Public parks and gardens in Venice: a discovery full of surprises

The historic town centre of Venice alone has about 112 thousand square metres of public green spaces. This may surprise many, who usually think of Venice as "immersed" in water, amidst canals, bridges and alleyways. Instead, a very beautiful, very different tour will take you to truly green oases surrounded by flowers and plants, perfect for avoiding the hustle and bustle of the city. In fact, these places are often far from the tourist crowds and provide a better, far more interesting experience of this incredible city and some beautiful memories for you to take home. There's always a hidden gem to add to your schedule of visits around Venice. This is why we recommend you really can’t fail to visit at least one of the greener corners of the lagoon city.

The greener side of Venice

We suggest a completely green itinerary to enable you to relax, breathe in clean, fresh air and enjoy the enchantment of the changing seasons.  

There are the Royal Gardens overlooking St Mark’s Basin, one of the city's most central green areas. They date back to the nineteenth century, when Napoleon decided to transform the Marciana Area in order to build a new Royal Palace. Today, after major restoration work, the gardens have been returned to their original, magnificent design.

You can find the Biennale Gardens, also known as the Napoleonic Gardens, in the International Art Exhibition area. The park was created in 1807 over the ruins of a series of demolished churches. In the late nineteenth century, the over 65,000 square-metre garden was divided into two parts, one open to the public, the other granted to the Biennale Cultural Organisation, which used it to construct the Palazzo delle Esposizioni.

The most romantic park lies in the Santa Croce district: the Papadopoli Gardens along the Rio Tolentini. The gardens were first created in 1834 by Count Spiridione Papadopoli and his wife Teresa Mosconi. Unfortunately, the gardens were bombed during the First World War and were further reduced in size by the construction of Piazzale Roma in the thirties. Today, the park has a dense tree cover of evergreens.

The Savorgnan Park was originally a botanical garden, created by joining the ancient gardens of the Savorgnan and Manfrin palaces in the Cannaregio district in the late seventeenth century. Today, it is one of the city’s largest public parks.

We look forward to seeing you in Venice!

You'll find the Locanda Art Deco in St Mark’s district. We like to recommend special places for our guests to discover all there is to see in Venice. We look forward to welcoming you to our little hotel.