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“A superb and historic villa and gardens in the grand style.”
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Villa Pisani
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Vescovana
San Francisco, California
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“A superb and historic villa and gardens in the grand style.”
Reviewed 21 May 2011

The Villa Pisani is a very special place. Truly enormous, almost palatial in scale and full of fine antiques and frescoes, the real glory of the estate is its elaborate formal garden and adjacent English-style park. We were fortunate to visit in mid-May, when the roses and peonies were at their peak.
I have visited the Veneto many times, and on this occaision was with a small group of friends from San Francisco, including an architect, two interior designers and a caterer, so we are all aesthetically-minded persons. I knew of the Villa by reputation, and decided to book a weekend's stay before moving on to Palladio's nearby Villa Saraceno (which can be rented for holidays from the Landmark Trust). At Villa Pisani we had three rooms, all of them different and impressive in their own way, some of them with staggering frescoed walls, and each enjoying glorious views of the gardens. The room I shared with a friend was the largest, probably measuring 25 by 25 feet square with very high ceilings, two windows overlooking the gardens and another French door opening to a narrow terrace. It was airy and full of light, and had two wide single beds with good mattresses and linens, a pair of 18th-century giltwood chairs flanking the fireplace, and many other fine antiques as well as framed sets of prints and paintings on the walls. Our bathroom was large but dated, with only a tub but two sinks, and the other baths I saw were smaller with tiny showers -- but no matter, two of them had fabulous fresco fragments. It is true the hot water takes a long time to arrive, but that is the reality in such an old house, and this is not a hotel.
In the mornings, an ample breakfast is served either on the terrace pergola or in the dining room, and consists of good cheeses, yogurts, fruit, excellent coffee and admittedly mediocre breads (why is it that despite the fabulous food in Italy, bread is usually terrible?). We especially liked the dining room with its many paintings, objets d'art and antique sideboards groaning with silver.
There is an adjacent and very large sitting room decorated with framed panels of papier peint, comfortable sofas, many antiques and an enviable collection of books on art and architecture, as well as an extensive collection of Murano glass displayed on the consoles and coffee tables. I think this was our favorite space in the house, full of personal photos and memories, and we enjoyed lingering there. There is also an impressive suite of very grand and frescoed state rooms on the piano nobile above to explore.
Our hostess, Signora la Dottoressa Bolognesi Scalabrin (Mariella) could not have been more welcoming. I especially appreciated her help when I stupidly lost my passport, and she spent literally hours on the phone trying to track it down for me. In the event I had to drive to Milan for a new one, but without Mariella's help this would have been a nightmare. Signora Scalabrin was also most willing to make suggestions and reservations for local restaurants, and there is also a cafe and bar conveniently located just outside the villa. We left full of admiration for the owner of Villa Pisani, who has undertaken the considerable work of caring for this gigantic house and its treasures. I would say my only disappointment was my own failure to not use the large and inviting swimming pool!
To sum up: If you want a 5-star hotel experience with lavish bathrooms and amenities like wi-fi, in-room telephones and televisions, do go elsewhere. But if you appreciate faded grandeur, want to dive into the true villa culture of the Veneto and experience a vanishing aristocratic way of life, then the Villa Pisani is for you.

Room Tip: All the rooms are charming in their own way.
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  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Portland, Oregon
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Reviewed 23 October 2010

We flew into Venice and spent our first couple of days here for some relaxation before entering the fray at Venice, Milan, etc. It served this purpose perfectly and we thoroughly enjoyed our short stay. Mariella Scalabrin, the owner, is a personable, charming and gracious hostess who was quite willing to share the entire villa with us: "When you are here, my house is your house." Our room was very spacious and comfortable, overlooking the very large and beautiful garden with a well-kept formal section surrounded by an arboretum of many grand old trees. Mariella serves a nice breakfast, and there is a good family-owned restaurant just up the road. We would definitely return under similar circumstances, or perhaps as home base for a tour of the Palladian villas of the Veneto.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Portland Oregon
1 review
Reviewed 5 October 2009

I have been to Villa Pisani four times. I have never had the experience expressed by one of the reviewers hereunder. The villa reflects the intimacy of Italy, and lets the visitor understand Italy as she once was; not as the tourist filled, high priced, and crowded experience so often found in the tourist centers such as Florence, Rome, or even Venice.
To understand Villa Pisani, you must understand that this is not a scrubbed up villa interested in charging high prices and giving low service. Nor should one expect a "villa" with a capital "V." The point of Villa Pisani at Vescovana is to experience how this place reflects the way Italian landed gentry really lived. Don't hesitate to ask the owner for suggestions of out of the way places to visit and experience dining that is not costly but rewarding. There are no cameras as suggested elsewhere on this page. There is a security system turned on at night at 11 pm. The water in any house that can sleep 20-22 people needs to be turned on and let run for a while to get hot water all the way up to those 12 bedrooms! If you want a hotel experience, go to a hotel. If you want a peek into how Italy was and how Italians lived, then don't hesitate to vist Villa Piani and explore the Po Valley, which is the "breadbasket" of northeast Italy.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled with friends
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Thank benmerrillpdx
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milano
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Reviewed 18 May 2009

