Lost in Plantation: Orto Botanico Palermo

January 9, 2016 3

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Orto Botanico di Palermo, Palermo, Botanical Garden, Lost in Plantation, Urban Jungle Bloggers

Orto Botanico di Palermo, Palermo, Botanical Garden, Lost in Plantation, Urban Jungle Bloggers

Orto Botanico di Palermo, Palermo, Botanical Garden, Lost in Plantation, Urban Jungle Bloggers

I am constantly amazed by the soothing power of plants – they comfort you, they calm you, they have a balmy power just by their simple existence and abundance. And it is one of my traditions to visit botanical gardens wherever I travel. Last year I traveled to Sicily and a visit to the famous Orto Botanico di Palermo was a must on my itinerary. The botanical garden of Palermo is one of Italy’s most important academic institutions and boast more than half a million plant species in a vast outdoor garden and several greenhouses.

Orto Botanico di Palermo, Palermo, Botanical Garden, Lost in Plantation, Urban Jungle Bloggers

Orto Botanico di Palermo, Palermo, Botanical Garden, Lost in Plantation, Urban Jungle Bloggers

Orto Botanico di Palermo, Palermo, Botanical Garden, Lost in Plantation, Urban Jungle Bloggers

Orto Botanico di Palermo, Palermo, Botanical Garden, Lost in Plantation, Urban Jungle Bloggers

Orto Botanico di Palermo, Palermo, Botanical Garden, Lost in Plantation, Urban Jungle Bloggers

Orto Botanico di Palermo, Palermo, Botanical Garden, Lost in Plantation, Urban Jungle Bloggers

Orto Botanico di Palermo, Palermo, Botanical Garden, Lost in Plantation, Urban Jungle Bloggers

When I arrived at the Orto Botanico di Palermo I opted for a guided tour by a local plant expert who are usually at disposal right at the entrance to the botanical garden. This service is on tip base and is so worth it – you will see the botanical garden with different eyes, that is with the eyes of a botanist. On every step you will discover new trees, many of which were loaded with ripe fruits of all kinds, you will learn of herbs, edible plants, special varieties as well as about the garden’s history and rare, odd happenings (like unusually cold winters with snowfall or crazy storms affecting the plants in the garden).

Orto Botanico di Palermo, Palermo, Botanical Garden, Lost in Plantation, Urban Jungle Bloggers

Orto Botanico di Palermo, Palermo, Botanical Garden, Lost in Plantation, Urban Jungle Bloggers

Orto Botanico di Palermo, Palermo, Botanical Garden, Lost in Plantation, Urban Jungle Bloggers

Orto Botanico di Palermo, Palermo, Botanical Garden, Lost in Plantation, Urban Jungle Bloggers

Orto Botanico di Palermo, Palermo, Botanical Garden, Lost in Plantation, Urban Jungle Bloggers

Orto Botanico di Palermo, Palermo, Botanical Garden, Lost in Plantation, Urban Jungle Bloggers

Orto Botanico di Palermo, Palermo, Botanical Garden, Lost in Plantation, Urban Jungle Bloggers

The botanical garden in Palermo is one of the richest botanical gardens I have visited so far. With rich I mean the variety of plants I have spotted. Thanks to its location this botanical garden features a wide array of Mediterranean and local, endemic plant species as well as many tropical plants – I have seen trees with ripe papayas, cocoa beans, coffee, soapberry trees (Sapindus) with which fruits you can actually wash your hands just as with a soap. The garden features giant bamboos and ponds with the rare Egyptian lotus.

Orto Botanico di Palermo, Palermo, Botanical Garden, Lost in Plantation, Urban Jungle Bloggers

Orto Botanico di Palermo, Palermo, Botanical Garden, Lost in Plantation, Urban Jungle Bloggers

Orto Botanico di Palermo, Palermo, Botanical Garden, Lost in Plantation, Urban Jungle Bloggers

Orto Botanico di Palermo, Palermo, Botanical Garden, Lost in Plantation, Urban Jungle Bloggers

Orto Botanico di Palermo, Palermo, Botanical Garden, Lost in Plantation, Urban Jungle Bloggers

Orto Botanico di Palermo, Palermo, Botanical Garden, Lost in Plantation, Urban Jungle Bloggers

Orto Botanico di Palermo, Palermo, Botanical Garden, Lost in Plantation, Urban Jungle Bloggers

Orto Botanico di Palermo, Palermo, Botanical Garden, Lost in Plantation, Urban Jungle Bloggers

Orto Botanico di Palermo, Palermo, Botanical Garden, Lost in Plantation, Urban Jungle Bloggers

The Orto Botanico di Palermo is located in the old part of the town known as Kalsa and is not far away from the city’s harbor on the seafront. If you ever end up in Palermo, don’t miss it and save a full morning or afternoon for the visit of the botanical garden to fully enjoy and appreciate it.

Orto Botanico di Palermo, Palermo, Botanical Garden, Lost in Plantation, Urban Jungle Bloggers

Orto Botanico di Palermo, Palermo, Botanical Garden, Lost in Plantation, Urban Jungle Bloggers

Orto Botanico di Palermo, Palermo, Botanical Garden, Lost in Plantation, Urban Jungle Bloggers

Orto Botanico di Palermo, Palermo, Botanical Garden, Lost in Plantation, Urban Jungle Bloggers

Orto Botanico di Palermo, Via Lincoln 2, Palermo/Italy

Photography by Igor Josifovic

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  • Reply Alexandra January 9, 2016 at 15:27

    Traumhaft! Falls du gerne Krimis liest, es gibt da zwei sehr gute von Santo Piazzese, in denen ein Biologieprofessor die Hauptrolle spielt. Im ersten wird eine Leiche im Botanischen Garten gefunden. 🙂 http://www.amazon.de/Santo-Piazzese/e/B00JA8JBSK/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1

    • Reply Igor January 9, 2016 at 16:36

      Wie cool!! Danke Dir Alexandra, das könnte gut meine nächste Reiselektüre werden!

  • Reply Mark January 9, 2016 at 19:03

    Nice! But what really caught my eye were your purple shoes! Love them!

    • Reply Igor January 9, 2016 at 19:28

      Hahaha well thank you:-)

  • Reply An January 11, 2016 at 11:13

    Hi Igor, do you know I live through all your fab travel posts 😉 Need to get out more I think. Love this series. Have a great week my friend,

    A x

    • Reply Igor January 11, 2016 at 13:12

      Thank you my friend! Well this is an easy one – you could simply go to the Copenhagen botanical garden which is actually still on my to-visit list! 🙂 Have a great week Anya!

  • Reply Lunch & Latte | Lisa Hjalt January 11, 2016 at 20:54

    Where have you been hiding these images, boy?!! The plants are gorgeous but oh my, that gallery wall in the last photo is amazing!

    • Reply Igor January 12, 2016 at 01:18

      Thank you Lisa! It’s true, these images were archived on my Macbook for quite a while since my trip to Palermo was in March last year. But well, it’s never too late for some plant adventures, right?

  • Reply elena +deco January 20, 2016 at 21:38

    If you come to Rome, don’t hesitate to contact me, I would be delighted to take you around and show you the real Rome!

    • Reply Igor January 21, 2016 at 09:39

      I would love that Elena! I was once in Rome but did not see a lot apart from the classics! Next time you’ll show me the real Rome of Romans!

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