The Royal Gardens in Venice, located just off St Mark’s Square, were created under Napoleonic and Austrian rule in the early 19th century. Empress Elizabeth of Austria – Sissi – is said to have loved the Gardens very much.
After an extensive restoration, promoted and curated by the non-profit Venice Gardens Foundation, the Royal Gardens reopened to the public in December 2019.
The 5000-sq metres gardens, surrounded by canals and the Basin of St. Mark, are overlooked by the Correr Museum, the imperial chambers of the Royal Palace, the Archaeological Museum and the Marciana Library.
The Royal Gardens provide Venetians and visitors alike a place of peaceful respite, with shaded benches. You can have a coffee or a cocktail in the Coffee House Pavilion, and admire the greenhouse and the restored wooden drawbridge, which on special occasion will link the gardens directly with St Mark’s Square. This spring, visit the gardens in bloom!
The Royal Gardens of Venice are a National Heritage Site, and given their important historic and environmental value, they are protected by Legislative Decree 42/2004. Visitors are reminded that they must respect the site and maintain suitable decorum.
Access to the Gardens can be limited when there is an overly high number of visitors. Entry to the Gardens of groups of more than 10 people requires prior booking via the internet site. To better plan your trip, find out the Royal Gardens opening hours.