Piazzola sul Brenta, is a town with a population of over 11,000, located a little less than 20 Km north-east of Padova. Its territory, entirely flat, follows for largely the course of the river Brenta, from which the town derives its name.
HOW TO GET THERE
By car. Coming from the A4 motorway it is advised to exit at Padova Ovest and then head towards Trento - Bassano del Grappa on the SP47 “Valsugana” and then follow directions for Piazzola sul Brenta (SP94 “Contarina”)
If you are arriving from the A13 motorway, we suggest the exit for Padova Sud then head towards Trento staying on the SR47 “Corso Australia” and thereafter stay on the same direction on the SP47 “Valsugana” until you find directions for Piazzola sul Brenta (SP94 “Contarina”)
By Bus. There are a few bus services that cover Piazzola and that other than the main city of Padova, reach other important towns in the area. The buses of the SITA company take you Padova, Bassano and Cittadella, while those of the FTV company take you to Vicenza.
By Train. The nearest railway stations are Grisignano di Zocco (about 13 Km away) and Padova (about 20 Km away).
WHAT TO SEE
The territory of Piazzola sul Brenta has much evidence of its important past that can be found in the documented sources that go back to the middle of the 13th century, but which also reference older periods of time. Apart from the well known Villa Contarini, a magnificent example of Venetian Villa, Villa Trieste in the locality of Vaccarino, Villa Paccagnella in the locality of Presina are also worth a visit. Also of note is the entire area of the ex textile factory, important evidence of an industrial past (and an example of the “ideal city” envisioned by Count Camerini), an area which in recent years has been subject to significant redevelopment and restoration for new usage.
Other than architectural evidence, of note are also many nature trails within the “Area Naturalistica Brenta” along the Brenta river. An example of a river environment practically uncontaminated abundant in flora and wildlife.
WHAT TO DO
Piazzola sul Brenta presents itself as a prime tourist destination. The traveller can combine his visit to one of the its historic-artistic attractions with an outing by bicycle (taking advantage of the free rent-a-bike service!) along the Brenta river or along the Treviso-Ostiglia pedestrian-cycle track or otherwise experience one of the many cultural activities organised by the local council. Regular events of particular interest are the Mercatino dell'Antiquariato (Antiques Market), which is held on the last Sunday of every month. Mani Creative, a craft fair which is held 8 or 10 times a year on the second Sunday of every month. The Hydrogen Festival, which is held in the months of June and July which hosts artists and musicians of international fame and which attracts visitors from all over Europe and last but not least the traditional Fiera di San Martino (San Martino Country Fair) which is held in November.
WHERE TO EAT AND SLEEP.
There are many different possibilities for those that intend to stay overnight in Piazzola sul Brenta, from the classic bed and breakfast to an agritourism immersed in nature.
In these locations it is also often possible to eat typical traditional Veneto fare (grilled meats, polenta, cheeses). Obviously there are also, within the local area, bars, pizzerias, sandwich bars, inns, trattorie and restaurants that are able to cater for all tastes and requirements.