Venice’s Royal Gardens (Giardini Reali) are being renovated and replanted, after years of neglect.
Set behind St Mark’s Square and surrounded by water, the Royal Gardens were built in the 19th century during the Napoleonic occupation of the city.
Work on the €5m project is scheduled to begin later this month and is due to be completed in July 2018. The renovation is being funded jointly by Italy’s cultural ministry and Italian insurance group, Generali.
Part of the redevelopment will focus restoring the Garden’s statues and fountains, as well as re-planting. Also being refurbished is the Neo-Classical Coffee House situated in the South West of the Royal Gardens.