Burchiello Cruise among the Villas of the Brenta Riviera

Duration: from 3 to 9 hours approx. 

Location: Mira


Why choose this experience?

1 To go back in time, at the time when the Venetian nobles used the burchiello to reach their residences along the Brenta River
2 Because you can visit three beautiful Venetian villas with a fascinating guided tour
3 To enjoy the beautiful scenery that the Riviera del Brenta offers, while you relax on board the burchiello

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Important information


Until 7  November 2022

Departure point:
  • Padua (Portello area, Pontile della Scalinata del Burchiello)
  • Venice (Riva degli Schiavoni - San Zaccaria pier A)
  • Oriago (restaurant ‘Il Burchiello')
Departure time

Padua: 8.00 am: Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Venice: 8.45 am: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Oriago: 1.15 pm and 2.15 pm: Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday)

Languages available



Full day Padua-Venice & Venice-Padua
Full price: €109.00
Children 6-17 years: €55.00
Children up to 5 years: free

Half day Padua-Oriago
Full price: €70.00
Children 6-17 years: €55.00
Children up to 5 years: free

Half day Oriago-Padua
Full price: €60.00
children 6-17 years: €45.00
children up to 5 years: free

Half day Venice-Oriago & Oriago-Venice
Full price: €60.00
Children 6-17 years: €45.00
Children up to 5 years: free

Fish Menu ‘Casanova’: €23.00
Fish Menu ‘Goldoni’: €30.00 (meat or vegetarian menu on request)

from 3 to 9 hours approx.
  • Burchiello cruise
  • Admission ticket to Villa Pisani Nazionale
  • Admission ticket to Villa Widmann*
  • Admission ticket to Villa Foscari ‘La Malcontenta’
  • Guide on board and during visits to the villas
  • Lunch (on request and at an additional cost)
  • Journey back to the starting point
  • What is not specified under "Inclusions"
Additional information:

COVID-19: to participate in the tour you are required to wear a face mask. Please don't forget it!

After the confirmation of your booking, you can download a voucher, which will also be sent to you via email. Please remember that you will be requested to show a paper copy of it. Make sure you have it with you!

The Organiser reserves the right to modify or cancel the trip as a result of unforeseeable circumstances or force majeure.

The non-departure of the boats due to technical reasons or unforeseen circumstances entitles travelers to a full repayment only of the amount paid. There will be no refunds for cancellations of visits to the villas included in the programme caused by technical reasons or force majeure.

The organizer cannot be held responsible for the unexpected closure of the Villas as well as for delays or interruptions caused by navigation problems. In the case of closure of a villa another villa can be visited. In case of a sudden interruption of navigation route the booked service may be completed by bus without the right of a reimbursement for the traveller; in case of interruption of navigation along the Padua-Stra route the booked service will commence or terminate in Stra without refund.

Small pets are allowed on board.

Photography inside the villas is not allowed.

Only small items such as handbags, video-photographic equipment, small backpacks are allowed on board. Additional items are allowed according to availability: a specific request must be made at the time of booking and, if they are accepted on board, there will be an additional charge.

Unfortunately you cannot be refunded (neither totally nor partially) if you don’t show up at the meeting point at the time indicated on the voucher or if you leave before the end of the tour.Therefore we advise you to locate in advance the meeting point and how to get there in order to avoid being late or any inconveniences that would prevent you from being on time, especially in case of public transport strikes, great events or bad weather. If you need assistance, please don't hesitate to contact us at our emergency contacts indicated on the voucher you will get at the end of the reservation.

After the payment has been made it is not possible to get a full refund of the amount paid.

In case you cancel your reservation, the following cancellation fees will be applied:

  • 50% of the total amount if you cancel your reservation up to 5 days before the travel date;
  • 90% of the total amount if you cancel your reservation up to the day before the travel date;
  • after that deadline, you will not be entitled to any refund.

The lunch is optional and not included in the price: please specify if you would like to have lunch at ‘Il Burchiello’ restaurant in the booking request form.

