Do you know Villa Valmarana ai Nani in Vicenza, Italy?
However, not everyone knows that Villa Valmarana ai Nani also hides a famous legend, from which it derives its name.
It is the poignant legend of a dwarf small girl, Princess Layana, daughter of one of the noble owners of the villa. Because of her deformity, the parents ordered that the young woman lived confined within the high walls and, to avoid hurting the girl’s feelings, that all the servants of the villa were chosen exclusively among the dwarves.
The myth of the princess never seen before started to circulate amongst the folks of the village, until one day a prince decided to enter. When he succeeded, upon seeing him, Layana became aware of her condition and fell into so much despair that she took her own life by jumping off the tower. At that point the faithful but desperate dwarf servants turned into stone.
Even today the 17 dwarfs guard the eternal sleep of Layana placed on the walls of the villa… Villa Valmarana takes its name from them.
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