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Orto Botanico di Palermo, Palermo

Orto Botanico di Palermo, Palermo (must see)

The Orto Botanico di Palermo, or Palermo Botanical Garden, is both a botanical garden and a research and educational institution forming part of, and managed by the Department of Botany of the University of Palermo. It covers about 30 acres on top of red soil that has evolved on a calcareous tufaceous substratum. The gardens are currently home to at least 12,000 different species.

The earliest beginnings of the gardens go back to 1779, when the Accademia dei Regi Studi created the chair of "Botany and medicinal properties". They were allocated a modest plot of land to develop a small botancial garden dedicated to the cultivation of plants with medicinal benefits for the twin objectives of general learning and improving public health. The central neo-classical building, known as the Gymnasium, is located near the main entrance gate. Originally it was the main office of the Schola Regia Botanice (school of botany), the Herbarium, the library and the director's office. The Linneian section is the oldest section of the gardens, laid out in a rectangular shape and divided into four quadrangles, the "quatrains" (or quartini). Each quatrain is further divided into flowerbeds, within which the plants were originally organised along the lines of the Linneian system of classification.

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Orto Botanico di Palermo on Map

Sight Name: Orto Botanico di Palermo
Sight Location: Palermo, Italy
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Walking Tours in Palermo, Italy

Create Your Own Walk in Palermo

Create Your Own Walk in Palermo

Creating your own self-guided walk in Palermo is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Palermo Museums and Art Galleries

Palermo Museums and Art Galleries

The Museums and the Art Galleries of Palermo are brilliant venues that adequately conserve the rich and beautiful history of this fine city. Wander through the streets of Palermo, venture into these museums and art galleries, and discover the cultural heritage of the city.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.2 Km or 2.6 Miles
The Palaces of Palermo

The Palaces of Palermo

The palaces of Palermo were and still are a fine manifestation of the historical life of the Palermo region. Amazingly, some of these great palaces still stand while have struggled to retain their original form from centuries earlier. The story of each palace is a terrific visual behind Palermo's rich cultural heritage.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.7 Km or 2.9 Miles
Entertainment for Children in Palermo

Entertainment for Children in Palermo

Palermo is incredibly friendly to children and boasts a plethora of entertainment options for kids. So if you are looking for a fun day out in the sun with the family, check out the wide number of Palermo's entertainment options for the young ones.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.2 Km or 2.6 Miles
Palermo Religious Buildings (Part 2)

Palermo Religious Buildings (Part 2)

Religion is central to the culture of Italy. Thus, the city of Palermo features a wide variety of religious institutions including churches, cathedrals, and temples. Journey down the part two of Palermo's religious buildings tour and enjoy the sights.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.8 Km or 1.1 Miles
Palermo Daily Life

Palermo Daily Life

A daily walk around Palermo, especially on the first day visiting, will surely raise your excitement and eagerness to learn more about this fantastic wonderland. Rarely will one find a town with such a culture, history, and architecture as Palermo.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 Km or 1.7 Miles
Palermo Religious Buildings (Part 1)

Palermo Religious Buildings (Part 1)

Religion has always played an important role in the lives of the Italian people. Thus, it is little wonder that the great city of Palermo features a plethora of churches, cathedrals, and temples. Here is the first part of Palermo's religious buildings walking tour.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 Km or 1.4 Miles