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The intention to create a large green area was implemented in the 1830s by Teresa Mosconi - wife of Count Spiridione Papadopoli - who at the time, together with her husband, took over from the Quadri family.

In order to realize the wishes of the Papadopoli couple, the monastery dedicated to Santa Croce - which gave its name to the entire district - one of the oldest in Venice had to be demolished; today, in memory of this place of prayer, there are two toponyms, Fondamenta della Croce and Fondamenta del Monastero. In the nineteenth century the garden occupied 12,000 square meters of land and were cultivated, among others, as many as 955 vines, 399 fruit trees and the beauty of 20,000 mulberry trees. It was designed in about 1834 by Francesco Bagnara, set designer of the La Fenice theater as well as a professor of Landscape at the Academy of Fine Arts, according to the romantic inspiration, with meandering avenues and English hills, in addition to the ordered geometric flower beds.

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