Rome's Botanical Garden (Orto Botanico) was founded in 1660, but it was only established on the present site in 1883 when Tommaso Corsini donated the gardens of the Palazzo Corsini to the Italian government.
Covering 30 acres (12 hectares), this is one of the most important botanical gardens in Italy, famous for its palms and yuccas.
An avenue of palms leads to the Fountain of the Tritons (c. 1750), the work of the Florentine architect Ferdinando Fuga (1699-1782). Fuga also designed the grand staircase and fountain.
My name is David Lown and I am an art historian from Cambridge, England. Since 2001 I have lived in Italy, where I run private walking tours of Rome.
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