Long, long ago when Venice was the seat of power and the might that spread beyond its known world. Venetian citizens fearlessly set sail to conquer exotic market towns, in unexplored directions to trade the most rare and valuable substances… gold, incense, spices, scents… Drawn by stories of the beautiful, exciting regions conquered, others hurried to sail, into life, into the unknown. Amongst these brave explorers where three Meneghello brothers who sought to find a new home away from their Venetian lagoon.
One chose Boka as his new homeland, one went to Split, and the third Matteo discovered the fragrant and warm island of Hvar.


Matteo Meneghello, out of love for his inamorata, bought a big estate on the bare island of Saint Klement, off the island of Hvar. Burnt by sun and wind it was a remote location and not easily accessible.

It was given the name of Palmižana.

In the first decades of the 20th century, Professor Eugen Meneghello, one of Matteo’s heirs, started an organized forestation of plants and many exotic specimens, creating what has now become an exemplary botanical garden of his great estate. He turned the stone waste he found into a high quality and carefully tended arboretum, and in the house built in 1820, he opened a guesthouse, which he called Palmižana Palace. The professor understood that people would come flocking to his botanical paradise, not in order to feel at home there, but to find everything that was missing at home. He let them sail, took them on nocturnal fishing trips and on hunting parties. Then on Palmižana they drank the far-famed organic champagne of the professor, and evening balls were organized. The Meneghello Palace was thus increasingly found in the guidebooks of the world, with the obligatory admonition that one could not approach Palmižana without the prior consent of the owner. From the founding of his guesthouse, Eugen Meneghello kept a visitors’ book, most of them were very well-educated globetrotters, and they did not find it hard to understand that on Palmižana there was no fight with nature, rather harmonisation with it.