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THE GARDENS OF ROME - PART 2 - BOTANICAL GARDENS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TUSCIA

written by Alexandra Evans

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The garden extends across the Viterbese (town of Viterbo)  plain reaching from the last folds of Monti Cimini to the nearby Bulicame, ancient thermal sulphuric mineral waters. The area is rich in archeological remains dating from the Etruscan and Roman eras. It is said to have been a sacred place of worship for the Etruscan people. The Bulicame spring is cited three times in Dante’s Inferno, cantos XII and XIV.

Officially inaugurated in 1991, the university botanical garden is comprised of sections devoted to a wide variety of plant species. A large section is comprised of green houses, open to the public, where plants , including a wide variety of African succulents, are cultivated expressly for research and study. Other greenhouses re-create a tropical environment, to comfortably house collections of orchids and passion flowers. The fragranced rose garden includes 250 varieties, and other parts of the garden are devoted to collections of irises and the various species of palm, as well as plants indigenous to the Mediterranean.

Università della Tuscia,  Località Bulicame, Strada S. Caterina (Viterbo)  Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 12:30 pm  tel 0761 357097

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