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Riviera del Brenta

"The quiet plan of rivers, defined between the mountains and the sea, is like a spacious bed where the winds from the mountain and the ones from the sea join together."

Giovanni Comisso

 

The coast of Brenta is one of the most interesting attractions in the Venetian countryside. It's a town filled with history and culture, on top of having beautiful landscapes. The area runs from Padua to the lagoon of Venice.

The history of Brenta dates back to the 5th century AD, when Romans built important roads and began intensive agriculture. Later, Germans and liege lords replaced Roman occupation. In 819 thanks to the Benedictine monks, a monastery was built; it signed the beginning of a more developed culture.

In 1405, Venice managed to assume control of Brenta. In the XVI° and the XVII° centuries, the beauty of the landscape caught the attention of many noble families  who chose the area for the building of their rural residences.

Nowadays, the villas are still the most beautiful attraction of Brenta. The beauty of this fluvial landscape also attracted many famous people like Goldoni, Casanova, Byron and D'Annunzio. Moreover, the area is recognized for its gastronomic traditions - culinary arts are important throughout Veneto.

The most beautiful villas of Brenta are:

See also the section: guided tour around Venice and Veneto


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