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About Il Burchiello
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 Padua to Venice Burchiello Brenta Riviera Boat Cruise
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$126.27 per adult
Full-Day Venice to Padua Burchiello Brenta Riviera Boat Cruise
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$126.27 per adult
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Reviewed October 9, 2018 via mobile

This boat goes between Venice and Padua and vice versa, depending on the day. On Tuesdays goes towards Padua, and we took it in Oriago, where it stops longer for lunch in Il Burchiello restaurant. Leaving at 13:15 with a very enthusiastic guide, explaining lots...More

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Reviewed September 9, 2018

This trip up the river to see villas, is a lovely idea and the staff is great, however it was a bit long and tendious. We left from Venice on the top deck, which has a lovely view, but by mid-day it’s so hot you...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 16, 2018

I joined tour from Padova to Venezia. The boat goes slowly(piano piano) through the canal. The view is.....Italian country side, old villas, several flood gates. The lady of the guide is very kind. She explained in Italian, English and German.That trip is not suitable for...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed July 30, 2018 via mobile

As our last day in the Padua area, we chose the Day long cruise on the Brenta Canal from Venice to Padua. Thank you so much Francesca for waiting for us at the ferry pick up. The object of the excursion is to visit three...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed July 14, 2018

Took the half-day cruise from Oriago to Venice. Saw one villa, La Malcontenta, which was interesting but not, for me, stunning. Boat was pleasant; the scenery nothing special, compared with other river cruises I've taken in Germany and Austria. Staff was competent and friendly. The...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed July 4, 2018

What a better way to step in time than a leisurely cruise on the Brenta river aboard the Burchiello. This is a great complement to understanding the state of minds of great artists such as Casanova, Byron, Goethe as they approached La Serenissima. Modernity has...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed June 8, 2018

We used this trip as our means out of Venice, to end up and stay overnight in Padova. Meting place in Venice was convenient. We brought luggage aboard which was also convenient. The cruise was delightful. The ship comfortable with a clean bathroom.The river was...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank assunta1910
Reviewed May 28, 2018

Highly recommend. Terrific guide and crew. The guide gave a tour in English and then Italian. Visiting from the US, we were in the smaller English group. Be prepared for 8-1/2 ~ 9-hour day with three tours of Palladian Villas and a break for lunch....More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Elizabeth M
Reviewed May 10, 2018

I guess you could say that we were not impressed with our tour of the Brenta Canal for several reasons - none of which had to do with the crew or the guide. We were disappointed in the boat that brought for us to cruise...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed May 9, 2018

I've always wanted to see Palladio's Malcontenta and that is what motivated me initially to take this day trip. However, I really enjoyed the entire day so much. This is so well managed and ran like clockwork while we just basked in the sun up...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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September 26, 2018|
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Response from assunta1910 | Reviewed this property |
I didn't "time" it, but i'd say at least an hour, i never felt rushed. First our guide took one group in, speaking English. After he was done with that group (i was in the english speaking group), we had time to wander... More
January 14, 2018|
Response from peterandanna | Reviewed this property |
Yes it goes from the outskirts of Padua to Venice. Take a look at our review to see that there is a bit of a walk from the road to the boat even if you take a taxi. Not sure if the boat operates in October or ifthe Villa's... More
September 23, 2017|
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This is the Il Burchiello thread. I have no idea on bus routes
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