Homo Faber

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©Francesco Neri
©Francesco Neri

Visit the unexpected gardens hidden away in the heart of Venice

The visit consists of an introduction to the history of the site and its development, followed by a walk through the gardens to explore the rich botanical aspects of the place and discover its unexpected beauty and peace in the heart of the city. Venice Gardens Foundation reopened the Royal Gardens to the public in December 2019, after carrying out a complex restoration. The Napoleonic-era gardens, today linked again to St Mark’s Square by a drawbridge, occupy an area of about 5,000 square metres. Facing the St Mark’s Basin, they are surrounded by canals and overlooked by the Correr Museum, the National Archaeological Museum and the Marciana Library.

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Giardini Reali di Venezia

Landscape gardening

Born to protect the green treasures of VeniceThe Venice Gardens Foundation is a non-profit organisation established in 2014 to restore and preserve parks, gardens and other sites of cultural interest. The Foundation promotes, develops and carries out projects which are aimed at protecting the city’s naturalistic and cultural heritage and at bringing recognition to the fundamental role it plays within the community and wider society, in fostering harmony between spirit and nature. All the sites restored by the Foundation are then maintained by the Foundation’s own gardeners, by means of specific programmes. As a member of The Association of International Private Committees for the Safeguarding of Venice, and being listed in the National Research Register of the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research, the Foundation is also committed to the development of studies about innovation and sustainability of landscape heritage management, together with the organisation of seminars, study days, lectures and courses.

Audio guide

Audio guide

A free audio guide, available to stream from 10 April to 1 May, will enhance your experience of Homo Faber in Citta. Discover more about Venice, its crafts workshops and its heritage as a city of craftsmanship, to complement your personal tour.


Where you'll be

Address Piazza San Marco
30124, Venice

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Things to know

  •   Guest requirements

    Please stay informed about the latest Covid safety requirements in Venice and comply with any requests from the venues you visit, to ensure the safety of yourself and the participating artisans.

  •   When to arrive

    Make sure you arrive on time at each venue (although no more than ten minutes early), to make the most of your experience and the artisan’s time. Please call the venue ahead of time if you are likely to be late.

  •   Cancellation policy

    Please let us know if you wish to cancel your booking so that we may offer the opportunity to another visitor. Cancel or rebook directly on your account or via your confirmation or reminder email. If cancelling on the day of your event, kindly inform the venue by telephone.