HISTORY

“The small Versailles” – “The Pearl of the Euganee Hills”
The Monumental Garden of Valsanzibio – Villa Barbarigo Pizzoni Ardemani

The Monumental complex of Valsanzibio (Wikipedia – Italiana or Inglese version) was brought to its contemporary magnificence in the second half of the Seventeenth century by the Venetian noble GiovanFrancesco Barbarigo assisted by his sons Antonio and Gregorio. Actually, it was this last son, the first-born Gregorio, Cardinal, Bishop of Padua and future Saint, that inspired the symbolic meaning of the plan drawn by Luigi Bernini, top Vatican architect and fountain expert. In fact, the then Cardinal Gregorio Barbarigo, in consequence of a solemn ‘vow’ made by his Father to our God in 1631 (see bottom note 1), desired that the garden of Valsanzibio had to be a monumental symbolic road trip to perfection; a journey that brings man from the false to the truth, from ignorance to Revelation. The ‘Diane Pavilion’ or ‘Diane’s Doorway’ was not only the main entrance by water to the estate of the Barbarigo in the 17th and 18th century, but, this majestic and impressive doorway, represented, as it does still today, the beginning of the salvation’s itinerary, wanted by Saint Gregorio Barbarigo, that ends in front of the Villa, in the square of the Mushroom Fountain, the Ecstasy’s Fountain or, indeed, the square of the Revelations’ Fountain.

This exceptional example of baroque gardens consist of more than 60 statues, engraved in Istria stone by the Merengo (see bottom note 2), and many other different minor sculptures that integrate into a world of architectures, streams, waterfalls, fountains, small ponds, water games and fish ponds, between hundreds of different trees and plants, over an area of more than 10 hectares. Furthermore, inside the monumental complex and essential stage within the itinerary of salvation, there is the century-old boxwood maze, the symbolic Hermit’s Grotto, the Rabbits Island and the Monument to Time.

The symbolic set up of the garden, realized between 1665 and 1696, with its abundant beauty, its unusual amusements and the major message entrusted by its Founder, ranges as one of the most vast and complete historic gardens in the world and was awarded with the first prize as ‘the most beautiful garden in Italy’ in 2003 and as the third most beautiful in Europe in 2007. The merit of this goes to the unceasing and careful attentions provided first by the Nobili Homini Barbarigo, during all the Seventeenth and Eighteenth century, by the Nobil Homo Michiel in the nineteenth century, then later, by the Conti Martinengo da Barco, in the beginning of the twentieth century by the Conti Donà delle Rose and from 1929 by the Nobili Pizzoni dei Conti Ardemani.

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1 In 1631 the Barbarigo family, who already owned most of the land in Valsanzibio, even if they had yet to create the garden (1665-1696), took refuge in this location to escape the black plague outbreak, that raged in Venice and the rest of Europe and that had already killed Lucrezia Lion, wife of Zuane Francesco Barbarigo. In this circumstance, Zuane Francesco made a solemn ‘vow’ to God that, if the rest of his family would have been spared from this terrible disease, he would have create a marvelous masterwork to commemorate and glorify the might of God; this solemn ‘vow’ was took up himself also by the first born Gregorio that, for this reason, his demand having been granted, wanted that the garden of Valsanzibio have an entertainment purpose, but, above all, that it had to have a spiritual objective.
2 Enrico Merengo, (Vestfalia, 1628 – 1723, uncertain the date of birth and death), once considered as a Flemish, today he is identified with good certainty as the Vestfalia German sculptor Heinrich Meyring. His work as a sculptor is well known in Venice between the years 1679-1714. He is considered the best pupil of the Flemish sculptor Giusto Le Court (from Wikipedia) – In Valsanzibio: the garden contains seventy statues made by Henry Merengo, all of which with engraved inscriptions on their supports and among this we mention the personification of the Time, the statue of Endimione, Argo, Tifeo and Polifemo.

