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Phone Number: +39 049 876 0233
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Description: Every year, from March to October, a romantic mini-cruise among the...
Every year, from March to October, a romantic mini-cruise among the Venetian Villas of the Riviera del Brenta, from Padua to Venice or the other way round, a trip through art and history on the way followed by the ancient Venetian Burchiello in the 1700's. The Burchiello was a typical Venetian barge, finely wrought and decorated, used to transport passengers and equipped with a wide wooden cabin, and three or four balconies. The Burchiello was used by the richest classes of Venice to reach the city from their villas in the countryside. As it used to do in the past, nowadays the Burchiello operates as a scheduled touristic service along the Riviera del Brenta, from Padua to Venice or vice-versa; heir of old traditions, it slowly cruises the Brenta waters while tourist guides on board tell about the history, the culture and the art of the Villas that rise along the Brenta. 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. The programs offer navigation from Padua to Venice (Padua, Stra, Dolo, Mira, Oriago, Malcontenta, Fusina, Venice) or from Venice to Padua (Venice, Fusina, Malcontenta, Oriago, Mira, Dolo, Stra, Padua), plus the guided tour inside some Venetian Villas, the famous richly-frescoed summer dwellings of the Venetian noblemen of the 1700’s. The full-day mini-cruise, recommended in order to appreciate the extraordinary beauty of the Riviera del Brenta, includes navigation, a guide on board, the guided tour of Villa Foscari known as La Malcontenta, Villa Widmann in Mira and Villa Pisani in Stra, plus a stop for the optional lunch at the famous restaurant Il Burchiello in Oriago, where the barge moors. This charming mini-cruise passes through nine swivelling bridges and five locks, real “water lifts” that enable tourists to go down or up the difference in water level that is as high as 10 meters from Padua to Venice, and it concludes its trip in Venice in the fantastic marble scenario of St. Mark’s Basin.
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If you would like to take a leisurely trip on the Brenta canal between Venice and Padua, this is definitely the way to do it. Excellent Italian guide who speaks English and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 20, 2015
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

If you would like to take a leisurely trip on the Brenta canal between Venice and Padua, this is definitely the way to do it. Excellent Italian guide who speaks English and French. Comfortable seating inside and out (but watch those low lying bridges!); plus an inboard café. The boat is large and professionally handled by a very experienced crew;... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

We stayed in Padua for a few days and took this very pleasant and relaxing boat trip along the Brenta canal, visiting two of the villas built by rich Venetians in centuries past. The boat was large and comfortable with a good tour guide providing lots of interesting information en route. Some people took the opportunity to travel from Padua... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

We did Padua to Venice (you can do the other way). By boat along the pretty Brenta canal, stopping at three Palladian villas with guided tours. Very informative and clear guide, nice boat, prosecco available at reasonable cost! Then arriving into Venice past St Marks Square, fab views. Great day out. Itr is an expensive trip, 99 euros each, but... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

We travelled the whole day from Padua to Venice and had a fabulous time. The boat trip sets off from the centre of Padua and travels through peaceful canal/rivers all the way to the landing near St Marks Square in Venice. It stops 4 times, for 3 visits to villas and for lunch (not included). The villa visits are interesting... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

For years we have been wanting to take this Il Burchiello trip but we have had to leave Venice in early March before the season starts.This year we are here later and we are so glad we got to take the half day trip to Oriago. As not all the villas are open before April we opted for the half... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

This was a perfect and relaxing trip after two days of foot slogging round the sights of Padua and Vicenza. It might be different at the height of the season but in early October the weather was perfect, the countryside we went through looked mellow and autumnal and there was plenty of room on the boat. it gave us a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

We had a delightful trip from Venice to Oriago - I would have liked to do longer but could not take a full day. The boat was not full for our part of the trip so it was possible to have a seat on the deck. We were fortunate to enjoy a sunny day and it was very relaxing to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

Il Burchiello is a cruising tour of the Brenta Canal. that offers half-day as well as full-day tours of villas in the Veneto region. There were some 30 people on the tour and the tour guide easily explained what we were seeing in Italian, German and English. The tour begins either in Padua or in Venice near the La Pieta... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

Everything about this day trip was brilliant. The boat is very comfortable incl 2 clean toilets! The guide and fac totem were exemplary. So clear in speech and helpful in every way. The villas we passed and those we stopped at were well worth the journey. Even though it is along day the time pases well and is so leisurely.... More 

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Ferrara, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

The boat started in Padova at about 8.30am and wended it's leisurely way along the waterway passing through locks and swing bridges. I sat on deck to begin with though the weather was overcast and kept going down when it became too cold. The boat was pretty full but there was always a place to sit and enjoy a coffee... More 

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