Top things to do in Brenta Riviera

Historic Building in Brenta Riviera

Villa Foscari

The most romantic Brenta villa, the Palladio-designed, Unesco-listed Villa Foscari (built 1555–60) got its nickname La Malcontenta from a grande-dame of the Foscari clan who was reputedly exiled here for cheating on…
Historic Building in Brenta Riviera

Villa Pisani Nazionale

To keep hard-partying Venetian nobles in line, Doge Alvise Pisani provided a Versailles-like reminder of who was in charge. The 1774, 114-room Villa Pisani Nazionale is surrounded by huge gardens, a labyrinthine hed…
Historic Building in Brenta Riviera

Villa Foscarini Rossi

Well-heeled Venetians wouldn’t have dreamed of decamping to the Brenta without their favourite cobblers, sparking a local tradition of shoemaking. Today, 538 companies produce around 19 million pairs of shoes annual…
Historic Building in Brenta Riviera

Villa Widmann Rezzonico Foscari

To appreciate both gardening and Venetian-style social engineering, stop just west of Oriago at Villa Widmann Rezzonico Foscari. Originally owned by Persian-Venetian nobility, the 18th-century villa captures the Bre…
Venetian in Brenta Riviera

Osteria Da Conte

An unlikely bastion of culinary sophistication lodged practically underneath an overpass, Da Conte has one of the most interesting wine lists in the region, plus creative takes on regional cuisine, from shrimps with…
Historic Building in Brenta Riviera

Villa Barchessa Valmarana

Debuting on the riviera in the 17th century, Villa Barchessa Valmarana was commissioned by Vicenza's aristocratic Valmarana family. You'll find them enjoying la dolce vita (the sweet life) in the villa's fanciful fr…
Cultural in Brenta Riviera

Riviera Fiorita

Party like it's 1527 at baroque costume parties at the Villa Pisani and Villa Widmann, historically correct country fairs that even have gelati in baroque-era flavours. Usually held on the first or second weekend in…
Wine Bar in Brenta Riviera

I Molini del Dolo

Adorned with hulking wooden machinery, this atmospheric, canal-side wine bar occupies a restored 16th-century mill. Swill a coffee, or settle in with a regional vino and an interesting selection of cheeses and cured…