Stra Travel Guide

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Stra Things to Do

  • 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...

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  • The statues' garden

    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...

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  • Visit the garden

    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...

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  • Villa Badoer FAtteretto-more antiques

    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

    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,...

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  • Villa Pisani

    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...

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  • Villa Widmann Foscari

    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...

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  • Villa Pisani - the park

    This is another palace of Villa Pisani, behind a large artificial water-basin.Even in foggy weather it makes a great reflection in the water.

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  • Villa Pisani is very special

    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

    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...

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  • Villa Pisani-garden scenes

    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...

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  • Villa Pisani-the maze garden

    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...

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  • Villa Badoer Fatteretto

    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...

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  • Villa Barchesse Valmarana

    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...

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  • Villa Foscari Rossi

    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...

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  • Villa Widmann gardens

    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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  • Villa Badoer Fatteretto-statues

    There are at least 20 statues scattered around the grounds. They have been assembled over the years, mostly in the 1700's. Some were hidden away during WWII and then returned to the compound later. Others were found on treasure trips taken in the 1960's by son Luigino.

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  • Villa Pisani Entrance

    Villa Pisani known also as Villa Nazionale or Villa Reale and is located on a bend of the Brenta Canal in Stra. Its open daily:Hours: April - September 9.00 a.m.- 6.00 p.m., October - March 9.00 a.m.- 4.00 p.m. Admission: 6 euros and well worth it. As you approach the entrance the huge stautes of the portico reallly catch your eye and has some...

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Stra Hotels

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  • Ahr Hotel Villa Alighieri

    Via Dante Alighieri 15, Stra, 30039, it

    Satisfaction: Terrible

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Hotel Park Venezia

    Via Venezia 31, Stra, 30039, Italy

    Satisfaction: Poor

    Good for: Couples

Stra Restaurants

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    by sandysmith Written Oct 4, 2005

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    Lunch was an optional extra on the Brenta cruise - we opted not to have it as we didn't want a 3 course fish and pasta lunch at miday. Instead we settled for bringing our own sandwiches - but I was tempted to have a coffe and desert at the restautrant - manged by the boat company.
    It was a delicious concoction of shortcake, light vanilla custard with summer fruits - divine!

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Stra Transportation

  • SITA Bus to STRA (from Padova)

    If you lack a car in the Veneto, you can still visit Stra and the Villa Pisani (recommended by others and it is absolutely worth the trip). The SITA bus line goes direct to Stra from Padova - the autostazione is right next to the train station making this trip easy if you are staying in Venice or another nearby town with train connections to...

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  • Brenta Cruise Company

    For the cruise we were booked onto the Il Burchiello ®. A comfortable boat with onboard facilities of air conditioning (essential in summer) toilets and a bar to keep its clients happy for the day. The lower deck is mainly for the bar and the upper deck for passengers - there is limited space to sit outside - right at the front of the boat but this...

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  • non-touristic goldolas

    Watch out for the traditional boats on the Brenta-canal.They are similar to the gondolas - built a bit assymetric - and watch these 2 people rowing their boat with high speed down the canal.

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Stra Warnings and Dangers

  • Watch for Round Trip on Cruises

    Some of the boat excursions are only one way, and only on certain days go from either Padova, or Venizia. They take a lot more time for a full day trip and lunch. Cost is 65 Euro, plus entry fees to the villas they stop at. Enjoy.

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  • Moving Traffic

    SR 11 is the main road along the Brenta river. I noted that many tourists stood out in the road to get a better long range picture of a villa. The vehicles come by at a pace of 70-100 kilometers. So beware of the traffic flow if you want to take more pictures during your lifetime.

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  • restauration underway!

    as of May 2003 most of the back facade and courtyards were covered for restauration... call before you go to make sure what you'll find! Italians take ages to finish a job like this one ...

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Stra Tourist Traps

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    by sandysmith Updated Sep 29, 2005

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    Our guide was doing several tours of the Villa in differnt languages and the english tour was last on the list - so we spent time in the park first enjoying the reflections. We also discoverd this maze with a central folly with a spiral staircase which we could see people climbing. Well we wanted to get there but we got completely lost in it and never made it to the centre - it was difficult to get out too and I was beginning to wonder if we would miss our tour! So the lesson here is don't go in the maze until you have seen the house or you might not see anything else!

    Pisani Park Maze
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Stra Off The Beaten Path

  • Barchessa Valmarana

    On the opposirte side of the riverbank to Villa Wildmann is the Barchessa Valmarana -formed from two penthouses. The right one, also called guesthouse of the Villa Valmarana, was used by the family to accommodate the "foreigners". This villa is offered as an alternative villa to visit on the Brenta Cruise. Here the dinning room frescoes are said to...

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  • Villa Widmann Garden

    The garddens of the villas were also a main fature - again often decorated with fine statues on the immaculate lawns and other parts of the ground - they really did want to impress their friends and neighbours!

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  • Villa Widmann Interior

    Apart from the frescoes decorating the walls of the villa ther are various other exhibits displayed in the rooms - like this old gondola - and in the grounds the stables and coach house had various carriages on display.

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Stra Favorites

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  • Locks and Bridges

    One of the interesting aspects of the cruise was the various locks and swing bridges - mechanical and manual - that had to be navigated. I lost count of how many there were.

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  • Brenta Villas

    The Brenta Riviera is llike an extension of Venice onto the mainland, almost a continuation of the lagoon city: Between the 16th and 18th centuries the Brenta Riviera experienced a golden age which turned it into a privileged holiday resort for rich Venetian nobles. The nobles built numerous villas along its riverbanks, designed and decorated by...

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  • Brenta Canal Cruise

    Although an expensive trip the Brenta River canal cruise from Venice to Stra was a wonderful relaxing way to see the canal scenery, once past the industrial are of Fusina and all those grand old villas - in various states of repair. Along the way, Il Burchiello (the cruise company we used) stops at three of the most important mansions: Villa...

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