Discover the Veneto, an area rich in history, art and culture that ranges from the sea to the mountains. A region of taly to be discovered with marvelous art cities, world heritage sites and medieval villages to explore – not to mention food and wine and famous products like Prosecco, known all over the world. The landscape of this Northern Italy region is stunning and very varied. From the unique ecosystem of the lagoon to the Dolomite mountains.
Perhaps you could enjoy a seaside holiday bathing on the beaches of the Adriatic sea or on the shores of Garda Lake. Or maybe taking a cultural city break in Venice or Verona is more your style.
Enjoy a unique culinary journey in the Veronese or Treviso hills or relax in a spa hotel at the natural hot springs of the Euganean Hills. Or you can head for the mountains of the Vicenza highlands, on the wonderful Belluno Dolomites;
Follow the course of the Brenta river to discover aristocratic Venetian villas or enjoy the beauty of the Sile river or the Delta del Po river.
The Veneto is guaranteed to surprise you – come with us to explore this unique and fascinating region of Italy.
Veneto -Venice Province
The floating city of Venice is certainly the jewel in the crown of the Veneto region but there is much more to discover in this part of Italy than just st mark basilica. Venice is an open-air museum: every building, every church and every river exudes art, history and culture.
The Venetian Lagoon is UNESCO listed heritage site of precious historical and archaeological value, as well for its cultural, artistic and urban traditions in a unique natural habitat. Don’t miss the other venetian islands: Murano, Burano and Torcello, and why not take a cycling excursion along to Lio Piccolo. Along the Adriatic coast, there are the Venice beaches like Jesolo, Cavallino, Caorle with lots of water sports to do, from sailing to rowing.
Deep into Verona and Romea and Juliet
Among the things to see in Veneto, the second most visited city in the region is Verona and its province. Verona has developed its own strong identity: it is in fact a multifaceted city, famous all over the world for being the setting for Romeo and Juliet. In addition to this romantic connection, Verona boasts sweeping architecture and squares: starting from Piazza Bra with the Verona Arena, the Castello and the Scaliger Bridge. The surrounding area is famous for the quality of the wine produced in the nearby hills like valpolicella, Amarone.
Not far from the city, there are beautiful hilltop villages which have given their names to wines of excellence: from Valpolicella and its cellars, to the walled city of Soave. The beautiful countryside of the surrounding Venetian Plain is unspoilt and ready to be discovered on foot, or by bike.In the Verona area you can also swim at Lake Garda, which can be visited by boat or you can try some water sports.The lake is also home to picturesque towns like Torri del Benaco known for its thermal springs.
Vicenza is another interesting Venetian city to visit, known for the beauty of its architecture and its Palladian villas. Andrea Palladio has left his mark here on the main attractions of the city: the Olympic Theater, the Palladian Basilica, the Piazza dei Signori. The architect then built several Venetian villas of inestimable beauty in the province of Vicenza. Many of these are open to visitors.
Around Vicenza are the Monti Berici, large green areas, rich in archaeological sites and medieval villages to visit, famous vineyards where you can taste excellent wine, and large open air parks. There are mountain plateaus like Asiago and natural wonders such as the Cave of Buso della Rana, great to explore with children. In the Province of Vicenza there are also other famous villages such as Bassano del Grappa with its Ponte Vecchio suspended over the river Brenta. From here you can not leave without sampling some grappa from a local distillery.
Padua and it’s thermal area: abano terme and Montegrotto
There are many things to see in Padua, a center famous for the “great doctors”, graduates of the University of Bo, and still today an excellent center for university studies and education. Padua is an important regional center. It has two adjacent squares: Piazza delle Erbe and Piazza della Frutta. It is the city of the Saint, with important churches and is home to Europe’s first botanical garden created to learn about the medicinal properties of plants and poisons. The Scrovegni Chapel houses a great work of art painted by Giotto.
Padua is a city linked to its waterways, which were once the main communication routes with Venice. The goods were transported right along the Brenta Riviera. The river landscape was so beautiful, that the Venetians chosen this place to build their summer residences, resulting in the construction of the famous Venetian villas. Among them all, the palladian villa, Villa Pisani stands out. Today retracing these routes by bike, following the course of the river makes a great day out. Don’t miss a visit to the green Euganean Hills where villas and medieval villages are hidden, such as Arquà Petrarca, where the poet Francesco Petrarca lived his last years. Stay in Montegrotto or Abano Terme, a top thermal detsination known in all Europe ! Here you will find the Euganean thermal baths, whose healing waters have been known since the Roman Empire. Take the chance to recharge your batteries with personalized treatments: massages, saunas, solariums, swimming pools…
Veneto -Dolomites and Belluno
In the northern Veneto, we can find the Province of Belluno with its Dolomites backdrop. This is an area perfect for holidays and excursions both in summer and in winter. The capital of the province is the quiet city of Belluno.It is interesting to walk through the city to discover the marks left on buildings and monuments during the period of domination of the Serenissima Republic. In the immediate vicinity we have the Natural Park of the Dolomites and charming towns such as Feltre, Alleghe, and Agordo up to Cortina d’Ampezzo, where you can not miss a walk in the elegant Corso Italia. The Belluno area is rich and varied: you can visit Belluno itself and the Dolomites surrounded by the natural landscape of the Cansiglio plateau. Listen to the roar of the Deer or head to the Nevegal for a fun snowshoe trip. The plateaus reach the Dolomites, which include the minor peaks that gradually rise up to the highest peak, the Marmolada (3343 m). The Dolomite peaks are among the most beautiful in Europe for views, via ferrata (hiking trails) and high altitude climbing! They are typical mountainous areas, composed of rocks and vast wooded valleys. Mountain traditions continue with, excellent local cuisine and lots of outdoor activities in every season.
What to see in the Veneto? The capital of Treviso is an elegant walled city, rich in history and culture, with art galleries cafes and restaurants. Treviso is crossed by three canals that divide it into various islets, where you will see some old watermills, now abandoned.
In the Treviso region, La Marca trevigiana is definitely a place to visit in Veneto to discover the beauty of its hills. Other places you may want to see include Conegliano, Vittorio Veneto, Refrontolo, Oderzo …
Treviso is famous for the production of Prosecco, Italy’s sparkling wine and you can follow the Prosecco route, so as to combine a visit to the area with several wine tastings! There are lakes like that of Revine Lago or travel up the river Sile, and enjoy the greenery of its Regional Natural Park.
In the south of Veneto we find the Po Delta and the small town of Rovigo. These areas are less crowded because they are outside the main tourist routes but they deserve to be discovered for their natural landscapes. This fertile land still supplies the Veneto with excellent agricultural and dairy products. The Po Delta and Rovigo are tourist destinations for nature tourism not to be missed!
Rovigo on the other hand is a very pleasant city to walk around. Its architecture shows signs of a Venetian past. Heading towards the Adriatic coast, you can take a trip by bike or by boat along the river Po to discover the natural beauties of the delicate ecosystem of the river delta. Here the ancient traditions are linked to the world of fishing world, an activity which has always supported its local inhabitants. In fact, biodiversity here is high and the landscape has a lot to offer the visitor.
As you will have noticed there is something for everyone here in the Veneto! Come with us and discover it for yourself!