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).