Detailed directions about the route can be obtained from the altimetry (last figure of the gallery), from the captions of the individual photos and from the "Google Map" at the bottom right, which can be enlarged as desired. Double clicking on the photos you can view them at the highest resolution.
Description of the route
A route of great landscape and artistic interest, signed as cycle-friendly although in truth it barely deserves this attribute; the automobile traffic is anything but light, and in the area of Mira very heavy; a route that definitely is not very relaxing for the rider who must always be on one’s guard.
The starting point could be Venice or Padua; starting from the Padua train station take the wide Viale Tommaseo on the left, which then becomes Via Venezia; continue straight until the route narrows to a single lane on the embankment of the Piovego Canal; take the towpath of the canal on the left bank and ride for about 3 km which at first is paved and then becomes gravel (in good condition) to Noventa Padovana where you pass in front of Villa Giovanelli. At Noventa take the bridge over the canal and continue on the right bank, which is paved for just over a kilometer, then gravel (in poor condition with many potholes).
The embankment road leads us directly to Stra, where you can take a bridge on the left and arrive directly in front of Villa Foscarini-Rossi; from here take the road on the right side of the Brenta Canal and soon you find yourself in front of the Villa Pisani, the largest and one of the most famous of the Venetian villas.
Continue along the road that runs along the right side of the canal, marked with yellow bicycle signs, in reality rather cryptic, indicating only the number of the route, as though the rider would know the difference between route 1 and 2 ...; the route described here is largely No. 1.
As I said earlier, this is not a real bicycle route, traffic is lower than the state highway that follows along other parts of the canal, but the traffic is constant and the rider must be very careful, especially where the road becomes more constricted.
The route continues along the Brenta Canal through the towns of Dolo, where one passes in front of Villa Ferretti Angeli, and Mira with Villa Bon, followed by the Mira Lanza factory; a little further along, take the time to make a short detour to visit the barchessa of Villa Valmarana.
At the end one arrives in Oriago passing in front of the Villa Gradenigo and Mocenigo; after Oriago the route ends up at the extremely busy Via Romea; you just need to get across that road to get onto the road for la Malcontenta where, on the left is Villa Foscari, one of the masterpieces of Palladio. From here you can take a side-trip to Fusina, where there is an ACTV* boat dock with connections to Venice; on a clear day, you will have a beautiful view of the lagoon and Venice.
Once past la Malcontenta one ends up on Viale Fratelli Bandiera which by crossing through the city of Marghera takes one directly to Venice by way of the state highway; immediately after an overpass there is a bike path (damaged during 2013 from construction work) on the right that runs along the state highway all the way to the buildings of Venezia Fiere [Venice fairgrounds]. You should take the road that runs along the harbor and which rejoins the main road a few hundred meters before the Ponte della Libertà [Liberty Bridge—4 km long] which is flanked by a narrow bike lane, riding which will get you to Venice (Piazzale Roma or to Tronchetto where you can catch a ferry for the Lido).
Of course, the route may be done in the opposite direction, starting from Venice, or by following the north side of the canal and the SR 11 Padana Superiore, which is very busy with traffic, but which has two bike lanes along the sides.
From Stra you can also find the route Padova-Monselice following local roads for Saonara, Legnaro, Casalserugo, Masera.
ACTV—Azienda del Consorzio Trasporti Veneziano—operates the vaporetti and other lagoon ferries. RB