Voyaging Along Venice’s Riviera del Brenta Waterway with Dr. Susan Steer - Context Travel

Voyaging Along Venice’s Riviera del Brenta Waterway with Dr. Susan Steer


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The Brenta waterway is little-known to the thousands of international visitors who now pour into Venice daily, but it was once the major access route for people and goods coming from mainland Italy into the island metropolis. Passing through Venice’s rural hinterland, picturesque villages, and grand historic villas en route towards Padua, we will take in daily life past and present, along one of Italy’s most scenic and journeys.

Connecting Venice and Padua, the Brenta passes charming towns, like Oriago, mentioned by Dante in the Divine Comedy, and Dolo, depicted by Canaletto. We will take in the history of the waterway, and the traditions and customs such as regattas and flower festivals and also touch on the economy of the area, from the historic brick factories which built Venice, through nineteenth-century industrialization, to the modern shoe factories which produce stylish footwear for the Italian and European markets. We will also touch on the story of the landscape and its agriculture, which historically kept populous Venice fed and still supplies vibrant farmers’ markets today.

The route is famously lined with sumptuous country houses built by the Venetian aristocracy as summer retreats, like Palladio’s iconic Villa Foscari at Malcontenta. The grandiose Villa Pisani at Stra was Napoleon’s residence as he conquered Venice and her territories and we will discuss the impacts of his reign.

Led by an expert on the history of Venetian art and long-time resident of the Riviera del Brenta, Dr. Susan Steer, this interactive seminar will be a virtual journey along Venice’s historic waterway towards Padua. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will discover life and culture beyond the celebrated monuments of Venice.

Susan Steer PhD is an art historian specializing in Medieval and Renaissance Venice. Susan has an extensive teaching background, lecturing on Italian art for universities in the UK and in Italy. She has also worked as a paintings researcher at museums in the UK, and has published on Italian Renaissance and Baroque art in leading specialist journals. She has lived in Venice for over 20 years.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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Molto contento!

Thanks to Prof. Steer, I enjoyed 90 minutes of armchair travel yesterday morning. I love Venice & the Veneto, & between injuries & Covid couldn't return to Italy since summer, 2019. This excursion was the next best thing to being there. I am so grateful to Dr. Steer & Context Travel for offering these illuminating, richly illustrated, lectures. Grazie mille!

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This is my third experience with Dr. Susan Steer, totally different from the other three and equally enjoyable.
The countryside of Italy was totally new to me and Dr. Steer's escort through an area in which she lives was very special and most enjoyable.

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B.
Beatiful trip to a lesser known part of Italy

Engrossing and well balanced talk on aspects of the Brenta Riviera. Wonderful landscapes and architecture interspersed with relevant art history, food, personalities, and music.

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I.S.
The best course ever..

Really good and interesting lecture. The films were really fine and illustrative and the music tasty... I just want to take that trip.
Thank you.

J
J.
Excellent introduction to "off the tourist beaten track"

Had "discovered" the Brenta Canal through a Monty Don "Italian Gardens" series. So was really interested in learning more. Added to list...

Customer Reviews

Based on 13 reviews
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(13)
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S
S.C.
Molto contento!

Thanks to Prof. Steer, I enjoyed 90 minutes of armchair travel yesterday morning. I love Venice & the Veneto, & between injuries & Covid couldn't return to Italy since summer, 2019. This excursion was the next best thing to being there. I am so grateful to Dr. Steer & Context Travel for offering these illuminating, richly illustrated, lectures. Grazie mille!

A
A.

This is my third experience with Dr. Susan Steer, totally different from the other three and equally enjoyable.
The countryside of Italy was totally new to me and Dr. Steer's escort through an area in which she lives was very special and most enjoyable.

B
B.
Beatiful trip to a lesser known part of Italy

Engrossing and well balanced talk on aspects of the Brenta Riviera. Wonderful landscapes and architecture interspersed with relevant art history, food, personalities, and music.

I
I.S.
The best course ever..

Really good and interesting lecture. The films were really fine and illustrative and the music tasty... I just want to take that trip.
Thank you.

J
J.
Excellent introduction to "off the tourist beaten track"

Had "discovered" the Brenta Canal through a Monty Don "Italian Gardens" series. So was really interested in learning more. Added to list...