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Shakespeare at Villa Businello on the Brenta Riviera

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Shakespeare at Villa Businello on the Brenta Riviera

This year marks the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, one of the greatest writers of all time.

If you want to remember the great 'bard' but you do not have the possibility to go to Stratford-upon-Avon, you can visit the splendid Villa Businello- Morasutti on the Riviera del Brenta, located at only 10 minutes from the centre of Padua.

In the frame of this splendid eighteenth-century villa, the celebrations for Shakespeare are taking place with the staging of his famous play 'The Taming of the Shrew' (1591).

You could not find a better location for this comedy, that reflects the difficulty of couples to find a balance in their married life: Catherine, the 'Taming' protagonist, is the daughter of a gentleman from Padua!

Villa Businello was the country home of the noble Pietro Businello, who established here the Museum Naniano after transferring about a hundred inscriptions (Greek and Latin inscriptions) and several statues purchased from his friend Antonio Nani. In 1847 the collection (which is mainly composed of materials from the East, arrived in Venice thanks to the centuries-old relationship between the Republic of Venice and the Greek Islands), was entirely sold to various international museums by the Pagani family - Businello's heirs.

The villa dates back to 1700 and has a 'C' layout with a main building and two large orthogonal and portico wings. Villa Businello is walled and surrounded by a garden, orchard and woodland: in the garden there are statues of Istria stone attributed to Bonazza and depicting popular characters, whose names (Memo da Saonara, Latinea da le Granze, etc.) appear on the pedestals.

The villa was inhabited by the Morassutti family from 1931 until the early 2000s.

The villa was inhabited by the Morassutti family from 1931 until the early 2000s.

Take advantage of our convenient private transfers to Villa Businello- Morasutti in Legnaro, Padua province, and immerse yourself in the fascinating Shakespearian atmosphere that pervades this old Venetian villa!

By Insidecom Editorial Staff

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