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“This is what a country house should look like.... in Italy”
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Villa Pisani
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Vescovana
Sydney, Australia
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“This is what a country house should look like.... in Italy”
Reviewed 19 April 2014

Today, we have arrived at a remarkably beautiful accommodation,where notables,like Queen Victoria were received. This is a high class guesthouse with original frescoes intact. The rooms are furnished with antiques and has unimpeded view of a lovely park. Its a green paradise with lots of spirit and spirituality
Its south of Padua and only 62 km from Venice airport, Breakfast is served in the park. Superb

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Sala Comacina, Italy
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Reviewed 2 November 2011

Villa Pisani Bolognesi Scalabrin

We had read an article about Villa Pisani in 2008 being one of the most wonderful places in the Veneto region to stay, and when we finally arrived this October, the Villa certainly lived up to all our expectations.

The Contessa Bolognesi Scalabrin greeted us personally and made us feel most welcome as we parked under the grand rear portico to unpack. We were guided to our rooms which graced the ‘piano nobile’ with passage via the ballroom and other reception rooms facing the front gates of the property and the public park with its towering trees. The two bedrooms were grandly decorated with faded frescos, antiques, and selected rugs with high comfortable beds displaying quality linens; bathrooms were en-suite. The view from both our rooms overlooked the formal garden behind the villa from across the grapevine-covered pergola, now in autumnal colours, where roses still bloomed in all their glory in the golden evening light.

After a long drive from Umbria Signora Bolognesi Scalabrin recommended dinner at ‘Al Porto’ in the same village of Vescovana, within walking distance of Villa Pisani (see separate review). After a splendid meal we arrived back at Villa Pisani to be greeted again by the Contessa and with pleasure retired to enjoy our rooms.

Breakfast was served in the private dining room adjacent the kitchen where we further delighted in the ambiance and welcoming feel of this home. The table was set in baronial style and the credenzas and tables around the large room seemed to groan with family china and silver, all beautifully polished and lovingly displayed. Coffee was served French-style with hot milk and an array of bakery items, orange juice, potted jams, and yoghurt. A service-bell was thoughtfully placed for our convenience.

By any means, our stay was all too short for we didn’t have time to enjoy the swimming pool in the vast English garden, or to relax under the vast pergola, both so welcoming after a long day on the road.

The garden and villa are open to the public for guided tours and draw many visitors throughout the year, especially to view the trees of this charming horticultural sanctuary where ‘olde roses’ formally hedged in with clipped box surrounded by gravel paths and a neo-classical fountain and statuary recall the aristocratic style of the 1800’s. As the website for Villa Pisani alludes: “From the ancient medieval courtyard, its lavish renaissance palace, to the elegant 19th century hall ~ a miracle of culture and love of nature restored and protected by the current owner”.

Villa Pisani Bolognesi Scalabrin on Via Roma, 19 in Vescovana lies 46 km south of Padua. Our group of friends stayed at our own expense for €130 per room per night with double occupancy including breakfast. We cannot wait to return!

http://www.villapisani.com/ing/lavilla.php

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with friends
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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 10 October 2011

What we say, says far more about us than what we are speaking about. Everything is relative. Positive people, experience the world in a positive way and have positive things to say. Negative people, experience the world in a negative way and have negative things to say. Psychotics see psychotics, rude people see rudeness, paranoids see hidden cameras and believe that hot water is being turned off. I have never written a review dispute having stayed in many villas all over Italy, France and Spain over the past 30 years. My opinions are just that. The reason I have broken my own rule is because I do not want you to miss out on one of life's truly spectacular experiences. Please do not let the ramblings of a few escaped mental patients dissuade you from experiencing Villa Pisani. Being sound of mind I experience Mariella to be an exceedingly charming, generous and interesting woman. Breakfast is served not in some bland, generic breakfast room as is the case in the vast majority on villas, but in Mariellas atmospheric private dinning room. This speaks volumes about how much Mariella wants you to experience her stunning villa. And being respectful and considerate, no rules were deemed necessary during our stay. Villa Pisani and the charming Countess of Scalabrin are an absolute delight (to all but dribbling basket cases)

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with friends
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San Francisco, California
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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
Level 6 Contributor
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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
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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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milano
Level 3 Contributor
22 reviews
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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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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
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Pisani Hotel Vescovana

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