The Villas and Historical Houses on the Brenta Riviera

The nobles and patricians of the Republic of Venice chose this location for their summer vacations. Here they built their beautiful houses along the river, surrounded by monumental gardens and frescoed by the most important artists of the time such as Palladio, Sansovino, Titian, and Tintoretto.

With their main facades facing the canal, the Villas hosted business meetings or courtesy calls, outdoor games, walks in the lush gardens, lavish receptions, but also concealed spicy adventures and gambling in the late hours.

Today some historic houses are privately owned, and can be visited only by appointment or during special events; many others have been turned into hotels, restaurants, museums and are therefore open to visitors, with the assistance of tour guides.

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Villa Widmann Foscari Rezzonico

Villa Widmann Rezzonico Foscari is one of the jewels of the artistic heritage of the Riviera del Brenta. A fascinating place that symbolized the historical importance of the noble Venetian Houses and the charm of the “pleasure of living”. The architectural complex dates back to the early 1700s and is made up of the Casa […]


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Villa Foscarini Rossi

In Stra, not far from Venice and Padua, along the Brenta River, near the Pisani Villa, stands the 17th century architectural complex called Villa Foscarini-Rossi. Along the Brenta River, the noble Venetian families built outstanding abodes for spending their holidays, that would reflect their wealth and power. In accordance with aristocratic customs, the Foscarini family […]

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