Villa Pisani, Stra [VE]

Primary stop of the Burchiello

 
 

Stra, altitude 5 m/16 feet above sea level; train station at Padua, 8 km/5 miles to the west and at Vigonza 4 km/2.5 miles to the north. The villa is situated along the bicycle route of the Brenta.


This villa, along with Villa Rotunda by Palladio, is the most famous and certainly the most frequented of the Venetian Villas; it was built during the 1700’s on the site of an earlier villa, on behalf of the Pisani family of Venice; when Alvise Pisani was elected Doge in 1735, work on the villa had already begun, and appears to have been completed during 1756. With its 114 rooms it is one of the largest of the Venetian villas; in fact, it has none of the traditional Venetian style, but rather is inspired by the baroque royal palace style such as Versailles.

Its monumentality has made it a privileged place for meetings between monarchs and heads of state or government; through its rooms have passed, among others, Napoleon, who acquired it for his viceroy, Eugene de Beauharnais, Tsar Alexander I, Victor Emmanuel II and in 1934 was home to the first summit between Hitler and Mussolini.



All photos by Paolo Bonavoglia, unless indicated otherwise


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