Casa delle Farfalle
Italian Butterfly House
The town of Bordano, located in the foothills of the Carnian Alps, is home to the largest tropical butterfly garden in Europe, the Casa delle Farfalle. Three greenhouses contain over 400 species of butterflies from Africa, the Amazon, and Indo-Australia. The butterflies are free to fly, surrounded by exotic vegetation in a miniature rainforest setting of vines, rare palms, and colorful orchids. The air is damp, filled with the echoes of mist and fluttering wings. Indigenous birds, reptiles, fish, and other insects complete the realistic ecosystem. Outside the Casa delle Farfalle, Bordano pays tribute to butterflies in yet another way. Throughout the town and the neighboring hamlet of Interneppo, artists have decorated houses and public buildings with butterfly murals, transforming the streets into a kaleidoscope of color.
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