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    Brenta Villas

    by sandysmith Written Oct 4, 2005

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    Favorite thing: The Brenta Riviera is llike an extension of Venice onto the mainland, almost a continuation of the lagoon city: Between the 16th and 18th centuries the Brenta Riviera experienced a golden age which turned it into a privileged holiday resort for rich Venetian nobles. The nobles built numerous villas along its riverbanks, designed and decorated by masters of Italian art - decadent homes to entertain in. One of the best ways to view them is to sail slowly down the river. See travelogue for many more pics.

    Brenta Villa

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    Brenta Canal Cruise

    by sandysmith Updated Sep 27, 2005

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    Fondest memory: Although an expensive trip the Brenta River canal cruise from Venice to Stra was a wonderful relaxing way to see the canal scenery, once past the industrial are of Fusina and all those grand old villas - in various states of repair. Along the way, Il Burchiello (the cruise company we used) stops at three of the most important mansions: Villa Pisani, Barchessa Valmarana or Villa Widmann and Villa Foscari "Malcontenta". It was peaceful and a lovely breeze to contrast with the humidity and hustle and bustle of Venice as we sat at the front of the boat enjoying the vistas and being entertained with the guide's commentary. We visited two villas e-route and had a lunch stop before we came to the last villa - the grandest at Stra, the Villa Pisani. It was a memorable highlight of our trip too Venice summer 2005 and money well spent.

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    The Brenta-Canal

    by globetrott Written Mar 28, 2004

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    Favorite thing: The Brenta - canal was built in order to get fresh water into the lagune around venice and to regulate the mud that was transported by plenty of small rivers.

    Fondest memory: Soon the " high society " of Venice had the idea to build their summer-palaces along the newly built canal ( built in the 16th century )

    the Brenta-canal in Dolo
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    Locks and Bridges

    by sandysmith Written Oct 4, 2005

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    Favorite thing: One of the interesting aspects of the cruise was the various locks and swing bridges - mechanical and manual - that had to be navigated. I lost count of how many there were.

    lock on Brenta in the lock! Brenta Canal Brenta Canal Bridge Brenta Canal

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    don't miss the gardens!

    by agalta Written May 7, 2003

    Favorite thing: and try to go in the spring...

    this is the labirynth you see... better bring your GPS make it out alive...

    labirinto
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    tiepolo rules!

    by agalta Written May 7, 2003

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    Favorite thing: one of our beloved baroque painters... he did the ball room in the villa pisani... just go into the museum it's the very last room they show you (if you have little time just go right there!)

    the cieling painted by tiepolo
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