Once upon a time, there was a city filled with Ventian gondals, rowing boats, barges and longboats, which cut gently through the internal canals, transporting people and goods along the waterways lined with splendid residences and a succession of bridges….find out about the navigable routes in Padua.
This city, once travelled through by boat, wasn’t Venice, but Padua, which today has rediscovered the artistic, historical and natural beauty of its territory through its network of navigable canals.
The boat trip through the heart of the city offers a fascinating itinerary. Boarding at Porte Contarine Lock, inspired by Leonardo da Vinci’s model, the boat passes alongside the ancient Venetian Renaissance walls, offering views of the monumental Bastione Castelnuovo and its Watergate on the way to Portello, the old river port of Padua and docking point for all the boats that connected the city to the Lagoon of Venice. Porta Portello stands out for its monumental gate built in Istrian stone and its beautiful fifth-century staircase (also painted on canvas by Canaletto).
During the trip you will pass the University campus and have the opportunity to admire the former abattoir, built by Jappelli in the nineteenth century. A little further on, there are the Arena Romana gardens, which house the exquisite Cappella Scrovegni, followed by the Chiesa degli Eremitani.
There is also the possibility of boat trips by night.
All trips must be booked directly with the boat tour companies.