The Botanical Garden "La Cutura"

The Botanical garden "La Cutura" - from "cute", dialect synonymous with stone - was born from the passion for succulent plants by Salvatore Cezzi who, in the course of his early travels, was able to procure a large number of plant specimens of varying provenance. Extending over 50 hectares, the estate has been transformed over time into one of the most successful experiments of modern botanical collections in Italy.

Following a botanical path, along avenues bordered by roses, gardens and flowerbeds of herbs and medicinal plants of the Mediterranean, between the pond of water lilies and papyrus, the rock garden, through the citrus groves and oak forest, you reach the large greenhouse. The site is surrounded by a harmonious combination of borders of prostrate rosemary, carpets of thrush, bushes of sarmentose roses and fragrant jasmine. Impressive spaces are the rock garden and the large greenhouse.


The rock garden is a closed garden where it was recreated the landscape of the South American countries; it is home to a collection of about 80 species of the genus Agave, 50 of Opuntia and many other varieties of cacti.

The large greenhouse is a modern 1,000 square meters facility, articulated around a patio with local stone arches. It hosts about 2000 specimens of subtropical and tropical plants, native to Mexico, Africa, Asia and South America, arranged on a geographical basis. This is probably the most comprehensive collection of succulents in Italy.

The natural lake collects rainwater arising from the overflow of a tank located in the central patio of the greenhouse; in addition to papyrus and water lilies, there are present many aquatic or hygrophilous plants such as bamboo, water hyacinth, yellow iris.


The Mediterranean garden, a large flowerbed bordered by Dianthus, is the habitat of various species of Mediterranean vegetation such as conifers, broom, juniper, oil mill, arbutus, myrtle, thyme.

Moreover, there are the Italian garden with flowerbeds arranged geometrically and edged with topiary boxwood; the herb garden with numerous varieties of aromatic and medicinal plants; the rose garden with more than 100 varieties; the forest of oaks and the secret garden. This latter, made of a stone quarry, is home to tree ferns, creepers of warm weather and green plants of subtropical climate zones.

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Associazione Ville e Giardini di Puglia
Via G. Candido, 6
73100 Lecce
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