Orto Botanico (Botanical Garden), Pisa

Orto Botanico (Botanical Garden), Pisa (must see)

The Botanical Garden was the first university botanical garden in Europe when it was founded in 1544. It has been in its current location since 1591.

Today, it is a beautiful place to stroll through, appreciate nature, and discover botanical treasures.

The garden has several sections, including gardens, ponds, the botanical school, and greenhouses. The old botany institute was completed in 1595 and features a sea-shell facade.

The Pharaonic collection is especially impressive and represents horticultural treasures found in ancient Egyptian tombs. The garden also has aquatic plants that are so endangered there are no longer found in nature. The water gardens have lovely pools and fountains.

The Botanical Garden features a Botanical Museum founded by the Grand Tuke of Tuscany in 1591. The museum has portraits of famous botanists and various artworks. The Herbarium features 350,000 samples, including a variety of seagrasses.

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Orto Botanico (Botanical Garden) on Map

Sight Name: Orto Botanico (Botanical Garden)
Sight Location: Pisa, Italy (See walking tours in Pisa)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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