The Villa Foscari also called Malcontenta is located near Mira, in the province of Venice. Commissioned by the Foscari brothers, it was built around 1550 as a holiday resort outside the city of Venice.
It is said that Nicolò Foscari married a libertine girl named Elisabetta, famous in the Venetian salons for her not always faithful conduct. Her husband decided to shut her up in the villa, where he lived there for 30 years without ever leaving. Thus took the name of Malcontenta. No one knows how he managed to survive but it is said that today her ghost still roams the rooms of the building and in the immense garden that surrounds it. Obviously there are other versions regarding the origin of the name: many think that it derives from the impetuous current of the Brenta river, defined as ” male contempta” because often it brought the river to overflow and flood the lands around.
The building was designed by Andrea Palladio and was located in a bend of the Brenta river so that sailors could slow down to admire it. Its interior is rich in mythological frescoes rich in charm. It has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996.
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