Canal Cruise takes in sights of   Venetian Villas
 
SITA S.p.A. - is a big firm that has a very esteemed past.
 It is one of the oldest transport firms in Italy with legal seat in Florence and 6 Regional  Directions: Veneto, Toscana, Puglia, Lazio, Campania e Basilicata.

Every year from March to early November, Il Burchiello ® cruises along the Brenta River with departure from Padua or Venice on alternate days. The excursion is highly interesting from the historical, cultural and artistic point of view. Along the Canal we can admire more than fifty villas, once summer residences of the Venetian nobility. . While the cruise takes us through some really beautiful spots, we can appreciate the high technological value of the engineering work carried out in order to create this ship canal, allowing the development of civilisation over the years. Along the way, Il Burchiello ® stops at three of the most important mansions: Villa Pisani, Barchessa Valmarana or Villa Widmann and Villa Foscari "Malcontenta".

Departing from Padua the first visit is devoted to the grandest of all the villas on the Brenta: Villa Pisani, which is now a National Museum. Built by the Pisani family of Venice between 1720 and 1760 to celebrate the election of Alvise Pisani as Doge, the villa was built on a project by Girolamo Frigimelica, later modified by Francesco Maria Preti. In 1807, the villa was sold to Napoleon I. Among the artists who decorated the apartments , the most outstanding was Tiepolo, whose masterpiece, painted in 1761-62 – Apotheosis of the Pisani Family – graces the ceiling of the ballroom. After pausing at the lock of Dolo, Il Burchiello ® docks at Mira to visit Barchessa Valmarana, a 17th century building, decorated with frescos by Michelangelo Schiavoni, known as "il Chiozzotto". Otherwise we visit the villa Widmann, a real jewel on the Brenta Riviera, with magnificent frescoes painted by G. Angeli and G. Mengozzi-Colonna. After the visit, we arrive at Oriago: here people can have lunch at the well-known restaurant “Il Burchiello” on the canal's banks.

In the afternoon our cruise proceeds towards Villa Foscari, also known as Villa Malcontenta (“The Unhappy”) one of the finest examples of Palladio's small country mansions. It was built in 1558 for Nicolò and Alvise Foscari and still belongs to the descendants of that noble family. According to the legend, the villa owes its name “Malcontenta” to the wife of one of the Foscari who was confined here against her will. The frescoes are by Giovanni Battista Zelotti and Battista Franco, two local 16th-century masters. After visiting Villa Foscari, we navigate through the ancient lock of Moranzani, heading towards the Venetian lagoon and docking near Piazza San Marco. Passengers who would like to end their trip at the historical centre of Venice, can disembark here. Il Burchiello carries on its navigation till the Maritime Station where all the passengers who must go back to Padua by bus will disembark.

The motorboats Il Burchiello ® used for the cruise are provided with a heating and air conditioning system, a well supplied bar, toilet, microphone and stereo equipment. The internal decoration features fine and precious materials such as briarwood, mahogany, moquettes and crystal. Three-seater couches placed opposite each other with a table in the centre allow passengers to sit in comfort while admiring the extraordinary synthesis of history, art and nature that only the Brenta Riviera can convey.

Return by bus

For individual clients the return from Venice to Padua and vice versa is always included in the programme and is to be meant as follows :

- from the Maritime Station in Venice to Piazzale Boschetti in Padua (and, on request, to the Railway Station);

- from Padua to Piazzale Roma in Venice.

Timetable
DAILY PROGRAMME FROM MARCH TO OCTOBER
(Monday Excluded )
G.T. LINE VENETO REGION PROGRAMME
PADUA-VENICE ( Wednesday, Friday, Sunday)
VENICE-PADUA (Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday)
Venezia
PROGRAMME
Padova
Departure
Arrival
9.00
VENICE - Pietà Dock, Riva degli Schiavoni
18.15
11.45
MALCONTENTA - Villa Foscari (visit and embark)
15.45
12.15
ORIAGO - Restaurant (lunch-break)
13.05
14.00

MIRA – Dock Barchessa Valmarana or Villa Widmann (visit and embark)

12.30
15.35
DOLO
11.15
16.35

STRA - Villa Pisani (visit)
Transfer by Bus from Stra to Padova Railway St ation or viceversa

10.15
embark
18.40

PADOVA Meeting point at Piazzale Boschetti
SITA bus station - platform n°1

8.15
Arrival
Departure

Price

DAILY PROGRAMME:

PADOVA- VENEZIA: WEDNESDAY , FRIDAY AND SUNDAY

VENEZIA- PADOVA: TUESDAY, THURSDAY AND SATURDAY

PRICE PER PERSON
- adults 71,00  
- Children (from 6 to 11 years) 33,50  
- Youth (from 12 to 17 years) 47,00  
- Infant (to 5 yeras) free
GROUPS MINIMUM 25 TRAVELLERS (1 free every 25 paying)
from Tuesday to Friday and all the days in July and August 59,50  
Saturday and Sunday
64,50  
OPTIONAL FISH MENU LUNCH INCLUDING DRINKS
Price
26,00  

Lunch is provided in the typical restaurant "Il Burchiello" "Ristorante del Buon Ricordo" located along the Brenta river. Its cuisine has been praised in all international guides and it is famous for its fish dishes. For passengers who would like to book their lunch in the restaurant, the menu is the following: s hrimps in salsa rosa, rice with seafood, pasta with seafood, oven-backed fish "Il Burchiello"®, salad, ¼ l. wine, ½ l. mineral water. Coffe is not included and our guest can have it aboard the Burchiello.

LUNCH "LIGHT"
Price
15,50  

From tuesday to friday there is the possibility to book as an alternative a light lunch with the following menu:
welcome tipple, rockfish spaghetti or bavette, mixed salad, ¼ of wine and ½ mineral water

THE PRICE INCLUDES :

  • entrance fees to Villa Foscari in Malcontenta and Barchessa Valmarana or Villa Widmann in Mira,
  • daily guide service,
  • cruise from Strà to Venice or viceversa,
  • coach transfer only for individuals from Padua to Stra or viceversa,
  • return by bus only for individuals from Padua to Venice (Piazzale Roma) or from Venice (Maritime Station) to Padua (Piazzale Boschetti or railway station)
  • insurance, VAT and booking fee
SPECIAL PRICE FROM JULY AND AUGUST
€ 59,50 per person: individuals and groups

 

HALF DAY PROGRAMMES
Padua-Oriago segment
or viceversa
adults
children 6/17
infants 0/5


43,50
33,50
free
 
The price includes: entrance to Villa Pisani, Barchessa Valmarana or Villa Widmann at Mira; guide service, cruise from Stra to Oriago or viceversa, coach transfer from Padua to Stra or viceversa, insurance.

Individuals and groups, every day (from Tuesday to Friday).
     
Venice-Mira Porte (via Nazionale)
segment or viceversa
adults
children 6/17
infants 0/5


40,00
32,50
free
 
The price includes : entrance fees to Villa Foscari at Malcontenta, Barchessa Valmarana or Villa Widmann at Mira Porte (via Nazionale); guide service, cruise from Venice to Mira Porte or viceversa, coach transfer from Venice to Padua, insurance.

Individuals and groups, every day (from Tuesday to Friday).
     
STUDENT GROUPS SPECIALS

(On request)

 

 
YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO TAKE ANIMALS ON BOARD; LUGGAGES ONLY ON PREVIUS REQUEST

For informations and reservations:

COOP. IL SOGNO
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00198 - Rome (Italy)
Ph. +39/0685301758
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