The Villas of the Brenta Riviera

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Most of the famous Veneto villas and their marvellous gardens are open to the public. They were the 16th century country homes of Venetian nobility, designed and frescoed by great Italian artists. The Palladian villas are part of UNESCO’s world heritage. You can visit them by burchiello, a typical Venetian passenger boat that leaves each day down the Brenta Riviera from Padua to Venice and back, along the Brenta River, while on-board guides talk about the history, culture and art in these amazing villas.
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).