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Dolo

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Halfway between Padua and Venice, Dolo is where in olden times the stagecoach would stop on its way to the embarkation point for Venice. It is not known exactly what the name derives from: perhaps from the Dauli family, or perhaps because in the 15th century those condemned to exile used to be sent here, dolo meaning 'malice'. Over the last few centuries it has been at the heart of the economy and manifacturing along the Riviera, thanks to its water mills, the posting inn, its having the only boat-building yard and for its canal locks.
The centre of the old town offers glimpses of picturesque landscapes, and besides its famous fish restaurants there is the possibility of visiting many of the renowed villas and attending the numerous cultural events such as the Exhibition of Pavement Artists, the Festival of the Villas and the Carnival of the Storti, named after a kind of pancake.

The Isola Bassa

Enclosed between two branches of the Brenta and once known as Bad Weather Island because of the devastating floods, it is the oldest and prettiest part of the town. Famous for its beautifully resored water mills that at the end of the 16th century were twelve in number, for the ancient boatyard and for the streets with medieval names like 'Street of the Caulkers', the delightful little island is the location every fourth Sunday of the month of an interesting Antiques market.

 

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