The Gala Dinner will be in one of the most suggestive place in Padova: the orto botanico(botanical garden). Founded in 1545 by the Venetian Republic, it is the world’s oldest academic botanical garden that is still in its original location. The garden, affiliated with the University of Padova, currently covers roughly 22,000 square meters, and is known for its special collections and historical design.
About 7,000 specimens belonging to 3,500 different species are part of the botanical garden. Nevertheless, in addition to the biodiversity that it hosts, the botanical garden also has a historical importance: born about 500 years ago for the cultivation of medicines coming directly from nature, it is considered today the origin of all botanical gardens of the world. This aspect, its center position of a dense network of international relations, and its profound influence in the scientific environment (both national and European), allowed, in 1997, its inclusion on the UNESCO list of world heritage sites. In 2014, an ambitious project permitted its renewal, doubling its area with the construction of the biodiversity garden. These greenhouses host about 1,300 plant species, simulating the climatic conditions of the various environmental systems: from those more favorable to life to the most extreme and inhospitable.