In Venice tourists normally don’t see more than canals and pavements, but believe it or not Venice has a number of beautiful parks. Take a break from the tourist route to relax and perhaps picnic ( only place legal for picnicking), in the closest park to the tourist beat, Giardini Reali, for some reason not many tourists go there.
The Venice Royal Gardens lie between St. Mark’s Square and the water, west of the Piazzetta, behind Procuratie Nuove and Libreria Marciana – National Marciana Library, and just by the vaporetto station and info point.
It is quite small but the landscaping is exquisite, with plenty of colorful unique flowers and green foliage as well as benches to rest our traveller’s legs.
From the park you can see up the lagoon to the center of Venice and across to the Lido as well as the top of the bell tower in St. Mark’s Square, the Santa Maria della Salute can be seen from just outside of the gardens.
Napoleon Bonaparte ordered the creation of the gardens on drained marshland. Within the gardens are 30 pavilions each dedicated to a nation and displaying art work from those nations, there are other statues throughout the park including one of Garibaldi at the park entrance. You won’t be lonely in the park as it is famous for the amount of cats that sun themselves here.
The Giardini Reali is also the location for the annual Venice Art Festival. Entrance is free and it is always open, but just to be safe make your visit during day light hours.