Orto Botanico (Botanic Garden)

Gardens in Pisa

Orto Botanico (Botanic Garden) Pisa
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Also known as the Orto Botanico dell’Università di Pisa, Pisa’s botanical garden holds the distinction of being the first university botanical garden in Europe. It was founded by Cosimo I de’ Medici in the mid-1500s, reflecting the city’s long-standing tradition of intellectual pursuits and scientific exploration.

At the garden, visitors can embark on a delightful journey through various environments and collections, both in the open air and within several buildings. You’ll encounter captivating herb gardens, an arboretum showcasing rare and diverse trees, picturesque water gardens, and modern greenhouses. Among these greenhouses is Europe’s first iron-framed glasshouse, an architectural wonder in its own right.

Don’t miss the opportunity to explore the old botany school, a historic building dating back to the late 1500s, adorned with a facade decorated in seashells. Amidst Pisa’s wealth of Renaissance artworks, the botanical garden provides a tranquil and rejuvenating escape in the heart of the city. It’s a perfect destination for nature enthusiasts, researchers, and anyone seeking a peaceful respite from the bustling urban surroundings.

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Visiting Orto Botanico (Botanic Garden)


From October 31st to March 26th: every day, 8.30am – 5pm

From 27 March to 29 April: every day, 8.30am – 7.00pm

From 30 April to 12 June: every day, 8.30am – 8.00pm

From 13 June to 12 July: every day, 8.30am – 9.00pm

From 13 July to 4 September: every day, 8.30am – 8.00pm

From 5 September to 10 October: every day, 8.30am – 7.00pm

From 11 to 30 October: every day, 8.30am – 6.00pm


Adults €4

Address: Botanical Garden and Museum, Via Luca Ghini, Pisa, Province of Pisa, Italy
Duration: 20 minutes

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