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: rivers, streams and cycling paths, gardens and orchards and mussel farms, wild nature, Villas and museums, and of course, a rich and distinctive gastronomy.