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By: Matt Hickman on Aug. 20, 2014, 9:22 a.m.
Villa Pisani hedge maze

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Villa Pisani Labirinto

For those who have found themselves becoming a bit panicky while attempting to navigate the famously formidable garden maze at Villa Pisani, you’re in good company.

Legend has it that Napoleon Bonaparte, a former owner of the uber-ornate 18th century Venetian villa in Stra, Italy, got himself good and lost within il labirinto and subsequently steered clear of it. (Perhaps it was the maze’s extra-high walls that lead the diminutive French conqueror, for only the second time in his life, to surrender.) Some years later, at the beginning of the 21st century, the author of this article followed in Napoleon’s bewildered footsteps and failed to make it the center of il labirinto as well.