A uni­que blend of nature, art and well­ness

Set again­st the green hills of the Eu­ga­nei Hills and lo­ca­ted ap­pro­xi­ma­te­ly 60 ki­lo­me­tres from Venice, the ma­gni­fi­cent Vil­la Bar­ba­ri­go, one of the mo­st beau­ti­ful Ve­ne­to Villas in the area, is wor­th ta­king a trip out of town.

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At Vil­la Bar­ba­ri­go, in the pro­vin­ce of Pa­dua, you can ad­mi­re the authentic Ita­lian Ba­ro­que Gar­den of Val­san­zi­bio. Over the years, it has gai­ned in­ter­na­tio­nal re­co­gni­tion. In ad­di­tion being pu­bli­shed in lea­ding art and bo­ta­ny books, it was na­med the mo­st beau­ti­ful gar­den in Ita­ly in 2003 and one of the mo­st beau­ti­ful in Eu­ro­pe in 2007. In 2004, it was used as the set­ting for the Mer­chant of Venice, a ro­man­tic film star­ring Al Pa­ci­no. In 2013, ‘QVC', an American te­le­vi­sion net­work, cho­se it for a pro­gram that was ai­red li­ve and, in 2016 ‘Ar­te', the Eu­ro­pean Cul­tu­re Chan­nel, de­di­ca­ted an in­stall­ment of the pro­gram ‘Jar­dins d'ici et d'ail­leurs' to it, se­lec­ting it from among twen­ty of Eu­ro­pe's mo­st im­por­tant hi­sto­ri­cal gar­dens. Ea­ch year, the gar­den is a hi­ghly sought-af­ter de­sti­na­tion for in­ter­na­tio­nal tou­rists.


The vil­la, whi­ch was used as a re­si­den­ce prior to the de­si­gn of its mo­nu­men­tal gar­den, com­ple­men­ts the ma­je­stic park. In fact, it is the on­ly Ve­ne­to Vil­la who­se park is the main fea­tu­re. The gar­den was built du­ring the se­cond half of the 17th cen­tu­ry by Ve­ne­tian no­ble­man Zua­ne Fran­ce­sco Bar­ba­ri­go, wi­th the help of his sons, An­to­nio and Gre­go­rio. It was the lat­ter – a car­di­nal, the Arch­bi­shop of Pa­dua and a fu­tu­re saint – who in­spi­red the re­li­gious sym­bo­li­sm of the pro­ject de­si­gned by lea­ding Va­ti­can ar­chi­tect and foun­tain ex­pert Lui­gi Ber­ni­ni, bro­ther of the fa­mous sculp­tor Gian­lo­ren­zo. Car­di­nal Bar­ba­ri­go wan­ted the gar­den of Val­san­zi­bio to sym­bo­li­ze the pa­th of per­fec­tion that leads man from Er­ror to Tru­th, from Igno­ran­ce to Re­ve­la­tion. The Pa­vi­lion or Por­tal of Dia­na was not the on­ly main ac­cess rou­te via wa­ter to the Bar­ba­ri­go esta­te in the 12th and 13th cen­tu­ries. This su­perb, im­po­sing ga­teway re­pre­sen­ted the be­gin­ning of the

Road to Sal­va­tion, en­ding in the open spa­ce that hou­ses the Foun­tain of the Mu­sh­room, al­so kno­wn as the Foun­tain of Ec­sta­sy.


This ma­gni­fi­cent Ba­ro­que gar­den has 70 sta­tues, mo­stly by Ma­ren­go, sculp­ted in Istrian sto­ne. The­re are al­so other mi­nor sculp­tu­res that blend har­mo­niou­sly wi­th the ar­chi­tec­tu­re, streams, wa­ter­falls, foun­tains, wa­ter fea­tu­res and fi­sh pools that are scat­te­red amid­st nu­me­rous trees and sh­rubs, spread over mo­re than 10 hec­ta­res of land. Ad­di­tio­nal­ly, wi­thin the com­plex itself, im­por­tant hi­ghlights along the Road to Sal­va­tion in­clu­de the Bos­so ma­ze, the sym­bo­lic Ca­ve of the Her­mit, Rab­bit Island and the Mo­nu­ment to Ti­me. Until the 19th cen­tu­ry, WEL­CO­ME TO THE COLLI EU­GA­NEI Kno­wn as the ‘Pearl of the Eu­ga­nei

