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Via Pier Antonio Micheli 3, Florence → How to get to the Botanical Garden

 

Opening Hours

The opening times of the Botanical Garden are:

Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am to 4 pm

 

Last admission one hour before closing. 


The Botanical Garden will be closed: Monday to Friday (winter hours), 1 January, Easter, 1 May, 15 August, 25 December.

Tickets and bookings

Full ticket: 6€
Concession: 3€
Family 1-2 adults with a maximum of 4 children: 13€

Concessions: between 6 and 14 years of age;  65 years of age and older; primary and secondary Italian schools with a letter from the school

Combination ticket valid up to 3 months for Anthropology, Paleontology and Botanical Garden: full price 10€ | concession 5€ | family 23€

Orto card valid for 30 entries within 1 year from the date of purchase. Flat fee: 30€ 

Free entry: under 6 years of age; students of the universities of Tuscany (Florence, Pisa, Normale, Sant’Anna, Siena and Siena for Foreigners); employees in the University of Florence; Erasmus students at the universities of Tuscany; students of the Fine Arts Academy of Florence; members of ICOM (International Council of Museum) and ANMS (Associazione Nazionale Musei Scientifici); people with disabilities and their carers; registered tourist guides; registered journalists; teachers and class assistants of visiting school classes; Edumuseicard members

The Museum of Natural History is part of the Firenze Card circuit.

 

For informations, bookings and guided tours

Services and accessibility

The entrance, ticket office, and bookshop are located on the ground floor and are fully wheelchair accessible. From the ticket office, access to the Garden is via a ramp. The restrooms and all outdoor walkways are wheelchair accessible.

The Botanical Garden is a place of silence and tranquility. All collections lend themselves to be explored through multi-sensory experiences, not only with sight but also with touch and smell. From monumental trees to medicinal and aromatic species, plants express different characteristics in each season that everyone can appreciate.

Visitors with sensory and/or cognitive difficulties can book guided tours with qualified staff.

People with mobility difficulties can book a visit with an electric minicar.

 

More information and a summary table of services for the Museum System

Visit itinerary

The Botanical Garden, called also “Giardino dei Semplici”, created by the Medicis as a garden for medicinal plants (the “Simples”) in 1545, are among the oldest Gardens in the world. Between the 16th and 17th centuries, it enjoyed a period of great splendour.

It covers an area of over two hectares, indoors and outdoors.

In its warm and cold greenhouses, built in the nineteenth century and the largest in Italy, are placed tropical and subtropical plants including the collections of Cicadae, of particular interest, Ficus, Palms, an ancient collection of citruses, succulent and aquatic plants, in addition to a rich collection of plants for traditional ethnobotanical uses.

Outdoors we find the vast collection of edible plants, the flowerbeds of medicinal and poisonous plants, the Zen garden and two acclimatization beds for exotic palms and Cicadae, hydrangeas in numerous varieties, the historical collection of azaleas, the pools with aquatic plants, among which there are species worthy of conservation, in addition to the lotus flowers and water lilies. Three display cases contain a small collection of carnivorous plants.

In the Garden, there are more than 200 trees, among which the magnificent 5 monumental trees, including the yew, planted in 1720 - the oldest specimen in the garden - and the cork oak of 1805.

The thematic itineraries are very interesting: the evolution between various species of vascular plants with numerous "living fossils", the path on ancient and modern roses and the sensory, tactile and olfactory ones for the blind. Visitors can find their way in the garden thanks to the coloured totems that indicate the different paths and the panels that illustrate the main characteristics of the specimens and collections.

The animals of the garden

The Botanical Garden, a green oasis in the heart of Florence, is also a refuge for animals.

During your visit, you will have the chance to see different species of birds or hear their song. With a little luck, you may come across the great white heron, the grey heron, and the tawny owl.

A bird feeder is installed near the bamboo grove: you can thus observe other species of birds, from the most common in the city landscape, including the robin and the great tit, to others less easy to see such as the nuthatch and the redstart.

In the spring it is possible to observe the Italian crested newt, a most peculiar amphibian. The squirrel is also a regular guest of the Giardino dei Semplici. And the insect hotel, near the central tank, offers shelter to some insects useful for pollination and for the biological control of pathologies that attack plants.

 

Last update

28.10.2022

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