Brenta Riviera Tours

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An ancient waterway connecting the Italian cities of Padua and Venice, the channel of the Brenta Riviera dates back to the 16th century and was built to flow directly into the lagoon of Venice. The green space lining the canal inspired many wealthy Venetians to build villas along its waterfront, and some still remain open for exploration today. These country homes often served as second residences for Venice’s noble families — far enough away to enjoy a countryside atmosphere but close enough to return quickly to Venice.  

Not just any second home, many of the Brenta Riviera villas are more like monuments or palaces complete with exquisite works of art and large frescoes. The amount of villas, gardens, and residences lining the canals built up to a point where it was nearly considered an extension of Venice’s Grand Canal. Many of the villas can be visited still today, including the Villa Foscari and the Villa Pisani — which has gardens, an art collection, and a famous maze.

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The Brenta Riviera is best accessed by boat from either Padua or Venice. There are many famous towns, such as Stra and Mira, to stop in along the way.
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Address: Venice, Italy
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Full-Day Venice to Padua Burchiello Brenta Riviera Boat Cruise

Take a scenic one-way cruise from Venice to Padua, stopping along the way to visit Venetian villas along the Brenta Riviera. Admire the views from the window of the Burchiello boat as you float along the river to three villas: Villa Pisani, Villa Widmann and Villa Foscari, aka ‘La Malcontenta.’ You’ll also stop in Oriago to buy lunch or explore on your own.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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$125.54 USD
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  • Duration: 9 hours
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Venice Countryside Half-Day Bike Tour

Discover a different side of Venice away from the crowds on this 4-hour bike tour through the countryside. Travel outside the city with a guide and small group to cycle through charming villages and along beautiful country roads. Follow the Brenta River, passing historic estates like Villa Foscari in Malcontenta and the former summer homes of the Venetian Doges, and soak up local culture with a lunch stop in the town of Doro.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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$57.59 USD
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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