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Gardens, Parks and Natural Oases
Gardens, parks and natural reserves
Venice has been a UNESCO location since 1987. Surrounded by the blue of the lagoon, it is a surprisingly green city: the historic city centre is speckled with public parks – like the Napoleonic and the Biennale gardens, the Royal Gardens and the Papadopoli Gardens – privately-owned vegetable and historic gardens, and some can also be inspected. It is surrounded by about 40 islands, and more than half of these, like Burano, Torcello and the island of Sant'Erasmo can be found in the southern part of the lagoon, within a striking natural park
There are splendid natural reserves not far from St. Mark's Square, like the LIPU Ca' Roman natural reserve and the WWF Dune degli Alberoni reserve. These are areas of remarkable ecological naturalistic interest.
And just over the Ponte della Libertà, a bridge connecting Venice to the mainland, you can spend a day in the open air, at San Giuliano Park, a 700 hectare area of fields, woods, canals, “barene” - wetlands, and lagoon, in the Albanese alla Bissuola Park, which is geared for family outings.