Post Palladian villa and wine tasting
Post Palladian villa, shoe handicraft, and wine tasting very close to Venice. In the detail, we are in the area of the Brenta Riviera, famous for the Venetian Villas. As a result, this waterway links the region and Venice. For an in-depth knowledge, we recommend a professional guide
The full day tour starts from the car terminal of Venice. Hence the service is made with a minivan and a professional multilingual driver. This excursion includes the visit of Villa Pisani and Villa Foscarini that houses the shoe museum, in the village of Strà. As well as the Villa Widmann and Barchessa Valmarana in the town of Mira. Worth a note, there are all post-Palladian buildings. Hence, you will end this stunning day excursion with the tasting of some excellent local wines.
The Brenta waterway
On the banks of the Brenta Riviera, the noble Venetian families built villas for their holidays. As a result, this waterway was a mirror of their wealth and their power.
Villa Pisani a national museum
This is the largest post palladian villa of the Riviera. And the construction of the Villa Pisani dates back the 18th century. As a result, the rich Pisani family commissioned it. It seems like they owned numerous estates in that area. The works start as early as in 1735 to the Doge Almorò Pisani. The architect was Girolamo Frigimelica who, however, made just the stables and some decorations in the garden. In fact, another important architect of that time, Francesco Maria Preti, achieved the main project.
The building has a rectangular layout with two inner courtyards. Hence a colonnade supporting the majestic dance hall divide it. As you can see, the villa has an imposing façade. In the central body, there is a balcony supported by four monumental caryatids. And also eight Corinthian order half pillars rise from the balcony. As well as two wrought iron gates on both sides of the villa open the way to the park. Hence in the park, at the center of a mound, there is the “casa dei freschi”. Which Frigimelica designed as the ice house. In addition, in the eastern area, there is the entrance to the maze.
As well as in the northeastern direction it is possible to see the fence and the entrance to the orangery. In front of the villa, at the end of the long pond, there are the stables which represent Fringimelica’s most important work in the park. Francesco Maria Preti completes the Villa in time to celebrate the nomination of Alvise Pisani as doge of Venice.
Villa Foscarini Rossi
Close to the Villa Pisani, we find the post palladian complex of Villa Foscarini Rossi. Therefore, the actual building that we see dates back to the seventeenth century. And today it houses an important shoe museum. As a result, Luigino Rossi, a footwear entrepreneur, bought the Foscarini estate to house his company’s museum. Most of all, it displays over 1500 examples of luxury women’s shoes, since 1947 to the present day. In fact, Rossimoda designed and produced the models for the most prestigious international designers.
Worth a visit the adjacent Foresteria. In fact, you find stunning frescoes of the seventeenth century. Today, it is used as a conference and event venue.
The Villa Widmann (Villa Sceriman Foscari Widmann Rezzonico)
The location of this post Palladian villa is in the municipality of Mira along the Brenta Riviera. As a result, it dates back to the end of the 18th century. Hence the complex consists of 3 main buildings. In the detail, you find the Villa, in addition to the Barchessa and the chapel. Most of all, the huge park extends to the north with the greenhouse construction, embellished with some 18th century statues.
The barchessa Valmarana
This unique building is just a fragment of what was once the Villa Valmarana. Also this one was a post Palladian villa. However, in 1850 they demolish the manor house of the great construction of the eighteenth century. As a result, the two barchesse, that were guesthouses, fell into disrepair. And until not long time ago they were makeshift shelter and barn. Today, the right building remains of greater value and thus constitutes in itself a villa. A privilege of this Barchessa is a second façade that we find to the west. In fact, the curve of the Brenta waterway at this point required a second main entrance. Inside the building, there is a large room with frescoes which was a place of legendary receptions. The attribution of the frescoes is now to Michelangelo Schiavoni.
After the wine tasting, you will drive along the Brenta waterway till its mouth. Along the way, you will make a short stop to see from outside a masterpiece of Andrea Palladio. In fact, in the village of Malcontenta, there is the Villa Foscari reported in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
At the mouth of the Brenta Riviera, you will take the public boat service to reach the Zattere area in Venice. Worth a note, this was the original waterway used before the construction of the long bridge that connects the mainland with the island.