are dormant, and while the trees make for a pretty show of color, it doesn't make up for the underwhelming nature of the plantings, or the setting.

There are a couple of period illustrations, dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries specifically, that show how the gardens were intended to look (quite a bit more formal, like the one up in Settignano) but that's not quite how it came out. The small greenhouses are pretty much run of the mill commercial, and off limits; the larger greenhouses, while in a nice building for a small town in Texas, are hardly worth looking at in Florence, and the plants inside, while grouped scientifically or by their purpose (scent, edibility, fibre) aren't all that impressive to behold, either; I'm thinking of the interior of Kew Gardens big glass house, or the smaller one in Golden Gate park: Much better done.

You've got a lot to see in Florence and surrounds, and maybe not a lot of time. You can see this garden almost entirely from beyond the fence (and it's very close to the gorgeous Piazza SS Annunziata, so if it looks gorgeous from the outside, then you may decide to go in, if not, you won't see anything more impressive from within than you can from where you are.

It's €6. per person, I'd suggest using that money elsewhere, at least in the fall.

1  Thank gryphonisle
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Reviewed September 27, 2012

Situated by the the Academie we discovered this by accident, and found ourselves enjoying the shelter and quiet of this fascinating unassuming part of the University. There were magnificent specimens and collections, such as a ferns, fruits and architectural diversions too. Reasonable price to get in and they provide insect repellent!

1  Thank Julescumbria1956
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Reviewed September 15, 2012

I saw there some plants for the first time in my life( like Coca , Guarana, Pepper, Mate, Arundo donax, atropa belladonna, ... ) and maybe because I visited it in September, there were not too many flowers but still you could see palm trees, cactus, carnivorous plants, fruits, medicinal plants.

The garden is not that big but is nice and quite. The price, indeed is a little too much( 6 euros- full price)

Thank Lupp F
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