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The maze in the garden of Villa Pisani in Stra (Venice)

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The maze in the garden of Villa Pisani in Stra (Venice)

Along the River Brenta (between Venice and Padua), there are some of the most beautiful villas of the Venetian nobility, like the one in Stra ...

The villa belonged to the rich and powerful Pisani family, who had it built by the famous architect Girolamo Fringimelica in 1722. In addition to the villa, the architect also designed an incredible garden, where, even today, you can admire one of the few remaining European mazes.

The labyrinth plant has retained its original 18th century layout: nine concentric circles made of boxwood hedges (which replaced the 800 hornbeam), including a central tower with its double helical external staircase to confuse visitors even more. The maze of Stra was primarily designed for recreational purposes, like a labyrinth of love to get lost in, to find the right way out and get the coveted prize.

The concept of the labyrinth has ancient origins, since the myth of Theseus and the Minotaur were  imprisoned in the labyrinth of the Knossos Palace on Crete.  Instead in the Middle Ages it had a rather mystical and philosophical meaning: a difficult path full of challenges to overcome and find the right path, namely, Faith.

Thanks to our Brenta Riviera Villas Tour you can visit the beautiful Villa Pisani and its labyrinth accompanied by the author of this article, our brilliant tour guide in Venice, who has collaborated with venetoinside.com for a long time!

By Insidecom Editorial Staff

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