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Orto Botanico

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Address: Via Pier Antonio Micheli 3, 50121, Florence, Italy
Phone Number: +39 055 275 6444
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Wonderful gardens, a peaceful alternative to the touristic crowds

I always try to visor botanical gardens when traveling. Florence's is quite old, well displayed and offers a broad array of plantings. It was so nice to stroll the grounds and... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 October 2016
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

I always try to visor botanical gardens when traveling. Florence's is quite old, well displayed and offers a broad array of plantings. It was so nice to stroll the grounds and enjoy the product of many generations of nurturing plants with nary another soul in sight! Well worth it. Very close to the Academia/David.

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

We found this by chance, wanting somewhere to reflect, as we had just visited San Marco and our minds were full of Fra Angelico. The gardens, begun in 1545 by Cosimo di Medici, are just around the corner from San Marco: they are behind the railings by the bus stops on via la Pira; follow the railings away from town,... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2016

A small botanical garden north of the Galleria Accademia. Not the best gardens we have seen parts of it looked a little run down & untidy. Probably had its funding reduced as it is looked after by the university. It has some good tree specimens, palms & some beautiful hydrangeas. I would not make this a must visit place but,... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2016

These gardens are a little out the way, but not far as Florence is small. The gardens are so quiet and peaceful and a lovely way to end a busy tourist day.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2016

The Orto Botanico is a small, peaceful and well laid out pretty garden on Via Per Antonio Micheli in Florence. Well worth a visit

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2016

Great to walk around this lovely old garden. You are handed a paper guide to the help inform you of the different groupings of plants. This garden is so quiet compared to the rest of Florence, well worth the time for a visit.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 May 2016

I do love this botanical garden because it is an oasis of peace and tranquility in a busy old town. I did visit it in April so there was many flowers and trees in full blossom. There wasn't many tourists around so I did enjoy a time for reflection and meditate. It is worth visit!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2016

This is a small garden laid out in experimental beds. You are given a guide when you go in and it explains what you will find in each area. It is very pleasant to wander around on a warm day. The downside is that there is only one toilet in the garden and is is not in pristine condition.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2016

We spent a very happy hour or so in this lovely little botanical garden. It's clear that there is much work in hand to improve this haven of peace, and there are sections of medicinal plants, carnivorous plants, scented plants, succulents, and a magnificent palm house, among lots of shrubs, mature trees, ponds, etc. It's really varied - lots to... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2016

We visited in winter, when no garden looks its best, but this looks well laid out and worth a return visit in Spring or Summer. The Serra (hothouse / palm house) had a photographic exhibition of features in trees like faces, which children would enjoy.

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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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