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Lat: 37° 30' 56.70432" N - Long: 15° 5' 2.776854" E
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The botanical garden of Catania was built by the University of Catania.
It was inaugurated in 1858 and covers an area of about 16,000 square meters, divided into 13,000 of Hortus Generalis, with exotic plants, and 3000 of Hortus Siculus, with native species; the latter is an oasis of protection and conservation of rare and endangered species.
The Hortus Generalis is in turn divided into twenty-two sectors delimited by limestone steps; three circular pools are used to cultivate aquatic plants.
In the garden there is a beautiful monumental building in neoclassical style, designed by the architect Di Stefano with elegant Ionic columns and coffered ceilings.
Interesting are two majestic Dracaena draco, commonly known as the dragon tree, a rich collection of palms and a fascinating sector dedicated to succulent plants.
There are about 2000 species of those.
It represent one of the most valuable attractions both from the didactic point of view than ornamental.
A large greenhouse hosts over 160 species of ornamental and food-related plants such as coffee and papaya.
The greenhouse had been destroyed by the Anglo-American bombings of the Second World War, but was rebuilt following the same architectural style as the original.
The Botanical Garden is open from 08:00 to 20:00 in spring and summer, and from 09:00 to 17:00 in autumn and winter; excluding Sundays and holidays.
Saturday only in the morning.
For info tel: 095 430901
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