Via Doge Pisani, 7
30039 Stra (VE)
Tel. +39 049 502074
Fax +39 049 9801283
Write to the garden
Open from Tuesday to Sunday. Closed on working Mondays
1 APRIL - 30 SEPTEMBER 2019
9.00 am - 8.00 pm (ticket office closes at 7.00 pm)
1 OCTOBER - 31 MARCH 2019
9.00 am - 5.00 pm (ticket office closes at 4.00 pm)
The maze can be visited (weather conditions permitting) with a delimited path and during the opening hours of the villa. Information in the porter's lodge or in the info-point
Closed on 1st January and on 25th December except on different Ministerial disposal. Info +39.049.502074
The maze will be closed in case of bad weather or maintenance
The maze is not accessible for disabled visitors
Villa + Park + Exhibition
Full price: € 10,00
Reduced (18-25 years): € 7,50
Free entry for EU citizens under 18 years of age
Free admission every first Sunday of the month.
Every first Sunday of the month the Maze is closed for reasons of safety and protection of the property
How to reach
From Padua:SS11 to Venezia (immediately after the centre of Stra)
From Venezia:SS11 to Padova (immediately after the centre of Fiesso d'Artico)
From A4 Highway:Exit ''Padova Est'' toward Ponte di Brenta
Exit ''Dolo-Mirano'' to Padova - Riviera del Brenta
You can reach the Villa by SITA bus (from Padua, line to Stra, stop at terminal) and by ACTV bus (from Padua or Venice, no 53, stop at Stra).
On the foot
From the centre of Stra you can reach the Villa in 5 minutes walking
Since the sixteenth century onwards the Venetian nobility built a series of villas with gardens and orchards along the Brenta River, between Padua and Venice.
These faced on to the waterway, which soon became a true continuation of the Grand Canal.
From the early seventeenth century these buildings were enlarged, so that by the next century they were of substantial size and lavish appearance, emulating contemporary E.pean courts.
The brothers Alvise and Almorò Pisani, members of one of the richest and most powerful Venetian families, wanted a large resort at Strà worthy of their rank, comparable with Versailles in size and partly in design too.
Having decided to seek office as Doge (Supreme Leader) of the Republic of Venice, they engaged for this ambitious project the Padua architect Girolamo Frigimelica, who designed the villa and garden.
The scenic garden design was implemented after 1720, while the villa that we see today was constructed later to a design by Francesco Maria Preti, after Frigimelica had transferred to the Modena court of the d'Este family.
The garden layout makes use of broad views that look out on to the countryside through corresponding gates and tabernacle windows cut into the boundary wall. The central view links the palace with Frigimelica's elegant stables, which serve as a backdrop to the garden's central scene, opening at the centre with a small gate. Beyond this the main axis of the park continues outside the garden and ends at the Priest's Lodge.
A most attractive feature is the central flowerbed with a pool embellished with statues built in the twentieth century.
The eighteenth century garden, with its circular maze, its central turret and with great tunnels and espaliers of citrus fruits, was also enriched with vines, fruit trees, a house composed of greenery and a web of secondary views.
These were partly blocked as a result of design changes conducted by Eugène de Beauharnais in the early years of the 19th. century. Napoleon's stepson also spared the maze, which was later extolled by Gabriele D'annunzio in his work Il Fuoco.
Even today the garden design employs long views that intersect at the centre of the Belvedere Exedra.
From the terrace of the original pavilion the other architectural features of the garden may be observed: the coffee house, the gardeners' house and the orangery with its collection of citrus fruits and potted plants. Following recent restoration the greenhouses and the old orchards provide an interesting framework for a section of the garden that was almost completely destroyed in the second half of the twentieth century.
To the west of the stables, passing through a small gate with cherubs overhead, one enters an English-style copse. A surprising element of this is the hillock with statues imprisoned in the simulated lava flow that decorates the sides of the entrance to the villa's icehouse.
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