Terrazza San Zaccaria tells the story and recipes of the oldest garden in Venice: Until 1797, it was the vineyard and herb garden of the San Zaccaria convent.

San Zaccaria was suppressed when Napoleon’s troops occupied Venice in 1797, but only few people know that behind the scenes, life continued: The nuns moved to their former guest house next to the monastery, surrounded by hanging gardens: Courtyards, terraces, liagò and altane (rooftop terraces), all connected by wrought-iron staircases. In 1968, the garden and guest house were purchased by Nonna Lina’s family. So here we are, Iris and Lina, grandmother and granddaughter, writing up the stories and recipes from a special garden in Venice!

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We can’t wait to share with you stories of the hidden parts of Venice, as half of our city consists of secret gardens! You can also follow us on Instagram and Twitter where we share more glimpses of the garden.