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Via Pier Antonio Micheli 3, Firenze - Map
The opening times of the Botanical Garden are:
Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm
Last admission one hour before closing.
The Botanical Garden will be closed: Mondays, 1 January, Easter, 1 May, 15 August, 25 December.
Full ticket: 6€
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.
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.
A dedicated itinerary for the sight-impaired winds through the open gardens and in the large cold and warm greenhouses. The itinerary, sponsored by the Municipality of Florence, was financed in part by Regione Toscana with the contribution of the Braille printing house that took care of the creation of all the tags and maps in Braille, the Italian Union for the Blind and VIVAT (Italian volunteers for tactile art visits).
The path starts with a series of pots of aromatic plants placed along Via La Pira, on bright green plinths, built at a suitable height so that the plants can be touched and smelled easily.
Afterwards, an outdoors path was made with a Braille general map of the Garden as well as tags, some placed at the base of older or larger trees, others with brief explanations about the theme beds.
Since March 2018, the project of a small electric golf cart, financed by Fondazione CR Firenze, available for disabled or visually impaired people and the elderly to visit the botanical garden, has been added to this network of itineraries that include thirteen interest points particularly relevant from a scientific, naturalistic or aesthetic standpoint.