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Guide to the Brenta Riviera and the Venetian Villas

A few kilometers from Venice, a River of Emotions: the Brenta!

Natural extension of the Grand Canal, the Brenta River has always been the main actor of the area between Padua and Venice: the Brenta Riviera, a unique blend of history, culture, art and landscape.
With the calm current flowing from bend to bend the river is waiting to be explored by boat or from the shore approached from the water to provide the same views that amazed Goldoni and Casanova, Byron, Goethe and D'Annunzio.
Backdrop dozens of villas, designed and painted by masters of the Italian art, commissioned by the Venetian nobility and lived as a country home in which to celebrate the rite of the water processions, magnificent dinners, parties lasted until dawn.

The noble Venetians sailed on the river with a boat called Burchiello hauled from the shore by men, oxen or horses, while the goods were transported by boats called Burci.

Mindful of the glories of this civilization, the Brenta Riviera is still present as a versatile location with many attractions.

Villas and lovely gardens Cruises to see all the villas and the nature trails to go by bike ..... this is the Brenta Riviera


Also known as the National, is certainly one of the most famous examples of Venetian villa of the Brenta Riviera; located in Stra, in the province of Venice, and occupies an entire bend of the Brenta Canal, covers an area of 11 hectares and an outer perimeter of approximately 1,500 meters ...
Villa Seriman, Foscari Widmann-Rezzonico is located along the Brenta Riviera, in the municipality of Mira (VE), in locality Riscossa. Today, this spectacular Venetian Villa is owned by the Province of Venice and is used as a place for exhibitions and cultural and social events
The sixteenth-century guesthouse Alessandri is located on the left bank of the Brenta, in Mira, near a villa of the same name. It is an L-shaped building, whose short side still retains the original tracks and a number of important frescoes by the painter Antonio Pellegrini (Venice 1675-1741) in three rooms on the piano noble, commissioned by Cesare Alessandri in 1704
In this way, known as "the district of love", the kids of the Brenta Riviera, and now many tourists, exchange their promises of love. Perhaps in memory of Bianca Cappello, the beautiful daughter of Bartolomeo Cappello, that here met secretly her lover.
Villa Foscari named La Malcontenta is the only villa of Palladio, along the Brenta Riviera. Preserved in its architecture, is reflected in the Brenta River, locality Malcontenta, near Mira (VE). Returning in property of the Foscari family in 1973, in 1994 was reported as a "World Heritage Site" by UNESCO
In Mira, a few kilometers from Venice, reachable in 30 minutes by speedboat, perhaps the most scenic of the river Brenta, a natural extension of the Grand Canal, lies Villa Margherita.
This Villa Veneta seems to have been built on the ruins of a medieval castle. Characterized by mullioned windows in the gable raised on each side(non so se quella frase sia giusta), is surrounded by a magnificent park. It also has a newly renovated Barchessa and a consecrated chapel.
Venetian Villa in Cà Tron which takes its name from the disappeared Palazzo Tron by A. De Gaspari: it remains the octagonal chapel dedicated to the Madonna del Carmine, in which there are frescoes of the seventeenth century, a rich marble altar and three statues attributed to A. Marinali