Hidden treasures

The rooms of Vittorio Emanuele II in Villa Pisani in Stra

Big Names
savoia-villa-pisani

The rooms of Vittorio Emanuele II in Villa Pisani in Stra

Villa Pisani is one of the most significant examples of a Venetian villa along the Riviera del Brenta ...

Construction of the villa began in 1721, on a  design by Gerolamo Frigimelica, to celebrate the election of Doge Alvise Pisani. The villa was sold by the Pisani family to Napoleon Bonaparte in 1808; in 1814 it was passed to the Habsburgs and in 1866 it became the property of the Savoy State. Since 1947 it has been a museum that contains valuable collections of furniture, tapestries, stuccoes and paintings (among other works it is worth mentioning Giambattista Tiepolo, Giuseppe Zais and Jacopo Aimigoni), not forgetting the wonderful garden, which includes the famous maze.

The huge villa includes more than 30 rooms, among which there are also the two so-called Savoy Rooms, so named after they were rearranged to welcome the stay of the King of Italy Vittorio Emanuele II.

The first room was home to the famous Countess Mirafiori, namely Vercellana Rosa, who in 1847, at age 14, became the lover of the king of Piedmont Vittorio Emanuele, who was twenty-seven years old at the time; Rosa remained with the king all her life... He also married her with a morganatic marriage (meaning their children were excluded from the dynastic succession) in 1869.

In the room one can admire the original furnishings of the 19th century, consisting of cherry wood furniture and beautiful upholstery (recently restored) in cream with floral motifs. In  the centre of the room stands a copy of the famous dress in heavy pink satin that 'the beautiful Rosin' (she was called this way in Piedmont dialect), wore on a rare photo with the husband-king.

In the Hall of Vittorio Emanuele II the original 18th century furniture can still be seen; the tapestries were instead replaced by faithful copies of the originals. The four-poster bed is decidedly short by modern standards ...

Villa Pisani, and the rooms that have witnessed this passionate love story, are included among the visits of our fashinating guided tour from Venice to discover some of the most beautiful manors located along the beautiful Brenta Riviera.

By Insidecom Editorial Staff

Latest posts

Venice: Mars, Adam and Eve: the Doge's Palace celebrates their return

restauro-adamo-eva-ducale
Unknown places & works

After four years of delicate restoration work, the three fifteenth-century statues by the great artist Antonio Rizzo will be exceptiona...

View

Romano D' Ezzellino: Why do they say ‘If you can't sleep, count sheep’?

contare-le-pecore
Figures of speech

It all started in Romano d’Ezzelino in the province of Vicenza when Ezzelino da Romano, who suffered from insomnia, hired a storytell...

View

Chioggia: The Valley of the Seven Dead Men

casone-millecampi-detto-casone-dei-sette-morti
Mysteries & Legends

Halloween is just around the corner: have you already got into the fascinating terrifying aura of the scariest party of the year? No ye...

View

Venice: Fave dei Morti: the Venetian cookies of All Souls Day

fave-dei-morti
Local Traditions

As tradition dictates, every year, on the day when the deceased are commemorated (November 2), in Venice it is customary to prepare ‘...

View

Top posts

Padua: Why do people say ‘Rimanere in braghe di tela?’

pietra-del-vituperio
Historical Curiosities

Have you ever wondered where the popular expression ‘Rimanere in mutande’ o ‘Rimanere in braghe di tela’ comes from? It is a wa...

View

Venice: The Last Supper by Veronese at the Gallerie dell'Accademia

ultima-cena-veronese
Historical Curiosities

The twelve rooms of the Gallerie dell'Accademia host many works of art from the Veneto Region and the city of Venice made by renowned a...

View

Treviso: The ghost of Bianca di Collalto

castello-collalto
Mysteries & Legends

On the night between October 31 and November 1, telling a scary ghost story is a must... We have one related to the castle of Collalto,...

View

Padua: Prato della Valle in Padua

prato-della-valle
Historical Curiosities

Probably only the inhabitants of Padua and a few other people know of a particular record their city is boasting about: having the larg...

View