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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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Full-Day Venice to Padua Burchiello Brenta Riviera Boat Cruise

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I had this trip in mind for many years, but never got around doing it until today: it is definitely worth it! You will visit 3 wonderful villas along the Brenta river, each with... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 8, 2016
Leonardo P
Isola Vicentina, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2016 via mobile

I had this trip in mind for many years, but never got around doing it until today: it is definitely worth it! You will visit 3 wonderful villas along the Brenta river, each with its own personality: if you are into architecture, a little bit of history, oldie worldie stuff, and would also like to experience a tad bit of... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016

Before you book this, ask yourself what is your energy level? You might call this trip peaceful. It WAS slow. Almost a crawl sometimes. We are in our 60's and travel a lot. I was bored. It was nice to sit in the sun, but I live in Florida and I can sit out in the sun anytime. I had... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016 via mobile

Excellent dinner. Terrace was delightful, food excellently prepared and interesting dishes. On top of the great food, it was a good value. Would go back again in a heart beat!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2016

We embarked on the Il Burchiello canal boat early on a Sunday morning in April. The weather was cool at first, but not too cool for us to sit on the top deck of the boat and relax. The pace forces you to relax and that is a good thing, if like us, you have been spending a lot of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2016

A great day. Nice and relaxed. Sylvia was a wonderful multilingual guide; Martina was a great crew member and really helpful at getting coffee and drinks in between managing the locks and Captain Luigi kept us on time and on course. Great villa visits. Lunch was wonderful value. It may seem expensive at 99 Euros but is truly GREAT value

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2016 via mobile

Most important things. I can't think of a better way to see the sights of the Brenta Riviera in one day. After a manic few days in Venice this was a more chilled out day, but also one where we got to see a lot of fascinating villas with a very helpful, knowledgeable guide (Sylvia) who could answer pretty much... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015 via mobile

Stayed for 2 nights in this hotel with a tour group. It was one of the nicer establishments we stayed at during our tour. The employees made us feel at home and were so very friendly like family welcoming you home. It's off the beaten path but a very short trip to the Trocadero to pick up the water taxi... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2015

Booked on line, we had a lovely day of quiet from the crowded alleyways of Venice. The tour started on time and was seriously underbooked but ran even with only 15 people on board! Alessandra's explanation were not stinting and she switched easily between Italian, English, French and German. She flowed seamlessly from an explanation of the lock system, to... More 

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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 via mobile

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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