Gardens Not To Miss: Orto Botanico di Firenze
A main student hangout kept in shape by the University of Florence at Via Micheli, 3 behind Piazza San Marco, the Orto Botanico di Firence otherwise known as the Giardini dei Semplici (the Garden of Simples) is a garden that certainly allows many locals and travellers to find simplicity in their daily lives through relaxation.
The garden is known for its plant diversity and experimental agriculture. Originally intended as a garden for medicinal plants, it now contains 9,000 specimens of different plants, over 2 hectares, including also many different types of exotic trees. This is all contrasted beautifully with the garden’s basic layout of a square-shaped site, several footpaths from one side to the other, and with its fountain in the dead-centre of the garden.
Easy to navigate for those of an elder disposition, the Orto Botanico di Firence is entirely flat. Without a decent view of the city we might add, although the Zen garden, and an educational opportunity to view carnivorous plants, and learn about some aspects of nature that you probably never even existed is a great compromise.
Make sure you wake up early and plan your trip after or during your breakfast, as you can visit the Orto Botanico di Firenze only on weekday mornings.