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Address: via Porciglia, 34, 35121 , Padua, Italy
Phone Number: +39 049 876 0233
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The passenger boat operator I Battelli del Brenta® (The boats of the...

The passenger boat operator I Battelli del Brenta® (The boats of the Brenta Canal) provide enjoyable guided public cruises, from Venice to Padua or viceversa, along the Brenta Canal (Riviera del Brenta), visiting some of the Venetian Villas, summer residences of the 16th century, with stops at the monumental palaces with its legendary frescoes.

Once along this waterway sailed the “burchielli”, boats that carried the Venetian nobleman.

As in the past, even today the Burchiello®, become a regular scheduled touristic service, cruises along the Brenta Riviera from Padua to Venice and viceversa. 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.

And also other boats sailing along the Riviera del Brenta. Some of the boats are modern, some others are traditional and romantic "burchi" (old wooden barges) even mentioned by Dante Alighieri in the Divine Comedy.

The company "I Battelli del Brenta" has many boat carrying from 50 to 120 passengers.

A charming cruise, through nine swing bridges and five locks real "water lifts", allowing the descending of an almost 10-metre high water slope between Venice and Padua.

The guided cruises usually include boat trips from Venice to Padua (Venezia, Fusina, Malcontenta, Oriago, Mira, Dolo, Stra, Padua) or from Padua to Venice (Padua, Stra, Dolo, Mira, Oriago, Malcontenta, Fusina, Venezia); the visits to the Villa Gradenigo of Oriago, to the Villa Widmann or Barchessa Valmarana of Mira, to the Villa Pisani of Stra, to the Villa Foscari Malcontenta; the guide and the lunch optional on restaurant; other programs include the Venetian Lagoon.

Some programs include departure or arrival in the historical centre of Padua at the old fluvial port "Portello" with its Steps of the 16th century.

A daily cruise from 09.00 to 18.00 proposes navigation, stops and the visit to three Venetian Villas and the guide; the lunch, in a restaurant on the is optional on restaurant.

Special short cruises and half day public and private group programs are available.

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a great way to see some off the path villas

Our TA booked us on the cruise - we took the one from Venice to Padua. The villas that we saw along the way were interesting. Didn't have high expectations for lunch given that... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 25, 2014
Mequon, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

Our TA booked us on the cruise - we took the one from Venice to Padua. The villas that we saw along the way were interesting. Didn't have high expectations for lunch given that we were sort of a captive consumer but it was better than expected.We actually were staying in Padua so needed to have luggage transported to Padua.... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013

If you have a week in Venice, a lovely day trip from here on the Brenta Canal stopping at some gorgeous Palladian villas is really beautiful. Also included is a lunch at a canal side restaurant. The cost is approx 85 euros and needs to be booked online prior.

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Bologna, Italia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2012

The cruise from Padua to Venice was a wonderful and relaxing trip, and a unique way to arrive to Venice. I was in charge of the organization for a party of six. I chose Battelli del Brenta because their Web site is informative and well organized, and online booking straightforward. The number of places in each cruise is limited (boats... More 

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