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“A lovely day”
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Il Burchiello
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Full-Day Venice to Padua Burchiello Brenta Riviera Boat Cruise
Ranked #14 of 64 Outdoor Activities in Venice
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Owner description: Every year, from March to October, a romantic mini-cruise among the Venetian Villas of the Riviera del Brenta, from Padua to Venice or the other way round, a trip through art and history on the way followed by the ancient Venetian Burchiello in the 1700's. The Burchiello was a typical Venetian barge, finely wrought and decorated, used to transport passengers and equipped with a wide wooden cabin, and three or four balconies. The Burchiello was used by the richest classes of Venice to reach the city from their villas in the countryside. As it used to do in the past, nowadays the Burchiello operates as a scheduled touristic service along the Riviera del Brenta, from Padua to Venice or vice-versa; heir of old traditions, it slowly cruises the Brenta waters while tourist guides on board tell about the history, the culture and the art of the Villas that rise along the Brenta. Today the Burchiello is a modern and comfortable boat, equipped with a cabin and comfortable sofas, air-conditioning, a bar and toilets, and a panoramic deck that offers passengers a full view around. The programs offer navigation from Padua to Venice (Padua, Stra, Dolo, Mira, Oriago, Malcontenta, Fusina, Venice) or from Venice to Padua (Venice, Fusina, Malcontenta, Oriago, Mira, Dolo, Stra, Padua), plus the guided tour inside some Venetian Villas, the famous richly-frescoed summer dwellings of the Venetian noblemen of the 1700’s. The full-day mini-cruise, recommended in order to appreciate the extraordinary beauty of the Riviera del Brenta, includes navigation, a guide on board, the guided tour of Villa Foscari known as La Malcontenta, Villa Widmann in Mira and Villa Pisani in Stra, plus a stop for the optional lunch at the famous restaurant Il Burchiello in Oriago, where the barge moors. This charming mini-cruise passes through nine swivelling bridges and five locks, real “water lifts” that enable tourists to go down or up the difference in water level that is as high as 10 meters from Padua to Venice, and it concludes its trip in Venice in the fantastic marble scenario of St. Mark’s Basin.
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“A lovely day”
Reviewed 19 April 2014

We loved our day out on the canal, travelling from Padua to Venice. The three villas we visited en route were all fascinating in different ways. Our guide, Barbara, was very good and took time and trouble to cater for both Italian- and English- speaking tourists. She was very pleasant and informative. She also clearly explained to everyone who needed to know the various ways in which they could easily return to Padua - a thoughtful touch which I had not been expecting. At the lunch stop we opted for the 9 euros sandwich option, which was fresh and tasty. We had originally booked the trip in 2013 but had to cancel due to my husband being taken ill. The company honoured our booking, which I feel was very good of them. If it fits with your plans I would recommend travelling to Venice, rather than departing from it, as approaching the city from across the lagoon was quite wonderful.

Visited April 2014
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“A relaxing chnge”
Reviewed 17 April 2014

We were lucky - early season, so only a couple of dozen of us, and lovely spring sunshine too. I can't comment, of course, on what it would be like packed to the gunwales, but it might be worth bearing that in mind.

Owing to work on the canal, we were able only to go as far as Sra, but this got us the three guided visits and the viewing of many other villas.

We had the optional lunch at Oriago, and thought it good value. Our guide was fine, although the bus ride back from Stra took an uncomfortable hour to the Piazzale Roma, and I wonder how it would have coped if there had been scores of us hoping to use it.

But there weren't, so I mustn't carp. This was a long day, but we are glad we did it.

Visited April 2014
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Sequim, Washington, United States
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“Best day in Venice--the Brenta Canal.”
Reviewed 3 November 2013

After three days of sweltering heat seeing the sights of Venice, we thoroughly enjoyed the relaxation of this boat trip and tours of three villas (with many more along the way, visible from the boat). We were indeed fortunate to have chosen a day when only about fifteen passengers were on the trip, and this gave us very personalized service.
The tour guide was excellent, accommodating four languages in her presentation. The little on-board bar was great, and we chose the light lunch option, which was plenty for us in a nice restaurant atmosphere.
With so few passengers, we had our choice of seats in the air-conditioned lounge or upper open-air deck. I can imagine that a full load of passengers would have given us a different experience, but we had a wonderful time taking this trip with another couple.
The villas were very impressive, each with a unique background, and the presentations about them were interesting and informative. We took the option of leaving the tour at the last villa, about 4:30pm, rather than going all the way to Padua, so the day wasn't quite as long as the full schedule would have been.

Visited August 2013
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“Wonderful day”
Reviewed 21 October 2013

I had always wanted to do this trip and we finally had a long enough stay in Venice to justify leaving it for a day!
Judging by other reviews, we were lucky in that the boat was only half full. Our guide, Monica, was superb and there is an excellent bar service on board. We had long enough at each stop to wander by ourselves and we opted out of the set lunch (having read the restaurant reviews first!) and bought lunch for 10 euros from the local market at Oriago!
As we went in October, we needed our jumpers and cags to sit on top, but it was fun, especially the swing bridges and locks.
We thoroughly enjoyed the trip and would recommend it.

Visited October 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“Not the most "romantic" !”
Reviewed 12 October 2013

“Romantic” isn't a word I would associate being penned like cattle on a cruise boat.
I guess I'm in a minority, judging by most of the other reviews, but I found this part of my “birthday treat” a little disappointing. The trip itself is very good, and the first part to the first villa was quite relaxing, however ,we were joined by more people at this stop and ended up with, I believe, 110 passengers (which included 2 large groups) on the boat, which was obviously too many for the open-air deck. “Free-seating” meant “bun fight” and the short time spent in each villa became shorter as one was aware you needed to rush back to the boat to get a seat (most of which ended up being “reserved” by people's belongings) though then one's view of the important sights were often obliterated by backs and back-sides ! The fact my partner had a leg brace on and two crutches appeared to be a hinderance to some fellow passengers in the fight for seating. When we were all made to sit inside on the lower deck it certainly was a cattle pen.
On the plus side, the second guide, Monica, “who did the English” was excellent, lunch was well organised, and it's made me want to revisit the villas for a “proper look,” but definitely on land next time.

Visited September 2013
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