Starting from 15th Century, the Republic that had ruled the seas turned its attention more and more to the mainland, conquering the Veneto hinterland and much of present-day northern Italy. The venetian aristocracy (hitherto devoted to ship trade) began to invest more and more in land properties that were, at one time, mirror of their family power and holiday resorts. It was so that the famous “Palladian villas” came to be, among which those found in Stra (a charming little town few kilometers away from Venice and Padua) stand out for their beauty!
This impressive 18th Century villa stands majestic on the banks of the Brenta river, an ideal continuation of the venetian Grand Canal on the mainland. Over the centuries, its 114 rooms have hosted Doges, Kings and Emperors, serving today as a National Museum displaying original works of art and furnishings from 18th to 19th Century. The heart of the Villa (sort of temple of the Baroque) hides treasures such as the Ballroom with Giandomenico Tiepolo’s fresco “Glory of the Pisani family”, the paintings by Jacopo Guarana, the carvings by Andrea Brustolon and the splendid labyrinth garden with its fishpond and the citrus orchards. During the tour we will also see Napoleon’s apartment (with the famous four-poster bed surmounted by his initials), the marvelous Empire-style furniture by inlaying-master Maggiolini, or the frescoes by Carlo Bevilacqua…
Villa Foscarini Rossi