Arboretum Trsteno is a small settlement located in the near vicinity of the city of Dubrovnik and its claim to fame is the centuries old arboretum called the Arboretum Trsteno. The Arboretum is managed by the Croatian Academy of Science and Arts and is the only Arboretum located on the Croatian Adriatic coastline, the oldest Croatian monument of garden architecture and it is the oldest Arboretum in the world.
It is famous for its historic parks and the extensive collection of plants, both the ones specific for the Mediterran region and those that are exotic in this part of the world. It was founded in 1498 on the estate of the family Gučetić-Gozze. The Arboretum Trsteno spans on over 28 acres divided into various thematic sections.
These sections are:
- Renaissance park with summer house.
- Historical neo-romantic park that dates to the end of the 19th and start of the 20th century.
- Historical olive-orchard.
- Natural forest vegetation that features Downy oak, Aleppo pine, Cypress, Maquis shrubs and rocky shoreline.
The two most notable and famous parts of the Arboretum are its gigantic Asian sycamores and the Neptune fountain. The sycamores are the most impressive part of nature there, and the Neptune fountain is the central piece that brings everything together. Th fountain dates back to 1736 and it is designed in a baroque style. The fountain features three statues, the central one being the statue of the Roman God Neptune, that is flanked on each side by a sculpture of a water nymph. Fountain’s pond is also the home to goldfish and water lilies.
If you love nature and gardens, Arboretum Trsteno is a place you must visit so that you can enjoy everything it has to offer.
- May – October – 07:00 AM – 07:00 PM
- November – April – 08:00 AM – 04:00 PM
- Adult individual – 50 kn, approx. 7$ or 6.5€
- Group visits – 40 kn, approx. 5.7$ or 5€
- Students and children – 30 kn, approx. 4.5$ or 4€
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