The Botanical Garden of Monte Baldo

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The Botanical Garden is open every day from May to September. Paid admission. Guided tours are available throughout the season.

It is referred to as the "Botanicaln Garden of Europe" and for good reason: the slopes of Monte Baldo rise from the warm shores of Lake Garda and have exceptionally rich and varied flora ranging from the typical Mediterranean vegetation of vieyards, olive groves and oleanders to edelweiss at higher altitudes. From spring to autumn there are vast expanses of violets, primroses, daffodils, anemones, and orchids, as far as the eye can see.

The Botanical Garden is located in the locality of Novezzina at an altitude above 1200 m. This garden shows the astonishing diversity of the vegetation of Monte Baldo. This garden is different from traditional alpine botanical gardens because it only has autochthonous species: over 700 species are already planted, but this number is continuously rising. Here you will find Anemone del Baldo, Aquilegia, Asphodels, Snowdrop, Bellflower, Daphne, Yellow Gentians, Tiger Lilies, Turk's Cap Lilies, Narcissi, Bear's-ear, Peonies, Pasqueflowers, Rhododendrons, Christmas Rose, edelweiss... these are only some of the rare flowers that especially in the springtime make it a blaze of colors and fragrances.

There are about 20 floral species that are typical or exclusive to Monte Baldo, and therefore they are named "baldensis", because it was here where they were recognized for the first time; this is further proof of the naturalistic importance of this area.

Monte Baldo is a paradise for hikers. For those who want to climb quickly and with little effort, and then venture along the trails at high altitude, the futuristic Malcesine cable car with rotating cabins takes you from the shores of the lake to the mountain views of the massif in just a few minutes.