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    From Padua to Selvazzano along the Bacchiglione

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    The Bacchiglione constituted the ancient fluvial road between Vicenza and Padua.

    The river was born from the concurrence of short pre-Alpine streams and from spring waters; wet the city of Vicenza continues to Montegalda and Trambacche, home of ancient castles, passes the Castle of San Martino, arrives in Creola and, after Tencarola di Selvazzano, at the gates of Padua, enriches itself with the waters coming from the Brentella Canal.

    At the entrance to Padua, it partly enters the city and partly deviates through the Canale Battaglia, an 18 km long artificial canal, excavated by the Padovans in the 12th century to connect Padua to Monselice and to the water system of the Lower Paduan area.

    Today, the stretch of river navigable from Padua to Creola constitutes an evocative naturalistic river route.

    Not far from the watercourse stands the Castle of San Martino, now home to the Bacchiglione Museum.

    Starting from Bassanello, an ancient Paduan village of boatmen, navigation proceeds in the greenery passing the cavane of Rari Nantes, Canottieri and other Paduan rowing companies to enter a shady path of luxuriant green and intricate vegetation.

    Once past the point of confluence with the Brentella Canal, the boat proceeds slowly, often accompanied by cheerful brigades of canoeists and rowers, thus arriving in Tencarola, home to an ancient mill and a river port once used for the loading of stones and products from the Euganean Hills.

    Then we enter a meandering path composed of tight river bends and banks full of willows, poplars, plane trees and alders. Among the greenery, romantic and valuable bell towers of ancient parishes, such as that of S. Michele di Selvazzano Dentro, recall the presence of man. A short walk or a ride in the hilly plain allows you to reach the splendid Venetian villa of Montecchia and the remains of the Capodilista castle and further up the Bacchiglione Museum, where some late Roman pirogues and evidence of the civilization of rivers are preserved.

    The opportunity to taste the excellent Colli wine, combined with the flavors of local cuisine make this route pleasant and refined.

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