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    Between villas and castles of the Battaglia canal

    Landowners, artists and merchants, wayfarers and prelates crossed the waters of the Battaglia Canal , to reach the Villas and Castles scattered along the Euganean Riviera, or the many businesses that were held in Battaglia. The Euganean Riviera was the preferred way for Venetian nobles and patricians to reach their villas built along the Battaglia canal and the residences "in the mountains", on the Euganean Hills, such as Villa Barbarigo , where there are still the ancient moorings for boats.

    The Battaglia Canal, completed in 1201, starts from Padua, from the ancient fishing village of Bassanello, and reaches the Battaglia Terme with a straight line, then continues to Monselice where it meets the waters of the Bisato Canal .

    Navigating from Padua, the canal has high and green banks; the embankment on the right still preserves the old towpath where the horses pulled the old burchi. After the first bridge you can admire the beautiful Villa Molin, by Scamozzi with the high pronaos overlooking the water and valuable frescoes inside; it is the first of an interesting series of important villas and stately buildings that arise a short distance from the canal, which reflect the themes and architectural styles similar to the Riviera del Brenta.

    A stop for a wine tasting in a rural home and, sailing in the changing environment between luxuriant green and thick reeds, we arrive at the ancient bridge that in the shadow of splendid centuries-old plane trees faces the Castello del Catajo , a sumptuous late Renaissance residence ( 1572), richly frescoed with a vast cycle of frescoes by Giambattista Zelotti (1526-1578).

    And here is Battaglia Terme , an ancient coastal village, at the confluence of various waterways connected by Chiuse, with a double row of tight houses facing the canal and an interesting masonry stepped bridge with a clear Venetian influence.

    By boat you can enter the monumental Navigation basin, a large hydraulic building that allows us to descend a leap of water of over 7 meters, and dock at the Museum of River Navigation which offers a historical route of the lost world of river transport, proposing finds and testimonies of the ancient civilization of rivers.

    And always sailing on the right appears on the small steep hill S. Elena , Villa Selvatico-Sartori of the sixteenth century. With the striking dome, the majestic staircase carved in the seventeenth century; the garden redesigned in 1818 by Jappelli, frescoes by Luca Ferrari and Lorenzo Bedogni from Reggio (1650) on the theme of the legend of Antenore, founder of Padua.

    Once reached with burchielli, it was also the ancient landing place of the sixteenth-century Villa Barbarigo with its beautiful Italian garden of over fifty thousand square meters.

    And then, in Rivella, Villa Maldura Emo Capodilista, a Palladian style work attributed to Scamozzi, a pupil of Palladio. The villa is surrounded by a large Italian garden in which well-kept parterres alternate with lush flowerbeds of roses, fish ponds, hornbeam galleries and borders of perennial flowers

    Navigation continues in the suggestive scenario of the expansive countryside leaning against the Euganean Hills, arriving at the river port of the ancient walled city of Monselice, an important defensive bulwark of the past of which ancient vestiges remain such as the Cà Marcello Castle and the Federician keep, on top to the Monte della Rocca.

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