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The Moutan Botanic Center is a unique collection of peonies: 15 hectares planted with 200,000 Chinese tree peonies representing 600 different varieties, which for the most part are very rare specimens that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. It is the only place where all the botanical species and known natural hybrids can be seen together.
A unique collection of peonies in the  countryside of Viterbo
(Moutan Botanic Centre, Vitorchiano, Viterbo)

History and Meaning

The Moutan Botanic Centre, a vast estate at the foot of the Cimini mountans to the north of Rome, was founded in 1993. The idea was to create a monothematic garden where the various varieties and species of existing Chinese tree peonies could be studied, while making them accessible to the public.
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The garden is open for visits in April and May (that's when peonies bloom) every day from 9:30 am to 13:00 and from 14:30 until 18:00.
Over the last few years research has also been carried out into the beneficial and curative properties of peonies.
Searching for the rarest peonies throughout the most remote regions of Asia, the Center has brought to the West a centuries-old Chinese cultural heritage based on three-thousand years of history.

The aim was to gather in one place the product of years of hard work and complex experiments carried out by gardeners and botanists in the Far East.
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Centro Botanico Moutan
S.S. Ortana, 46 - 01030 Vitorchiano (Viterbo)
tel +39.0761.300492

From the highway (motorway A1) Florence-Rome take the exit Orte, then take the superstrada (main road SS.675) Orte-Viterbo in direction of Viterbo and exit at Vitorchiano. Then follow directions for the Centre.
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