|Monumental Greenhouse - Orto Botanico di Rome|
For those of you who have chosen to make Rome your home or for anybody on a trip to the Eternal City looking for somewhere to simply relax and escape the often chaotic traffic for a couple of hours, Rome's Orto Botantico is the perfect destination. Hugging the gentle slopes of the Gianicolo hill, its main entrance is tucked in behind Via della Lungara and a mere stone's throw away from the thronging heart of Trastevere, on Largo Cristina di Svezia, so named after Queen Christina of Sweden who lived in the neighbouring Palazzo Corsini from 1659-1689 and whose marble bathtub is still in use, albeit as a plant pot, in one of the glasshouses! In the late 13th century Pope Nicholas III established a medicinal herb garden on the site, whilst the present Botanical Garden - now run by the Sapienza University of Rome - was created in 1833 as part of the gardens of Palazzo Corsini.
|In the bamboo grove - Orto Botanico di Roma|
The lovely Monumental Greenhouse is also well worth a visit. Built by Mathian di Lione in France in 1877, it now houses an exquisite climbing Petrea volubilis L. The other glasshouses were mostly closed on my afternoon visit, so be sure to go in the morning to be guaranteed entry into those additional spaces. I will certainly be a regular visitor to the garden from now on! Current opening hours for Rome's Botanical Garden at time of writing are:
- April - October 9.30am - 6.00pm (Monday - Saturday)
- November - March 9.30am - 5.30pm (Monday - Saturday)