The Box Maze at Villa Pisani, Venito

The Box Maze is where hedging meets entertainment and, from its development in the C.14th, Box has been a hedging plant of choice…
Designed by architect Girolamo Fringimelica in 1722 for the rich and powerful Pisani family, the Villa Pisani is one of the finest examples of Italian Baroque architecture. The family’s ambition to show off its influence and wealth, though, was not satisfied by the magnificence of the elaborately decorated 100-room villa – the grounds had to be of equal splendour. And with 10 hectares to play with, room was easily found for a devilishly difficult maze. The 800 Hornbeam originally planted stood for over 250 years. When it was finally time to replant (a task every maze owner will face), Box was chosen. Today, the seven concentric, 6’ high rings follow the exact pattern laid out in the C.18th.
But, as we said, Box and mazes have been associated for centuries. Our next post will show Box being used in a quite extraordinary way…