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    The maze

    by oriettaIT Written Apr 10, 2011

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    The maze

    There are several maze in Villas and gardens around Padova but I believe this is the most taken care of. The greenery is always perfect!
    There is always a person on top of the tower that will guide you through it in case you get too tired to wonder around and want to find the right way easyer. Be sure you will tell him/her if you want to go in or out or you might end up in the wrong direction!! LOL

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    The statues' garden

    by oriettaIT Written Apr 10, 2011

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    When you arrive in front of the riding stables on the opposite side of the pool if you are looking at the stables and turn right inside the garden you will find this amazing statues collections. It look like the put them there as a joke or something i am sorry i do not know the story behind it.
    There are heads sticking out the ground, some look angry some look asleep, all of them look quite weird!
    I put here some of them for you to see

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    Visit the garden

    by oriettaIT Updated Apr 10, 2011

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    Behind the villa there is a huge italian garden. There are plenty of trails and lots of different tree and flowers. The whole garden is decorated with statues of different shapes and inspirations. Once in awhile along the trails there are also some modern art sculptures exhibits.
    The big pool of water attract ducks and have lot of fish in it.
    There are several example of ice cave, the kind of artificial little hill with a room underneath where they used to keep the ice during the summer.

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    Villa Badoer FAtteretto-more antiques

    by BruceDunning Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The huge variety and mix of items purchased in such a short period is beyond imagination. FAttoretto must have traveled Italy nearly the full period of 15 years to attend auctions and purchase such a mix of artifacts and antiques. The tour is only about 2 hours, but you could take a full day viewing the many items of the era.

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    Villa Badoer FAtteretto gardens

    by BruceDunning Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The gardens are about 5 acres, and pretty well maintained. They have a laghetto, statues, topiary, and many little items in the nooks and crannies to view. It is a stated tradition that one owner of the Badoer family, in 1700's dug up the back area, where the laghetto is now located to find buried treasures of the 1500's. He never found anything, and had dug down 20 feet, so the hole later was filled with water, by being diverting from the Brenta canal.

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    Villa Pisani

    by BruceDunning Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    An absolutely fabulous palazzo with construction starting in 1720 by architect Frigmelica, and finish design by Preti due to the death of frigmelica. It was for the Pisani family, one of the most wealthy in the area which had many villas. Alvise Pisani became the 114th Doge the year of the building, and was designed to have 114 rooms. They did not live there very long. It is the largest on the Riviera. The interior frescoes are magnificent and painted by Tiepolo 1760-62, and Amigoni. The interior courtyard is huge and supports the grand ballroom above. It has many columned pillars and enormous statues ringing the area. Grounds emcompases 10 hectares.
    When Napoleon conquered the area in late 1700's and due to gambling debts of a grandchild, it sold to Napoleon I. . After the fall of that ruler, it went to the Hapsburg Austrian Empire and remained until 1866. In 1882 it became an Italian public grounds and national monument.
    The tour is on the first floor and covers all 114 rooms and ends into the grand ballroom, with lovely frescoe ceilings. The paintings celebrate the glory of the Pisani family, and this ballroom is one of the finest in all of Europe with the red marble and baroque plaster and statues.
    Cost is 5 Euro and well worth every penny. Open 9:00 to 19:00 Aprile through Settembre Tuesday through Sunday and Octobre through Marche 9:00 to 16:00. Cost is 5 Euro and grounds 2.50 Euro.

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    Villa Widmann Foscari

    by BruceDunning Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The main building and Barchessa and chapel were constructed in the late 1719 by Scherimann family. It was a cube shape structure with a big farmhouse and chapel. They had Persian heritage and got involved in Venice trading to become wealthy since 1500's. The main building is square and rather small. Other similar buildings were demolished in earlier years. The Widmann family took control in mid 1700's and they modernized in rococo motif. Since 1883, Somazzi family owned the villa, but later it was re-aquired by the last descendant, Elizabetta, and her son sold it in 1970. Then later it became owned by the Province of Venice.
    The grand salon in the middle is two stories of frescoes, and ringed by a wrought iron railing. The ceiling glorifies the Widmann family and the paintings were done by Guiseppe Angeli. The colors are magnificent.
    The grounds are only about 2 acres, and in sad condition. It is run down and for some reason not maintained. However, there are three peacocks that highlight the rest of the tour. Villa cost is 5 Euro and grounds only 2 Euro. Open March to Octobre 10:00 to 18:00 and other months until 17:00 ora.

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    Villa Pisani is very special

    by amsor Written Nov 11, 2010

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    Villa Pisani is the biggest and at least for me the most beautiful of all the Brenta-Villas. I was some days here when visiting a friend, who lives in Stra. Take a guided tour when you have time enough, the park around the villa is also very nice.
    Sorry, I have no photos, I gave up takig my heavy camera with me, but you get great postcards there.

