Bicycle tour Brenta waterway Venice lagoon
Bicycle tour Brenta waterway is a must in the area of Venice. This day tour follows the natural way used during past time to reach the most beautiful town. And of course, the natural way is the water. In particular, you will ride the bicycle along a low traffic road following the Brenta waterway between the province of Padua and Venice. Most of all, you will discover the original connection between the mainland and the lagoon of Venice.
Your bicycle full day excursion
You will meet our professional driver and an assistant in Venice Rome square that is the main car terminal. Hence with a van, you will reach the village of Strà where there is the largest Venetian villa between Venice and Padua. Villa Pisani built along the Brenta waterway. Here you will visit the Villa by yourself thanks to an audio guide service that you can rent at the ticket office. The assistant that will stay with you during all your excursion will arrange all your needs. This visit will take a little more than 1 hour.
At the end of your visit, you will find the bicycles and you will start your day tour pedaling with our assistant. First of all, in the village of Strà, you will have time to see from outside the Villa Foscarini Rossi that houses the shoe museum. As follow you will have a short stop to see the first main lock that divides this important waterway from the main Brenta river.
Venetian Villas and farming land
As follow with the bicycle tour Brenta waterway you will arrive in the village of Dolo. And here you will have some free time, as well as a light lunch (not included).
In the afternoon, you will discover the pleasant town of Mira with its many Venetian villas. In particular, you will visit Villa Widmann and the Barchessa Valmarana.
Pedaling you will pass by Oriago where you can have an ice cream break. As follow, you will reach the village of Malcontenta where you will see one of the masterpieces of Andrea Palladio. Villa Foscari La Malcontenta, just from outside.
From Malcontenta, passing the countryside with the bicycle tour Brenta waterway, you will reach the boat terminal in Fusina. Here a public boat will ride you to Venice, at the mooring area of the Zattere. In Fusina our assistant will leave you after your embarkation in the boat.
This is a full day excursion. In fact, your bicycle tour Brenta waterway will end at Fusina embarkation point around 6 pm. It is a flat area accessible to everybody with some cycle experience. The distance by bicycle is about 30 km (18 miles).
Villa Pisani a national museum
This is the largest villa along the Riviera. And the construction of the Villa Pisani dates back the 18th century. As a result, the rich Pisani family commissioned it. It seems like they owned numerous estates in that area. The works start as early as in 1735 to the Doge Almorò Pisani. The architect was Girolamo Frigimelica who, however, made just the stables and some decorations in the garden. In fact, another important architect of that time, Francesco Maria Preti, achieved the main project.
The building has a rectangular layout with two inner courtyards. Hence a colonnade supporting the majestic dance hall divide it. As you can see, the villa has an imposing façade. In the central body, there is a balcony supported by four monumental caryatids. And also eight Corinthian order half pillars rise from the balcony. As well as two wrought iron gates on both sides of the villa open the way to the park. Hence in the park, at the center of a mound, there is the “casa dei freschi”. Which Frigimelica designed as the ice house. In addition, in the eastern area there is the entrance to the maze.
As well as in the northeastern direction it is possible to see the fence and the entrance to the orangery. In front of the villa, at the end of the long pond, there are the stables which represent Fringimelica’s most important work in the park. Francesco Maria Preti completes the Villa in time to celebrate the nomination of Alvise Pisani as doge of Venice.
Villa Widmann (Villa Sceriman Foscari Widmann Rezzonico)
The location of this villa is in the municipality of Mira along the Brenta Riviera. As a result. it dates back to the end of the 18th century. Hence the complex consists of 3 main buildings. In the detail, you find the Villa, in addition to the Barchessa and the chapel. Most of all, the huge park extends to the north with the greenhouse construction, embellished with some 18th century statues.
The barchessa Valmarana
This unique building is just a fragment of what was once the Villa Valmarana. In fact, in 1850 they demolish the manor house of the great construction of the eighteenth century. As a result, the two barchesse, that were guesthouses, fell into disrepair. And until not long time ago they were makeshift shelter and barn. Today, the right building remains of greater value and thus constitutes in itself a villa. A privilege of this Barchessa is a second façade that we find to the west. In fact, the curve of the Brenta waterway at this point required a second main entrance. Inside the building, there is a large room with frescoes which was a place of legendary receptions. The attribution of the frescoes is now to Michelangelo Schiavoni.
Villa Foscari La Malcontenta
This is one of the most known palladian villas close to Venice. And which Palladio executed for the brothers Nicolò and Alvise Foscari about the end of the 1550s. Hence la Malcontenta rises in an isolated block with no agriculture annexes. And also, on the edge of the lagoon and the banks of the river Brenta. More than a “villa-farm”, la Malcontenta was a palladian villa suburbana. Therefore, you can reach rapidly Villa Foscari by boat from the center of Venice.