Gardens of Venice: the ‘Palace Gardens’

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.

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view from the spiral staircase

The Contarini Family and their Snail Staircase in Venice

The noble family Contarini decided in the 15th Century to embellish their pre-existing Gothic palazzo, located in a strategic position, but unfortunately not on the prestigious Grand Canal. So after having frescoed their palace, a unique external spiral staircase was added, with a mere decorative purpose. Learn about the undertaking, the materials and the extraordinary result.

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