Villa Seriman, Foscari Widmann - Rezzonico

Via Nazionale, 420 - 30122 - Mira (VE)

Built in: 1700
Environmental context: Urban
The traveller that, in the XVIII Century, took the traditional Tour d’Italie by “burchio”, the typical boat, from Venice to Padova on the Brenta River could ammire one of the jewels of baroque epoque: the complex of Villa Widmann Rezzonico Foscari. Built at the beginning of the XVIII Century on the will of the Serimanns, Venetian nobles with persian origins, the Villa gained the actual plant only in the middle of the same century, when the Windmann, after buying the building, renewed it adapting it to the French rococo taste. The middle body became a comfortable dwelling for parties and receptions. The central hall was embellished by two artists then well known in the Venetian milieu, Giuseppe Angeli (1712-1798), disciple of Giambattista Piazzetta, and Gerolamo Mengozzi Colonna, Tiepolo’s beloved partner. The attribution of the frescos, however, is not sure, because some academics believe them to be Francesco Zanchi’s. In 1883 the Villa went to an auction sale and it was purchased by Francesco Somazzi. After some transfers of property the Villa came bath to the Widmanns, but the last heir, Elisabetta, in 1946 gave the Villa to his son Ludovico, who in 1970 sold it to the Costanzos. The complex is now property the province of Venice.
Excellences of the complex: there are different itineraries that can be taken to discover the historical and naturalistic beauty of the Brenta Riviera. One of those itineraries takes us to discover one of the ten cities that forms the Riviera territory, a cultural milieu that is made up by different realities strictly connected with each other. Some examples are: Campagna Lupia and its archeological museum, Dolo and its Squero Monumentale, the XIX Century 'Ponte dei vasi' in Campolongo Maggiore, Villa Recanati Zucconi in Fiesso d'Artico and the beautiful complex of Villa dei Leoni in Mira.
Excellences of the Villa: FRESCOS The central hall of the Villa, that raise itself for two floors, in entirely decorated with light colour frescos the give brightness to the hall. On the right wall there is the representation of the abduction of Elena. On the opposite wall there is Iphigenia, ready to be sacrified by her father Agamemnon. On the ceiling there is the representation of the Widmanns glorification, represented by characters and symbols connected to the Greek mithology. THE PARK On the north side of the Villa there is the luxuriant park. Limes, cypresses and horse chestnuts are a beautiful background to several sculptures: gods, nymphs, cupids. On the left side, beyond the colonnade, there is a huge space flanked by greenhouses and a romanic lake built in the end 1800. In the nearby, there is a stonemade gazebo with a wrought iron ceiling surrounded by horse chestnuts. THE ORATORY On the right of the complex, at the end of the colonnade’s portico, there is the noble oratory with some openings for religious cerimonies. Above the marble altar there is a little altarpiece that represents Madonna dello Scapolare, the Baby and the Saints. In the near church there were buried Elisabetta (1792-1859) and Arianna (1794-1875) Widmann that, more than anybody else, loved to live in this Villa. The Villa is available for views on reservation; it hosts exhibitions and cultural events. In the colonnade there is also an office for information and tourist reception (I.A.T)



The I.A.T. is opened every day from 10.30 to 13.00 and from 13.30 to 16.30
The Villa is opened on reservation (At least 48 before)
Prices: Adults: 5,50 € ; Children: 4,50 €

Services: Car Park, Guided Tours, Bus Park, Congress and Events Halls, Garden




Plane: Venice - 25 Km
Bus: 53E Venezia-Padova line (
Train: Venezia Mestre  - 12 Km



Via Nazionale, 420
30122 - Mira (VE)



N. Catalogue I.R.V.V.: A0500004501

Tel: 041 5298711  -  Fax: 041 5230399

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