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Stories and recipes from a secret garden in Venice Terrazza San Zaccaria is our membership-blog dedicated to the oldest garden in Venice: Hanging gardens on the grounds of the former monastery San Zaccaria, located five minutes from Piazza San Marco in the sestiere di Castello.

Several times a week, we publish stories about San Zaccaria, garden tips and historical recipes using ingredients from the garden (248 edible plants). Step by step, you’ll discover the role San Zaccaria played in Venetian history and garden culture, which will show you the city from a different perspective.

Take your travel experiences to the next level, virtually.

For centuries, Venice was the greenest city in Europe, and percentage of her gardens is still considerably higher than in most other cities on the mainland. And for centuries, Venetians have developed the art of enlarging these tiny green patterns you can make out on your map, by creating sprawling terracescapes stretching across gardens, leading up the rooftops of one-story homes, and then up again to the second and third floors via wrought staircases.

The world in a venetian garden (248 species)

Local

  • Minutina
  • Salicornia
  • Rosolia
  • Violet potatoes
  • Kumquat tree

Exotic

  • Sicilian mint
  • Egyptian myrtles
  • Parsley from Positano
  • Armenian roses
  • Istrian malvasia

Shrubbery

  • Eucalyptus
  • Wisteria cinensis
  • Elderflowers
  • Rosemary
  • Lemon thyme

Orchard

  • Ribes bianco
  • Olive tree
  • Fig trees
  • Pomegranates
  • Syrian apple tree

Come inside!

Discover historical recipes, and why San Zaccaria influenced Venice in a very special way. La Terrazza takes you into the hanging gardens of the San Zaccaria monastery. Discover little known stories, spice mixes and delicious plant-based dishes based on the recipe collections from the library.