Villa Foscari ‘La Malcontenta' on the Riviera del Brenta, VeniceUnknown places & works
Villa Foscari ‘La Malcontenta' on the Riviera del Brenta, Venice
For those who visit Venice, and want to get away from the bustle of the city for a day and immerse themselves in nature, an ideal is a trip on the Brenta Canal to discover the amazing noble villas of Venice.
The most famous among these villas is perhaps Villa Foscari ‘La Malcontenta', designed by the famous Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio in 1559.
One legend claims that the villa has the nickname Malcontenta which originates from the lady of the Foscari house, who was confined within its walls in solitude to serve a sentence for her dissolute conduct. It is said that she lived here for thirty years and she was never seen coming out or looking out of the windows. The park was overgrown and full of weeds and remains shrouded in mystery about the fact that the woman managed to survive. No one ever took her something to eat, and no one ever lived with her in the house until her death.
In addition to the legend, there are also two historical versions: the first argues that the place was so named since 1431 to commemorate the discontent shown by the inhabitants of Padua and Piove di Sacco for the construction of the Brenta Canal; and the second claims that that thirty years before the deed of ownership of the Foscari family the area was already called Malcontenta, probably from ‘Brenta mal contenuta' because the river often overflowed at this point.
To visit La Malcontenta Villa and many other beautiful villas of the Riviera del Brenta you can book the Brenta Riviera Private Villas Tour on venetoinside.com.
Campagna Lupia: The birth of glass between history and legends
Glass is an item we use on a daily basis: we drink from a glass, we protect ourselves at home and in our cars thanks to glass windows, ...View
Venice: Map of Venice, what to know before you leave
Did you know that...
Did you know that Venice is not a single large island but rather a collection of 117 small islands linked together by over 400 bridges?...View
Padua: Why do people say ‘Rimanere in braghe di tela?’
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
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
Belluno: The mystery of the Pietrificatore from Sospirolo
Mysteries & Legends
Nestled inside the Dolomiti National Park, in the province of Belluno lies the small village of Sospirolo. A peculiar man was born here...View