Villa Pisani: a-maze-ing fun for the whole family

As it can get pretty annoying to pass the whole summer on the beach, we decided to enjoy a walk in the park of one of the most beautiful villas of the Riviera del Brenta.

Villa Pisani in Stra belonged to one of the richest families in Venice, the Pisani, who weren’t only successful merchants, but also had an ambassador – at the court of Louis XIV, the Sun King – in their family (who later on became doge).

Stra: Villa Pisani

Stra: Villa Pisani

Due to financial problems, the Pisani sold the villa to the French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte who bestowed it on his stepson, and king of Italy, Eugène de Beauharnais.

Today you can still admire Napoleon’s bedroom in the villa. (It’s the one with the huge golden “N” on it ;).)

Apart from the villa with its stunning ball room, you can enjoy the amazing park that offers its visitors a huge basin, numerous statues, a romantic pavilion, an orangery, a former icehouse and – the absolute highlight – a maze. I wonder how long it will take you to cross the maze and reach the little tower in its heart: We got lost quite a few times and reached it after half an hour.

Stra: Villa Pisani Orangerie

Stra: Villa Pisani Orangerie

Stra: Villa Pisani Ghiacciaia

Stra: Villa Pisani Ghiacciaia


Stra: Villa Pisani Labirinto

How to get there

Car: about 20-30 minutes from Venice/10 minutes from Padua

Bus: ACTV Line 53 (Padua/Venice)

Parking lot: coming from Venice, turn right at the sign „Stra“

Villa Pisani

Via Doge Pisani, 7

I – 30039 Stra

Opening hours

Monday Closed

1.April 2015 – 30.September 2015

Tuesday – Sunday 09:00am – 07:00pm

1.Oktober 2015 – 31. März 2016

Tuesday – Sunday 09:00am – 04:00pm

Attention! Opening hours of the maze differ (see homepage)

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