  • Fish Menu ‘Casanova’ - €23.00
    Welcome starter with smoked fish carpaccio with slices of toasted bread; mixed fried fish of the Adriatic with polenta; a side-dish of seasonal vegetables; fresh seasonal fruit salad with ice-cream; 1/4 liter wine and 1/2 liter mineral water.
  • Fish Menu ‘Goldoni’ - €30.00 (meat or vegetarian menu on request): welcome starter with smoked fish carpaccio with slices of toasted bread; linguine with seafood; mixed grilled fish made up of salmon, gilthead seabream’s fillet and shrimp; a side-dish of seasonal vegetables; fresh seasonal fruit salad with ice-cream; 1/4 liter wine and 1/2 liter mineral water.

In exceptional cases and/or reasons of force majeure (i.e. acts of nature, strikes, exceptional closures,serious unexpected events or health problems experienced by the person in charge with the service after which it is really impossible to find a substitute) the service you booked might be cancelled. If this should happen, you will be informed as soon as possible and, according to the type of service you booked, you will have the possibility to choose between postponing the service on the first date available or receiving a total refund of the price paid, if the cancellation policy of the service itself allows a refund.

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This fascinating Burchiello Brenta Canal Cruise takes you back in time to when the highest Venetian society took the Burchiello boat from Venice to reach the Veneto Villas along the Brenta Riviera.

During this unique Burchiello River Cruise there are some stops to visit the most famous villas in Venetian Riviera - Villa Pisani, Villa Foscari and Villa Widmann.

The Burchiello excursion boat was used in the past by the wealthy classes to navigate their way to their majestic Venetian. Il burchiello boat fell into disuse at the end of the Venetian Republic, but the Brenta River Tours brought it back to life in the second half of the twentieth century to promote the Veneto villas along the Brenta Canal in Italy. The Brenta River Villa Tours will recapture the splendour that characterized the Burchiello: a comfortable boat with a large observation deck, bar, air conditioning and inside there are comfortable sofas.

The Burchiello cruise is available from Tuesday to Sunday, departing from Venice or Padova. While cruising on Burchiello Riviera del Brenta the stops and visits to the Brenta Canal villas remain the same in both directions. The trip back to the starting point is not included as the boats cover only one navigation stretch each day.

The modern cruise on the Burchiello boat tour offers a relaxing, fascinating and informative Brenta River cruise, Italy further enriched by explanations from the guides who will accompany you during the entire trip to the villas.

Departure and arrival for the Brenta canal tour from Padua is at Pontile della Scalinata del Burchiello al Portello - the ancient river port where the Burchiello once docked – whilst the point of embarkation / disembarkation for the il Burchiello Brenta Canal in Venice is in Riva degli Schiavoni at San Zaccaria pier A, in the beautiful scenery of St Mark’s Basin.

The picturesque Burchiello Brenta river cruise includes stops in Stra, Mira, Oriago and Malcontenta departing from Padua – and vice versa from Venice. In addition to Padua and Venice, it is possible to choose the half-day tour with embark/disembark in Oriago.

The Brenta canal on the Burchiello winds through picturesque coastal villages, under swing bridges and where you can admire the beautiful landscapes and the locations of the splendid Veneto Villas along the Brenta Riviera. The Burchiello Brenta boat tour will allow you the unique opportunity to admire over 30 grand mansions of yesteryear. The Riviera del Brenta tour of the Veneto Villas is unmatched in terms of charm, ambience and detail.

Sitting on board the Burchiello, cruising along the Brenta Riviera, you can see wonderful examples of architecture that demonstrates the opulence and splendour of a forgotten past. Our charming tour of the Veneto Villas includes admission and guided tours at Villa Pisani Nazionale in Stra, Villa Widmann in Mira* and Villa Foscari 'La Malcontenta' in Malcontenta.

The Burchiello cruise to discover Veneto villas along the Brenta Canal, Italy includes a stop for lunch, where you can book a special menu in the exclusive restaurant ‘Il Burchiello’ di Oriago, Venice.

Brenta Riviera and villas in Venetian Riviera: in the heart of Veneto, a small corner of paradise yet to be discovered! A fabulous Burchiello canal boat tour to revive the magic of an ancient tradition with a modern cruise along the Brenta Riviera!

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