Italian Botanical Heritage

Italian Botanical Heritage is a project aimed at fostering the knowledge of the Italian botanical, artistic and cultural Italian heritage and the development of green tourism in Italy, and to become a virtual meeting platform between enthusiasts of this field.


Villa Fracanzan Piovene, historical residence of the Fracanzan family, is at the center of a large complex of ancient buildings in the Vicenza province, Veneto. It was built in 1700 by Francesco Muttoni, a baroque architect, with vague references to the Palladian architecture in the main facade and with baroque finishes. The whole garden area is fe...

The Sista Garden is located on the outskirts of L'Aquila, 750 meters above sea level, surrounded by mountains and overlooking the valley of the Aterno. It was built in the 60's thanks to Gianfranco Sista, who wanted a wild-looking garden as had been sown by the wind, in a completely natural way. The entrance, a wooden gate covered by Virginia creep...

Considered a wonderful mountain area, it is connected to the capital of Trentino by a long cable car; an electric train departs from Collalbo to Maria Assunta, allowing tourists and visitors to enjoy wonderful views of the surrounding nature. The uniqueness of the Ritten Plateau is due to its open location on all fronts and its landscape: grassy an...

Villa d'Este is a masterpiece of the Italian Renaissance, included in the UNESCO list of world heritage with its fountains, nymphs, grottoes, plays of water and hydraulic music. The history of the villa is closely related to the history of its first owner, Cardinal Ippolito II d'Este, son of Lucrezia Borgia. Appointed in the sixteenth century Gover...

Villa Cimbrone in Ravello, quaint town in the province of Salerno, is a historic building built on a rocky promontory overlooking the Amalfi Coast and largely occupied by an extensive park decorated with statues, antiques, fountains, caves and culminating in a belvedere. It draws the origins of its name from the rocky ridge on which it stands, once...

Villa Arconati, also known as the Castellazzo, is one of the historic mansions located in Bollate, in the hamlet of Castellazzo di Bollate. It is an example of late XVIII century Lombard baroque, and it is a national monument. The villa is located within the “Parco delle Groane”, on a corner of a large garden square, next to the courts and the chur...

The Boboli Gardens (Giardino di Boboli) is a historic park of the city of Florence. It extends behind the Pitti Palace, which was for nearly four centuries the residence of the grand dukes of Tuscany and for a short period of the kings of Italy. The Medici family was the first to ensure its accommodation, creating the model of the Italian garden th...

In Sicily, 8 km west of Siracusa, surrounded by orange trees and vineyards, is the Nature Reserve of Ciane river and Saline of Siracusa. The name Ciane has Greek origins and draws the blue-green color of its waters (Cyanos). The reserve includes the river, which originates in Cugno Cardinale and flows into the great harbor of Siracusa, and the wet...

The botanical garden is located in Valnontey, in the municipality of Cogne, Valle d'Aosta, in the heart of the Gran Paradiso National Park, at 1700 meters above sea level, an area of about 10,000 square meters. Founded in 1955 at the behest of the Gran Paradiso National Park Board of Directors in order to enhance its flora, it takes its name from M...

The Natural Park Dune Costiere near ostuni in the Province of Brindisi, Puglia, includes a stretch of sandy coastline, characterized by a system of contiguous wetlands, behind a strip of dunes. In a few places this band has the typical juniper vegetation: Red juniper (Juniperus oxycedrus) and Phoenician juniper (Juniperus phoenicea). In other place...

The Garden of Aquatic Plants, also called Porcinai Pool, is located on the island Polvese in the protected area of the Park of the Trasimeno, Umbria.  It was built in the late 50s of the twentieth century, commissioned by Count Giannino Citterio, owner of the island, by the great landscape architect Peter Porcinai (1910-1986), who created a pool de...

The Botanical Garden of Collemaggio is located near the church with the same name, on the outskirts of the city of L'Aquila. Originally, the garden was used by the Celestinian monks who lived in the basilica, and then in in 1965 it began property of the Faculty of Mathematical, Chemical, Physical and Natural Sciences of the University of L'Aquila....