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They are tiny, but they are worth seeking out. Not so much for the plants, although there are plenty, some of which are very special.. by late May there was little in the way of flowers to be seen. But more for the sheer pleasure of wandering a shady green space, which also happens to have the most fantastic views over the surrounding countryside.
The botanical gardens opened in 1972 and are dedicated to Lorenzo Rota (1855-1918), the first person to study and describe the local flora. There are lots of alpine species, woodland plants, little ponds and a small area with benches where one can sit awhile in peace, enjoying the birdsong and the superb views.
At the start of the steps which lead to the gardens (disable access is simply not possible, I'm afraid) there is a strange structure..a powderhouse (or magazine) ...the Crotta, dating from the 1400s and with an odd pyramid-shaped stone roof, itself covered with plants. It's used as an exhibition space/conference room so access is extremely limited.
To find the Botanical Gardens walk up Via Vittorio Emmanuelle from Largo Colle Aperto (where bus 1A stops). The steps are on your right...look out for the powderhouse.
Entry is free. Opening hours:
March 9:00 to 12:00 and 14.00 - 17.00
9.00 - 12.00 and 14:00 to 18:00
Saturday, Sunday and holidays 9:00 to 19:00
9:00 to 12:00 and 14.00 - 17.00
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