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The Orto Botanico di Palermo (Botanical Garden of Palermo) is both a botanical garden and a research and educational institution of the Department of Botany of the Palermo University. Nowadays it hosts a public library, a conference hall and numerous expository halls.

The origins of the Orto Botanico can be traced back to the end of XVIII century, an epoch for the Kingdom of Sicily characterised by reforms and innovation from a cultural perspective. In 1779, the foundation of the Regia Accademia degli Studi di Palermo (an academy which corresponds to the actual university) marked a fundamental moment. With the creation of the course on Natural History and Botany, the academy obtained the possibility to devote a piece of land to the farm of medicinal plants for educational purposes.

In 1795, the new location of 12.000 square metres was inaugurated: the garden was decorated with fountains, large tanks and the marvellous Aquarium. Lately, a small exotic forest and the Giardino d’inverno (the winter Garden) were installed, together with the construction of a large road separating the Botanical Garden with the adjacent Villa Giulia. After a long period characterised by misgovernment, speculation and obstructionism for the Kingdom of Sicily, during which no enlargements were allowed to the garden, in 1913 the Colonial Garden was built and the Botanical Garden finally became the Orto Botanico as we know it today.


THE PROPOSALS OF the botanical garden

Full price: € 6
Concessions: € 3
Family ticket (2 parents + 3 children under 12): € 15

It is possible to partecipate to guided tours with reservation required


The Botanical  Garden, as part of a program aimed to the promotion and enhancement of the historic, monumental and scientific heritage, of the Università di Palermo, put in place by the Sistema Museale di Ateneo, has been included in the Virtual Tours project of the university’s most rapresentative museal structures.

The virtual tours are available here:



The Botanical Garden of the Università di Palermo is one of the most important Italian academic institutions. Considered a huge open-air museum, it boasts over 200 years of activity that allowed it to study and spread, in Sicily, Europe, and in all the Mediterrean Basin, numerous vegetal species, a lot of which from the tropical and sub-tropical regions.
The peculiarity of this Garden is rapresented today by the large variety of species housed, which make it a place rich of expressions of different flores. 

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