Rome botanical garden: how to get there, prices, what to see

Rome botanical garden: how to get there, prices, timetables and what to see

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L’Botanical garden of Rome is one of the most important in Italy, is located at slopes of the Janiculum, in the park of Villa Corsini, once the residence of Christina of Sweden. Today it is managed by the Department of Environmental Biology of the University of Rome “La Sapienza” and boasts 3000 plant species.

Let’s see together the history, how to get there, what to see and the prices of the botanical garden of Rome.

The botanical garden of Rome, history

The botanical garden of Rome has a very long history, its ancestor is the Simpliciarius Pontificius Vaticanus, the garden of the simple where medicinal plants were grown. It was Alexander VI to want the first real Botanical Garden in Rome, Pio V then he enlarged it by entrusting it to the botanist Michele Markets.

In 1513 the first chair of Botanist at La Sapienza University and the students had the privilege of visiting thevatican botanical gardenwhich remained private and therefore not open to visitors, being able to touch the studied species firsthand.

Only afterunification of Italy, in 1883, the Botanical Garden has become what we know today; Villa Corsini, in fact, was immediately purchased by the state and it was Pietro Protta who installed the first collections and for this reason he is considered to all intents and purposes the first director of the Museum of the Botanical Garden of Rome.

The botanical garden of Rome, times, prices and duration of the visit

And March to October the botanical garden is open every day, including Sundays and holidays from 9:00 to 18:30da November to February Monday to Saturday from 9 to 17.30.

The guided tours, educational workshops and special events instead have dedicated times that you can find out by visiting the official website.

How long does a visit to the botanical garden last?

A visit to the museum of the botanical garden of Rome takes about 90 minutes.

How much does the ticket for the Botanical Garden of Rome cost?

The ticket to visit the botanical garden costs:

  • 8, 00 € from 12 to 65 years old,
  • € 4.00 from 6 to 11 years and people over 65
  • For children aged 0 to 5, other categories and their accompanying persons, teachers accompanying school groups, admission is free.

At the moment it is not necessary to book, you can go there every day and visit the park freely.

It is not possible to bring your pet with you because it is not allowed.

How to get to the botanical garden of Rome

To reach thebotanical garden from the north (p. le Clodio, Piazza Cavour) or yes court (p. le Ostiense, v.le Aventino): reach Ponte Sisto with bus lines 23 or 280, continue on foot along via di Ponte Sisto, via di S. Dorotea, via di Porta Settimiana, via Corsini.

From the centre (Piazza Torre Argentina) or from the west (Monteverde, Trastevere station):
reach p.zza G. Belli by tram eight then continue on foot along via della Lungaretta, via della Scala, via di Porta Settimiana, via Corsini.

On the occasion of special events and exhibitions it is possible to access from the upper entrance at the Gianicolo promenade, near the intersection with via del Parco di Villa Corsini

Where to park in the botanical garden of Rome?

The botanical garden does not have a dedicated parking for visitors, the advice is to look parking on the Tiber or opt for i paid parking on Lungotevere della Farnesina, the underground pay parking lots of the Gianicolo and via Giulia.

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What to do at the botanical garden of Rome

L‘botanical garden of Rome it has didactic functions, environmental education and scientific research and its visit is a fun and at the same formative experience that allows you to stay in contact with nature and see the most diverse plant species.

His didactic vocation and research makes it home to numerous exhibitions, courses, symposia and conferences dedicated to the environmental and naturalistic theme.

To visit it there are several nature trails and playful-educational workshops, in addition to guided tours to appreciate and deepen numerous issues in the naturalistic field. The didactic activities are open to schools and groups of any type and are very intense.

They count well 250 organized guided tours in thematic itineraries

Guided visits to the botanical garden

Guided tours they last about 90 minutes and are intended for children from 6 years of age, the following thematic visits are available at this time:

  • Visit to the botanical garden
    General visit of the entire botanical garden, on the history and purposes
  • The trees over a hundred years old
  • Medicinal plants
  • Endangered species – iucn and cites
  • The dyeing plants
  • Living fossils
  • Plants in the myth
  • Plants and musical instruments
  • The diversity of plants
  • Roses – from April to May
  • The irises – May

Hanami at the botanical garden

On the occasion of the cherry blossom of Japanese garden – designed by the architect Ken Nakajima, also creator of the garden of the Institute Japanese Culture in Rome – which takes place in late spring, the Museo Orto Botanico di Roma organizes an event entitled «Hanami all’Orto Botanico», with a focus on the idea of ​​Nature that permeates Japanese culture and defines its aesthetics.

The event is divided into two days, usually in April and includes conferences but also:

  • Guided tours of the Japanese garden
  • Meetings dedicated to the compositional style of the Japanese garden
  • Tea ceremony organized by the Urasenke Center
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Botanical Garden of Rome, shows dinosaurs

One of the best known and most loved exhibitions, organized in the botanical garden of Rome was the one dedicated to dinosaurs, which ended last year April 3, 2022. An exhibition dedicated to dinosaurs born from the collaboration between the Museum of the Botanical Garden of Rome and the paleontological association APPI

The themed path, which given the success of this edition could be repeated, has allowed visitors to travel to the prehistoric world, with reconstructions of the Tyrannosaurus no large mammals of glacial periods such as the mammoth and the giant deer.

Gods were then created within this exhibition workshops specific hours lasting one hour.

    Target: Primary School (recommended for classes III, IV and V) and First Grade Secondary School.
    Target: Primary School (recommended for classes II, III, IV and V) and First Grade Secondary School.
    Target: Primary School.
    Target: Kindergarten and Primary School (class I recommended).
    Target: Kindergarten and Primary School (class I recommended).
    Target: Kindergarten and Primary School (class I recommended).
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What to see in the botanical garden of Rome

The Botanical Garden of Rome, second in fame only to the Botanical Garden of Padua, extends for 12 hectares, on the Janiculum slope facing north-east. Irrigation and some streams equipped with aquatic crops are fed by the Acqua Paola aqueduct.

The garden currently houses over 3000 plant species.

In the lower part there are:

  • garden of the simple and garden of the aromas;
  • palme;
  • aquatic plants;
  • greenhouses and succulent plant collections;
  • bamboo groves, glen of ferns.

At the top of the hill we find a Mediterranean forest with evergreens, an area called Bosco Romano, where it is possible to enjoy breathtaking views of the city, among the centuries-old specimens of oaks and plane trees of 350 – 400 years of age.

Below, in the direction of the palace, the collection of conifers has been installed; it is also possible to see an Australian Araucaria, an American giant sequoia, as well as at least four evergreen sequoias, a half Chinese sequoia, also called Water fir and some Taxodium distichum, mucronatum and Mexican.

In the upper part are also installed:

  • the rose garden
  • the Japanese garden.

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