Giardini della Biennale, Venice

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The Venice Giardini or Giardini della Biennale is an area of parkland in the historic city of Venice which hosts the Venice Biennale Art Festival, a major part of the city's cultural Biennale. The gardens were created by Napoleon Bonaparte who drained an area of marshland in order to create a public garden on the banks of the Bacino di San Marco which is a narrow stretch of water dividing the gardens from St. Mark's Square and the Doge's Palace.

The gardens contain 30 permanent pavilions. Each pavilion is allocated to a particular nation and displays works of art by its nationals during the Venice Biennale. Several of the pavilions were designed by leading architects of the 20th century, including Carlo Scarpa and Alvar Aalto.

The gardens are also famous for the many cats which run wild in the vicinity and for some of the sculptures such as the statue of Garibaldi situated at the entrance.
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  • Flying over the alps set the scene for an unforgettable, magical getaway... We travelled along the Grand Canal via water bus to reach this little gem of an area, lush with greenery and rich in...  more »
  • The perfect place in Venice to relax and take a break after many hours of walking. Place full of green which gives a real sense of peace  more »
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  • If you are into contemporary art then come here for the Venice Biennale - (next is in May 2021) the Giardini houses a number of international pavilions each with a featured artist or art collective exhibiting their recent work. The Giardini is a garden of course - it is the only place in Venice where greenery dominates the landscape. There are restaurants on site but they are often crowded but this is Venice so there are hundreds of restaurants within walking distance. Washrooms are limited however.
  • A must see in Venice. Typically considerably less crowded than other parts of the city. It also offers some nice refuge from the sun and heat on a hot day.

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