Already in the 18th century, the once typical boats took the wealthy Venetian society to their summer villas on the mainland or up to Padua.
Nowadays, the "Burchielli" are modern, paned motor boats with open observation decks. At a leisurely pace, they enable fellow passengers to marvel at the stately buildings and villas which are lined up along the canal from Venice to Padua.
Tourist guides on board tell the history of individual houses, their inhabitants and their effect on the art and culture scene of that era.
Some aristocratic houses or summer residences of the 18th century can even be visited.