Venice – The Restoration Project for the Royal Gardens in Piazza San Marco was presented today at a press conference held in the Santi Pavilion, the Royal Gardens’ historic Coffee House. Talks were given by Adele Re Rebaudengo, President of the Venice Gardens Foundation, Philippe Donnet, Group CEO of Assicurazioni Generali, Luigi Brugnaro, Mayor of the City of Venice, Roberto Reggi, Managing Director of the State Property Office for the City of Venice, architect Anna Chiarelli, representing the Soprintendenza Archeologia, Belle Arti e Paesaggio for the City of Venice and the Lagoon, and Paolo Pejrone and Alberto Torsello, two of the architects involved in the restoration project.

 “The restoration of the Royal Gardens is the first concrete project our Foundation has undertaken” said Adele Re Rebaudengo, President of the Venice Gardens Foundation. “We are proud to start a project that will return this enchanted site in the historic heart of Venice to its ancient splendor and significance. When restored, the Royal Gardens will be formal and precise, in keeping with its historic nineteenth-century design, but at the same time filled with the unexpected. It will be a garden where visitors will walk in the shade of its long, centuries-old wisteria covered pergola, and hidden from view by dense screens of evergreens will discover the vast, intimate, timeless path that crosses the rebuilt drawbridge and leads to the Correr Museum, in a renewed dialogue with Piazza San Marco and the Marciana area. It will be a meeting place open to the profound qualities of the arts, where nature and artistic languages unite to safeguard the garden and all its living elements.”

The Generali Group CEO Philippe Donnet said, “We are proud to be the sole partner of the Venice Gardens Foundation in this important project for the restoration of the Royal Gardens. Venice is a place of utmost importance for our company, given the strong historic tie that has linked the city and Generali for 185 years. The time has come for us to rediscover our roots and revitalize our presence in this city, as we have done in other cities in which we boast an equally historic presence, beginning with Trieste where the company was founded. The Restoration Project of the Gardens is our first step. Our contribution will be made not only through participation in activities planned for the public that will be held in the Royal Gardens, carried out together with The Venice Gardens Foundation, but also through the restructuring of the Procuratie Vecchie, enabling these buildings to serve as a place open to the outside world and a venue for discussions of the crucial contemporary social issues affecting humanity.”


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