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.
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.
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.
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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