"a villa on the Brenta canal"
The Villa Contarini on the Brenta Canal
Creative Commons AttributionThe Villa Contarini on the Brenta Canal - Credit: ezioman, Flickr

The Brenta Canal is a waterway connecting Padua (Padova) to the sea just south of the Venetian lagoon.

Although called a canal, it is in fact part of the River Brenta which was diverted so that it would not silt up the Venetian Lagoon.

From the 15th Century onwards, wealthy Venetians buit villas along its banks.

 

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