When seeking green space and serenity, I habitually escaped to the University of Perugia’s rambling Orto Botanico. Strolling the garden’s zig-zagging trails past over 1,000 varieties of flowers, fruits, and herbs filled my lungs with vitality. Reading the detailed plant descriptions was equal parts informative and meditative. Turning every corner revealed visual delights, from water lilies floating serenely to a bamboo forest beckoning me inward. Finding a quiet bench surrounded by blossoms to practice breathing exercises emphasized the garden’s restorative power. With its abundance of nature, Orto Botanico became my refuge.