Discover the Venetian Villas but also the landscape that surrounds them. The mini cruises on the Brenta are the perfect opportunity for a romantic and fascinating tour between art, history and nature.
Every year, from March to October, from Padua to Venice or the other way round, boats and ferries sail on the way followed by the ancient Venetian Burchiello in the 1700’s.
The Burchiello was a typical Venetian barge, finely wrought and decorated, used to transport passengers and equipped with a wide wooden cabin, and three or four balconies. The burchiello was used by the richest classes of Venice to reach the city from their villas in the countryside. As it used to do in the past, nowadays the Burchiello operates as a long-distance touring service on the waterway called Riviera del Brenta, from Padua to Venice or vice-versa; the heir of old traditions, it slowly cruises the Brenta waters while tourist guides on board tell about the history, the culture and the art of the Villas that rise along the Brenta. Today the Burchiello is a modern and comfortable boat, equipped with a cabin and comfortable sofas, air-conditioning, a bar and toilets, and a panoramic deck that offers passengers a full view around.
This charming mini-cruise passes past nine swivelling bridges and five locks, true “water lifts” that enable tourists to go down or up the difference in water level that is as high as 10 meters from Padua to Venice.
The programs offer navigation from Padua to Venice (Padua, Stra, Dolo, Mira, Oriago, Malcontenta, Fusina, Venice) or from Venice to Padua (Venice, Fusina, Malcontenta, Oriago, Mira, Dolo, Stra, Padua), and the tour to the Villa Foscari La Malcontenta, Mira Villa Widmann and Villa Pisani in Stra.
The mini cruises can be individual or group, Half Day Cruise or, the most recommended, the Full Day Cruise which, in addition to navigation on the river, offer guided visits to the the villas and lunch on request in one of the local restaurants along the Riviera.
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