“Volan col Tempo l’hore e fuggon gli anni”

GALLERY

“Della Corte il fulmine qui non s’ode, Ivi è l’Inferno e quivi il Paradiso”

VISITS

The Monumental Garden of Valsanzibio will regularly be open to the VISITS from

SATURDAY THE 24th OF FEBRUARY 2018

TO VISIT THE MONUMENTAL GARDEN IN THE CLOSING MONTHS OF
THE WINTER (DECEMBER, JANUARY & FEBRUARY) – CLICK HERE

CHECK ALSO UNDER THE ‘NEWS’ SECTION TO COME
AND VISIT US IN THIS TIME OF THE YEAR

Open to visitors from 10 to 13 hrs and from 14 hrs to sunset, every day from the last weekend of February
to the second weekend of December (Saturday, Sunday and Holidays from 10 to sunset non-stop).

Guided tour available only by reservation (cost not included in the ticket, with the exception for schools’ groups).
Shop open only Sunday and Holidays and on request in the other days.

TICKETS
Normal = € 11,00
Adults in group (20+ people) = € 9,00
Children/Boys aged 14 or under = € 6,50
Schools’ groups (mandatory reservation) = € 6,50

PAYMENT REGULATIONS, CANCELLATION, INVOICE (click here)

SOME IMPORTANT RULES TO VISIT THE GARDEN
(regulations to take photo/filming in the Monumental Garden, the dogs’ admittance rules, others)
CLICK HERE to view the regulations

VISITS OF THE INTERIORS OF THE VILLA
starting from 210,00 €, only escorted by a guide and by reservation
for enquiries contact the info@valsanzibiogiardino.it
(to view its interiors click HERE)

RENTING of the VILLA and/or the GARDEN for:
VACATIONS, EVENTS…MOVIES/PHOTOS SHOOTING
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LUNCHES & DINNERS IN VILLA (CLICK HERE)
An opportunity to reserve lunches & dinners in Villa preceded by a guided tour of the Monumental Garden

’APERITIVI’ IN FRONT OF THE VILLA (CLICK HERE)
An opportunity to book guided visits of the Monumental Garden finishing with a deligtheful ‘Aperitivo’ Bellini drink under the patio of the Villa, looking upon the Square of the Reveletions – Thanks to Bellini Canella

ROMANTICALLY LABYRINTH (CLICK HERE)
An opportunity to privately book the labyrinth for about 30 minutes toward the sunset to romantically ask the hand of the loved soul.

Parties and events in the ancient ‘casino da caccia’

Cà Martinengo

Next to the Monumental Garden of Valsanzibio, facing on the Diana’s Pavilion,
in ‘via Diana’, the street that take to the ancient Village of Valsanzibio.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CLICK HERE

TO VISIT THE MONUMENTAL GARDEN IN THE CLOSING MONTHS OF
THE WINTER (DECEMBER, JANUARY & FEBRUARY) – CLICK HERE

METEO FOR VALSANZIBIO ON ‘meteo-locale-it’ (CLIK HERE)

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CONTACT

TENUTA VALSANZIBIO S.R.L.

Via Diana 2 – Valsanzibio di Galzignano Terme – 35030 (PD)

Tel +39/(0)49/9131065; +39/(0)49/9130042 – Fax +39/(0)49/9139259

INFO VISITS/RESERVATIONS HISTORIC GARDEN –> Cel +39/340/0825844 (during visiting hours)

Email info@valsanzibiogiardino.it

INFO ONLY FOR RENTING / EVENTS –>Cel +39/335/5634918 (Alessandra Cicogna)

This garden is part of the ‘Parchi Letterari’ ‘s circuit
www.parchiletterari.com & www.parcopetrarcaedeicollieuganei.it

LINKS: Ville Venete & Castelli

Grandi Giardini Italiani – Ass. Dimore Storiche Italiane

In this garden the century old plants are followed by the

de rebus plantarum, PAN srl, Spin-off of the Padova’s University

and the products used in the garden are natural products formulated by

MICHEL BARBAUD

with the method ORGANIC FOREST

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CHE NON E’ SOLE IL SOLE SE NON E’ SOLO.

(TO BE THE BRIGHTER STAR IN THE SKY, LIKE THE SUN, YOU NEED TO BE ALONE!)

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