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VILLA NAZIONALE PISANI EX REALE

Villa Pisani, the
Place NATIONAL MUSEUM OF VILLA PISANI
Address Via Doge Alvise Pisani, 7 - Stra Venezia
Boat stop Linee extrurbane ACTV
Times FROM 31TH MARCH TO 30 SEPTEMBER 2013 9.00 am to 8 pm (last admission 7 pm)
Price Villa + Garden: Full € 10,00 - Reduced (18 - 25 years ) € 7,50
How to get there map 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). From the centre of Stra you can reach the Villa in 5 minutes walking
GPS coordinates:
45.40773
12.012691
Info Information
Villa Pisani Museo Nazionale - Soprintendenza per i Beni Architettonici e Paesaggistici per le province di Venezia, Belluno, Padova e Treviso
Via Doge Pisani 7 - 30039 Stra (Ve)
Phone: +39.049.502074 - Fax: +39.049.9801283

Education department
Phone: +39.049.9800590
E-mail: sbap-vebpt.villapisani.didattica@beniculturali.it

Disabled visitors entrance
Phone: +39.049.502074

Ticket office and Bookshop:
Phone: +39.049.502270
E-mail: villapisani@munus.com
Notes Garden only:
Full € 4,50 - Reduced (18-25 years) € 2,25

FREE ENTRANCE: under 18 and over 65
Reduced and free tickets available for EU citizens only.
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Description
History

The Pisani di Santo Stefano family, which commissioned the construction of the Villa Pisani, was an important branch of the ancient patrician Pisani family of Venice. They got enormously rich during the fourteenth century with trade and land rent; in the fifteenth century they acquired a large fief in the Paduan plain and in the same period began the construction of the large palace of Campo Santo Stefano in Venice (at present Academy of Music Benedetto Marcello), finished only in the eighteenth century. This was the golden century of the family which held the higher position of the Republic of Venice. Andrea Pisani Alvise (1664-1741) was appointed ambassador to the court of the Sun King who even stood godfather to Pisani's son. He then became doge (1735), the highest position of the family. But the decline was soon to come, the collapse of the Republic (1797) together with the vice of game led Pisani family to fall into crippling debts. This situation forced them to sell the villa to Napoleon on January 11th 1807 for 1,901,000 Venetian liras.

Napoleon Bonaparte had become King of Italy in 1805 and he had appointed viceroy his stepson Eugène Beauharnais, who got the villa. Eugène was an educated patron and he commissioned several rehabilitation works which changed the look of many rooms and of the garden.

In 1814 the battle of Waterloo decided the history of Europe and brought the Habsburg imperial family, lords of Veneto, to Villa Pisani. The villa thus became the favourite vacation palace of Marianna Carolina, empress of Austria and hosted the whole European aristocracy, from the king of Spain Charles IV (1815) to the czar of Russia Alexander I (1822), from the king of Naples Ferdinand II (1837) to the king of Greece Otto (1837) and many others. The brilliant life at court stopped in 1866, when Veneto was annexed by the Kingdom of Italy. The villa did not become part of the Savoy family possessions but became property of the State, thus losing its role of entertainment. Though uninhabited, it had several notable visitors such as Wagner, D'Annunzio (the basic passage of his novel "The Flame of Life" is set at Villa Pisani), Mussolini and Hitler (their first official meeting took place here in 1934), Pierpaolo Pasolini (who shot an episode of his film "Porcile" in the rooms and in the garden of the villa).


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