Hydrogen Festival, Piazzola sul Brenta and the water road to Venezia | The location: Villa Camerini, Padova
The Villa stands on the ruins of an ancient castle built by the Dente family around the year 1000. Later it became a property of the Carraresi family, who were the rulers of Padua, and was then inherited by a member of the Contarini family. The Villa was a farmhouse up until the mid-17th century: Marco Contarini, Procurator of St Mark, expanded the building making it a palace and an extremely picturesque place. After a long period of neglect, the Camerini family bought the estate, and brought it back to its old splendour, decorating it following the eclectic 19th century style. Subsequently the Villa went through a new period of neglect until the mid-20th century, when it was purchased by Professor G.E. Ghirardi and was assigned to the Foundation bearing his name. Since 2005 the Villa has been a property of the region of Veneto, which is currently working at its development and enhancement. It is regularly used as the venue for concerts and cultural events, as well as being available as the ideal location for conferences, meetings, and public and private receptions.
Hydrogen Festival, Piazzola sul Brenta and the water road to Venezia | The river of art and culture
Towards the end of the 18th century, with the fall of the Venice Republic caused by Napoleon, the discomforts of the dolce vita in Venice had repercussions on the inland; the number of passengers and of trips diminished, until the service with the Burchiello came to an end. 150 years later, in 1960, it was rediscovered and proposed as a route for tourism by the Tourist Board of Padua that was then chaired by Francesco Zambon. In the 1970’s the Padua Tourist Board entrusted the Burchiello service to Siamic, the historical coach company of Padua, which managed it through its subsidiary Siamic Express that renovated and redeveloped the service, and promoted it on the international scene. At the beginning of the 1990’s Sita, the new managing company of the Padua bus service, took over until the time when the scheduled service of the Burchiello was taken over by the Padua-based tourist group Antoniana.it, which had already been operating on the tourist navigation route from Padua to Venice for twenty years under the “Battelli del Brenta” brand. As it used to do in the past the Burchiello – now a long-distance touring service – still sails the Riviera del Brenta from Padua to Venice, and back; the heir of old traditions, it slowly cruises the Brenta waters while tourist guides on board tell about the history, the culture and the art of the Villas that rise along the canal.