Villa Widmann Foscari
The building, with the wing and the oratory, was built at the end of 18th century by the nobles Sheriman, merchants of Persian origin, in a place which is also known today as the Riscossa.
The Sherimans had bought the land from the DonÓs at the end of 17th century. Two old buildings which stood by the villa (one was destroyed by the Foscaris some years ago) bore the coat of aims of the DonÓ family. In 1719, on the Riscossa estate, the buildig of the Villa, a simple sqare building, and the edification of the stately country house with a big arcade and the small adjoining church. The date is written above the door leading to the ballroom of the villa. A. Tirali is thaught to be the architect because there are a lot of similarities between these buildings with other works made by this Venetian architect. From the examination of some ancient stones inserted in the country masonry it is thought that the new buildings stood on the ruins or on the partial demolition of another building. Probably the ancient construction was the property of the Moro family, because inside the courtyard of the wing we find the coat of arms of the family. We can find the manor house in the print by Costa "Vedute del palazzo del Sig. conte Sheriman", on the left hand side formed by the meeting point of the Pionca and the Brenta we find the manor house, on the right we can see the farm building with its wide porticoes on the sides of the building. On the right we find the small church standing apart.
The main building is square; on the ground floor by the classic atrium we can go into the central salon where we find four rooms immediately after the second half of the 17th century, the villa became property of the Widmann family who remodelled the main building on the French design: Rococ˛. The extension of the wings and their unification with the small church. The works to enlarge the villa consisted of the raising of the central part of the building with crowning curved typanum, the opening of some windows, and the modification of those windows existing in rococ˛ design. In the central salon the attic was demolished to get more height, on the second floor a lot of bedrooms were built. All the rooms were decorated with precious stuccoes and polychromes.
A new room divided by the church with a grate was added to the oratory; maybe this room was mainly used for the confession of women.
Among the many famous guests of the villa there was also the well-known Venetian play-wright Carlo Goldoni who was one of Ludovico Widmanns friends and who stayed for a long time at the large Bagnoli villa, belonging to the Widmanns. This was written by Goldoni himself in his "Memoires". Other guests were Cardinal Sarto Patriarch of Venice during that period, the musicians Malipiero, Igor Stravinski, the Venetian poet Pasto and Gabriele DAnnunzio who stayed there several times because he was Conte Pietro Foscaris friend.
The Villa has belonged to the Province of Venice since 1984.