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.


The Castel Savoia Alpine Botanical Garden is located in the park of Castel Savoia, the villa of Queen Margherita di Savoia, a mountain and mountaineering enthusiast, in Gressoney-Saint-Jean, in the Lys Valley, in the Aosta Valley, at 1350 meters of altitude. The whole area, now a regional property, is often the venue for exhibitions and events, and...

Owned by the Duke D'Alessandro of Pescolanciano and extending over about 500 hectares, the wood of Collemeluccio was brought as a dowry to him by the noblewoman Desiderata Mellucci, from whom the name seems to derive and who purchased it in 1628 from the University of Pietrabbondante. It remained the property of the D'Alessandro family until 1895,...

The Aspromonte National Park, whose name derives from the range of the same name, is located in the province of Reggio Calabria, in a protected natural area. It was created in 1989, and in 1994 its territory was defined: the original extension of 76,000 hectares was subsequently reduced to the current 64,153. The Aspromonte Range, which is part of...

Immersed in the gentle landscape of the Langhe, the Castle of Guarene (Cuneo, in Piedmont) has existed since the Middle Ages, when it was a fortress. In 1700 it became the new summer residence of the Counts Roero: the current building was designed and built by Count Carlo Giacinto, between 1726 and 1772, who transformed it into an imposing three-st...

The Monte Cucco Park includes the territory located on the north-eastern border of the Umbria Region, marked by the ridge of the Apennine mountains on which stands the Cucco (1,566 meters), the historical route of the Via Flaminia and the rivers Sentino and Chiascio. The population resident in the Park does not reach 7,000 inhabitants. In the mount...

The Donnafugata Castle, almost 10 miles from Ragusa, is a sumptuous noble residence of the late '800, of 1,5 square miles, with a facade in neo-Gothic style accompanied by two side towers. The first construction of the castle dates back to 1300, but there are no certain dates. Later, it was purchased in 1648 by Vincenzo Arezzo-La Rocca, former baro...

Grazzano Visconti is a medieval style village in the municipality of Vigolzone, in Val Nure, in the Piacenza area, Emilia Romagna. The heart of the village, private but open to the public, is the ancient castle, which dates back to 1395. It is surrounded by a large park of 15 hectares, built in the same period by Giuseppe Visconti, rich in ancient...

In Puglia, inside the Gargano area, lies the Umbra Forest, the heart of the park, at 832 meters. According to some sources, the name derives from ancient Umbra populations who lived in the forest. Much more likely, however, the name is due to the fact that the vegetation is so dense as to let the sun's rays pass just, so the environment is full of...

At the northern end of Liguria, a few kilometers from the French border, is the Boccanegra Garden, 4 hectares of terraced land sloping down to the sea, an exquisite example of acclimatization of plants from Mediterranean climates from all around the world.  The first traces of the territory date back to 1554, but it is especially in the last two ce...

The "Monte Arci" forest complex, located on the homonymous volcanic massif, covers a total area of 5,985 hectares located on all sides of Monte Arci in Sardinia. Considering the geo-pedological and vegetational situation present in the complex, the natural vocation is multifunctional: naturalistic-landscape, conservative, productive and of social a...

Villa Caprile, situated on the hills of Pesaro (Marche), dates back to 1640: it was built by the Marquis Giovanni Mosca, for recreation and rest outside the city; in fact, he had water games designed to take visitors by surprise, with sudden splashes and jets. Subsequently, the Marquis Carlo Mosca Barzi and his son Francesco made other changes, inc...

The Guided Biogenetic Nature Reserve (RNGB) "I giganti di Fallistro" (The Giants of Fallistro) was established by the Ministry of the Environment in 1987 with the aim of safeguarding a strip of centuries-old larch pine wood on the Silan plateau, in the Calabria region. The territory of the Natural Reserve of Fallistro falls in the municipality of S...