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NAVIGATING LIKE A NATIVE The internal navigation, the old nautical skills of Venetian rowing and the typical row boats of the inland. The Water, the protagonist of our territory and of Expo 2015 as well, offers a different vision of the landscape and a different time perception. The itinerary is closely related with Energy and Life’s Expo Milan themes and of its protagonist: the Water.
We are in the lowland between the Euganean hills and the Venetian lagoon, characterized by important river routes, but also by secondary water connections useful for the daily needs of the old riverside villages. We navigate on Battaglia Canal, using the Venetian style rowing, as the gondoliers do. The traditional wooden boats are flat-bedded, ideal for sailing through shallow waters.

The departure is from Battaglia Terme, an old riverside port, and we can admire hydraulical artefacts and bridges, everyone with its original history. Arco di Mezzo is an hydraulical artifact that controls the water level on Battaglia Canal. We are in the very middle of a complex network of rivers and canals and the amphibious character is well represented here in Battaglia.
We soon arrive at Rivella where we reach the riverbank for a break. Here the bridge-canal is dedicated to Montaigne, the historian and French politician, that passed over here in 1580 during his journey along the Europe. We take a look to the geometrical landscape, the result of the Venetian land reclamation of the mid of Sixteenth century. Contrarily, on the other side of the canal, the landscape appears irregular because of its older reclamation works.
The today river itinerary wants to be an alarm signal onto what remains of a cultural and environmental heritage left in the shadows, neglected, nearly functionally extinct, fading from memory, almost a ‘holocaust’ due to the overwhelming onset of different economies, activities, and perceptions. All the river knowledge centered, not only navigation and boat building, but activities related such as fisheries, ports, and the dynamics of riverside settlements need major attention. 

Saint Mark’s square has the floor in trachyte, extracted in the Euganean hills’ quarries. It’s not the only product that was transported by large boats to Venice, but also wood from the pre-alpine hills, sand from the river beds, coal, cereals and sugar beet was carried by huge boats toward the lagoon. Contrarily, salt and fertilizers came from the port of Marghera toward the inland. In the past, it was easier and more economic transporting people and goods by water instead on overland routes because of the thieves and mud.
The boat trip is also an opportunity to have a different vision of the landscape: from the water instead from the riverbank or road everything is diverse. Moreover, the slow rowing gives a different time perception, making relax the most strained traveller.
Once we have finished, we continue on feet toward the old neighbourhood of Ortazzo in order to visit the Inland Navigation Museum e in order to meet ....a special person.

Row boat trip with tourist guide
Itinerary: by boat on Battaglia Canal, short way by feet
Starting point: quayside in Passeggiata degli Obizzi at Battaglia Terme. For those who arrive by car, in Piazza della Libertà a free park is available. You can reach Battaglia Terme also by train.
Difficulty: none, total 6 km
Duration: 4 hours
Points of  interest: town of Battaglia Terme, Montaigne’s bridge-canal, Arco di Mezzo, Artificial navigation basin, Inland Navigation Museum
For information and reservation: tel. +39 328 4089272; e-mail: carmen.gurinov@gmail.com
The trip is organized only within reservation: different types of Venetian typical row boats are available.

On request, it is possible to try the experience of the Artificial navigation basin.
In case of bad weather conditions, the trip program may be modified or cancelled.
The excursion is organized with the collaboration and the technical support of the best travel agencies.
  • Passeggiata degli Obizzi
    Battaglia terme (PD)


I’m a tourist guide and your professional reference for the Euganean Hills and the underlying field. I’ll translate your taste and interests in itineraries that best suit you. By bike, on foot, by boat, we will discover the landscape around that still manages to surprise even me in many ways. I work with the best travel agencies for the construction of curious itineraries and tour packages, but I promptly reply to requests from individual tourists and groups.
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I'm Carmen, a tourist guide (Italian, English, Romanian languages) and an enthusiastic geographer. I’m active in some cultural and hiking associations in the Euganean Hills where I do the guide so I know both the hills that the plain below.
I have a degree in Geography achieved in Padua and the topics that interest me more are relevant to the geographical aspects of the area. I’ll tell you about the land reclamation, with the hydraulic artifacts as testimonies, as the Montaigne bridge-canal located on the bike path of the Hills, on the edge of Valli Selvatiche. I’m sure that the best way to understand the water landscape is rowing like natives on the board of a typical row boat or cycling on riverbanks.
We will go slowly in order to discover every single little story that the territory tells us. Among all the Euganean hills, my favorite is Mount Fasolo and from its dorsal looking toward the south, we’ll see a landscape that is a great lesson of geology and human history.
Here where I live the paths indulge among water canals, country landscapes, medieval castles and Venetian villas.
I suggest you to take a break and taste the local gastronomic specialties and a glass of wine. But it depends on what type you are…
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