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What you should know about Riviera del Brenta

A gilded waterway lined with gorgeous villas, pretty villages, and lush meadows, the Riviera del Brenta has defined Venice's pathway to pleasure for over 4 centuries. Generations of rich Venetian merchants and nobles built their second homes here, leaving this 15-mile stretch of the Brenta River with an abundance of palatial marvels. As well these famed “Palladian” villas, the charming towns and beautiful Veneto countryside make the Riviera a pleasing break from Venice's sometimes crowded attractions.

Hotels in Riviera del Brenta

It's no surprise that hotels in Riviera del Brenta are something special, as the location is so well endowed with imposing mansions. The 17th-century Villa Margherita, with its ranging grounds and opulent interiors, is a wonderful example. This four-star hotel has been highly praised for its splendid decor, patio breakfasts, and delightful service. Further up the river is the Hotel Villa Franceschi, a five-star hotel in Riviera del Brenta that simply oozes class and style. Housed in a 400-year-old villa, it's much liked for elegant dining and exemplary staff. Closer to Venice is the distinctive five-star Relais Ca' Sabbioni. A graceful villa on the outside, inside it has a bold contemporary style.

Things to see in Riviera del Brenta

A stay at a luxury hotel in Riviera del Brenta provides a wonderful launchpad for trips to Venice, while its own historical riches lie right on your doorstep. Among these are three standout villas. The Villa Foscari is the nearest to Venice, a gorgeous 16th-century Palladian villa that earned the nickname of “La Malcontenta,” after a spouse of the family was kept here against her will. Up the river is the notable Villa Pisani, its impressive baroque facade hiding over 100 rooms. Towards the lovely town of Padova you'll find the Villa Giovanelli Colonna with its 17th-century colonnades and gardens boasting a labyrinth. And don't forget the Riviera itself presents its own spectacle, with its willow-lined waters and open flatlands crisscrossed by canals. You can learn more about its amazing history, both natural and man-made, at the Ecomuseum La Terre del Brenta.

Good for couples

This area is a wonderful place for those looking for a romantic Venice break at a different pace. The Riviera del Brenta, with its beautiful countryside and historic treasures, presents many wonderful opportunities for taking things slow. But perhaps none equal a tranquil meandering down the Brenta on a burchio (wood barge), taking the same route that the great and good of Venice have made over the centuries. There are charming villages, quiet bistros, and lovely views to enjoy on your rambles around the Riviera too. And only a short journey away from your Riviera del Brenta accommodation lies the allure of Venice.

How to get to Riviera del Brenta

Most international travelers arrive at the Marco Polo di Venezia Airport, although some local budget airlines do land at Treviso Airport to the north. A shuttle service from Marco Polo to your Riviera del Brenta accommodation is offered by several hotels. Alternatively you can hire a car at the airport, it generally taking less than 30 minutes to travel to Riviera del Brenta from there. To get into Venice from your hotel you can drive through Mestre and across the bridge over the lagoon, parking at Tronchetto. Or you can catch a train across the lagoon from Mestre, arriving at the centrally located Santa Lucia Station.

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