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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 Venice to Padua or the other way round, a trip through art and history 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.il-burchiello

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

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.

The programs offer navigation from Venice to Padua (Venice, Fusina, Malcontenta, Oriago, Mira, Dolo, Stra, Padua) or the other way round, plus the guided tour inside some Venetian Villas, the famous richly-frescoed summer dwellings of the Venetian noblemen of the 1700’s.

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 at the famous restaurant Il Burchiello in Oriago, where the barge moors.

This charming mini-cruise passes through nine swiveling bridges and five locks, real “water lifts” that enable tourists to go up the difference in water level that is as high as 10 meters between Venice and Padua, departing from the fantastic marble scenario of St. Mark’s Basin in Venice, and it concludes its trip at the fluvial harbour in Padua, at the 15th century staircase painted by Canaletto .

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Venezia > Padova

Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday

Full day

Burchiello• 8.50 am: meeting with our guide in Venice – Riva degli Schiavoni, on the landing stage “Pontile della Pietà”, in front of the Pietà Church (Chiesa della Pietà);
• 9.00 am: embarkation and cruise towards the Brenta Riviera; presentation of the various Villas seen from the river;
• arrival in Fusina and navigation towards Brenta Riviera;
• passing through the Moranzani Lock with rising of the water level;
• 10.30 am: stop at Malcontenta for the internal guided tour of Villa Foscari called “La Malcontenta”;
• cruising continues between villas, villages and swing bridges and presentation during the cruise of the various Villas seen from the river;
• arrival in Oriago and stop for the lunch at the famous restaurant “Il Burchiello”; optional discounted lunch or free time;
• after lunch, embarkation and cruise to Mira; stop for the internal guided tour of Villa Widmann or Villa Barchessa Valmarana;
• cruising continues between villas, villages and swing bridges and presentation during the cruise of the various Villas seen from the river;
• passing through the Mira and Dolo Locks with rising of the water level;
• arrival in Stra and stop for the internal guided tour of Villa Pisani;
• 5.30 pm: embarkation and cruise; passing through Stra and Noventa Padovana Locks with rising of the water level;
• cruise along the course of the old Venetian burchielli passing in front of the gorgeous and suggestive Villa Giovanelli of Noventa Padovana; cruise to Padova with arrival to the historical 1500’s Burchiello’s Stairway at Portello, ancient river port in the historical centre of Padua, around 7.00 pm.

Notes: it is possible to embark in Venice or in Malcontenta and disembark in Stra or Padua. People interested in embarking to Malcontenta must book the program Malcontenta-Padua and the meeting point with the guide is at 10.30 am in front of the gate of Villa Foscari Malcontenta, for the internal guided tour of the Villa.
N.B.: in March and after October 20th, on the routes “Venice > Padua” and “Oriago > Padua”, the boat will not stop for the visit of Villa Widmann or Villa Barchessa Valmarana in Mira.

Venezia > Oriago

Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday

Full day

Burchiello• 8.50 am: meeting with our guide in Venice – Riva degli Schiavoni, on the landing stage “Pontile della Pietà”, in front of the Pietà Church (Chiesa della Pietà);
• 9.00 am: embarkation and cruise towards the Brenta Riviera; presentation of the various Villas seen from the river;
• arrival in Fusina and cruise towards Brenta Riviera;
• passing through Moranzani Lock with rising of the water level;
• stop  at Malcontenta for the internal guided tour of Villa Foscari called La Malcontenta;
• cruising continues amongst villas, villages and swing bridges and presentation during the cruise of the various Villas seen from the river;
• 12.15 am: arrival in Oriago and stop for the lunch at the famous restaurant “Il Burchiello”; optional discounted lunch or free time and end of services.

 

Oriago > Padova

Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday

Half day

Burchiello

• 1.15 pm: embarkation in front of the famous restaurant “Il Burchiello” in Oriago di Mira;
• cruise to Villa Widmann or Villa Barchessa Valmarana in Mira; stop for internal guided visit of the Villa;
• cruising continues between villas, villages and swing bridges and presentation during the cruise of the various Villas seen from the river;
• passing through Mira and Dolo Locks with rising of the water level;
• arrival in Stra and stop for the internal guided visit of Villa Pisani;
• 5.30 pm: embarkation and cruise; passing through Stra and Noventa Padovana Locks with rising of the water level;
• cruise along the course of the old Venetian burchielli passing in front of the gorgeous and suggestive Villa Giovanelli of Noventa Padovana; cruise to Padova with arrival to the historical 1500’s Burchiello’s Stairway at Portello, ancient river port in the historical centre of Padua, around 7.00 pm.

N.B.: in March and after October 20th, on the routes “Venice > Padua” and “Oriago > Padua”, the boat will not stop for the visit of Villa Widmann or Villa Barchessa Valmarana in Mira.