Stra is a town of 7,583 inhabitants of the province of Venice; it forms part of the famous territory called 'Riviera del Brenta'.
Riviera del Brenta, 27 kilometres long from Fusina to Stra, devised by Veneto acumen on an ancient landscape. The physical aspects of the Riviera took shape in 1400 when the Venetians began to transfer their entrepreneurial spirit from the sea to the land. The spread of the aristocratic villas along the course of the Brenta River, was a phenomenon that was a sign of the power of Venice for a couple of centuries between 1500 and 1700. By the end of 1400 to have a villa on the banks of the River and to enjoy the summer season with friends and relations or VIP strangers was a great status symbol. Renowned architects and famous painters where engaged from Palladio to Count Frigimelica, from Scamozzi, to Longhena, Zelotti to Giannantonio Pellegrini, Tiepolo, Guarana and Zais. A country villa's visual impact, including its lodges and gardens, had to be strong, indeed it had to strike the visitors and travellers by its extraordinary artistic and natural beauty.
History: Roman Age The name is clearly derived from the Latin strata 'paved road', originally named the area today called St. Peter's, later extended to the whole (in the Middle Ages and throughout the modern age name of the Stra was 'Fossolovara', ie ditch or ditch the wolves of Lovi, marsh plants). In Roman times, in fact, the area was crossed by the Emilia-Altinate military road, built by the consul Marcus Lepidus to link to Altino Padua and Aquileia. Then the area of Stra then had to be the predominant agricultural activities.
Medieval: In medieval Stra suffered serious damage because of the various barbarian invasions, then the sixteenth century, the country's history is tied to that of Padua, and involved in numerous wars with the neighbouring Venice, the disputes focused on border issues and the rights claimed on the waters of the Brenta. Stra, later, was dominated by Ezzelini and later came under the Lordship of Milan as a result of the treaty between Venice and the Visconti. Visconti domination Stra was subtracted from Padua led by Francesco da Carrara.
Venetian rule: In the sixteenth century, ended the War of the League of Cambrai, Stra became in effect the Venice area. His position and his willingness to give agriculture made Stra ideal for a tranquil asylum of the nobility of Venice, which built along the Riviera del Brenta most beautiful villas: the Villa Pisani, the great national importance, the royal and magnificent Medieval town, built and designed by Jerome Frigimelica and then reviewed by Francesco Maria Preti. The villa, beautifully decorated with frescoes by Giambattista and Giandomenico Tiepolo and Mengozzi Colonna, and is one of the largest architectural partrimoni Italians.
Contemporary Age: Stra was also June 14, 1934, the stage of the first meeting in history between the fascist leader Benito Mussolini and the German Nazi party leader Adolf Hitler.
Monuments and places of interest: Venetian Villas, Villa Pisani.