Furnishings and works of art from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries attract more than one hundred thousand visitors every year.
It is not only Giambattista Tiepolo's masterpiece that fascinates but also the suggestive park awarded in 2008 with the title of the most beautiful in Italy.
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The monumental complex Villa Pisani Museo Nazionale, owned by the state property, belongs to the category of assets defined by the Code of Cultural Heritage (Legislative Decree 42/2004), in art. 101, c. 2, lett. f), formed by a "plurality of buildings, including from different eras, which over time have acquired, as a whole, an autonomous artistic, historical or ethno-anthropological relevance". The management is entrusted to the Superintendence for Architectural and Landscape Heritage for the provinces of Venice, Belluno, Padua and Treviso with funding from the Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities.
The museum itinerary includes a visit to the villa and one, jointly or not, to the park.
The visit to the villa includes a walk through the thirty rooms of the noble floor, in which original furnishings and paintings are preserved. Giambattista Crosato, Jacopo Guarana, Giuseppe Zais are just some of the artists who contributed to enrich the villa, in addition to the famous Giambattista Tiepolo.
Particularly interesting are the frescoes that represent life in the villa: in the hall of the Triumph of Bacchus the god of wine and music is celebrated, in the hall of the Villeggiatura the relationships between ladies and knights of the eighteenth century are depicted and there is also a room dedicated to the arts. The pride of the residence, in the ballroom, is certainly the grandiose fresco by Giambattista Tiepolo that celebrates the Glory of the Pisani Family: an allegorical composition in which the figures of the family are represented, softly seated among pink clouds. Tiepolo's masterpiece miraculously escaped destruction, as it was about to be eliminated during the modernization work commissioned by Eugenio Beauharnais.
The furnishings are also of considerable value, including the Napoleonic apartment: Empire-style furniture, a sumptuous four-poster bed, furnishings by the inlayer Giuseppe Maggiolini and the monochromes by Giovanni Carlo Bevilacqua that narrate the myth of Cupid and Psyche. Furthermore, glass and ceramics from the eighteenth century are still exhibited, used in refined lunches and noble receptions.
The park, built previously to the villa on a project by architect Gerolamo Frigimelica de 'Roberti, occupies an entire loop of the Brenta river. It covers an area of 11 hectares and has large green spaces, numerous botanical species, the stables and the famous labyrinth with its central turret, an entertainment place for guests visiting Villa Pisani. Over the centuries it has undergone several interventions that have changed its appearance, making it increasingly refined and rich.
In the eighteenth century, the perspective structure represented a cross between the Venetian tradition of the walled garden - open with portals and windows overlooking the Brenta - and the French model of the Palace of Versailles applied by André Le Notre. In the same period, the Coffee House was built, surrounded by a ring of water which during the warm seasons was used as a "Casa dei Freschi", that is, icebox.
With the arrival of Napoleon, an English grove was added to the garden and above all the ornamental gardens were transformed into Orangery while during the Austrian rule of the nineteenth century, botany interventions in pots and earth were carried out, with the introduction of tropical greenhouses.
Finally, it was only in 1911 that the large water pool in the parterre was built by the Hydrographic Institute of the University of Padua.