Wedged in between the Dolomites and the Adriatic lies Veneto, a unique region and a real treasure trove full of art and architecture, beautiful scenery, interesting cities, and? tasteful cuisine. In other words: the ideal region to explore!
The foothills of the Dolomites can be found in the northern parts of this region. This area is very suitable for walks thanks to its many footpaths, but it?s also great for mountain biking or even winter sports. The mountain scenery changes into undulating hills with vineyards, and further south the land becomes flatter still.
Many art treasures and beautiful historic buildings can be found in this region?s interesting cities. During you walks along the narrow lanes and small squares of the historic villages and towns, you will be able to explore the rich architecture and history of cities such as Venice, Verona, Padua, Vicenza, Treviso, or Rovigo. And it?s always a pleasure to finish off with an Italian meal and some wine in the open air!
If you are looking for somewhere to cool off, then visit the popular Lake Garda. This lake in the western part of the region is Italy?s largest lake ? it?s ideal for a day of water sports and relaxing. Tip: The village of Malcésine has a cable lift up to the mountain of Monte Baldo. From here, you will have a spectacular view over the lake! And then there?s the coast, of course. Along the Adriatic coast in the east, you will find long sandy beaches.
When we think of this region, we all think of Venice, of course. And that?s only natural. The city that is slowly sinking into the sea still works its magic on its visitors. The sound of water lapping against the walls, fishing boats, the most famous gondolas, small streets, and its view when you arrive by boat? it all adds to the experience.
Venice was a thriving trading city, which is reflected by its large wealth of art and culture in the richly ornamented façades, palaces, and churches. You can easily spend a couple of days here, walking along all the lanes, but if you?re only going for one day, you will probably concentrate on the well-known sights such as the San Marco square and the Basilica de San Marco, the Doge?s Palace, and the Bridge of Sighs. And of course there are the many museums and palaces. Above all, this is a city to experience. Take a boat trip over the Canal Grande and view the city from the water. You can also visit the island of Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore, from where you have a gorgeous view on Venice. Try and visit the smaller squares and the more remote streets of Venice. It?s better to travel out of season, to get a different and real image of the city. You will no doubt sample the Venetian cuisine in one of its restaurants!
Around Venice you will find fabulous Venetian villas, built in the classicistic architecture of the architect Palladio. These were the upmarket country houses of wealthy Venetian families. But many more places are well worth a visit: Veneto, Padua, Vicenza, Treviso, and the charming mountain village of Asolo. All these cities have many restaurants for a wonderful meal out. But you could also give ?Agriturismo? a try ? a great way to discover the local cuisine and the atmosphere in the countryside.