"GArden with all varities" Top 5 Page for this destination Botanical Gardens - Orto Botanico Tip by BruceDunning

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  • Infomration on the garden - Padova
      Infomration on the garden
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  • View of the plantings - Padova
      View of the plantings
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  • Looking back into the University study house - Padova
      Looking back into the University study house
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  • Entry to garden - Padova
      Entry to garden
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  • Pathway to various plantings - Padova
      Pathway to various plantings
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Begun in 1545, this is the oldest university garden in Europe. It was started to grow herbs for medical cures and testing, and the concept and administration was from medicine sutides at Bo University. It was called Hortis Simplicium for its simple theme. Venice's reach to foreign lands brought back exotic plants for medincinal study. There is also a library and herberium. The gardens were designed as a circle, planned by Daniele Barbaro. It is now enclosed by walls built after many thefts of plants in early days, and four elaborate gates were built in 1704. A square in middle is divided in 4 quarters for pathways. There is about 5 acres of ground. The oldest plant is from 1585, a palm.
The garden was restored by the Wiegand family of Nevada in recent years. Entry is 4 Euro, but a Padova card for 14 Euro allows entry to this and many other sites.

Address: Via Orto Botanico, 15, 35123 Padova
Phone: +39 049 827 3939
Website: http://www.ortobotanicopd.it

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  • Updated Jun 3, 2008
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