Botanical Garden and Herbarium

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Botanical Garden and Herbarium in bologna
Botanical Garden and Herbarium in Bologna ©
Botanical Garden and Herbarium in bologna
Botanical Garden and Herbarium in Bologna ©

The Botanical Garden of Bologna is a surprising and fascinating place, this wonderful green space brings together a wide and unique variety of plants, flowers and trees from all over the world.

This attraction deserves to be visited and not just by botany enthusiasts!

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Botanical Garden and Herbarium in a nutshell

The Botanical Garden is a magical place, a jewel hidden among the streets of the city. Founded in 1568, it is the oldest botanical garden in Italy and one of the oldest in the world. This wonderful corner of the city is a true green oasis, a place where you can immerse yourself in nature and discover the wonders of the plant world.

Opening hours are from March to October from 9:00 to 19:00, while the visit is free!

History of the Botanical Garden

Botanical Garden and Herbarium in bologna
Botanical Garden and Herbarium - Entrance ©

The Botanical Garden was founded in 1568 by Ulisse Aldrovandi, an Italian naturalist and botanist. Aldrovandi was a professor at the University of Bologna and had amassed a large collection of plants, minerals and study animals.

His collection was so large that he decided to create a place to house it and share his discoveries with students and the scientific community. The garden was created within the walls of the University and has functioned as a place of study and research for botanists and students for many centuries.

Over the years it has been expanded and renovated to maintain its role as a major center of botanical study in Europe. Even today it is a place of great importance for plant research and conservation.


The garden is home to some of the world’s rarest and most precious plants, including the giant sequoia, Atlas cedar and Bornean ficus. Furthermore, the garden also houses a tropical greenhouse, where it is possible to admire plants with bright colors and unusual shapes.

The redevelopment project

After years of routine maintenance, an important construction site has been started for the redevelopment of the botanical garden. This project aims to renovate and improve the Botanical Garden, transforming it into a cultural and environmental hub in the heart of the city of Bologna.

The redevelopment works involve the creation of a museum-exhibition itinerary, which will allow visitors to explore and better understand the flora and biodiversity present within it. The objective is to make this place not only a naturalistic resource but also a cultural reference point for the city.

Fundraising for this project was key to getting the work underway, and community input was essential to the success of the initiative. The Garden is, therefore, destined to become an even more fascinating and informative place for anyone interested in nature and botanical culture.

For further details and updates on the restructuring, you can consult the official page at SMA Unibo.

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This article was written by:
Ivan Agolino
I am a curious traveler and I passionately dedicate myself to the search for new tastes and emotions. I have made Bologna my home and every day I venture into its alleys to discover some new secret that I transcribe in these articles. I hope I can convey all the love I feel for this splendid city!
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