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Exploring Dolo in provincial mainland Venice

Dolo rests on the Brenta River, the waterway that connected Venice/Venezia to Padua/Padova.

During mostly the 1500s, the Venetian aristocracy built grand country homes in this area to escape the city and enjoy large gardens and hunting grounds – of which my amazing villa is one such grand country home.

Around the 16th century, Dolo was the heart of the economy and craftsmanship of Riviera del Brenta, with mills, post offices, locks and the only ‘squero’ where boats were built.

This is the oldest part of town…

There is sooooo much more to see here, but this is at least a quick snapshot to give you an idea of how lovely it is – and only about 30 minutes from Venice!

~ Bella

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