BIKE TOURING THE BRENTA CANAL ROUTE 1 | VENICE PROVINCE

Brenta Canal Bike Tour Route 1 Map

There is a truly charming, attractive location just a few kilometers from Venice: the Brenta Riviera, a pretty place full of artistic and cultural interest. Between the 16th and the 18th centuries, some of the most important families from Venice had their summer residences built on the Riviera that runs alongside the Brenta river, a waterway that connects Venice to Padua. The most famous architects and painters of the period, such as Palladio and Tiepolo, were hired to create what was to become the symbol of the aristocratic families grandeur and wealth: the Venetian Villas. Andrea Palladio created a type of architectural building that brought together Classical elements copied from the villas of the Roman Empire era and original characteristics such as the barchessa, a kind of annex that stood alongside the central part of the building.

ITALIAOUTDOORS BRENTA CANAL BIKE ROUTE#1

The route outlined below is what I have found to be the best route to see the attactions and be in the least traffic, along the Brenta Canal.

This itinerary includes all the most beautiful Venetian villas and can be completed in a one-day, morning to evening trip that can eventually take you back to the hotel in Venice that you have chosen. Or you can follow the route on to Padova, or Abano, Castelfranco Veneto. If you happen to have more time on your hands and you want to take longer visiting these Palladian masterpieces, you can use one of the several hotels on the Brenta Riviera (or a bed & breakfast  as your base and divide this itinerary into several days.

BRENTA CANAL BIKE ROUTE#1 NOTES

CHECKPOINTS - Fusina - Malcontenta - Oriago - Mira - Dolo - Fiesso D'Artico - Stra

HIGHLIGHTS
  • villa Malcontenta
  • villa Widmann
  • villa Nazionale Pisani
  • Dolo
LENGHT 17 miles
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DIFFICULTY LEVEL Easy
TYPE OF ROADS
  • Paved
  • Secondary roads
  • To visit some villas you will need to cross main road
SUGGESTED START TIME 0930 or later, not after 1700
STATE POINT Fusina Waterbus Station
ADDITIONAL LOOPS AND CONNECTING ROUTES
  • Bike Path from Mira to Mirano (best done on a Monday to see the local Market)
  • Bike Route from Stra to Padova
  • Bike Route from Stra to Abano (Eugenia Hills)
AFTER THE BIKE
  • Brenta Canal Wine Zone
  • History of the Area

 

 

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