Trieste’s garden at Villa Revoltella
Villa Revoltella, in Trieste, is named after Venetian entrepreneur Pasquale Revoltella (1795-1869), who bequeathed it to the city he loved, with the clause it “should always remain open to the public during the day”.
A hugely successful wood and grains tradesman, Revoltella had been made a baron by emperor Franz Joseph in 1867; his legacy to the city of Trieste includes a 50,000-square-meter park featuring a magnificent iron and cast iron greenhouse (“an elegant structure, with a beautiful gothic design by the Stabilimento tecnico triestino”, according to a mid-1800s guide Revoltella himself contributed to) and a Swiss chalet (also known as “master’s house in the form of a shed… that could withstand the bora wind”).
Along the pathways that unravel between the flowerbeds and lawns, you might notice a church made of karstic stone (“dedicated to the saint with my same name”, the baron explains in his will; which “must be conserved forever as a public church, and where the Holy Mass must be celebrated daily”); a “gloriette” (from which “you might rest your gaze on beautiful greenery, old trees, and a vaguely flowery parterre”, again quoting the city guide); statues in cotto from Berlin; an Italian garden (diffusing “lovely fragrances and a pleasant coolness, thanks to constant gushes of water”); the keeper’s house; the parish house; and the stables.
Welcome to Villa Revoltella.
Via Carlo De Marchesetti, 37
Opening hours: in the winter from 7am to 7pm; in the summer from 7am to 8pm.