Private and urban gardens in Venice

Giardino Malipiero

A city without land where to expand could not afford to waste vast areas for gardens. In spite of this logical issue, the garden was a must, a status symbol.

Giardino Contarini dal Zaffo

Besides the orchards of convents and monasteries, wealthy Venetians started from the 15th century to transform their courtyards into small gardens.

The style of gardening changed over the centuries but we can state some elements that remained constant over the time.

Venetian gardens belonged to a palace; they were a combination of nature and architecture.

Giardino Malipiero

Giardino Zenobio

Around the gardens high brick walls separated them from the water of the canal.

Giardino Contarini dal Zaffo

Today we have about 500 gardens in Venice. Most of them are private but there are some open to the public (admission).

Giardino San Giorgio Giardini Biennale 2014

In the meantime Venetians have started to take more care of their courtyards and also of spaces, which are usually forgotten by the administration giving birth to some urban gardens like in other cities.

Urban garden San Basilio

If you plan to come in spring to Venice – and if it doesn’t rain as it might happen! – you’ll be surprised by the many enchanting green areas of the city.