This large garden reminds us of a branch of the Contarini family, one of the oldest in Venice and the only one that had eight Doges representing the city. The garden changed multiple times over five centuries and still shows traces of its past as well as the wealth of its current plants and flowers at the same time
Pietà is a truly moving institution that has existed ever since it was first established in 1346 to help those children – initially exclusively from poor families – who were abandoned in the streets of Venice, a city that suffered from this plague like many others.
But it is also touching for its extraordinary developments, both involving or not involving music, connected to private and public generosity and, at the same time, for teaching its “daughters” a lot thanks to the work of composers and musicians such as Vivaldi who dedicated almost forty years of his life to them.
Brimming with calm and silence, beauty and peace, the Redentore Garden is dotted with fruit and ornamental trees, luscious greenery, fruits and vegetables, stunning flowers, and a breathtaking view of the southern Venetian lagoon and its islands.
Savor the rich scents of roses and the kaleidoscope of colours as you glide past one of the most beautiful gardens on the Grand Canal. The radiant Barnabò Garden embodies Anna, the heart and soul of this gorgeous treasure, who carefully selected and arranged each and every one of its flowers.
Discover the evolution of ‘palace gardens’ in Venice and their function over the centuries from mere vegetable gardens with fruit trees and vegetables to real botanical gardens with rare plants imported from distant places. Later on traditional gardens were replaced by English informal, romantic gardens where artificial elements were added to surprise visitors.