The rose garden of Santa Giustina
by Martina on Jun 1, 2017
A romantic secret garden in the heart of Padua
Serene and beautiful, the Rose Garden of Santa Giustina is a charming little garden that is largely unknown compared to some of the larger tourist destinations in Padua, making it feel like a tiny secret garden in the heart of the city.
Located behind the abbey of Santa Giustina along the city walls, about one kilometer walking distance from Prato della Valle, it is well worth a stop when you are exploring the city on foot. During the spring and summer months, the garden, which is organized along a walking path, is ablaze in color.
With the roses divided into different sections according to various themes, the rose garden is designed to educate as well as delight. There is a “sensory” space, for example, which focuses on the rose experienced through the different senses; another path explains the history of the rose. One of the walks honors famous individuals from Venetia, such as Rosa Beatrice d’Este and Anthony Rose.
Visiting the rose garden: a few practical matters
Entry to the rose garden is free, but opening times vary according to the time of year. From May 1 to July 14, the garden is open from 9:00 am to noon and 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm. It is closed between July 15 and August 31, but it reopens for the entire month of September. In September, it is open from 10:00 am to noon and from 3:00 to 6:00 in the afternoon. Note that the garden is closed on Easter and Easter Monday.
The address of the rose garden is Via Michele Sanmicheli, 65 (it is located between the Botanical Garden and Treves Park), and there are two entrances, one at each end of the path. The rose garden is also accessible via bus lines 11, 13, 16, and 24.