Giardini Papadopoli

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View of the Giardini Papadopoli, 2013; the Grand Canal on the left, the Rio Novo on the right with the Ponte del Prefetto o Papadopoli, one of the two bridges between the gardens and Piazzale Roma

The Giardini Papadopoli , often simply called the Papadopoli , are one of the few parks open to the public that are located in the historic center of Venice . The Papadopoli Gardens, created from 1834, are located in the west of the Santa Croce district near the parking lot in Piazzale Roma . These gardens, which are named after the family name of the numismatist Nicolò Papadopoli and his brother Angelo, but above all after their father Spiridone († 1859), form an island accessible via bridges. This is limited to the north by the Grand Canal , to the east by the Rio dei Tolentini, to the south by the Rio del Magazen and to the west by the Rio Novo (or by the Fondamenta della Croce to the north and the Fondamenta del Monastero and Condulmer, the accompany these channels). In view of the fact that in 1984 every inhabitant of the old town of Venice had 1.59 m² of parking space available (for comparison Rome: 2, Amsterdam: 10–12 m²), the Giardini have a high recreational value despite their small area.


Monastery and Church of S. Croce in the last decade of the 19th century

On the site of today's park there was the church and the Clarissan Monastery of S. Croce , which gave the sestiere its name. The monastery was dissolved under Napoleon and the complex was demolished after a long period of decline.

At the park exit

The park was designed in 1834 according to plans by Francesco Bagnara , employed at the local Academy of Fine Arts , who acted on behalf of Teresa Mosconi, wife of Conte Spiridone Papadopoli. Papadopoli bought the land from the Quadri family. By adding neighboring gardens, the new park reached an area of ​​12,000 m². In the direction of the Grand Canal, an English garden was created in the northern part, while the rest of the park was characterized by flower beds in a more geometric shape. In 1863 Marco Quignon designed the park on the instructions of the new owners Angelo and Nicolò Papadopoli . Numerous exotic plants, typical of the colonial era, now adorned the park, as well as an aviary with silver pheasants and parrots. During the First World War , the park was badly damaged by air raids, but it was reopened to the public in 1920.

In 1933, in the course of the establishment of the central car and bus parking lot for the fascists' transport policy, the Piazzale Roma, the western part of the park was leveled. The excavations in connection with the construction of the Rio Novo, which was necessary for ship traffic to connect car traffic to the mainland there, also fell victim to land. Finally, the park in the south was reduced - in the end to 7,500 m² - by a hotel complex, the political enforcement of which was the Gruppo veneziano , associated with the regime . Across the Rio Novo, adjacent to the Piazzale Roma, two small pieces of the former garden have not been leveled. On one, a 655 m² bed, there are cypress trees, on the other, about 710 m² remaining piece, there is a small fountain.

In the south of the park you can see the winter garden of the Hotel Papadopoli, which was built in 1970 under the direction of Pietro Porcinai .


  • Mariagrazia Dammicco, Gabriella Bondi, Letizia Querenghi: I Giardini Veneziani. Guida per Veneziani distratti, Forestieri illuminati, Giardinieri appassionati , Wigwam Club Giardini Storici, Venice 2003, pp. 74-77.
  • Maria Marzi: Giardini di Venezia , Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti , Venice 1986, p. 8 f. (PDF)

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  1. ^ Maria Marzi: Giardini di Venezia , Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti , Venice 1986, p. 6.

Coordinates: 45 ° 26 ′ 18.3 "  N , 12 ° 19 ′ 13.9"  E