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Tuesday December 12, 2017

Around the province

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Those who wish to enjoy an unusual trip to Venice, have to travel the Brenta Riviera with the historical Burchiello boat, recently restored. Along the way, touching on Mira, Dolo, Stra,  the traveler will see more tha 70 villas, between large and small.
One of the first Villa Foscari, also known as "Malcontenta", the name comes from  a Lady of noble family, relegated here, it seems, for his unworthy of the name of the Customs House. Continuing, you will encounter: Villa Mocenigo, Villa Gradenigo, Villa Priuli, Villa Orlandini, Varisco,  Villa Olanda, the Palazzo Foscarini:  (now the site of a post office), which was home to Lord Byron from 1817 to 1819, Villa Contarini dei Leoni (transformed into school after having hosted in 1574 Henry III of France), le Ville Barozzi, Rampazzo, Pasquali, Busetto, Boldrin, again the villas Ciceri, Ganesan, Nani Mocenigo, Zanon-Bo dal bel colonnato, Soranza Favaro, that D'annunzio appoints in his novel "Il fuoco" as "The Barbariga", making a mistake, because "The Barbariga" is, instead, Villa Lazara Pisani that comes immediately after, and finally, Villa Pisani in StrĂ , which is the most grandiose construction.
Starting from Venice with vaporetto, instead, you can go to Murano where, apart from the famous glassworks, noteworthy is the ancient basilica dei SS. Maria e Donato, founded, seems, in the 7th century, but rebuilt in early 1100 on the example of the Romanesque churches of Ravenna.
The same boat arrives at Burano, famous for its lace and beautiful art for silence and for the color of its houses.
Finally, it comes to Torcello, the most mysterious, solitary island and evocative of the lagoon. There are monuments that bear witness to the splendours of the past: from the 7th century Cathedral, with the mosaic of the last judgement, the Church of Santa Fosca, from the archives of the Council and at the Inn where Hemingway wrote one of his later novels.
If Torcello is the extreme northern island of the Venetian Lagoon, Chioggia represents the southern end: it comes along the Road Romea. Chioggia deserves to be seen especially the oldest part, with crowded channels by boats from vibrant colors.
To the Mainland, the province of Venice is not lavish or landscapes or monuments. Portogruaro deserves, though, a visit to the 14th-century town hall and the Cathedral, whose Bell Tower Romanesque Tower tilted.

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