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Via Dei Turisti 9 Malcontenta di Mira, 30034, Mira Italy
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Tour to the Venetian Villas and the Brenta Riviera from Padua
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Tour to the Venetian Villas and the Brenta Riviera from Padua

The Riviera del Brenta, a well-known waterway between Padua and Venice, is an interesting panoramic area from historical, natural, artistic and cultural point of view. It is a natural extension of the Venice Grand Canal and is flanked by picturesque Venetian villages and surrounded by an agricultural landscape. The Riviera del Brenta has fascinated many important personalities at all times: Casanova, Galileo Galilei, Byron, Montesquieu and D'Annunzio have visited it, Canaletto, Cimaroli and Tiepolo have painted it and it has been praised in the masterpieces of Goldoni and Goethe . The French and Russian royal families, the Habsburgs, the Savoy and even Napoleon stayed here and the Venetian nobility chose it as the setting for their Venetian villas. Here the Venetians built magnificent residences, enclosed by monumental gardens, frescoed and designed by the most important artists of the time such as Palladio, Tiziano and Tintoretto.
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aa27 wrote a review Oct 2018
Lausanne, Switzerland545 contributions213 helpful votes
It's a really nice view arriving from the road along the channel, reflecting in the water. Short pleasent walk after parking along the river. The lady at the shop, selling the tickets, seems completely busy at the phone, or not visible at all, difficult to get her attention. The girl at the floor you are allowed to visit was much more helpful, ready to answer questions. You borrow a plastified paper with some explanations, and you can also download a guided tour on your smartphone (but we didn't, the paper seemed enough). The visitable interior is pretty small, but impressive. Pity you are not allowed to take pictures. From the outside park you can appreciate the Palladio architecture.
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Date of experience: October 2018
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Patricia F wrote a review Aug 2018
Williamsburg, Virginia23 contributions12 helpful votes
to see a Palladio villa maintained as this one has is an experience beyond compare. Indeed a treat! Not to be missed.
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Date of experience: June 2018
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Travelaround59 wrote a review Jul 2018
London, United Kingdom1 610 contributions471 helpful votes
La Malcontenta is a little jewel from Palladio. Hidden away just appear to you at the end of a secluded garden. Very beautifully proportioned only “il piano nobile” can be visited and photos are not allowed of the inside. The garden is well proportioned as the Villa itself. Highly recommended.
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Date of experience: July 2018
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Mira V wrote a review Sep 2017
Smarje Pri Jelsah, Slovenia320 contributions130 helpful votes
Unfortunately, we only saw the exterior (and I am not sure if the interior can be seen), but what we saw was quite impressive. The building is quite huge and its front is quite different from its back facade. Its front facade reminds of Venetian villas, while at the back it looks like a renaissance building.
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Date of experience: September 2017
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ihbScotland wrote a review Jul 2016
Kent, United Kingdom368 contributions223 helpful votes
This small gem is located on the Brenta Canal, and best viewed from it, as Palladio designed. Only the gardens and one floor ( piano nobile) are open - and only for 2 days a week - so check the website first, and when on it, how to get there (about 7 mins walk) from the bus stop from Padua or Venice. There are almost no signs! The design is superbly balanced, but it is a small villa. No photography allowed inside. The frescoes are very good, with some good visual jokes, and excellent trompe l'oeil effects - very realistic. It is a perfect villa of its type. So why a 4 rating? Staff. Poor ticket office, few welcomes, and little information. Inside there are printed guide sheets, if only you can find them! Once located, fine, in about 4 languages. One person inside, no welcome, no suggestion about the guide sheets, giving a long talk to 4 persons and ignoring 20. Such a contrast to so many properties in the UK!. Gardens are so so, but we are spoiled in the UK. So, well worth a visit, but the staff could do so much more!
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Date of experience: July 2016
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