From Mestre, you can reach Malcontenta and continue along the Brenta canal, between tens and tens of villas, until reaching Mira, Dolo, Fiesso d’Artico, and Stra. From there, it is possible to head South, to the agricultural areas between Brenta and Adige, such as Vigonovo, Fossò, Cona, Cavarzere, Chioggia, Camponogara and Campagna Lupia; then take the Romea road and head back up, coasting the lagoon, up to Marghera.
It is the famous area of the Brenta Riviera, almost a continuation of the Venetian terrafirma, so well known (even for its fish restaurants) that it outshines the “southern area”, which looks out onto the lagoon and deserves a great deal of attention for how it kept trace of the ancient past and the green areas of great value. These routes are also worth exploring on slow means of transport such as boats or bicycles, as you discover traditions, history, and art in these “truly unique corners of the Venetian plain”. As mentioned, the main axis is the Brenta canal, which ultimately flows placidly and sinuously towards the lagoon; its waters, which once descended impetuously from Valsugana and have been the source of devastating floods for centuries, have largely been deviated towards a canal which flows into the sea near Chioggia thanks to the formidable hydraulic intervention of the Most Serene Republic.