Ville Venete in the land of great rivers

Ville Venete in the land of great rivers

A really romantic 18th-century Villa in the Park of the Po Delta, along the banks of the branch of the river Po di Maestra, where the Venetians “cut” the main course of the river to protect the lagoon, cutting off the waters of Ferrara

Two nights in a stark and fascinating land that seems far from everything. Visitors are welcomed by the Anglo-Irish Lady of the house, who has decorated it with taste and maintains it lovingly.

We are at Ca' Zen, a Venetian Villa on the mainland, standing not far from where the Venetian Republic built one of its greatest hydraulic works, the Taglio di Porto Viro, in 1604.

The Villa witnessed the passionate love between the English poet Lord Byron and a young bride named Teresa, who was confined here by her husband in the hope that, far from bubbly, frivolous Venice, her ardor for the Englishman would cool.

But the poet found her, and he wrote from the Villa’s first-floor balcony: “River, that rollest by the ancient walls, where dwells the lady of my love...”


Ca' Zen has stables, and magnificent excursions on horseback in the Delta can be arranged. The Po Delta offers wonderful opportunities for travel, discovery and experiences: riversstreams and cycling pathsgardens and orchards and mussel farmswild natureVillas and museums, and of course, a rich and distinctive gastronomy.

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Weekend (3 days, 2 nights) for 2 people at Ca' Zen

Cost per person: from € 162.00



  • 2 nights Villa in double room with private bathroom
  • breakfast
  • 1 dinner in the Villa
  • 3-hour boat tour in the Po Delta


Things to do during your stay

  • Participate in a “whispered” fish auction as the historic Porto Viro fish market
  • Visit Villa Badoer, the “Badoera”, the only villa designed by Andrea Palladio in Polesine territory.
  • Navigate the ancient Po river paleochannel, amid reed banks, accompanied by an expert naturalist guide; surrounded by aquatic fowl, nature and history, you will see the unique aspects of the Delta, including its fishing posts and historic “casoni” with their original antique atmosphere.
  • Visit the coastal botanical garden of Porto Caleri, which conserves the unique environment of the Veneto coastal forest, and the archeological museum of Adria, the city that lent its name to the Adriatic Sea.
  • Discover the charm of Chioggia, and ancient fishermen’s village, or stroll the streets of Ferrara to soak up the character of this magnificent Renaissance capital, today a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Taste sarde in saor (traditional marinated sardines), freshly-harvested sautéed peoci (shellfish), cannaroli rice, stewed musso (donkey), grilled bisato (eel) ...
  • Watch the mussel harvest at dawn in the Scardovari lagoon.


Not included:

  • Transportation
  • Wine at dinner
  • Anything else not indicated above




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