Hidden treasures

Napoleon in Villa Pisani in Stra and personal hygiene

Historical Curiosities
vasca-napoleone

Napoleon in Villa Pisani in Stra and personal hygiene

Villa Pisani in Stra, on the Riviera of the River Brenta (Venice), is a jewel of art and architecture of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Built by the rich and powerful Almorò and Alvise Pisani (elected doge in 1734) since 1720, it is certainly considered the queen of the Venetian Villas, due to the size of the building, its decor and its beautiful garden.

At the fall of the Venetian Republic, the Pisanis, burden by debt, sold it in 1807 to the conqueror, Napoleon Bonaparte, who gave it as a gift to his stepson Eugene de Beauharnais, Viceroy of Italy. Eugene, refined patron, commissioned a series of modernization works that changed the appearance of many halls of the mansion and the park.

Napoleon often stayed in the villa and you can still admire his room, with four-poster bed in Empire style. The next room is the bathroom, equipped with floor bath and taps, a real luxury for the time.

The Age of Enlightenment introduced improvements also in personal hygiene, especially in the upper classes. At the turn of the nineteenth century, the use of the bidet – an Italian invention, originally popular especially among the courtesans and, therefore, surrounded by an aura of sinfulness and immorality - was beginning to assert itself especially in France in a restricted social circle. It was not uncommon for great lovers to receive it as a gift. It was also used for clothes washing and perhaps even in contraceptive function.

But not everyone approved of the practice, which eliminated the natural scents. Napoleon himself exhorted his first wife, Josephine de Beauharnais, not to wash before their love encounters.

Villa Pisani is included in our charming private tour of the villas of the Brenta ... Convenient departing from Piazzale Roma in Venice, transfers by car or minivan and tour guide at your disposal for the whole day! Besides the wonderful Villa Pisani, the tour also includes a visit to Villa Foscari, known as La Malcontenta and Villa Widmann in Mira.

By Insidecom Editorial Staff

Latest posts

Padua: The Castle of Catajo

catajo
Historical Curiosities

Cities in the Italian Veneto region are full of history and fascinating monuments... But the countryside surrounding them reserves just...

View

Venice: Mozart in Venice

mozart
Big Names

There is no doubt that Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Salzburg 1756-Vienna 1791) is one of the greatest musicians of all time... It is not su...

View

Vicenza: The Cryptoporticus of Piazza Duomo in Vicenza

criptoportico_vicenza
Unknown places & works

Vicenza is famous all over the world for its sixteenth-century monuments by the great architect Andrea Palladio and is a UNESCO heritag...

View

Venice: A high relief of Hercules on the façade of Tintoretto’s house

casa-tintoretto-venezia
Mysteries & Legends

In the Cannaregio district in Venice stands the house of the famous painter Jacopo Robusti, known as 'Tintoretto' (1519-1594). On the f...

View

Top posts

Venice: The Secret Garden of Ca 'Morosini del Giardin in Cannaregio

ca-morosini-del-giardin
Unknown places & works

Venice is a magical city for many reasons, amongst them are its many hidden gardens that few are aware of! One of the most secret and f...

View

Treviso: Casa dei Carraresi in Treviso

casa-dei-carraresi-treviso
Historical Curiosities

One of the most famous places of the city of Treviso is the so-called Casa dei Carraresi, which takes its name from the noble family of...

View

Vicenza: The relics of the Thorn in the church of Santa Corona in Vicenza

santa-corona
Unknown places & works

One of the most important churches of Vicenza is undoubtedly Santa Corona. It was founded by the Dominicans in 1260s to house the preci...

View

Venice: The Ghost of the Biennale Gardens in Venice

Statua_zolli
Mysteries & Legends

At the entrance of the Biennale Gardens in Venice is the statue of the Resurgence hero Giuseppe Garibaldi. Few notice, however, that be...

View