Villa Pisani Nazionale

sights / Architecture

Villa Pisani Nazionale information

Brenta Riviera , Italy
Address
Street Via Doge Pisani 7
Extras Stra
Telephone
+390 49 50 20 74
More information
www.villapisani.beniculturali.it
Prices
adult/reduced €7.50/3.75, park only €4.50/2.25
Opening hours
9am-5pm Tue-Sun Nov-Mar, to 7pm Apr-Sep
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Lonely Planet review

To keep hard-partying Venetian nobles in line, Doge Alvise Pisani provided a Versailles-like reminder of who was in charge. The 1774 Villa Pisani Nazionale is surrounded by huge gardens, a labyrinthine hedge-maze and pools to reflect the doge’s glory. And if the walls of these 114 rooms could talk, they’d name-drop shamelessly. Here you’ll find the bathroom with a tiny wooden throne used by Napoleon; the sagging bed where new king Vittorio Emanuele II slept; and, in historical irony, the reception hall where Mussolini and Hitler met in 1934 under Tiepolo’s ceiling depicting the Geniuses of Peace .