We visited the Orto Botanico Garden in October of 2012, on a sunny afternoon. We stayed about 2 hours, though we easily could have spent 6 or 8 hours. There are many labeled plants, of all sorts of different genus. The cacti collection is astounding, the palms are memorable, the carnivorous plant collection is way cool, and it is just a beautiful place. There is a restroom available, but not much else other than the plants-which is certainly enough for us. There is an admission fee-and I forget what it was, but it wasn't hugely expensive, I think it may have been 8 euros each.
Goethes Palm and it's house is impressive, and there was a secluded fountain with the four seasons that was a peacefully, pensive spot for reflection. If you love plants, dont miss this. It is very close to St Anthony's Basilica, which you clearly see from the garden.
Time is interesting. You could walk through fairly superficially like we did in a couple hours, but you could also linger for hours on end at this place. The garden is not terribly large, but the collection is- there is a high density of plants here. Also note, this is the oldest university based botanical garden on the planet.
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