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A view of the newly restored Royal Gardens in Venice, Italy, Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019. Venice’s Royal Gardens were first envisioned by Napolean, flourished under Austrian Empress Sisi and were finally opened to the public by the Court of Savoy, until falling into disrepair in recent years. After an extensive restoration, the gardens reopened Tuesday as a symbol both of the lagoon city’s endurance and the necessity of public-private partnerships to care for Italy’s extensive cultural heritage. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

Venice's endurance symbolized in Royal Gardens re-opening

Dec. 17, 2019 3:55 PM EST

VENICE, Italy (AP) — Venice’s Royal Gardens were first envisioned by Napoleon, flourished under Austrian Empress Sissi and were finally turned over to the public by the House of Savoy, only to fall into disrepair in recent years. After an extensive restoration, the gardens reopened Tuesday as a...