Villa Pisani in Vescovana
The villa was built in the first half of the 500s by order of Cardinal Francesco Pisani, Bishop of Padua, to make it the administrative seat of the land properties acquired by the family in 1478 in the Lower Paduan area.
Following the shift in the family's economic and financial interests, the Venetian nobleman commissioned Andrea Palladio and the major architects and painters of the time to build and decorate numerous villas and palaces in the area, including the Palazzo di Montagnana and that of Monselice.
The history of Villa Pisani
Cunizza, Marchesa d'Este, Cardinal Francesco Pisani, Bishop of Padua, Countess Evelyn van Millingen Pisani are the absolute protagonists of the history of Villa Pisani di Vescovana: from an ancient medieval court with the first noble Countess of Ravensburg and Saxony, to sumptuous Renaissance palace with the Pisani family of Santo Stefano, up to a wonderful oasis of nature, with the creation, around the palace, of an extraordinary eclectic garden and a romantic English-style park; refined nineteenth-century cosmopolitan cultural salon with Evelina Pisani, wife of the last Lord of Vescovana, Almorò III, who puts an end to the Pisan dynasty.
It was in the first half of the sixteenth century that Cardinal Francesco Pisani began the construction of Villa Pisani, on the ancient medieval Estense fortress and, at the same time, commissioned Andrea Palladio to the Pisani Palace of Montagnana and the Pisani Palazzetto of Monselice.
From this splendid residence, starting from the 1478 up to the 1900, the Pisani family of Santo Stefano, who had bought thousands of fields from the Republic of Venice, ruled his enormous feud in dry land.
Of course, as it was in the family tradition, the villa was sumptuously frescoed by Paolo Veronese, Gian Battista Zelotti and Dario Varotari.
Evelina, born in Constantinople as an English father of Flemish origin, lived for a long time in Turkey and England; in the 1852, arrived in Venice, conquered with the charm of its beauty and its vast culture, the Count Pisani.
She then divided her existence between Venice and Vescovana, where she created the garden, which she called her Crispin de Passe because inspired by the Hortus Floridus of the Flemish engraver and botanist of the 1600 Crispin van de Passe, in which she added evocative and symbolic elements of the Islamic garden and around which he created a vast English romantic park, rich in secular plants and enriched by an extraordinary stone decoration, with statues, fountains and a delightful theater.
Royals such as the Empress of Germany Frederika, royals of Sweden, poets like Lord Byron, and writers like Henry James stayed in her kingdom. There was also a young writer, Margaret Symonds who wrote the journal "Days spent on a Doge's Farm".
Services: reception, events location and weddings on the Euganean Hills
Prices for events:
Weddings, Corporate events, Various events: quote on request
Whole property per day: € 1.300, breakfast included
Entire property for weekends: € 1.800, breakfast included
Entire property per week: € 7.500, breakfast included
Single room per day: € 140, breakfast included
Single room weekend: € 250, breakfast included
Single room per week: € 800, breakfast included
The prices displayed are per room in 2 beds - during the winter season we do not accept bookings for 1 room for 1 night
Single € 7 - Children € 4 (free under the 6 years) - FAI Members, Touring Club, Seniors over 70 years € 5
Groups starting from 15 people: € 6
Guided tour: € 25
Responsible: Mariella Bolognesi Scalabrin
Places of interest nearby:
Medieval villages like Monselice, Este, Montagnana; Venetian villas like Villa Badoer, Palladio (Fratta Polesine); Literary Park of the Euganean Hills; Arquà Petrarca (the House of the Poet); delta of the Po; Cities of art such as Padua, Vicenza, Ferrara, Mantua (all reachable in 30 minutes by car); Terme; Zoo; Chioggia and Sottomarina beach; Golf