Text and images Britt-Arnhild Wigum Lindland
Many years ago, it must have been during one of my first visits to Venezia, I read in one of my guidebooks that it was possible to take a boat up the Brenta Canal, from Venezia to Padova. I tried to figure out how to do it, but never found the information I needed. Terje and I even asked my friend Carlo Feli, but at that time he was unable to help us.
Then Isomehow forgot about it, or stored it in a special file in my heart. I took the train to Padova one day and spent the day there. Loved it and hope to go back. But no more thoughts about a boat trip.
Not untill this winter when I read in Frances Mayes' blog about her search for Palladio in Venezia. She mentioned that some time she would like to seek out Palladio's villas along Brenta, and my dream came back.
I mentioned my dream to Antionella when we were organising our night in La Fenice, and almost before I knew, Antonella had booked us a day trip.
If you had happened to be somewhere near Piazza San Marco Saturday morning, you would have found two happy women, both eagerly looking forward to the day. Both carrying bags with books, eays looking forward to see, hearts looking forward to love, minds looking forward to explore.
Venezian villas along the Brenta Canal was our goal for the day, Palladio's designs would be an extra treat. And the first Palladio sign was to be found already almost before we started. This amazing church.
Then it went on, almost into the night, when Antonella's husband picked us up in Padova to drive us up to Bassano where I've spent the week-end.
Starting with Villa Foscaro, or Malcontenta as it is also called.
La Dolce Vita!
Live has so much to reveal. Italy has so much to offer.
Two years ago I never knew Antonella excisted.
One year ago I had never heard of Andrea Palladio