The most splendid villa located along the Brenta River’s banks is definitely Villa Pisani. Nowadays it is a national museum owned by the State, and was erected during the XVIII century by order of an ancient Venetian noble family, the Pisani's. However, because of the length of the works, of financial difficulties linked to the ambition of the work and to a crisis Venice was at the time undergoing, the family never fully enjoyed all the beauties of the villa.
In time, Villa Pisani changed its coat of arms many times. Initially it was surmounted by the dogal horn of the Pisani family, then by Napoleon’s imperial one, till it was passed over to the Real Casa d’Italia (the King and Queen) in 1866. The latter donated it to the State.
In architectural terms, the villa never followed the initial planning by Gerolamo Frigimelica. Many believe this to be a fortune, as the project was believed to be inharmonious with its environment.
The façade was thought out by Francesco M. Preti da Castelfranco who directed the actual works and planned, according to the typical French taste of the time, as sublime and monumental.
It is rectangular in shape and composed of two internal courtyards symmetrically placed in relation to the central part. Here, four big caryatides and four heads holding trophies of arms are placed in couplets at the sides of the main entrance (which rises slightly above the ground line).
Inside, 114 rooms hold 1700s-1800s works of art, some of which are proper masterpieces: Giambattista Tiepolo (with his “gloria della famiglia Pisani” frescoed on the ceilings of the ball room), Jacopo Guarana (to whom the atrium frescoes are entitled), G. Bevilacqua, Giambattista Crosato, Jacopo Amigoni, Francesco Simonini.
The stunning garden of the villa, winner of the 2008 prize for the most beautiful park in Italy, has a famous Labyrinth (G. Frigimelica) composed of nine circles made of box-trees. At the centre a small panoramic tower rises.
Other beauties are the exedra, the small thicket, the splendid stalls and the so-called Aranciera (an orangery) for citrus cultivation in vases.
National Museum Villa Pisani
Via Doge Pisani 7 - 30039 Stra (Ve)
Telephone: 049 502074
Fax: 049 9801283
from 17 to 31 March 2009: 9.00 a.m.- 6.00 p.m.(from 5.00 p.m to 6.00 p.m. no entry)
From April to September: 9.00 a.m.- 8.00 p.m.(from 7.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m. no entry)
October: 9.00 a.m.- 6.00 p.m.(from 5.00 p.m.to 6.00 p.m. no entry)
from November to March: 9.00 a.m.- 5.00 p.m.(from 4.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m. no entry)
Open every day except on non-holiday Mondays, 1 May, Christmas day and New Year’s.
full price park+villa: 10 €
full price only park: 4,5 €
reduced (18-25 years old) park+villa: 7,5 €
reduced (18-25 years old) only park: 2,25 €
How to get there:
from Venice: trunk road n° 11 direction Padova
from Highway A4: exit Padova Est, direction Ponte di Brenta. Exit Dolo, direction Padova
from Padova: trunk road n° 11 direction Venezia
It is also possible to reach the villa with buses corriere SITA ( from Padova, Line direct to Stra, last stop) and with ACTV buses (from Padova to Venice, number 53, stop Stra).