Orto Botanico

sights / Parks & gardens

Orto Botanico information

Rome , Italy
Largo Cristina di Svezia 24
+390 6 499 17 107
Getting there
Bus: Lungotevere della Farnesina, Piazza Trilussa
adult/reduced €8/4
Opening hours
9am-6.30pm Mon-Sat Apr-Oct, to 5.30pm Nov-Mar
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Formerly the private grounds of Palazzo Corsini, Rome’s 12-hectare botanical gardens are a little-known, slightly neglected-feeling gem and a great place to unwind in a tree-shaded expanse covering the steep slopes of the Gianicolo, though the admission charge is unfortunately also a bit steep. Plants have been cultivated here since the 13th century.

However, in their present form, the gardens were established in 1883, when the grounds of Palazzo Corsini were given to the University of Rome. They now contain up to 8000 species, including some of Europe’s rarest plants. There are also various architectural delights, including the Scalineta delle Undici Fontane (Staircase of 11 Fountains) designed by Ferdinando Fuga, who was also responsible for the Palazzo Corsini and the loggia at Santa Maria in Maggiore .