Sculpture outside a greenhouse in an Italian park

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Orto Botanico


Laid out by Léon Dufourny and Venanzio Marvuglia, this raffish, subtropical paradise shelters massive fig trees, tall palms and dazzling hibiscus bushes, an avenue of bizarre-looking bottle and soap trees, as well as coffee trees, papaya plants and sycamores. It's a soothing haven of silence and fascinating botany, with shaded pathways and a large herb garden focused on Mediterranean plants.

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2. Oratorio dei Bianchi


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3. Galleria Regionale della Sicilia

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5. Museo dell'Inquisizione

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6. Palazzo Mirto

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7. Giardino Garibaldi

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8. Museo Internazionale delle Marionette


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