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The rooms of Vittorio Emanuele II in Villa Pisani in Stra

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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

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