Along the course of the River Brenta, the stretch between Padua and Venice offers magnificent views of the natural world. Here, on the so-called Riviera del Brenta, during the apex of the city’s splendour, the rich patricians of the Republic of Venice built a number of stunning Venetian villas , which can still be admired to this day, and every year attract thousands of tourists keen to discover their charms. From Villa Pisani to the Colonnades of Villa Valmarana, from Casa Venier-Tiepolo to Villa Foscari, from the treasures of Dolo to those of Stra, Mira and Mirano, the Riviera del Brenta offers a wealth of unmissable opportunities to indulge your passion for beauty.
And then there are the natural attractions to be savoured through excursions by boat on the river and through bike rides along the nature trails that lead from the Naviglio del Brenta (Brenta Canal) to the Laguna Sud (South Lagoon). Moreover, the Riviera del Brenta also plays host to the flumes and pools of the local waterparks, and the river itself is ideal for kayaking and canoeing by both adults and children alike. The events held here encompass everything from jazz concerts to historical re-enactments, such as “Riviera in fiore” (Riviera in Bloom). The excellent fish-based menus on offer in the restaurants are the finishing touch for a truly unforgettable trip!
Admire Villa Pisani at Stra, an elegant masterpiece of architecture – a pearl amongst the myriad stunning villas on the Riviera del Brenta
Pamper yourself with a romantic cruise in a “burchiello” (wooden boat), to appreciate the villas from another perspective
Sample the menus associated with the fishing traditions – perfect for those who adore fish-based cuisine
Discover Dolo, with its wonderful villas, its magnificent Duomo (cathedral), its ancient mills and the “squero”, a 16th-century shipyard
Enjoy some cycle tourism against the marvellous backdrop of the Brenta Canal and the South Lagoon
Explore Villa Foscari, known as “la Malcontenta”, one of the most celebrated aristocratic villas of the Brenta area, designed by Andrea Palladio in 1559
Follow one of the many watercourses in a canoe or kayak
Visit the Rossimoda Footwear Museum in Villa Foscarini Rossi at Stra
Admire the “barchesse”, buildings that were originally used for agricultural purposes only, and were then transformed into stunning residences, the most celebrated of which is Villa Valmarana
Have some fun at the Aquaestate waterpark in Noale, with swimming pools, flumes and water-based fun for adults and children alike