The region of Veneto is located in the northeast of Italy, bordered to the south by Emilia-Romagna and to the west by Lombardy. The region is one of the favourite destinations of tourists who visit Italy. Veneto provides the best of everything, from the charm of Venice (Venezia) to the delightfulness of the Lake Garda, and from the majesty of the Dolomites, listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site, to many cities of art. The list of treasures that make this region a top tourist destination in every season is long indeed.
The cities are a testimony to the variety of cultural changes in Veneto. Venice, one of the world capitals of art, is a magical city to wander through admist its calli and campi. Treviso is elegantly setup admist the medieval palaces and gothic churches. Vicenza is home to the great architect Palladio and the romantic Verona with the Arena, the temple of opera.
The Dolomites and the Veneto’s mountains are landscapes of fairytales. With its magnificent light effects, the winter snow creates a true paradise for those who want to devote themselves to outdoor sports. As for the fine sand beaches and the fascinating natural landscape, they represent the best of what the region has to offer. In addition, Veneto offers the pleasures of fine food and wine thanks to its rich and valued gourmet tradition.
Venice > Padua Padua > Vicenza Vicenza > Verona
Venice > Padua
Start in Venice, a magical city and romantic city adourned by millions worldwide. Have a look at the the Basilica of Saint Marco, a superb example of Byzantine architecture, located in Piazza San Marco. Around the square, you will also be able to admire the Doge’s Palace, a Venetian Gothic masterpiece and the Procuratie buildings hosting the city museums. Visit the many churches and palaces in Venetian Gothic or Renaissance style, heading to Rialto, the commercial area of Venice. When in Rialto, visit the markets or travel down the Canal Grande by gondola, for a delightful sight of Venice. Whatever you do, don’t miss the Rialto Bridge, the oldest and most famous bridge in Venice.
With 118 islands scattered across the murky Venice lagoon, there’s plenty of choice to accommodate every interest. Before leaving Venice make a truly authentic Venetian experience and drop into one of the many bacari of the city enjoying a cicchetto (appetizer) with spritz or Prosecco. Head to Padua (Padova) (25 min trip) experiencing the lively dynamic life of the city at the historic Caffè Pedrocchi or in Prato della Valle, meeting points for the locals as well as for students and tourists.
Padua > Vicenza
On the next day, your journey in Padua must include the Cappella degli Scrovegni decorated with Giotto’s frescoes or the Basilica di Sant’ Antonio, visited yearly by millions of pilgrims from all over the world. Then take the train from Padua to Vicenza (16 min trip), to get into the heart of the Veneto Region. Vicenza is very easy to discover on foot. The work of Andrea Palladio, a famous 16th century architect‘s, is predominant throughout the city. The ideal first stop in the city is the Teatro Olimpico, Palladio’s last extraordinary work.
Then contine to visit the other buildings designed by Palladio’s namely, the Palazzo Chiericati, the Basilica, the Loggia del Capitaniato, and the masterpiece Villa La Rotonda. The city also preserves evidence of Gothic architecture both in civic buildings such as Palazzo Colleoni Porto and Palazzo Caldogno da Schio and in religious buildings such as the church of Santa Corona, the church of San Lorenzo and the late-Gothic sanctuary of Monte Berico just outside the city walls.
Walking down Corso Palladio to visit the nearby Contrà Porti or Contrà Pigafetta, you will discover plenty of churches and palaces situated in attractive and picturesque corners of the city. At diner time taste the baccalà alla vicentina (Vicenza stockfish), one of its typical dishes, or the typical sopressa vicentina salami with polenta accompanied by the excellent wines of this region.
Vicenza > Verona
In the morning, take the train to Verona (25 min trip), which was the home city to the most famous lovers of all, Romeo and Juliet. Take a stroll down Via Mazzini with its fashionable boutiques and visit Juliet’s house in Via Cappello. Walking through the city you’ll discover significant Roman landmarks as the Roman Theatre, the splendid Ponte Pietra, the Roman town gates and the Arena, Italy’s second largest surviving Roman amphitheatre. The arena is transformed into a theatre during the opera season in summer. Other landmarks also worth visiting include the city churches, masterpieces of the Romanesque and Gothic style as the Cathedral, the Basilica of San Zeno, the churches of Sant’Anastasia and San Fermo Maggiore or the medieval buildings and palaces in Renaissance style in Piazza delle Erbe and in the elegant Piazza dei Signori nearby, where you can also admire the fascinating buildings of the Scaligeri period. The ruling Scaligeri family built, in the 14th, the Castelvecchio today serving as Verona’s top art museum.
Our tip: Have a taste of Verona internationally renowned wines like Amarone Valpolicella DOCG and Valpolicella DOC to taste with a piece of cheese Monte Veronese DOP. Take the bus from Verona (30 min trip) to reach the Valpolicella wine area, admiring its beautiful scenery and stopping in a winery for a wine-tasting.