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Explore the Euganean Riviera by Boat

A unique and fascinating way to explore the Euganean region, on water, by boat! Relax and surrender to the slow pace of river life, taking in the history and the traditions of the past, stopping off to visit stately homes built along the waterways, enjoying views of the countryside, villas, castles, incredible feats of engineering and pretty little villages.

The history of the waterways around Padua

Whilst talk of a city built on water might bring to mind Venice, don’t forget that Padua was another great city of water, with many canals of its own.Starting in the Middle Ages, the rulers of Padua and Vicenza began to construct some extraordinary works of engineering, digging canals which could be used to transport troops, goods and people.

This gave rise to a flourishing water-borne trade, connecting the castles, villas, palaces, fortified towns, riverside towns typical of the hills and the surrounding plains with the city of Venice.
These ancient waterways in the countryside around the Euganean Hills are a remarkable part of the landscape.

The Bisato and Battaglia canals meet in the riverside town of Battaglia Terme, creating one of the most interesting junctions in Veneto, the Euganean Riviera, mentioned by many travellers, philosophers and writers, including Petrarch.

Boat trips near Padua

These days, more inquisitive travellers can view the many historic feats of aquatic engineering (bridges, moorings, harbours) in relaxing and graceful surroundings aboard a boat.
In addition, from the banks of the canals you can admire the hills, towns, villas and mediaeval Venetian architecture, including Catajo and Monselice castles.

Castello di Catajo

It is possible to sail from the centre of Padua to Battaglia Terme and back along the Battaglia canal, an ancient man-made canal dating back to the 16th century, built to connect the city with the Euganean Hills, inextricably linked to the traditional “barcari” or boatmen who are remembered in the Museum of River Navigation in Battaglia Terme.

In Battaglia Terme, the trip leaves from the jetty next to Catajo castle. Immediately after departure, you come across a unique piece of aquatic engineering, the “Conca di Navigazione” lock which raises boats by seven metres, connecting the Bisatto canal from Monselice and Este with the Battaglia canal, and beyond to Venice.

Esperienza in barca

This mighty structure is used to control the waterways of the region and at one time it made Battaglia Terme a very important junction for trade to and from Venice.

You can also visit Padua and the surrounding area by boat, exploring the canals and enjoying a unique atmosphere. We look for to welcoming you on one of our boat tours!

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  • Foto Gabrio: Padova Convention & Visitors Bureau _Foto Gabrio Tomelleri
  • Consorzio DMO: Padova Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Padova Meraviglia: NOME del FOTOGRAFO (c’è nella foto) servizio Padova Meraviglia
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