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.


It was Empress Maria Theresa of Austria who, in 1777, decided to build the Villa Reale in Monza, using a site near a small farmhouse near Monza, interesting for its particular beauty and for its strategic position along the Milan-Vienna route. The architect Giuseppe Piermarini designed a neoclassical building with a "U" plan that followed the typol...

The Real Woods of Capodimonte is the largest public park in the city of Naples. It has an extension of 134 hectares with about 400 plant entities classifiable in 108 families and 274 genera. The woodland belongs to a hunting lodge that in 1738 became the Royal Palace of Capodimonte, today completely dedicated to the role of Museum. It occupies the...

The National Park of the Casentino Forests, Monte Falterona and Campigna was established in 1993, on a vast territory between Emilia Romagna and Tuscany. The Emilia Romagna side is characterized by narrow, sunken valleys, with rocky slopes and sometimes thickly wooded, while the Tuscan side, with its limestone cliffs, is characterized by a landscap...

The Carsiana Botanical Garden is located in the Karst plateau, inside a sinkhole in the municipality of Sgonico, 18 kilometres from Trieste. In the Carsiana Botanical Garden, covering an area of 5000 square meters, there are about 600 plant species of the 1,600 indigenous species of the Karst, distributed in their respective environments. Thanks to...

The Castel Savoia Alpine Botanical Garden is located in the park of Castel Savoia, the villa of Queen Margherita di Savoia, a mountain and mountaineering enthusiast, in Gressoney-Saint-Jean, in the Lys Valley, in the Aosta Valley, at 1350 meters of altitude. The whole area, now a regional property, is often the venue for exhibitions and events, and...

Owned by the Duke D'Alessandro of Pescolanciano and extending over about 500 hectares, the wood of Collemeluccio was brought as a dowry to him by the noblewoman Desiderata Mellucci, from whom the name seems to derive and who purchased it in 1628 from the University of Pietrabbondante. It remained the property of the D'Alessandro family until 1895,...

The Aspromonte National Park, whose name derives from the range of the same name, is located in the province of Reggio Calabria, in a protected natural area. It was created in 1989, and in 1994 its territory was defined: the original extension of 76,000 hectares was subsequently reduced to the current 64,153. The Aspromonte Range, which is part of...

Immersed in the gentle landscape of the Langhe, the Castle of Guarene (Cuneo, in Piedmont) has existed since the Middle Ages, when it was a fortress. In 1700 it became the new summer residence of the Counts Roero: the current building was designed and built by Count Carlo Giacinto, between 1726 and 1772, who transformed it into an imposing three-st...

The Monte Cucco Park includes the territory located on the north-eastern border of the Umbria Region, marked by the ridge of the Apennine mountains on which stands the Cucco (1,566 meters), the historical route of the Via Flaminia and the rivers Sentino and Chiascio. The population resident in the Park does not reach 7,000 inhabitants. In the mount...

The Donnafugata Castle, almost 10 miles from Ragusa, is a sumptuous noble residence of the late '800, of 1,5 square miles, with a facade in neo-Gothic style accompanied by two side towers. The first construction of the castle dates back to 1300, but there are no certain dates. Later, it was purchased in 1648 by Vincenzo Arezzo-La Rocca, former baro...

Grazzano Visconti is a medieval style village in the municipality of Vigolzone, in Val Nure, in the Piacenza area, Emilia Romagna. The heart of the village, private but open to the public, is the ancient castle, which dates back to 1395. It is surrounded by a large park of 15 hectares, built in the same period by Giuseppe Visconti, rich in ancient...

In Puglia, inside the Gargano area, lies the Umbra Forest, the heart of the park, at 832 meters. According to some sources, the name derives from ancient Umbra populations who lived in the forest. Much more likely, however, the name is due to the fact that the vegetation is so dense as to let the sun's rays pass just, so the environment is full of...