Veneto extends from the Dolomites, to the Adriatic Sea, in northeastern Italy.
Right on the lagoon stands a unique city in the world, Venice. Every year, thousands of Italian and foreign tourists visit this marvelous city.
Nevertheless, Veneto is a multifaceted region, preserving treasures of nature, art and traditions, in the mainland.
Beyond Venice and its lagoon, the extraordinary variety of landscapes includes the Dolomites and the eastern shore of Lake Garda.
Not to mention the long and sandy beaches, alternating with historic seaside resorts such as Jesolo, Bibione, Cavallino, Caorle.
Veneto is a land of unique charm, from the art cities, to the magnificent “Palladian villas” scattered along the Riviera del Brenta.
The region is also the ideal destination for wellness and relaxation holidays, thanks to the presence of thermal waters with precious therapeutic properties.
As a land of great charm, the Veneto offers countless of natural and artistic attractions: you’ll find out a notable concentration of UNESCO sites, absolutely not to be missed.
The first stop is undoubtedly Venice, a UNESCO World Heritage site, with its lagoon and islands
Admire the Grand Canal, with ancient and richly decorated palaces, evoking the splendor of the ancient and powerful Republic.
Indulge yourself in Piazza San Marco, with the Basilica full of mosaics and domes; the Palazzo Ducale; the maze of alleys dotted with craft shops; the famous “campi” and “campielli”.
Venice is also famous for its historic Carnival, the Murano glass and the Burano lace,
The Verona historic center is another Veneto UNESCO site.
Iconic monuments of the city are the romantic balcony of Shakespeare’s Juliet, and the Roman Arena, a scenic open-air Opera House.
The Dolomites recently become part of the World Heritage Sites, for their particular shape and suggestive lights, offering unique and unforgettable panoramas.
It’s the ideal world for Winter Sports enthusiasts: an immense area with kilometers of slopes and equipped resorts.
In Padua, you’ll find the St. Anthony Basilica, one of the most preferred destinations for pilgrims.
Moreover, the magnificent Scrovegni Chapel with frescoes by Giotto, is a timeless masterpiece of art. Its 16th Century Botanical Garden, rich in medicinal plants, is also a World Heritage site.
The Vicenza historic center, with its classic style, and the marvelous noble villas along the Brenta River, both by Architect Palladio, deserved the UNESCO recognition.
The Veneto region offers unique experiences, whether it’s mountain, sea or hills.
From the Dolomites to the Lessinia, famous towns like Cortina d’Ampezzo, Falcade and San Vito di Cadore offer unique experiences to Winter Sports enthusiasts.
The coastline from Bibione, to Cavallino is the ideal place for beach holidays, with lots of physical activity: beach volley, boating, surfing, water skiing, etc.
Golf enthusiasts can practice their favorite sport in several “greens”, with Lake Garda, or the coastline as the background.
The Veneto protected areas, like the Belluno Dolomites National Park, or the Lessinia Park, allow tourists to make excursions or trekking.
Birdwatchers and photo-naturalists love pretty much the fascinating Po River Delta and other lagoon areas, with hundreds of birds species.
The Lake Garda shore offers ample space for water sports, sailing, boating and diving.
The Euganean SPAs, such as Abano, Montegrotto and Teolo, allow you to combine treatments to pleasant excursions in the surrounding areas.
Finally, among all the events in Veneto, don’t miss the world famous Venice Biennale and Carnival.
The Veneto regional cuisine is based on some common ingredients: rice, vegetables and, above all, polenta, although it differs considerably from one province to another.
In the nearby alpine areas, you can also taste mushrooms and roe deer, while the Asiago plateau is renowned for its cheese.
The lagoon cuisine favors the sea food: risotto with scallops; scampi; cuttlefish; the “saor”, or sardines macerated in vinegar, with onions; and the creamed cod, or Vicenza style cod.
Many typical sweets include “zaletti”, Carnival “galani” and the Verona Pandoro, now an international celebrity.
Veneto also boasts a very rich and prestigious red and white wines production.
The king of all sparkling wines is, of course, the “Prosecco”, from the Conegliano and Valdobbiadene areas.
Other wines include “Amarone della Valpolicella”, “Breganze Bianco”, “Bardolino”, and “Soave”, just to name a few.
The “Passito” (or sweet dessert wines) finds its highest expression in the Recioto di Soave.
The “grappa” spirits production in Bassano del Grappa and in Conegliano is also noteworthy.