A journey through the forests of the world
The city of Rome is unique in many ways, historical ruins, grandiose chapels, amazing food, all wrapped up in the richness of Italian culture. Despite this, Rome is still a city and when you need a break from the bustling streets but can’t get away, we recommend you escape to the Botanical Garden in Trastevere.
The garden has been located behind the Corsini Palace since 1883 and is taken care of by the Department of Environmental Biology of the Sapienza University of Rome. The unique thing about this serene space is that it is not only a botanical garden, by also an archeological area. Situated on the Septimius Severus Baths, the location has been characterized with the presence architectural discoveries of considerable historical and artistic interest.
There are four greenhouses on the grounds, the Corsini Greenhouse, the Monumental Greenhouse, the French Greenhouse and the Tropical Greenhouse. Each site houses various plants that are not native to the Italian ecosystem like cacti from America and Africa and lush trees and flowering plants from the Amazon Rainforest. Although the greenhouses are primarily used for study, as a visitor you will feel like you have traveled to all the world’s most exotic conditions when you enter these miniature ecosystems.
Palms and Coniferous Trees
The garden is home to 60 different types of coniferous trees, including sequoias and pines, and 35 different types of palm trees. Originally, the view from the palace gates to the top of the hill was minimal, but now the view is blanketed by the garden’s growing population of trees. Housed together are trees from all over the world including tall California sequoias, an extraordinary Afghan palm tree that grows horizontally and a once-believed-to-be-extinct Wollemia pine from Australia. Among the trees, you can experience a journey through the forests of the world.
Designed by Ken Nakajima in 1993, the Japanese Garden layout displays a modern application of traditional Japanese garden rules. The area itself is the most tranquil environment in Rome, with its calming waterfalls, beautiful magnolia trees and delicate shrubbery, you will almost forget that you’re in one of the busiest cities in the world. Also, at the Japanese Garden you can witness an amazing view of the cityscape amongst the flourishing trees. Explore a little further and you can even stumble upon a stunning bamboo forest.
The Japanese Garden also houses an array of cherry blossoms which will be in full bloom in April. To honor their blossoming, the garden will be hosting a Hanami Festival from April 12 to April 14 in collaboration with the Japanese Cultural Institute in Rome. Activities will include free guided tours, educational projects for children, tea ceremonies, exhibitions on Kakejiku and Ikebana and lectures on Japanese cherry trees, on the Hanami Festival and on the recently created Japanese Garden of the Botanical Garden of Naples.
Free guided tours (no booking necessary)
April 12 – 11am, 12pm, 1pm , 4pm , 5pm
April 13 – 11am, 12pm, 1om, 2.30pm, 4pm, 5pm
April 14 – 1oam, 11am, 12pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, 5pm
Free educational activities for children (no booking necessary)
April 13 from 15:00 to 18:00
April 14 from 10:00 to 13:00
Organized by the Centro Diffusione Origami.
April 14 – 3pm, 6pm by the Centro Urasenke.
€8, reduced €4 (6-11 years, 65+ years, FAI members),
free (0-5 years, disabled, employees and students of Sapienza University of Rome)
The rose section sits atop a small hill in the middle of the garden. From the top, you can visually see how the attributes of flowers have changed throughout the centuries due to artificial selection. At the highest point, you can spot wild roses which simply have five petals and only grow in May. As you make your way down the aromas, you can see how common-day flowers have come about, with more than 100 petals and blossoming year-round. In this labyrinth of beauty, you will definitely get lost in the allurement of nature.
Modern pharmaceuticals have their roots in the exquisiteness of plant-based medicine and it is amazing to think that some wild plant can cure you of everyday ailments. Take a trip back in time to the beginning of medicine at the medical garden. There are two sections of this garden, one that is organized by the disease in which they aid and the other by their botanical families. To make things a little more user friendly, the garden is currently installing key codes on the name tags of the plants so that you can access their common information while you explore.
In the works
The garden is always working on improving the research ability and aesthetics of their space. Currently, they are working on a section devoted to the grapes of Italy and other countries, a rock garden and a more diverse cactus selection. With this growth, you can be sure that your experience there will always be different and delightful no matter what time of year you visit.
Museo Orto Botanico, Largo Cristina di Svezia 23A (Trastevere)
Daily 9am -5.30pm (from November to March)
Daily 9am – 6.30pm (from April to October)
Entry fee €8