Dolo is located on both banks of the Brenta canal, halfway between Venice and Padua. Its history is linked to the works to divert the Brenta River carried out by the Venetian Republic in the mid-16th century, thanks to which the famous mills, Da Vinci water barriers and remarkable squero (slipway) were built. These works gave Dolo a formidable economic stimulus and it became one of the main river hubs on the Venetian mainland. Venetian work in the Dolo area also continued with the construction of the Seriola Veneta Intake, which supplied the city of Venice with drinking water for centuries. These works are still visible today, along with the many villas of the Venetian and Veneto noble families in the historic centre and the hamlets of Sambruson and Arino.

Worth Visiting

  • Villa Concina ora sede della Biblioteca Comunale

  • Museo del Villano and Villa Badoer Antiquarium in Sambruson, visits by appointment

  • Dolo Cathedral, Sambruson Cathedral and the Church of Arino, which can also be visited during the day (depending on mass times)

  • The old stables: these can always be visited and sites are accessible

  • Oratory – Little Church of the Madonna della Salute

Don’t Miss

  • A walk through the memories and monuments of the Risorgimento including a visit to the Risorgimento frescoes and artefacts in the Dolo Town Hall Council Chamber

  • The public park of Villa Barbarigo-Massari, now home to the hospital, has centuries-old cedars of Lebanon (Cedrus Libani) and evergreen magnolias’ (Magnolia Grandiflora), in the villa gardens that are now public