Giardini Pubblici

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Giardini Pubblici information

Venice , Italy
Getting there
ferry Giardini, Biennale
More information
www.labiennale.org
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Lonely Planet review

Begun under Napoleon as the city's first green space, a large portion of these leafy public gardens serve as the main home of the Biennale, with curators and curiosity-seekers swarming the pavilions, from Carlo Scarpa's daring 1954 raw-concrete-and-glass Venezuelan Pavilion to Peter Cox's awkward 1988 Australian Pavilion, which is frequently mistaken for a shed. Part of the gardens is open to the public all year round; sometimes during off years you can wander among the pavilions and admire the facades.