The Coast of Brenta

The Coast of Brenta is the kingdom of Venetian villas built between the sixteenth and the eighteenth century, a beautiful area of historical interest that runs along a branch of the river Brenta.
The Canal starts in Stra, near Padua, and flows in Fusina, in the lagoon of Venice, passing through Fiesso d'Artico, Dolo and Mira.

Extraordinary Villa Foscari called "La Malcontenta", is undoubtedly one of the most fascinating Palladian buildings.

During the rule of the Venetians, the Brenta Coast could be reached only by boat. The nobles reached the coast on board of Burchiello, a boat pulled by ropes along the levees by men, horses or oxen. The goods were transported on "burci", from low and wide cargo boats.

The Padua-Venice cruise on the Burchiello, along the Coast of Brenta, is still today a major tourist attraction.