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Orto Botanico di Padova, Padua

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World heritage site · Garden · Nature / Park
Managed by the University of Padua, Orto Botanico di Padova is devoted to the growth of medicinal plants. A shortage of hothouses means that more than 6,000 plant species are cultivated outdoors in carefully organized groupings by plant type. Visit the different sections: Mediterranean, alpine, freshwater, succulents, and orchids. University students often use the gardens as their library for studying the different varieties. Work out when and for how long to visit Orto Botanico di Padova and other Padua attractions using our handy Padua road trip planner.
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  • I was expecting great things, billed as the oldest Botanical Garden in Europe. It’s interesting, but I realised that it is more a historical piece rather than ‘spectacular’ as other gardens are. So...  more »
  • Must see. A really great experience. Very well-presented with plenty of explanation in English. A huge range of plants which really demonstrates how much the Padovan botanists knew and how far they...  more »
  • Lovely botanical garden in the heart of Padua. Given its historical importance providing research for medicine and showcasing a wide range of plant life, this is a worthwhile stop if you’re in the city. Some comments mention that it’s rather poorly maintained and doesn’t have a wide depth of offerings, but I would disagree. This is one of the oldest botanical gardens and the current footprint was probably limited and was probably considered quite large for its time. In that sense, it does feel like a throwback. Yes, it’s not super polished but the specimens we saw were all really beautiful and included cacti, mosses, aquatic plants, carnivorous plants. During the visit, we saw staff maintaining the grounds and taking care of the debris from the larger trees. Garden is very walkable and is connected though a few walkways to another building which was holding some conventions when I visited. Looked educational and was attended by university students. It’s also fun to be able to get up close to a cluster of pitcher plants and see them digesting insects is not something you get to do everyday. After all this time, still a great place for observing, learning and inspiration.
  • Just mind blowing! A must to visit in Padova. It makes you think that we are not who addomesticated the planet but it's otherwise, because we are completely dependent from it. While I was there I totally forget that around that place there is a city and chaos.

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