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The long canal

One of the methods to see the sites along the river is to take a boat cruise. This is a nice day trip from either Venzia or Padova. The canal length is about 18 miles end to end, and on the Venice end the tours start/stop in Fusina, about 5 miles from Venice.
Boats hold around 30-50 people and are medium sized so they can maneuver through a couple of locks. There are 3 locks and 9 bridges, with the height deviating 24 feet from the Adriatic Ocean. Be careful to read that some of the cruises are only one way and ends at Padua or Venice.

Villas for Mulitple Purposes

Bend in river at Barchesse Valmarana on the left and Villa Widmann across the road. The Venetian Council in 1345 declared that local citizens could not own surrounding land of this area. This then led to construction of magnificent villas. Some villas were built to farm the land, others to bring as guests famous people and artists, and others just to impress the gentry.
The Venetians spent their time during the summer and holidays on the canal. They were transported by barge to Fusina, and then the boat would be pulled by horses up the river. They would spend a lot of the summer in these villas, away from Venizia humidity.

Villa Pisani

This is the most famed and largest villa along the Stra. It was built in 1735 by a Doge in order to show the class of people in his wealthy circle that this would be the best of all along the Stra. It changed ownership many time, and even was a possession of Napoleon for a while.
Researching the history and reason for many of these villas before visiting the area assists in knowing which ones can be visited, and which are better than others. There are over 12 villas that can be toured along the Riveria Brenta.
Architects such as Palladio, Scamozzi, Preti and other well known names of the era designed these villas. Most were built between 1600-1750.
TAke advantage of the tours on Sundays. That is when most are open and a discount of 2 Euro is offered for 3 villas on the tour circuit called Dimore & Dintorni

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Many great villas and scenery along the road
  • Cons:May find some villas closed-but are supposed to be open
  • In a nutshell:This is a wonderful drive along the Brenta, casual
  • Last visit to Stra: Apr 2008
  • Intro Updated May 25, 2008
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  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Nov 24, 2010 at 7:06 AM

    Such lovely Villas! I always enjoy your adventures. Thanks for sharing them so people like me gets to see the world.

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Mar 3, 2010 at 5:21 PM

    Well, Bruce, I sure wish that we had visited Stra! Loving architecture as I do, I am quite impressed with these pages. The villas are extraordinary as well as the gardens. My favorite, too, was Pisani.

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Jan 4, 2010 at 5:44 AM

    Lovely and charming town of Stra esp the Villa Pisani. The canal cruise sounds interesting but quite pricey.

  • scottishvisitor's Profile Photo
    Dec 23, 2009 at 12:05 PM

    Nice page Bruce the villas look stunning!

  • globetrott's Profile Photo
    Dec 20, 2009 at 10:34 AM

    thats a really interesting page bringing back great memories ! you have seen many palaces also from inside, that was not possbile when I was there.

  • jumpingnorman's Profile Photo
    Nov 19, 2009 at 1:24 PM

    Maybe if they dug another ten feet they would find the buried treasureWondeif anybody else tried to look for that treasure at the villa?

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Aug 29, 2009 at 11:17 AM

    Hi, Bruce! Wonderful villas and gardens! My eyes rejoice upon seeing them!

  • ATXtraveler's Profile Photo
    Dec 2, 2008 at 11:34 AM

    Looks like a neat little town to explore... Mangia!

  • atufft's Profile Photo
    May 23, 2008 at 3:25 PM

    The images are a great start on Stra!

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