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The Botanical garden is one of the oldest gardens in the world and it stretches over an area of more than two hectares, indoors and outdoors. The large warm and cold greenhouses date back to the nineteenth century and they are the largest in Italy: here, tropical and subtropical plants find shelter here.

Outdoors, visitors can find unique specimens of plants; among the 220 trees present, the five monumental trees are very evocative, such as the Yew planted in 1720, the oldest specimen in the Garden, and the Cork Oak dating back to 1805. Pianta-orto-botanico
The theme paths are very interesting: the evolutionary path among the various species of vascular plants with several “living fossils”, the path on old and modern roses and the sensory, tactile and olfactory paths for blind people. Worth mentioning is the wide collection of food plants, particularly important from an educational point of view.

In the nineteenth-century side part of the Garden, visitors can find the collection of Gymnosperms where the presence of the Wollemia nobilis is pointed out, which is an old gymnosperm deemed to be a fossil plant until 1994, the year of its discovery in Australia.

Il Giardino dei Semplici (another name with which it is known) is certainly scientifically interesting but also a relaxing and extremely pleasant place to be enjoyed in this way, without any botanical knowledge, only letting ourselves get involved by the colors of the flowers, the rustling of the leaves and the delicious shadow. The presence of the fountains, with the big central one dating back to the nineteenth century and several other basins used for the beautiful Water Lilies and Lotus, makes it a real oasis in the centre of Florence.


Published: 2/5/2017

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