The Villas of the Brenta Riviera

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The Venetian villa is a kind of patrician residence founded by the Patriziate of the Republic of Venice and developed in the agricultural areas of the Landmark Domains (Domini di Terraferma ) between the end of the 15th and the 19th centuries. Over this period, more than 5,000 Venetian villas were built, many of which are still preserved and protected. In the 16th century, with the architect Andrea Palladio, a specific type of Venetian villa was formed, named after the Palladian villa: the Palladian villas of the Veneto are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
After a first period of real agronomic engagement on the territory, the villa became a fashion, propagating to such a degree that the noble families spied gigantic riches to build villas to be used only in summer, on the eve of the feast of St. Anthony of Padua, On June 13, at the end of July or at most until the grape harvest.

The building of the villa lost its rustic features, increasing in size, matching the city's palaces with the pomp of interior; It was also enriched with vast lush gardens with exotic plants and ornamental box hedges, where complex water games were created, tending to compete with international models such as the Versailles palace of the kings of France, to which some wealthy landlords intended to be equated , Sometimes consuming the whole family fortune in intent.

Boats depart just once a day to Padua (at 8 am from Pontile del Portello, an old river port) or from Venice  (at 8.45 from Pontile della Pietà, in Riva degli Schiavoni, near St. Mark’s).