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Dr. Ursula Prügger >>>


26.- 30. April 2021 (5 Days)

Tour Costs

EUR 2.735,– per Person sharing Double Room at / from Venice Airport.

Single Supplement + EUR 490,–
Mind. 10 – max. 15 Guests
Deposit EUR 280,– p. P.

Expiry Date

31. December 2020 / after upon request

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VENICE - Unusual Privatgardens

Under the guidance of our garden expert and author Mariagrazia Dammicco “The Secret Gardens of Venice” and accompanied by Dr. Ursula Prügger, immerse yourself in this fascinating world that Venice is otherwise hidden from visitors.

For centuries, magical, hidden green spaces have been part of the urban and architectural structure of the city: oases of silence, little Eden in the middle of the labyrinth of alleys and canals - there are more than five hundred of them. They are often tiny and often hidden behind high walls. Some can only be guessed from one channel. The Venice of the historical gardens is a cultural asset that has been passed down from generation to generation. These “monuments” of living matter have the same meaning for the city as its paintings, sculptures, churches and palaces. Every garden reflects the taste, the culture, the sense of aesthetics of its owners or those who created the gardens in their era. There is often a story, philosophy or symbolism behind it. The special thing about the Venetian Gardens is their surroundings - the salty water. Small bricks or beds of earth floating in the lagoon were laid out in a very narrow space by people and laboriously torn from the salty element. Each «Hortus» has its own microclimate and mini ecosystem, which is kept alive by its owners and their love of plants. In Venice, the gardens are in tune with the effects of lunar attraction and the alternation between high and low tide. The preciousness of these places lies in their fragility, as part of the fragility of Venice itself.

A gourmet foray complements the program and gives a good impression of the traditional and newly interpreted Venetian cuisine with its local products.

Private garden Palazzo Grimani ai Servi

This aristocratic garden, about 20 minutes' walk from the hotel, takes on the typical style elements of a Venetian garden: a geometric circular parterre that invites you to stroll between low boxwood and rose beds, a fountain with a girl supporting a shell, one shadowy pergola made of wine, hydrangea and peony borders, an antique fountain and stone lions. Today, tall trees limit two side garden areas dedicated to family life. Different colored flowers loosen up the garden, pomegranate and olive trees and a small vegetable garden enrich it.

Garden and courtyard of the «Scuola vecchia della Misericordia»

The garden and cloister were originally part of an old Augustinian abbey that stood on the ancient island of Valverde. From the 14th century it became the prestigious seat of the Brotherhood of Mercy (Misericordia). In 1920 the painter and art collector Italico Brass acquired the property and restored it with architectural elements of oriental inspiration. Today it houses the scientific restoration laboratory of the Venice Museum Center. The garden and the cloister retain the garden features of the former monastery on the one hand and the garden of a Venetian palace on the other.

Vivaio Laguna Fiorita - a nursery in the middle of Venice

With a short stop, you will discover that Venice even has a small nursery in the historic center,, aptly named the blooming lagoon. The operators offer a wide range of plants on an exhibition area of ​​around 500 m2.

Typical Venetian lunch snack
Garden of the «Palazzo Rizzo Patarol / Grand Hotel Dei Dogi with coffee

The park of Palazzo Rizzo Patarol was once the seat of the Embassy of Savoia and France and a monastery. Today the Palazzo is home to the Grand Hotel dei Dogi. The park was originally a botanical garden with a view of the northern lagoon. With his elegant loggia of Palladian influence, he was cited as “one of the Venetian peculiarities that strangers have to show”. Restored a few years ago at the request of the then owner Mariagrazia Boscolo, it retains its suggestive, romantic design with its small elevations, the bridge and so-called ice caves.

Then free time

Market and gardens on the island of Giudecca

Guided walk at the Rialto market

To explore the Venetian specialties and to absorb the variety of colors and smells that the season gives, watch the market life and then walk to the Zattere - one of the most popular promenade emails of the Venetians. From here it takes a vaporetto to the opposite island of Giudecca.

