Padua's Botanical Garden: a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Aquatic, carnivorous, succulent, poisonous, medicinal plants... Padua's botanical garden houses a priceless heritage. For plant lovers, but also for those who love quiet places, away from traffic and not crowded, this place is an oasis of peace and tranquility. The history of Padua's Botanical garden begins in 1545, when a decree of the Senate of the Republic of Venice endorsed its creation. 470 years later, Padua's botanical garden is the oldest university botanical garden of the world that is still located in its original position. A venerable age that deserves all the attention needed: those who travel to Veneto and stop in the “City of the Holy” can't miss a visit!
The collection now has 6000 different plants spread over a total area of 22000 square meters. Ginkgo balboa, magnolia, potato, jasmine, acacia, and sunflower are just a few of the plants introduced in Italy for the first time thanks to the initiative of the Botanical Garden. Inside the walls that surround the area, you can walk along various thematic routes, for a total time of at least 3-4 hours. Spring, when an explosion of colors and scents accompany the visitor in his walk, is the best time to visit. The importance of this learning center is such that it prompted UNESCO to include the garden in the list of World Heritage Sites in 1997.
THE NEW GARDEN OF BIODIVERSITY
For some years now they have been planning to expand the garden to include a new garden of biodiversity that covers 15000 square meters. The opening took place on 16 Septemberf 2014. In the official website www.ortobotanico.unipd.it , it is possible to get more information and follow the news about upcoming events. For those interested, we suggest to plan a visit keeping in mind also the many other attractions of the city, such as the nearby Prato della Valle and the basilicas of St Anthony, and St Giustina.
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