The Botanical Garden of the University of Bologna is one of the oldest in Italy. It was founded in 1568 on the initiative of Ulisse Aldrovandi (1522-1605). After several transfers found its permanent home in Via Irnerio, in the heart of the University area.
The total area is about two hectares, reaching the ancient city walls. It shows unique collections of plants and the reconstruction of natural areas in which the species are associated one another just like in natural areas.
The greenhouses are four: two contain tropical plants and two others a collection of succulents. Other sectors include medicinal plants, ornamental area, the forest.
Beside the didactic activity with the University and schools the Botanical Garden has an intense research activity, supporting and developing university projects, both at a national and international level.
The Botanical Garden is part of the University Museum System Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna - SMA