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    Villa Badoer Fatteretto-antiques

    by BruceDunning Updated Apr 7, 2009

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    Ulderico Fatteoretto purchased the villa after WWI and was modernized. Around 1960, his son Luigino, for 15 years began assembling a collection of antiques and artifacts than span from 1500's to early 1900's. The collection is over 30,000 items that includes some Murano artware, tools, machinery, doll making items, musical instruments, dress and shoe making equipment, wine making items, and many carriages and Napoleonic era artifacts. They are housed in barns and servants quarters in the back of the villa.
    They operate a wine and beer making business that is in the rear of the property, and is said to be rather successful by selling most goods to Venizia area. The family are very proud of the antiques and pleasant folks

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    Villa Pisani-garden scenes

    by BruceDunning Updated May 26, 2008

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    Girolamo Frigimelica designed the gardens, but did not finish having it all built before he died. The whole area is 1500 metres around and wrought iron fenced on the perimeter. Two huge wrought iron gates at each end used to allow entry to the garden from those ports. The architect design was for a symmetrical layout, and having flowered arches and citrus solitude area as well as the coffee house surrounded by water moat.

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    Villa Pisani-the maze garden

    by BruceDunning Updated May 26, 2008

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    This was designed by architect Girolamo Frigimelica about 1720. He was supposed to design the whole villa, but only finished the garden area, maze and stables. The gardens have been totally refurbished in recent years, and the long pond was added. The garden area around the perimeter is 1500 meters, and has 11 hectares of land, with wrought iron fence surrounding it all. Two large wrought iron gates at the ends allowed the entry to the gardens in the old times.

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    Villa Badoer Fatteretto

    by BruceDunning Updated May 26, 2008

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    Originally built in 1518 by Giacomo Badoer, it was restored. In 1711 the gardens were added by Bernadino Badoer. Over the years ownership changed to many people/groups, but was owned a long time in 1900's by Carlo DeChantal family. It became a hospital in 1945 for the Germans, and used by also as a quarters for its luxury and space. Ulderico Fattoretto purchased after WWII and it was modernized. They wanted a place to grow and process wine that would sell to Venice, and wanted to use the Brent to transport the goods.
    For 15 years in 1960's the current son, Luigino began assembling a collection of antiques and artifacts than span from 1500's to early 1900's. The collection is over 30,000 items that includes some Murano artware, tools, machinery, doll making items, musical instruments, dress and shoe making equipment, wine making items, and many carriages and Napoleonic era artifacts.
    Discount tickets can be obtained if you purchase and visit 3 villas of 7 to choose from. Most are only open on Sunday and only during summer months. Discount is 5 Euro for at least 3 villas,,which cost 7 Euro separately.

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    Villa Barchesse Valmarana

    by BruceDunning Updated May 25, 2008

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    Valmarana on the left-hidden well

    The only remaining part of this great villa is the barchesse. It once housed the guests to the villa. This property was originally owned by the Valier family in late 1500's, and purchased by wealthy VAlmarana family in 1734. They added the barchesse wings. Only the guest quarters is open to public viewing. It is a private residence. In early 1900's, the wings were used as storage for goods and stables, so they were not destroyed when the rest was demolished in early 1900's's to avoid payment of high taxes they could not afford. In 1908, the frescoes were also plastered over and rediscovered in 1962. These frescoes depicted the glory of Valmarana family painted by a pupil of Tiepolo called Schavoni in the mid 1700's.
    Cost to enter is 6 Euro. Open time April-October 9:30 12:00 and 2:30 to 6:00PM. The property is very small and may not be worth the short tour, but it is up to you.

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    Villa Foscari Rossi

    by BruceDunning Updated May 25, 2008

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    Built in the late 1500's by Scamozzi, a protege of Palladio style architecture. You can view the Museo della Calzatura/show museum, the barchesse loggia and the garden grounds in the rear. A tall wall surrounds the rear area of the garden.
    The villa is open for viewing every Sunday starting at 2:30 and every hour thereafter until 6:30PM. That is from the months of April through September. It was not open on the Sunday we arrived, however, so you may want to be prepared. Not many people visit the villa based on literature I read. Cost is 7 Euro, or 5 Euro with a multi villa tour ticket.

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    Villa Widmann gardens

    by BruceDunning Updated May 25, 2008

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    The garden is about 1 acre in total. It was rather run down and not well maintained. Even some statues were knocked over by vandals, and apparently no initiative to put upright. The grounds also had sparse grass, and was muddy. Further, a pond with a fountain looked very dirty and unsanitary even for the ducks to swim.

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