Running in one of the most beautiful city in the world is a big opportunity: the work hard doesn’t change, but if you look around and don’t focus on the stopwatch, your run could be lighter. In this way, people who will be at the Venicemarathon on 28th October could be considered very lucky: the course will cross the most characteristic of Venice and the areas near Venice.
Will you be there too? All the places that you will see during the competition will make this experience more extraordinary. This is an example of what you can discover at the start line: Villa Pisani, at Stra.
 
The start line
 
Your marathon will start at Stra, a little village that is only 25 kilometres away from Venice. In the 16th century, in this area near Riviera del Brenta, rich merchants and Venetian aristocratics built their summer residences.
We could see one of this jewel at the start line: Villa Pisani, the residence of the namesake family, is considered “the Queen” of the Riviera del Brenta’s villas and it is nowadays the location of the National Museum. You can visit it in order to see exhibitions of ancient, modern and contemporary art. With its 114 rooms and a museum that conserve furniture and artworks of the of the 18th and 19th centuries, it is one of the most important places of Veneto’s tourism.
 
In 2008, its park was declared the most beautiful park of Italy: thanks to its original architectures, to its hedge’s labyrinth – one of the most important of Europe – and the citrus trees on the Orangerie and plants and flowers in the Tropical Greenhouse.
 
From 1884 various famous people have visited this villa: Wagner, D’Annunzio (who set a part of his novel Il Fuoco), Pasolini (who acted an episode of the movie Porcile), Mussolini and Hitler, that they officially met each other for the first time in 1934.
 
If you want to visit the Villa and the park, you can find particular itineraries in order to know these treasures from new and different points of view. The history of the Villa, of the Pisani’s family, of the rooms and the music, the women that lived in it, the food, will be the themes of your visit.
 
Didactive activities are also more interesting, in order to approach children to this beautiful place, educate them to our cultural heritage, creating interest and curiosity.