Il Veneto

The Innumerable Aspects Of A Region


Situated in Italy's northeast, Veneto extends from the Dolomites to the Adriatic Sea, by way of an expansive range of hills and a valley furrowed by rivers, canals and the Po River Delta.

Veneto expresses an extraordinary variety in its scenery: from the Dolomites, dipped in the crimson shades of the sunset, to the eastern shore of Lake Garda and Peschiera del GardaTorri del Benaco and other tourist destinations. Long, sandy beaches alternate with well-known resorts 

In this spectacular natural setting lies a rich cultural heritage that renders the Veneto such a fascinating region, from its cities of art to the magnificent Palladian villas scattered along the Brenta Riviera. And not to be forgotten are the small villages of Arquà Petrarca, Monselice, Asolo and Bassano del Grappa that bring together the most typical aspects of this diverse and varied region. 

Veneto is also the ideal destination for a relaxing healthy holiday thanks to thermal waters and their therapeutic effects. A lot of natural places for outdoor sports are available as well.

Cities


Veneto is a fascinating region where tourists can visit natural and cultural attractions, including some beautiful places not to be missed.

Venice is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is known for the lagoon, the islands, and the Grand Canal. Its old richly decorated buildings recall the splendour of the ancient maritime Republic. This city is also famous for its Carnival, Murano glass, and Burano lace.

Verona is another UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its historic centre is a unique example of integration among Renaissance, Medieval, and Roman architecture. The Arena is the symbol of this city, which becomes a spectacular outdoor opera theatre in summer. The House of Juliet, with its famous romantic balcony, is known around the world thanks to Shakespeare’s tragedy.

Padua is the city of culture par excellence. It is famous for the wonderful Scrovegni Chapel with Giotto’s remarkable cycle of frescoes, and the sixteenth-century Botanical Garden full of healing plants, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Vicenza is characterized by the wonderful historic centre designed by the architect Andrea Palladio. It was enlisted as UNESCO World Heritage Site, together with the marvellous Palladian villas surrounded by large parks, such as Villa Capra Valmarana and Villa Poiana.

Treviso is a haven of peace where you can have a relaxing walk. Its historic centre is simple and elegant with its wonderful Cathedral, and is surrounded by impressive walls. Treviso is also known for being the production area of Prosecco wine, with long rows of vines covering large part of the territory and important wine-producing towns, such as Conegliano and Valdobbiadene.

There are many other wonders for those who want to visit Belluno and Rovigo. The smallest towns are also rich in history and culture.

 

Nature


Veneto also offers beautiful natural landscapes: the Dolomites are another UNESCO World Heritage Site thanks to the particular shape, the beautiful plays of light, and the wonderful views. They cover 141,903 hectares and consist of nine groups of mountains whose major summits are higher than 3,000 metres.

Veneto includes Lake Garda as well. In Roman times, it was already surrounded by magnificent villas, which have been an élite tourism destination since Renaissance.

The coast of the Adriatic Sea is characterized by the Po River Delta, which is not widely known and has to be visited by those who want to discover every hidden place of this area. The landscape is fascinating: woods, pine forests, oases, and reed beds alternate with history and art.

The Euganean Hills include the largest European thermal area. Baths are in Abano, Montegrotto, and Galzigano Terme, which are known all over the world for the therapeutic properties of the water coming to the surface after a long journey.

What To Do


Mountain, sea or hill, the Veneto region offers exciting vacations in natural surroundings, with the opportunities for sport, relaxation and enjoyable experiences.  From the Dolomites to Lessinia, famous resorts like Cortina d’Ampezzo, Falcade, San Vito di Cadore and others offer peerless experiences for winter sports enthusiasts: adrenaline-fuelled slopes for skiing or snowboardingsnow-raftingclimbingtrekking at all levels, special courses for cross-country skiingsnowshoe walks and exciting dogsled races.  The golden coast that stretches from Bibione to Cavallino is perfect for working out: beach volleyballsailingsurfingwaterskiing and cycling in cool pinewoods and pristine surroundings. Enjoy the nightlife in the trendy bars and clubs of tourist resorts. Golf enthusiasts will find several “greens” in the hills, with Lake Garda in the background or near the coast. 

Nature lovers can go on excursions or follow trekking trails in the protected areas of Veneto, such as the National Park of the Dolomites of Belluno, renowned for its breathtaking scenery, or the Park of Lessinia, where you can see the typical fauna of the foothills of the Alps. 

You can visit many places while mountain biking, including the Asiago Plateau, which is crossed by a network of trails with different levels of difficulty, amid extraordinarily beautiful landscapes. 

Lovers of good food can follow the many wine trails: from Bardolino to Pramaggiore, from Conegliano to the other areas that have become known for their wine production, stopping at the wineries to taste excellent wines and typical products.  The schedule of events is always full; some of these events are renowned worldwide, especially the Biennale and the Carnival of Venice, followed by exhibitions and art shows, several religious and village festivals, and the food fairs (sagre), even in the smallest village. 

Lake Garda is important for the entertainment parks, which are collectively known as Parchi del Garda. The most important ones are Gardaland, a theme park with several attractions, accommodation facilities, and also a showy aquarium; Canevaworld, with a water park and another theme park based on cinema; Parco Natura Viva, a fauna park where visitors can see endangered species, which are looked after and then set free; and Parco Giardino Sigurtà, a green oasis covering 60 hectares along the Mincio River.

Food & Wine


Although the cuisine does differ from one province to another, the food of the region is based on some common ingredientsricevegetables and especially polenta.  Polenta, particularly loved by the natives of Veneto, is prepared and eaten with meat, fish or cheese. Beans from Lamon (province of Belluno) are a typical product of the area, as is asparagus from Bassano del Grappa, the celeriac of Verona and the red radicchio of Treviso, which has become a universal ingredient even outside Treviso. in the areas of the Alps you can also have mushrooms and roe deer, while the Asiago Plateau is well-known for its cheese

In the lagoon, on the other hand, it's seafood. Among the typical dishes of the area are risotto with scallopsscampi and cuttlefishsaor (sardines marinated with vinegar and onions), dried salt cod or Vicenza-style codStewed eel (bisato) is a Venetian specialty. 

There are many typical desserts, including fritterszaletti (polenta cookies), Carnival galani (pastries) and the pandoro from Verona that later became renowned nationally. 

Veneto also boasts an extensive and valued production of red and white wines, including Amarone di ValpolicellaBardolino and Soave, to mention but a few. Raisin wines are best represented by the Recioto di Soavesparkling wines (spumante) are also a favorite , in particular Prosecco from Conegliano-Valdobbiadene