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Waterways in the west of the lagoon of Venice: Naviglio Brenta / Canale Piovego / Canale Batagglia / Brenta navigabile

Naviglia Brenta / Canale Piovego / Brenta navigabile | Italy: Characteristics & Overview

Rating of waterway

Degree of difficulty: Some experience is an advantage
Requirements: no rating
Character of waterway: back to nature, old waterway, to be rediscovered
Profile of waterway: Used by tourists only
Facilities groundside: Sufficiant

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Delta del Po / Chioggia – Porto Garibaldi
Laguna di Venezia | Lagoon of Venice | Italy

Naviglio Brenta

Naviglio Brenta
Coming from Venice one reaches Fusio, south of Mestre, over Canale di Fusia, as from there one gets onto the Naviglio. It is a mixture of river and canal and passes the places of Moranzani, Malcontenta, Oriago, Mira, Dolo, Fiesso d’Artico and Stra’ with their draw-, turn- and lift bridges.
There are also 4 locks, each one looks different but the most interesting is the one of Stra’, it is rather stately and fits perfectly in the surrounding of the Naviglio, there is every few km another of the famous “Villa’s” of this area, the palatial country estates of the reach Venetian families.
After 25.7 km of locks, lift bridges and Villas, we reach the lock of Stra’, bringing us onto the Brenta. We cross it and are on the Canale Piovego going to Padua.

Canale Piovego / Canale Malamocco-Marghera / Canale di Camoran

Canale Piovego
The canal goes directly, through the lock of Noventa and over 10.5 km into the center of the university town of Padua. The last wharf lies at the historical town lock of Padua, which doesn’t go anywhere as long as one can think but it is still remarkable. The wharf is not supervised and one has to secure the boat. The bank along the last km before the town give sad evidence that rivers and canals are by many Italians still used as rubbish “removers”.  

It would be nice; we could continue on River Brenta directly to Chioggia and wouldn’t have to go back to Fusia.
But there is a power station just below the crossing with the Naviglio and therefore, we have to go back all the way to Fusio. (River Brenta is from its mouth south of Chiogga navigable until 300 m before the confluence!!).
Back in Fusio, we continue on Canale Malamocco towards Marhera de Porto die Malamocco. As from there we stay on Canale Pelestrina and reach over Canale di Camoran Chioggia, the most important and biggest fishing harbor in Italy.
Chioggia is very picturesque and natural, something like a smaller Venice with much less tourists.
South of it, one has access to River Brenta and River Bacchaglione, over the lock “Conca grande di Chioggia”. Canale di Valle goes also from there to the delta of River Po.

Brenta River

River Brenta
The river has, apart from the marinas just at its mouth into the Adriatic Sea, no wharfs but is for some km until Codevico navigable. It is in natural condition again even though it has been embanked. 

Canale Battaglia
This old canal south of Padua, it is navigable over some stretches only, is fed by River Bacchalione and has over Canale Navigando per Padova and Canale Pioveto / Naviglio Brenta access to the lagoon of Venice.
South of Battaglia Terme it goes into Canale Bisanto, which has access to Canale Vigezone.
Agricultural goods as well as trachyte of the hills around (a volcanic stone, adequate for churchly fittings, floors and facades) where mostly transported on these canals.