• Location: Venice, Italy
  • Duration: 9 hours (approx.)
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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.


  • One-way river cruise from Venice to Padua along the Brenta
  • Visit three Venetian villas: Villa Pisani, Villa Widmann and Villa Foscari
  • Pass through locks, and learn about the area from a guide
  • Stop in the village of Oriago

What You Can Expect

Full-Day Venice to Padua Burchiello Brenta Riviera Boat Cruise

Il Burchiello in front of Villa Giovanelli

Customer Reviews

Gai K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This was a really good tour, a full day just chugging up the Brenta Canal visiting 3 villas, and stopping for a delicious 3 course meal 22 Euro extra. We went through numerous locks and several swinging bridges. A great way to see the countryside. On arrival in Padova we caught a quick train back to Venice for 4 Euro and it only took 25 minutes! Fantastic tour and our guide was amazing she gave the commentary in 4 languages! The villas we stopped at too, were well worth a look. The wealth of the Venetian Republic on display.

Anna D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

We had a great time on the Brenta Canal. Our whole day was very well organised and our two guides were enthusiastic, welcoming, friendly and informative. The boat was comfortable and we had beautiful views despite the rainy weather. The lunch break was smoothly and efficiently run and the food was excellent. Our guides could not have been more helpful when giving us advice about getting back to Venice - timetables, maps etc., for train and bus journeys. Our tours of the three villas were made even more interesting by the conducted tours. Altogether an unmissable and unforgettable day.

Linda P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

This is a fun way to have a relaxing day without the bustle of crowds. The tour itself is good and interesting to actually see the inside of the wonderful old villas. The guide was incredible!! She jumped from Italian, German, English and French with ease. Never did she sound bored-always animated. The meeting place was a little difficult to find. A hint that it is beyond San Marco would be very helpful.

Diane G

4 star rating: Recommended October 2017

Had always wanted to do this tour after having seen the boat moored along the Riva Sciavone on an earlier trip to Venice.
It was easy to board the boat and the guide was helpful and the boat comfortable. The history of the wealthy Venetians having their summer villas along this canal was very interesting. I enjoyed the day fully. On the downside, only one of the Villas was by Palladio and it was fabulous. I had thought the others would be as well. Also, it was a long day and possibly could have been condensed into a half day.
However, I was glad I booked the trip and would recommend it.

Nikki B

4 star rating: Recommended October 2016

Very interesting tour ... our guide Alexandria was excellent! ... very knowledgeable!

Only 5 of us on the boat and we were all surprised that the tour still went ahead.

Saw 3 amazing villas and learnt so much history!

Highly recommend this tour!

Bruce C

4 star rating: Recommended July 2016

We were a little disappointed that our tour ended short, at Stra, because we were told of conditions on the canal...BUT, received a lot of information about history, culture, language, the specifics of the different villas we visited...felt the tour was well organized, efficient and comfortable, and the lunch optional purchase was good. ...our guide narrated and managed us in Italian and English, fluently. She told us, she also does this in German and French--remarkable.

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