December 17, 2019
The Royal Gardens of Venice reopened
Following thoroughgoing restoration promoted and carried out by the Venice Gardens Foundation, with Assicurazioni Generali as its main partner, The Royal Gardens of Venice are reopening on December 17. The restitution to the city of this site long loved by its inhabitants has an even greater positive valence in this extremely difficult period for Venice. The Gardens’ first flowering will be celebrated in the spring of 2020.
The restoration project began in December 2014, when to counter the progressive decline of this site of outstanding historic and environmental interest, the State Property Office of the City of Venice entrusted the Monumental Complex of the Royal Gardens to the Venice Gardens Foundation, putting it in charge of its restoration and conservation in the years to come.
Created to restore parks, gardens and properties of historic and artistic interest, the Foundation entrusted the work of restoring the garden to architect Paolo Pejrone and put architect Alberto Torsello in charge of architectural restoration and renovating the greenhouse, based on plans drawn up by architects Carlo Aymonino and Gabriella Barbini.
Planning and restoration work was carried out in the five-year period between 2015 and 2019. The reopened Royal Gardens have reacquired their formal excellence and botanical complexity in coherence with their historical nineteenth-century design rich in unexpected perspectives, a place for meet- ing and for thought.
A member of the Private International Committees for the Safeguarding of Venice, the Venice Gardens Foundation, in keeping with the cardinal principles of patronage, will ensure the gardens’ conservation and growth during the entire period of the concession. Qualified professionals will be engaged and site-specific maintenance programs, syntheses of age-old knowledge and new technology, will be used. The Foundation will also develop programs based on sustainable management and the protection of natural heritage sites and their fauna, as well as training programs devoted to these ends. In fact, it is currently undertaking collaborations with IUAV University, Lega Italiana Protezione Ucelli (BirdLife Italy) and the waste-management company Veritas.