Museo Nazionale Villa Pisani
Since the sixteenth century the Venetian nobility have built villas with gardens and orchards facing onto the Brenta canal, which soon became a continuation of the Grand Canal. Already enlarged in the seventeenth century, the buildings assumed sumptuous aspects in the following century. The brothers Alvise and Almorò Pisani, from one of the most powerful Venetian families, decided to make a bid for the position of Doge in Venice and commissioned the Paduan architect Girolamo Frigimelica to design their villa. The planting was done after 1720, and the later villa was designed by Francesco Maria Preti.
The layout of the garden is organised around wide perspective views over the landscape through gateways and tabernacle windows cut into the boundary walls. The central vista links the palace to Frigimelica's stables, which act as a backdrop to the central scene opening through a little gate, beyond which the main axis of the park leads out of the garden as far as the Priest's lodge. The eighteenth century garden, with its circular maze, citrus fruit arcades and espaliers, was embellished by vines, fruit trees, a topiary palace and a network of secondary views, partly changed at the beginning of the nineteenth century by Eugenio di Beauharnais, who saved the labyrinth.
Long perspective views intersect at the centre of the Belvedere Exedra. The coffee house, the gardener's lodge and the orangery with its collections of citrus trees and potted plants can be seen from the terrace of the original pavilion. To the west of the stables a small gate leads to the English wood, with statues imprisoned in the false lava cascade which decorates the sides of the entrance to the ice-house.
From October to March 9.00 am - 4 pm (closing time 5.00 pm)
From April to September 9.00 am - 7.00 pm (closing time 8.00 pm)
Closed on Monday, Christmas, 1st of May and 1st of January.
The Labyrinth is closed from 1st of November to 29th ofFebruary, in case of bad weather and maintenance.
Villa and park: € 7,50 (Concessions: € 3,75)
Park only: € 4,50 (Concessions: € 2,25)
Under 18, over 65 years old: Free
[Concessions: only for UE Citizens]
What else you can do in this garden
Italian Legislative Decree N° 196 of 30 June 2003
Informative note on the Italian Legislative Decree no 196 of 30 June 2003 (*).
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