Looking for something to do after our tour of the Cathedral was over, we walked the short distance to this facility. Admission was 4 Euro each, but the attendant finding that we were all related, gave us the 10 Euro family rate. Such a deal.
Orto Botanico di Pisa is a botanical garden operated by the University of Pisa. It was first established in 1541 by Cosimo I de ‘Medeci. In 1563, it was relocated from its location near the river to one near the convent Santa Marta and in 1591, it was relocated to its present location. From the beginning, it contained a gallery of natural items (now the Museo di Storia Natrale) and portraits of its directors. It also has one of the earliest iron framed hothouses in Italy.
Gallery of Natural Items in the Museum
The outdoor planted areas
The bamboo grove, where the bugs put the bite on us
Hothouse and ancillary buildings
The lily pond
Leaves and blooms
Other than the bug bites, this was a great way to spend an hour. The shade from the day’s heat was also a bonus.