I had a great event in this wonderful place, I rented the all villa and the 8 rooms, and I have to split my review in two parts so you are aware: the place and the owner. The place is just fantastic, the villa, the garden, are just wonderful, when you see it you fall in love because it is really amazing, it is really romantic, and if you go during spring blooming it is something unbelievable. When we went to see the villa and the rooms the first time, she showed us just the nice rooms, and she told us that all the rooms were double, instead we figured out that some rooms were not nice and the were not double but they had single beds, so you can imagine what a bad impression for our guests.
The big problem of this place is the owner, she is psychotic, she doesn't allow you to enjoy the place even if you pay a lot of money to stay there, she has been very rude to us and to our guests. When you go there the first time she is very nice but since when you book, and she has the money, she becomes awful. We stay there overnight and she didn't give us hot water in the showers, she forced us to go to sleep, she fixes the rules as she wants during your stay. She wants to keep the villa just for her, she doesn't accept to have people around her place.

  • Stayed June 2007
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6 Thank francy76Milano
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London
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Reviewed 2 September 2008

Best to be avoided in search of many other of Veneto's and Tuscany's beautiful and cared for historic villas. This was once a beautiful hunting lodge/country villa for the prince of venice and visited by such people as Napoleon II and even Hitler. Unfortunately it has been seriously let go with evidence the last time the owner Mariella (countess of scalabrin) spent some money on it being I guess about 20years ago. She told us that she has been the sole custodian since her husband, the count died, guess when....20 years ago. Please note that for this review I rented the entire villa with all of the 8 bedrooms for friends and family to have a special 3 days in Italy. Despite the 5* prices, it is obvious that little love goes into the building and the bathrooms are stuck into the old rooms with rubbish showers (some no shower), tiny sinks and rusty taps. The garden is just about kept up standard and probably its best feature, but the villa itself with its beautful salons is slowly and sadly crumbling away. I guess this may add to the charm for some however the owner, Mariella is quite pyshotic about which rooms you may visit. Some days, some of the salons were off limits, other days not depending on Mariella's mood. This was a little irritating escpecially one evening as we wanted to use the pool table and the room had been locked. When we asked she refused to let us stating that all she had left were her memories and they were her private rooms. Why then had they been open earlier in the day?! Unfortunately the owner wants to keep her house for herself but also rent it out and let guests stay and make up the rules as she goes along. She wants to have her cake and eat it. Perhaps thats why she married a count! Unfortunately she needs the money to keep her in the lifestyle she is accustomed to but doesn't seem to accept this and hence why I wouldn't advise anyone to stay here, especially since she charges you 5* prices and you aren't allowed to enjoy the experience. Another point: I found many cctv cameras dotted around the place, conveniently concealed. One evening with friends we stayed up chatting and drinking wine until the wee hours. The next morning at breakfast the owner made some comments to me about being the last to bed and that I was not to stay up late the following evening! She had been watching us on the cameras. Outrageous. Avoid. Avoid. Avoid.

  • Liked — The Garden
  • Disliked — Everything Else, escpially the puschotic owner Mariella
  • Stayed August 2008, travelled with family
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10 Thank GPA7
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New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 September 2007

I read about Villa Pisani (not to be confused with the one in Stra) in Travel & Leisure magazine. You need a car to reach it but it's definitely worth getting one to stay in this stunning, unique place! It is a 16th century palace, which the gracious owner Mariella has restored, and you've never seen anything like it! It's truly like staying in a museum: the bedrooms have twenty-five foot ceilings, frescoes on the walls, ornate antique furniture, glass chandeliers, etc. Just as amazing are the beautiful symmetrical Italian gardens outside, including a gorgeous swimming pool, and large patio covered in grapevines. Quite astounding. We loved everything about this place, but especially Mariella, who couldn't have been nicer or more accommodating. She even gave us a delicious bottle of wine to take to our air-conditioned rooms, as well as a lavish breakfast.

If you go, plan to stay several days (Villa Pisani is close to all of the great Veneto towns), and be sure to book reservations at Marcos, the gourmet restaurant nearby. We had two of the best meals of our four-week European vacation there! We will definitely plan our next trip around a repeat visit to Villa Pisani. Thank you, Mariella, for some fabulous memories!

  • Liked — Mariella and the palace itself
  • Disliked — Nothing!
  • Stayed August 2007, travelled with family
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Property: Villa Pisani
Address: Via Roma 19-25, 35040 Vescovana, Italy
Region: Italy > Veneto > Province of Padua > Vescovana
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Vescovana
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Number of rooms: 8
Also Known As:
Pisani Hotel Vescovana

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