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Orto Botanico di Brera dell'Universitą degli Studi di Milano
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Orto Botanico di Brera dell'Universitą degli Studi di Milano

Milano, Milan

Family friendly
Pet not allowed
Eco friendly
Vegetable garden

Contact us

Via Brera, 28
20121 Milano
Ingresso pedonale anche da Via privata F.lli Gabba, 10

Tel. +39 02 50314683

GPS coordinates:
Latitudine: 45.471948
Longitudine: 9.187837


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Opening times

1 January - 31 March
From Monday to Friday (except holiday days): 9.30am - 4.30pm

1 April - 31 October
From Monday to Friday (except holiday days): 10.00am - 6.00pm

1 November - 31 December
From Monday to Friday (except holiday days): 9.30am - 4.30pm

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Free admission
Guided tours and activities on payment

How to reach
The complex is located in the center of Milan and it is easily reached with local public transport.
The Brera Botanical Garden is a romantic green oasis in the heart of Milan, behind Palazzo Brera. It was a place for meditation and cultivation for the Humiliati monks as far back as the 14th century and for the Jesuits from the 16th century. It became a Botanical Garden between 1774-1775, during the reorganisation of institutions under Maria Theresa of Austria, when Palazzo Brera was turned into a lively cultural centre for late eighteenth century Milan.

Since its foundation the Botanical Garden has been a seat of advanced education in pharmacy and medicine, through the cultivation of medicinal plants. In 1935 it was annexed to the Milanese Universitą degli Studi, which still manages it today and which has transformed it into a renowned museum. It reopened to the public in 2001 after restoration work which brought the original design to light, distinguished by two picturesque elliptical pools, an arboretum and closely packed beds for plants. The Botanical Garden still shows its historical character. The beds house particularly rich collections of Italian flora and medicinal species of various genera; others are preeminently dedicated to particular themes (food, dyes, textiles and paper) or particular environments (Mediterranean, dry or damp,...). There are of course rare plants or ones to be preserved for biodiversity, particularly Lombard indigenous plants. The patriarchs of the Botanical Garden are two remarkable Gingko biloba trees, two and a half centuries old, the symbols of the garden.

In every season, as in an open-air living museum, the Botanical Garden offers visitors an aspect worth discovering, and a rich programme of events and educational activities.
L'Orto di Brera is fully accessible for wheelchair users.
From March 2013 the visually impaired will be able to perceive the spaces, the smells, the sounds that characterize the life of the Garden. Over a thousand sensors scattered in the Garden will allow access to information that may be heard by visitors. Visually impaired shall be provided with a special stick that will guide them in the visit. The initial languages ​​for the course will be Italian and English, but in the next years the messages will be translated into other languages.

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