This itinerary will take you to visit the country villas of the Dogi along the banks of the Brenta river that runs from the Alps, all the way to to the Adriatic Sea, just south of the Venetian lagoon.
The fine villa of the noble Pisani family lies along the Riviera del Brenta, an ideal extension of Venetian Gran Canal on the land. In its 114 rooms doges, kings and emperors were welcomed and nowadays it is a national museum which conserves eighteenth and nineteenth century works of art and furniture, as Gianbattista Tiepolo’s masterpiece, The Glory of the Pisani family, a fresco on the ceiling of the ballroom.
The tour of the villa allows to visit the whole piano nobile containing almost thirty rooms with frescoes, paintings and original furniture, an unique case for a historic mansion. The ballroom – at the centre of the villa – displays the greatest magnificence. Giambattista Tiepolo, leading exponent of rococo painting, on the ceiling of the room painted The Glory of the Pisani Family, a luminous allegoric fresco where figures softly lie on pink clouds, in the air against a background of a infinite, clear sky. Two new neoclassical apartments were built, on the Brenta river front, at both ends of the façade. The Napoleonic apartment is particularly interesting, with remarkable art treasures: an imposing canopy bed with the Emperor’s initial on it; gorgeous chests of drawers made by the Lombard master of marquetry, Maggiolini, the favourite one by European courts; the frescoes with mythological subjects by Giovanni Carlo Bevilacqua; the valuable empire-style purpose-built furniture for Villa Pisani.
Villa Foscarini Rossi
In Stra, not far from Venice and Padua, along the Brenta River, near the Pisani Villa, stands the 17th century architectural complex called Villa Foscarini-Rossi. Along the Brenta River, the noble Venetian families built outstanding abodes for spending their holidays, that would reflect their wealth and power.
In accordance with aristocratic customs, the Foscarini family sent for famous architects, such as Vincenzo Scamozzi, Francesco Contini, Giuseppe Jappelli, painters and decorators, such as Pietro Liberi e Domenico de Bruni, and entrusted them with the task of creating and decorating a house that would emphasize the importance of the family, especially since they had given the Serenissima republic a Sea Captain and a Doge.