Hills', Vil­la Bar­ba­ri­go wi­th its mo­nu­men­tal gar­den is lo­ca­ted in an area stee­ped in nature and history, the ideal de­sti­na­tion for art lo­vers and nature en­thu­siasts. Thanks to the ther­mal wa­ters of Aba­no and Mon­te­grot­to Ter­me, the lar­ge­st spa hub in Eu­ro­pe, the area is a sought-af­ter de­sti­na­tion for tho­se in sear­ch of re­la­xing, well­ness re­trea­ts

vi­si­tors could ac­cess the Por­tal of Dia­na – so­cal­led be­cau­se of the god­dess of hun­ting who stands atop it – via wa­ter from Venice. To­day, Bat­ta­glia can still be rea­ched by boat. In tho­se days, ho­we­ver, ini­tia­tes had to cross the Val­ley of Sant'Eu­se­bio, now kno­wn as Val­san­zi­bio (from whi­ch the gar­den ta­kes its na­me) to rea­ch the lan­ding sta­ge in front of the gar­den.


Built bet­ween 1665 and 1696, the gar­den of Val­san­zi­bio is an ex­traor­di­na­ry exam­ple of a sym­bo­lic gar­den. This ma­gni­fi­cent gar­den boasts a num­ber of ful­ly ope­ra­ti­ve wa­ter fea­tu­res and is cur­ren­tly one of the lar­ge­st, be­st-kept Ba­ro­que gar­dens in the world. Cre­dit for the pre­ser­va­tion of this beau­ti­ful­ly ten­ded gar­den is owed to the lo­ving ca­re be­sto­wed upon it by the ‘Bar­ba­ri­go No­ble­men' du­ring the 17th and 18th cen­tu­ries, the no­ble Mi­chiel fa­mi­ly and the Coun­ts of Mar­ti­nen­go du­ring the 19th cen­tu­ry and the Coun­ts of Do­nà del­le Ro­se du­ring the ear­ly 20th cen­tu­ry. The vil­la and it gar­dens ha­ve been the pro­per­ty of the Coun­ts of Piz­zo­ni-Ar­de­ma­ni sin­ce 1929. Ow­ners of the esta­te for th­ree ge­ne­ra­tions, the Piz­zo­niAr­de­ma­ni fa­mi­ly not on­ly re­pai­red the da­ma­ge cau­sed by mi­li­ta­ry oc­cu­pa­tion and the for­ced aban­don­ment of the vil­la du­ring World War II, but al­so re­cen­tly re­no­va­ted all of the gar­den's 33 wa­ter fea­tu­res, da­ma­ged by eighty years of gra­dual ground-wa­ter de­ple­tion. www.val­san­zi­bio­giar­di­no.it in­fo@val­san­zi­bio­giar­di­no.it The mud used by the spas of the ho­tels in Aba­no and Mon­te­grot­to Ter­me, af­fi­lia­ted wi­th the AQUAEHOTELS Con­sor­tium, is iden­ti­fied by the ‘Fan­go Eu­tro­fi­co Eu­der­mi­co Eu­ga­neo ( “F.E.E.E.”) tra­de­mark and is qua­li­ty cer­ti­fied. The pro­duc­tion pro­cess – whi­ch gua­ran­tees spe­ci­fic cha­rac­te­ri­stic and scien­ti­fi­cal­ly pro­ven the­ra­peu­tic pro­per­ties – ma­kes it uni­que world­wi­de. The salt-bro­mi­ne-io­di­ne hy­per-ther­mal wa­ter whi­ch gu­shes from the dep­ths of the sub-soil in Aba­no and Mon­te­grot­to Ter­me at a tem­pe­ra­tu­re of 80°C, is con­tai­ned in spe­cial va­ts kno­wn as ‘fan­ga­ie'. When this wa­ter co­mes in­to con­tact wi­th the na­tu­ral clay en­ri­ched wi­th mi­cro-al­gae spo­res, a pro­cess in­vol­ving the pro­duc­tion of po­wer­ful bio­lo­gi­cal ac­ti­ve prin­ci­ples co­mes in­to play, ser­ving not on­ly as a cu­re for mu­scle and back pro­blems but al­so as a the­ra­py to com­bat skin-ageing. To try a F.E.E.E. mud treat vi­sit the www.aquaehotels.it web­si­te.

Eu­ga­nei Hills

Gar­den of Vil­la Bar­ba­ri­go

Por­tal of Dia­na, Vil­la Bar­ba­ri­go

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