Brenta Riviera Tours
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An ancient waterway connecting the Italian cities of Padua and Venice, the channel of the Brenta Riviera dates back to the 16th century and was built to flow directly into the lagoon of Venice. The green space lining the canal inspired many wealthy Venetians to build villas along its waterfront, and some still remain open for exploration today. These country homes often served as second residences for Venice’s noble families — far enough away to enjoy a countryside atmosphere but close enough to return quickly to Venice.
Not just any second home, many of the Brenta Riviera villas are more like monuments or palaces complete with exquisite works of art and large frescoes. The amount of villas, gardens, and residences lining the canals built up to a point where it was nearly considered an extension of Venice’s Grand Canal. Many of the villas can be visited still today, including the Villa Foscari and the Villa Pisani — which has gardens, an art collection, and a famous maze.
The Brenta Riviera is best accessed by boat from either Padua or Venice. There are many famous towns, such as Stra and Mira, to stop in along the way.
Address: Venice, Italy
2 Tours and Activities to Experience Brenta Riviera
Mountain Bike Tours
Discover a different side of Venice away from the crowds on this 4-hour bike tour through the countryside. Travel outside the city with a guide and small group to cycle through charming villages and along beautiful country roads. Follow the Brenta River, passing historic estates like Villa Foscari in Malcontenta and the former summer homes of the Venetian Doges, and soak up local culture with a lunch stop in the town of Doro.
Full Day Venetian Villas Tour with Visit to Villa Pisani and Villa Foscarini Rossi Shoes Museum from Dolo
Spend a day in the countryside of the Veneto on a small-group tour two gorgeous villas from the Venetian Golden Age – the Villa Pisani and Villa Foscarini Rossi. See the gardens at Villa Pisani and the Rossimoda Shoes Museum at Villa Foscarini Rossi. Enjoy a walk along the scenic Brenta River. Enjoy comfortable transport in a minivan on this small-group tour.
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What's the best way to experience Brenta Riviera?
The best ways to experience Brenta Riviera are:
- Venice Countryside Half-Day Bike Tour
- Full Day Venetian Villas Tour with Visit to Villa Pisani and Villa Foscarini Rossi Shoes Museum from Dolo
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