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    Padua. River ring

    Following the rivers, canals and canals of Padua you can admire glimpses of great artistic, monumental and landscape interest.

     

    Easy hike that winds along mostly dirt bike paths. It starts from the Porte Contarine (via Giotto), the former naval entrance gate to the city and shortly afterwards reaches the  Scrovegni chapel , a treasure chest that preserves Giotto's precious frescoes.

    The first waterway we encounter is the Piovego canal , an 11 km long artificial artery that has been connecting Padua to Venice for eight hundred years through the Brenta canal  . This was the busiest and most important communication route in the Padua area. In the first section, the route skirts the  Venetian walls  and near the lively university district meets the elegant  Porta Ognissanti . This monument appears as a triumphal arch with an original marble staircase that still allows boats to dock today.

    Leaving the sixteenth-century walls, we proceed against the current with respect to the water course, first on the banks of  the San Gregorio canal  and then, after passing the navigation basin of Voltabarozzo, on  the Scaricatore canal , where the Padovans love to play sports. When you reach  Bassanello, it  is interesting to observe the flow of the water: part of them enter the city along the Tronco Maestro canal and part of them go south, along the Battaglia canal. The route continues for a stretch along the left bank of  the Bacchiglione river , and then along the  Brentella canal , up to Limena, a inhabited center where it is possible to admire some villas and the ancient hydraulic exit of the Colmelloni. At this point the path intercepts the Brenta river , in a naturalistic site of great beauty.

    Once near an ancient oak tree, you turn onto a country road that leads to the entrance of the  ex-Charterhouse of Vigodarzere , an authentic Renaissance jewel.

    Continuing, the course of the river becomes straight and less captivating, but after a few kilometers you reach  Stra , a coastal town where famous Venetian villas are concentrated, such as the  Pisani villa , a national monument. In the last stretch, from Noventa to Padua you cycle again on the Piovego canal, where Villa Giovanelli overlooks  , the last stop before returning to the city.

     

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    Punto di partenza:Padova, Porte Contarine

    Punto di arrivo:Padova, Porte Contarine

    Lunghezza: 54 km

    Durata:1 giornata

    Livello di difficoltà: medio

    Dislivello: assente

    Adatto a: tutti

    Segnaletica: presente

    Tipologia di fondo: sterrato

    Tipologia: itinerario

    Intermodalità: nessuna

    Chilometraggio: 30-60

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