Breakfast Coffee Time
Vincent Bar alongside the park is the only cafe in the area but still provides the opportunity to get your by now daily cup of cappuccino for breakfast.
A great way to reach the start of the walk at the Garden of Remembrance is to take one of Venice’s many vaporettos that ply their trade up and down the canals. The vaporetto services that stop at the Gardens of Remembrance and St Elena include the 1,41,42, 51, 52, 61 and 62. This information is accurate at the time of writing but please check to confirm yourself More information on travel costs and timetables can be found at the Actv site.
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Garden of Remembrance & Public Gardens
- Price: FREE
- Duration: 30 minutes
The southeastern shores were created by draining the marshlands that existed here during the 19th century to create a beautiful stretch of greenery along the foreshore. The Gardens include the Parco della Remembranze and the Giardino Pubblici.
Gardens of Remembrance
(Open daily with free admission)
These were created in memory of the soldier who lost their lives in the Second World War and provides a pleasant parkland where you can walk and relax under the trees.
Walking through the glorious green surroundings you enter the exhibition grounds of the Biennial d’ Arte by crossing the Rio dei Giardini.
(Open daily 6am -11pm (until 8pm in winter). Free admission)
It is here you will find the buildings of the Biennial d’ Arte Exhibition, a series of permanent pavilions with a nationalistic theme representing various countries around the world. Some now look a little abandoned and forlorn but main centers along the canal are still often used. The park is full of play areas for children and places to enjoy a picnic. When you exit the park you will see a statue of General Garibaldi.
Walk to Isola di San Pietro – Monastery
- Price: FREE
Following the Viale Trento leave the park and cross the Rio San Iseppo canal and then immediately turn right along the Fondamenta San Giuseppe. Then turn down any of the first three streets on the left. This brings you onto Ramo Secondo Marina from where you must again take one of the next three left hand streets to reach Fondamenta Sant Ana. This will take you across the Canal de San Pietro and onto the island, where you turn left and follow the road around until you reach the Campo San Pietro and the church.
Isola di San Pietro – Monastery
- Price: $2.50 (for a single adult)
- Duration: 50 minutes
(San Pietro di Castello – Opening times Mon – Sat 10am – 5pm Sun 1pm – 5pm Admission – €2.50)
Formally the Cathedral of Venice, until 1807 this was the main church of the Bishop of Venice. A large, well-lit church where you will find amongst its collection of artworks a gothic mosaic in the chapel, with frescoes by Giordano, Pellegrini and Veronese, also a lovely “St Peter and the four saints” by Bastaiti. The carved marble throne was captured from Antioch and Arabic script can still be found decorating its edges.
Walk to Church of San Biagio & Naval Museum
- Price: FREE
To find your way back is simple, cross on the Ponte San Pietro off the island and follow the Szda Streta to the Campo Ruga, here you turn right onto the Fondamenta Rielo Soto le Colonne and follow this along the Rielo canal and cross at the Ponte San Daniel. Carry on ahead, winding your way around the lane until you are back on the other side of the Rio de San Ana canal that you followed earlier. This road will take you all the way back to the Guidecca Canal. Here you turn right, cross the canal and head towards the church and Naval Museum.
Church of San Biagio & Naval Museum
- Price: $1.55 (for a single adult)
- Duration: 1 hour and 10 minutes
Church of San Biagio
Is now a part of the Naval museum dedicated to St Blaise and used on occasions by the Navy Chaplain. There are ceiling frescoes by Scagliaro and a statue by Ferrari. (Opening times can be erratic)
Museo Storio Navale – Naval Museum
(Opening hours 8:45 – 13:30 Mon – Fri, closes 13:00 Sat. Admission €1.55)
This wonderful museum covers the history of Italy’s naval exploits and has many excellent examples of ships, boats and military hardware. There is also a fabulous collection of model ships, some up to 2 meters in length, the most famous of which is a scale model of the ceremonial barge used by the Doges of Venice. The museum also has a collection of gondolas, Chinese junks and examples from the Swedish Navy on display.