Getting to one of the most beautiful places in the Italian city of Bergamo is a difficult task that requires some physical fitness. There is only one way to climb the green city hill of Colle Aperto – to overcome 141 steps of a steep stone staircase. However, the fantastic views from the hilltop are undoubtedly worth all the efforts. Besides, travelers can not only enjoy the amazing panorama of the lower city of Bergamo but also visit one of the main attractions of the city, the Botanical Garden named after Lorenzo Rota.
Since the botanical garden first opened its doors in 1972, it has been open daily from March to October. You can get acquainted with its amazing collections as part of a guided tour or on your own. Besides, free guided tours are often organized here. The main thing is not to miss a chance and book a place in advance.
This stunning area is named after the physician and botanist Lorenzo Rota, who first studied and classified the flora of Bergamo. For a long time, the Botanical Garden was part of the Museum of Natural Sciences, and all its activities were under the museum authority. Only in 2004, it became an independent city botanical garden, open to all lovers of charming flowers and plants, as well as just connoisseurs of beauty.
The small area of only 2,400 square meters is home to hundreds of plant species, fascinating with their beauty and captivating with their aromas. Rare endangered species included in the Red List deserve special attention. In total, the garden's collection comprises more than 900 plant species: from the usual Mediterranean to unique exotic ones. There are lotuses, cactuses, papyri, Madagascar palms, and even carnivorous flowers. Moreover, the 14th-century building today hosts various seminars and exhibitions dedicated to the flora of Bergamo.