Venice's First Public Park
|I Giardini Pubblici|
The gardens date back to the first decade of the 19th century and the residents have none other than Napoleon Bonaparte to thank for their creation.
In 1806 Venice was again under the control of the French and Napoleon was keen to modernise the city. His main architect and civic planner was the Venetian Gian Antonio Selva (1751-1819), a product of the neo-classical school.
In order to create what would be the city's first public park (known for a short time as the Giardini Napoleonici), Selva had to destroy several ancient convents and churches, including Sant' Antonio Abate, San Nicolo and San Domenico.
|The Lando Arch, I Giardini Pubblici|
|Statue of the actor Gustavo Modena (1803-61) by C. Lorenzetti|
|Statue of the explorer Francesco Querini by A. Tamburlini|
|Statue of the poet Riccardo Selvatico by P. Canonica, 1903|