The construction of the canal began in the 16th century. The idyllic green surroundings attracted many Venetian royalties to build their villas along the canal which was only a stone’s throw from Venice.
At first, their agricultural settings gave them a functional design, though quickly they were transformed into luxurious residences; the famous Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio designed many of them.
The area soon became populated, and it became a commonality for the nobility from the Venetian lagoon to possess a villa on the Brenta River, that they reached by ´Burchiello´ boat from San Marco in Venice.
A select number of the villas and their gardens have been restored and are open to the public. One of the most famous villas that is open to the public is Villa Pisani. This is an extraordinary villa to visit, as it has about thirty rooms open to visitors, some of them are home to magnificent original frescoes and decorations. The dwelling houses the National Museum of 18th and 19th-century furniture and art. The highlights of your visit are the vast maze called the “Labyrinth of Love,” and the climb of the central tower for amazing views of the maze and surrounding gardens with beautiful statues.
The Riviera del Brenta is a wonderful area for a ride, a bike tour along the banks of the Brenta, a river cruise, or even a bus trip from Venice or Padua.