Gardens in the La Giudecca district

On the island of Giudecca, which used to be popular for its lush orchards and vegetable gardens, where the Venetians strolled in the fresh air and with a clear view, we marvel at the “salty vegetable gardens” of yesteryear and the atmospheric greenery of today in various private gardens. From the eastern tip of the big island, San Marco and the southern lagoon present themselves like a painting.

Lunch at the Hotel Bauer Palladio followed by a visit to the beautiful garden

Garden of the church complex of the Redentore

The cloister of the monastery and the vegetable and flower garden face the southern lagoon. The area protected by the famous church of Andrea Palladio has remained the same over the centuries and the Capuchin monks still plant fruit and vegetables there today.

Private garden of the "Fortuny Manufactory"

Next to the Molino Stucky is the unexpected garden with its wisteria, roses and pomegranate trees, in its current form created by the interior designer Elsie Lee McNeill, later Countess Gozzi. You also have the opportunity to admire the famous fabrics of the Mariano Fortuny manufactory », which are still made here today with the looms from the 1920s.

Followed by an aperitif on the observation deck of the Hilton “Molino Stucky”

With a drink on the terrace of the Mulino Stucky, a former grain mill and now a luxury hotel at the western end of the island of Giudecca, we catch the special evening light and take a bird's eye view of the city.

The restaurant, which is near our hotel, can be reached in a few minutes on foot.

A surprise garden and two palace gardens on the Grand Canal

Mariagrazia Dammicco takes you to a secret garden, the name of which is only revealed shortly before the start of the trip.

Private garden and floor of the «Palazzo Nani Bernardo» in the Dorsoduro district

The facade of the Palazzo Nani Bernardo Lucheschi, on the side of the University of Ca 'Foscarini and opposite the Francois Pinault Foundation, is reflected in the water in the widest curve of the Grand Canal. Built in the 16th century for the Bernardo family, it was redesigned in the 18th century and an Italian-style garden was added. Today it is cared for by Contessa Elisabeth Czarnocki Lucheschi. It houses a Trachycarpus fortunei from the beginning of the 20th century, the tallest palm tree in Venice

Lunch snack in a cozy restaurant near the Palazzo.

Anna’s garden in the “Palazzo Malipiero Barnabò” in the San Marco district

The Palazzo Cappello Malipiero Barnabò with its wonderful garden points to the Canal Grande opposite Ca ’Rezzonico, while its hidden entrance is near the Palazzo Grassi on Campo San Samuele. When the palace was built in the 13th century, there were no gardens on the Grand Canal. It was created in the 18th century and is based on the Renaissance style with a preference for numerous statues. The garden extends directly to the Grand Canal and is often the location for films and the setting of private parties. The palace was inhabited by the late Countess Anna Barnabò from 1986 to early 2016. From the beginning, she devoted herself primarily to her garden. Over the years, she has planted hundreds of box trees, oleander bushes, iris and roses, such as the ancient varieties "Blue Moon" or "Salet". In addition, the world-famous seducer Giacomo Casanova saw the light of day in this palace.

Farewell dinner

In a modern restaurant not far from the hotel, which can be reached on foot in a few minutes, you can enjoy a Venetian, newly interpreted cuisine.

Ancient craftsmanship and market walk

Gold knocker or alternative date for a market walk

The last Italian gold leaf manufacturer inaugurates us in its craftsmanship. Since 1926, the family business has been producing gold leaf in an ancient Venetian building in the service of mosaic artists, decorators, gilders, restorers and chefs.


Aufgrund des Vorlaufes können sich bei den Öffnungszeiten Änderungen ergeben, welche nicht in unserem Verantwortungsbereich liegen. Dies betrifft auch die Gärten und Villen. Selbstverständlich werden wir im Fall, dass ein Garten nicht besucht werden kann, für einen gleichwertigen Ersatz sorgen.


Many of our guests have rebooked their trip to 2021 trips due to the corona-related cancellation. Thank you very much for that.
All guests who could not decide were refunded their payments within 2 days.

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