A beautiful oasis has bloomed in the heart of Venice thanks to Francesca Bortolotto Possati. A native Venetian and CEO of the BAUERs Hotel Group in Venice, Francesca has recently completed the development and restoration of three acres of abandoned land on Giudecca Island and created lovingly landscaped gardens that are attached to her Palladio and Villa F hotel properties. A tranquil blend of modern and traditional elements, Francesca's secret gardens feature meditation pools, fruit trees, vines, rows of antique roses and more. Francesca visits these gardens daily to enjoy a respite from her hectic life as Venice's only executive level female hotelier. If you are planning a trip to Venice, be sure to visit Francesca's gardens (guided tours are also available). Hotel guests can also enjoy the gardens at sunset while enjoying an aperitivo. Until then, take a time out from your busy day and escape vicariously through these beautiful images.