Italian Botanical Heritage

Italian Botanical Heritage is a project aimed at fostering the knowledge of the Italian botanical, artistic and cultural Italian heritage and the development of green tourism in Italy, and to become a virtual meeting platform between enthusiasts of this field.


The Pantano di Policoro Wood is a protected natural area in the province of Matera, established in 1999, designated Site of Community Importance (SCI) and Special Protection Area (SPA). It occupies an area of 500 hectares, 21 of which are WWF Italy Oases, gathered under the denomination of "WWF Oasis Policoro Herakleia".

The Gardens of Villa Taranto are located on the promontory of Castagnola, along the road that connects Pallanza to Intra, on the western shore of Lake Maggiore. They were created by Neil Mc Eacharn (1184-1964), a captain of Scottish origin, a great lover of botany and Italy, which he had visited in his youth. In 1928 McEacharn returned to Italy wit...

Along the ridge of the Monte Subasio massif, there are some isolated peaks, the most important of which are, from north to south, Monte Subasio (1290 m), Monte Civitelle (1280 m) and La Sermolla (1191 m). In addition, the north-western end of the hill is San Rufino (1110 m) and the south-eastern end of the hill is Madonna della Spella (978 m); furt...

Born from the love and botanical passion of the last owners, the princes Scipione and Maria Carla Borghese, the Biviere Garden occupies a vast area  between the plain of Catania and the northern slopes of the Iblei Mountains, west of the Ionian Sea. A wonderful example of a Mediterranean-Esotic garden, it extends for about 3 hectares, on three diff...

The Prince's Villa was the residence of the only Prince Genoa has ever had. It was in 1529 when Andrea Doria, a talented admiral and legendary gunman, started the work that would lead to the construction of this marvellous palace overlooking the Gulf of Genoa, in Lguria. The place would become the prince's retreat of peace on his return from countl...

The Gargano National Park is the spur of Italy, which takes the form of a boot. The nature of this promontory is calcareous and was originally completely covered by forests, now reduced to 15 percent of the original surface, among which we point out the Umbra Forest, the green heart of the entire park.

In his property in Fontanellato, Parma, the art publisher and collector Franco Maria Ricci has planted the largest maze in the world, all made with bamboo plants. Its plant has the shape of an 8-pointed star, inspired by Roman mosaics; it occupies about 8 hectares of land and stretches for 3 kilometres; it is made up of more than 120 thousand plant...

The Seu natural reserve is a calcareous promontory with a cliff of 15 m above sea level. It covers about 115 hectares and is an administrative part of the Municipality of Cabras in the province of Oristano, Sardinia. The area has a particular historical interest: the seat of human settlements already at the time of the Nuragic civilization, it was...

Located in the province of Pesaro and Urbino, in the Marche region, the Gola del Furlo State Nature Reserve covers 3,600 hectares of woods, meadows, pristine peaks and fresh water. Established in 2001, it is crossed by the Candigliano river, which creeps into the rocky cliffs of the Gola (gorge), creating a landscape of great charm.

Located on the slopes of the Caserta hills, the Reggia di Caserta (Caserta Royal Palace) is a historical residence that belonged to the Royal House of the Bourbons of Naples, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Built at the behest of Charles III of Bourbon in 1751, under the direction and design of architect Luigi Vanvitelli, it is surrounded...

Villa Brusoni Scalella's park is one of the most fascinating and mysterious gardens on the Riviera del Brenta in Venice, Veneto. The consistency of the design and the ingeniousness of the complex solutions of the water system make us think that a high-level designer worked on this, and often the name of the architect Giuseppe Jappelli was made to a...

The Lake Penne Oasis is located within the Lake Penne Regional Reserve, in the town of Penne in the Pescara province, in Abruzzo. It broadens for about 1,300 hectares and protects a characteristic wet environment, that of the river bands.