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Naviglio del Brenta
Starting in the second half of the 15th century, the Venetians began to look at the dry land from a new viewpoint. The crisis in the Far East market, and the continual threat of the Turks, persuaded them to transfer part of their commercial interests towards the immediate hinterland, and not only. Discovering the countryside in this way, and starting up the organisation of real farming estates, gave rise to the Villa. As an efficient and self-sufficient complex unit, this building, always architecturally fashionable, according to the times, soon became the favourite holiday home for the Venetian nobility where they would go to spend the hot, humid summer months. The Brenta Canal became in its own right the natural "extension" of the Grand Canal of Venice, precisely because of the continual appearance of palaces and residences of the most important and influential patrician families of the lagoon area. The enhancement of this magnificence in such an extraordinary and timeless way was entrusted to the most illustrious architects of the time: Palladio, Scamozzi, Longhena,Pellegrini, Tiepolo. It's along the Brenta Canal that the Civilization of the Villas was born.