The enchanting Gardens of Orto Botanico

The fantastic botanical gardens of Orto, where you can find, as rumour has it, over 3500 species of plants, springs to life in the summer months when the place is buzzing with families and couples, and is the perfect place to enjoy a sunny day out exploring all the sights sounds and smells the garden has to offer.

The garden is located close to many Rome hotels and Rome apartments, perfectly situated on the Gianicolo Hill, facing Palazzo Riario Corsini, home to the Accademia dei Lincei. Orto Botanico is also located on the banks of the Fiume Tavere river, in the Trastevere part of Rome, and is easily accessible by buses; By Bus: 115, 870, 280, 23, 271 and 116.

The garden has been in bloom since the 13th century when the garden was used to cultivate medicinal plants, but in 1883 it was transformed into a botanical garden containing more than 3500 cultivated species. When visiting the garden, make sure you find the 400 year-old plane tree, one of the oldest in Rome, and the impressive bamboo collection.

The varied collection of plants and flowers you will find here is extraordinary, and something that attracts thousands of visitors to the gardens every year. Not only are the flowers and trees magnificent and very tropical, the garden seems to have a past grandeur about it, with its ruined staircases, fountains and ponds, there’s a very natural and unique feel to the place, (it truly is an Italian version of “the secret garden” for those of you who have seen the film).

Just like the secret garden, Orto Botanico is still largely unknown to tourists and this could be something to do with its position – tucked away behind the Palazzo Corsini. The perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of chaotic life in central Rome, this botanical garden will help you relax and unwind and take your mind off the car horns in the distance, returning to your Rome accommodation after a day of a total return to nature. During your time in the garden, meander aimlessly through the 12 hectares of land and if you get there in the morning, be sure to explore the greenhouses, where certain exotic flowers and plants are grown. Visit the Japanese Garden and Fragrance Garden, the latter designed for those who are visually impaired.

The garden is open Tue-Sat 9.30am-5.30pm normally, and during the summer months you can enjoy an extra hour in the garden until 6.30pm.

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