The Gardens of Venice and the Veneto draws together an amazing variety of spellbinding garden retreats, from monastery gardens quietly cultivated in the islands of the lagoon to magnificent villas on the Brenta Canal, and baroque masterpieces in the hills beyond. Highlights include an eerie Masonic garden complete with gothic chapel and cavernous grottoes, a pleasure garden made for his workers by a benevolent nineteenth-century industrialist, and a flower-filled delight by the banks of the Grand Canal.
This is a book of ravishing images and intriguing stories. The garden behind Henry James’ s Aspern Papers is here, along with the garden which so beguiled Margaret Symonds, the young English author of Days Spent on a Doge’ s Farm. With an emphasis on gardens that can be visited, longtime resident Jenny Condie elucidates the dynastic triumphs, the reversals of fortune, and the shifts in taste and influence which have shaped these extraordinary places.
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Jenny Condie was born in Edinburgh and took a degree in Italian and History of Art at UCL. She has translated a number of substantial works in the area of art and literary history and criticism, and she has also written in Italian as a journalist. More recently she has worked with the Fondazione di Venezia to originate and run workshops on English Literature for children in local schools. Jenny Condie has lived in Venice since 2002 with her husband, the novelist Enrico Palandri and their three children.
Introduction with Map
THE GARDENS OF VENICE
San Francesco della Vigna
Ca’ Morosini del Giardin
Palazzo Cappello Malipiero Barnabò
Palazzo Contarini Dal Zaffo
Palazzo Rizzo Patarol
Palazzo Soranzo Cappello
THE GARDENS OF THE BRENTA CANAL
Villa Brusoni Scalella, Dolo
Villa Pisani, Stra
THE GARDENS OF PADUA
Orto botanico, Padua
Ca’ Marcello, Levada di Piombino Dese
Villa Barbarigo Pizzoni-Ardemani, Valsanzibio
Villa Ca’ Dolfin, Marchiori, Lendinara
Villa Emo, Rivella di Monselice
Villa Pisani Bolognesi Scalabrin, Vescovana
Villa Valmarana a Citadella Vigodarzere, Saonara
THE GARDENS OF TREVISO
Villa Barbaro di Maser
THE GARDENS OF VERONA
Giardino Giusti, Verona
Giardino di Pojega, Villa Rizzardi, Negrar
Villa Allegri Arvedi, Cuzzano
Villa della Torre, Fumane
Villa Trissino Marzotto, Trissino
THE GARDENS OF VICENZA
Villa Fracanzan Piovene, Orgiana
Villa Godi Malinverni and Villa Piovene Porto-Godi, Lonedo di Lugo Vicentino
Villa da Schio , Costozza
Villa Valmarana ai Nani
Visiting the gardens
Books to read
'this lyrical, vivid book shows of the area’s varied beauty in spades.'
“just looking at Alex Ramsay’s pictures … could have you hopping on the next flight to Verona.”
'Jenny Condie's fluent and effortlessly scholarly style ... is the perfect driver for Alex Ramsay's superbly numinous photographs.'
"beautiful photographic collection draws together a variety of stunning garden retreats and sheds new light on the city and the region."
'sumptuous book is the perfect antidote to the gloomy winter weather ... a feast for the eyes.'
'Sit back and delve deep into the 20 magnificent gardens and plan a trip next year.'
'Too good to leave the shop without ... Delicious'
'this lyrical, vivid book shows of the area’ s varied beauty in spades.'
“ just looking at Alex Ramsay’ s pictures … could have you hopping on the next flight to Verona.”
“ imaginatively varied and chosen by someone who knows her subjects and their settings well … inspired by this book, the reader will wish to visit in person.”