Between Padua and Venice there is a well-marked cycle route along about 35 km. It develops along the bank of the river Bra, in the final stretch of the river. It is passable in both directions and on both sides.
The area is densely populated and on weekdays the route is very busy, so it is advisable to explore it during the weekend. The Brenta cycle route allows you to pass in front of many decidedly evocative Venetian villas.
Starting from the center of Padua you reach the bank of the river and you immediately start pedaling on a narrow dirt path. Once you reach Villa Giovanelli in Noventa Padovana, you can continue along the path or on the cycle path built next to the local roads.
Further on you cross the panoramic bridge over the Brenta from where you can admire the confluence of the river with the Piovego canal and the Brenta canal. The route proceeds right on the banks of the canal along a secondary road.
Once in Stra, you pass Villa Foscarini-Rossi and then Villa Cappello. Continuing to ride, the route also runs along the wall that hides “La Nazionale”, one of the largest and most famous Venetian villas.
The Brenta cycle route continues in the town of Fiesso d’Arco, then through Dolo, to the town of Mira. We have now reached the metropolitan area of Venice. Here is the highest concentration of Venetian villas including Villa Vernier, Villa Contarini, Villa Seriman-Widman-Foscari.
Further on we reach the village of Oriago. You pass in front of Villa Gradenigo, Palazzo Moro and Villa Allegri. Taking advantage of a quiet road that faithfully follows the course of the canal, you finally cross the border of Venice. We are in Mestre, to arrive in the historic center of the lagoon city you can continue by train or by bike along the cycle path on the state road.