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The Burchiello

A romantic cruise among the Venetian Villas of the Brenta Riviera


Every year, from March to October, a romantic mini-cruise among the Venetian Villas of the Riviera del Brenta, from Padua to Venice or the other way round, a trip through art and history on the way followed by the ancient Venetian Burchiello in the 1700's.


As it used to do in the past, nowadays the Burchiello operates as a scheduled touristic service along the Riviera del Brenta, from Padua to Venice or vice-versa; 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


The full-day mini-cruise, recommended in order to appreciate the extraordinary beauty of the Riviera del Brenta, includes navigation, a guide on board, the guided tour of Villa Foscari known as La Malcontenta, Villa Widmann in Mira and Villa Pisani in Stra, plus a stop for the optional lunch in Oriago, where the barge moors.


The Burchiello

    • Villa Giovanelli, extensively frescoed, built at the end of the 17th century by the Giovanelli family
    • The grandiose Villa Pisani, the renown Doge’s Palace on the mainland
    • Villa Widmann is a typical summer residence of the 1700’s with its delightful park, a true jewel of the Riviera del Brenta
    • Villa Corner, the stage of ostentatious receptions and of sumptuous and extremely long parties of the same-name family
    • Villa Gradenigo, an old 16th-century villa of which only the central body has survived
    • Villa Foscari called the Malcontenta, one of the masterpieces of the genius of Andrea Palladio
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