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  • Padua to Venice Boat Cruise of the Brenta Riviera

    1. Padua to Venice Boat Cruise of the Brenta Riviera

    In ancient times, Padua and Venice were connected by typical river boats called Burchiello®. The wooden boats featured elegant cabins and 3 or 4 balconies, and were driven by the wind or oars, before being drawn by horses from Fusina to Padua. Recreate this journey on a full-day mini cruise from the heart of Padua to Venice San Marco. Departing from the historical Burchiello® Stairway at Portello, you will cruise along the original course of the 18th-century Venetian Burchielli, passing the gorgeous Villa Giovanelli at Noventa Padovana. Relax on board the luxury boat, with open-air deck to soak up the views. Disembark at Stra for a guided tour of Villa Pisani, the grandest villa of the Brenta Riviera. Continue towards Dolo, looking at historic illustrations of the different villas seen from the river. Pass through Dolo Lock and on towards Mira. Just past Mira Lock you will stop at Vill...

    The guide was lovely and delivered a lot of very interesting information throughout the trip in several languages. The three villa’s we visited were all worth seeing and with something unique to each so they were not all the same. There are some scarily low bridges on the river that meant it was not safe the be on the upper deck for some parts of the trip but there were no bridges on the last stretch so we sat on the upper deck then and it was a really lovely way to arrive in Venice.

  • Venice to Padua Full-Day Brenta Riviera Boat Cruise

    2. Venice to Padua Full-Day Brenta Riviera Boat Cruise

    Head out on a full-day cruise beginning in Venice. Sail among the ancient and beautiful villas of the region, pass by 9 swing bridges and through 5 locks, and arriving in Padua in the evening. After meeting with your guide, begin a cruise toward the Brenta Riviera. Along the way you will see various villas lining the water. Keep going until you arrive in Fusina, passing through the Moranzani Lock with rising of the water level. Stop at Malcontenta for the internal guided tour of Villa Foscari, La Malcontenta. Then continue on past villages and swing bridges. In the early afternoon, you will arrive in Oriago. Here you will stop at the famous restaurant, Il Burchiello, where you have the option of a discounted lunch. Next, cruise to Villa Widmann in Mira and stop for a guided tour of Villa Widmann, before continuing on to pass through the Mira and Dolo locks. Arrive in Stra and tour Vi...

    Very organized and on time. Very interesting and confortable boat. Enjoyed the experience.

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What people are saying about Padua

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 184 reviews

Lovely peaceful day drifting gently down the river to Venice.

The guide was lovely and delivered a lot of very interesting information throughout the trip in several languages. The three villa’s we visited were all worth seeing and with something unique to each so they were not all the same. There are some scarily low bridges on the river that meant it was not safe the be on the upper deck for some parts of the trip but there were no bridges on the last stretch so we sat on the upper deck then and it was a really lovely way to arrive in Venice.

A delightful day out

The boat trip is a great way to spend a day. Very relaxing with a good mix of visits to villas, enjoying the process of the locks and the bridges along the way and capped off by the spectacular entrance to Venice. Highly recommended

Very pleasant cruise

The Burchiello ride allows you to spend a pleasant day along the Brenta. The guide is very available and competent, she allowed us to discover the history of the villas of the Venetian notables.

It is a nice feeling to drive through a beautiful, largely natural landscape on the deck of a ship. The villas are of course the highlights, each one for itself.

Very special and original. Brave the escorts. Getting to Venice from the lagoon is priceless