Brera Botanical Garden
Via Brera, 28, 20121 Milano MI, Italy
|⏰ Opening Hours
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
|💸 Entrance Fee
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What is Botanical Garden of Brera?
The Botanical Garden of Brera, known as Orto Botanico di Brera in Italian, is a serene green oasis nestled in the heart of Milan's bustling cityscape. Tucked away behind the walls of the Palazzo di Brera, this historic garden is a living collection of plant species that provides not only aesthetic pleasure but also serves as a resource for scientific research and education. It's a tranquil haven, steeped in history and brimming with botanical treasures, where locals like myself often escape to admire the changing seasons or to find solace among the flora.
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History of Botanical Garden of Brera
The Orto Botanico di Brera has a rich past that stretches back to 1774 when it was founded by Maria Theresa of Austria. It was originally attached to the studies of the Palazzo di Brera, which housed the Academy of Fine Arts. The garden's establishment was part of a larger European trend during the Enlightenment to promote the study of botany and natural sciences.
Over the years, the Botanical Garden of Brera has been a center for scientific study, experiencing periods of flourishing growth and unfortunate neglect. However, its continuous operation has allowed the garden to maintain historic plant species, some of which you won't easily find elsewhere in the city or region.
Why is Botanical Garden of Brera Important?
The significance of the Botanical Garden of Brera extends beyond its aesthetic appeal. It's a symbol of the Enlightenment era's commitment to education and the pursuit of knowledge. The garden was, and still is, instrumental in the field of botany and serves as an educational resource that students and researchers, alike, utilize for academic purposes.
Additionally, its existence provides a biodiverse habitat in the urban environment. The presence of such a variety of plant species in the city center has ecological benefits, including the support of local wildlife, and contributes to the improvement of Milan’s air quality. For those of us who breathe the urban air daily, the garden is a cherished lung within our metropolis.
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Things to Do & See at Botanical Garden of Brera
When you visit the Botanical Garden of Brera, you're in for a treat of tranquil paths, historic plant collections, and educational opportunities. Take a leisurely stroll along the garden paths and admire the charming layout, which has changed very little since the late 18th century, making it an authentic historical experience.
You'll find a variety of plant species, ranging from medicinal herbs that were of great interest during the garden's founding to exotic plants introduced over the centuries. Particularly noteworthy is the old Ginkgo biloba tree, which stands as a living witness to the garden's long history. There are also greenhouses that contain species requiring more controlled climates, and these are often used for educational purposes.
Look out for the small signs next to the plants. They not only give the common and Latin names but often include interesting tidbits about the plant's uses and origins – insights that cater to the curious minds among us. Photo enthusiasts will appreciate the picturesque aspects of the garden, where every angle offers a new composition juxtaposed with the historic architecture of Palazzo di Brera.
Last but not least, the Botanical Garden of Brera occasionally hosts special exhibitions and installations, where art and nature converge. These events are truly unique experiences, deeply enriching for both the mind and the soul. Whether you're a botany enthusiast, a history buff, or simply in search of peace and greenery, the Orto Botanico di Brera will certainly captivate and educate.