Mesmerized by the canals and gondolas, millions of people flock to Venice each year. Venice has a reputation for romance, delicious food, and charm. The city was built as a merchant center, representing one of the first banking capitals in modern history.
Venice may be one administrative city, but it is geographically a series of 118 islands. The islands lie within a lagoon, between the mouths of the Po and the Piave Rivers (which feed into the Adriatic Sea).
Many visitors find it thrilling to live life without automobile transportation-life on the waters. To get around from site to site, one uses the canal bridges, gondolas, or motorized boats. It's by foot or by ferry. And in that way, Venice is a very green city that does not contribute much to climate change through vehicle greenhouse gas emissions.
But where can you actually find the "green"?
Venice is so built-up with concrete and steel (beautiful architecture, on the bright side) that it can be difficult to find a tree or garden. While there, I yearned for a break in the shade or just a quiet place to read. What did I do? I asked a local. Always ask a local. Although locals are difficult to find in Venice, as even many of the people working there live outside of the city, they do exist.
I found this treasure: the Serra dei Giardini. This greenhouse is a true oasis surrounded by a park. Visitors can enjoy delicious bites and organic delights at the café on-site and they can purchase a variety of plants to grow at home. It's peaceful, quiet, and, is part of the fabric of the Venetian economy. Travel Sustainably.