The territory of Veneto includes the Dolomites area to until the Adriatic Sea, crossing a huge hills and a valley furrowed by rivers, canals and the Po delta. This beautiful region is located in the north-east of Italy. One of the most beautiful and characteristic landscape of Veneto is Venice, visited annually by thousands of Italian and foreign tourists. Veneto not only is a wonderful lagoon landscape but also its internal areas are interesting to see: the Dolomites turn red at sunset, Lake Garda, Torri del Benaco and other tourist centers. There are also long sandy beaches such as Jesolo, Bibione, Cavallino, Caorle. This region contains some cultural heritages of singular charm, from art cities to the magnificent “Palladian villas” located along the Brenta Riviera, one of which is the Villa Emo in Fanzolo, the small villages of Arquà Petrarca, Monselice, Asolo, Bassano del Grappa that shows the characteristic signs of the Venetian culture. An interesting town to visit is Castelfranco Veneto where there are the castle walls that once protected citizens. This town is also called “the city of Giorgione” the famous artist. Veneto is the ideal destination for a holiday dedicated to wellness and relaxation thanks to the presence of thermal waters with precious therapeutic properties: the gentle slopes of the Euganean Hills host the equipped Euganean Spas, such as Abano, Montegrotto and Teolo. Here it is possible to combine treatments and therapies with pleasant excursions. The provinces are: Venice (regional capital), Belluno, Padua, Rovigo, Treviso, Verona and Vicenza.

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Things To See

One of the first things to see is undoubtedly Venice: UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its lagoon, its islands from Piazzale Roma to the main square San Marco, it is full of traditional old buildings of the Maritime Republic. Just keep in mind that all of this is surrounded by water. Venice is famous not only for its historic carnival but also for Murano glass and Burano lace. It is possible to visit it walking along major roads or by boating, going up the Grand Canal. Finally, for a typical or a romantic tour you can use the gondola, typical boats of the place. Unforgettable are Piazza San Marco, with ita basilica rich in mosaics and domes, the Duke’s Palace, the maze of lanes full of shops and workshops, churches decorated with paintings, sculptures and frescoes of all time, museums and squares more hidden and the famous “campi” and “campielli”. The romantic balcony of Juliet, one of six symbols of Venice is taken from Shakespeare’s tragedy and the arena, which in summer is transformed into a spectacular open air opera stage. For those who love nature there are the Dolomites, recently declared as part of the World Heritage sites. During the sunset, Dolomites offer a unique light effects thanks to their forms. This is the ideal world for ski enthusiasts: a huge area of kilometers of slopes and equipped resorts, first of all Cortina d’Ampezzo, the “pearl” of the Dolomites, exclusive and elegant it is considered one of Italy’s most famous mountain in the world in which spend an unforgettable summer or winter holiday. In Padua there is the culture par excellence, from the Basilica of St. Anthony, a destination for religious tourism, the magnificent Scrovegni Chapel with frescoes by Giotto that is a timeless masterpiece of art and finally its sixteenth Botanical Gardens, rich in medicinal plants. Veneto has many other surprises for its visitors: Belluno, Treviso and Rovigo are the perfect example of it. Even the smallest towns are rich in history and culture: Asolo, a picturesque medieval village; Possagno, dominated by the mausoleum of Canova; the walled towns of Cittadella, Monselice, Montagnana and Castelfranco Veneto.

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What to Do

From the sea to the mountains, Veneto offers the complete package to every visitor. Popular locations such as Cortina d’Ampezzo, Falcade and San Vito di Cadore offer unique experiences to winter sports enthusiasts: adrenaline-fueled descents with skis or snowboard, snow rafting, climbing, trekking at all levels, special courses for the fund, walks with ” ciaspole “and exciting sleddog races. Bibione a Cavallino is perfect for a beach holiday full of physical activity: beach volleyball, sailing, surfing, water skiing and cycling in cool pine forests and pristine environments. Theme nights are also interesting to see and to live and for the most wild there are various nightclubs and themed pubs. Golf enthusiasts will find several “greens” in the hills, in the background of Lake Garda or near the coast. For those who love nature and walk, the National Park of the Belluno Dolomites it is absolutely to see because of its stunning scenery or you can go to the the Lessinia Park where you can meet the typical examples of the pre-Alpine fauna.

The charming Po Delta and the other lagoon areas, dominated by the reflection of the sky in the water and populated by hundreds of species of birds, are a real paradise for birdwatchers and nature photographers while the shores of Lake Garda, immersed in the typical Mediterranean plant life, offer plenty of areas to practice water sports, sailing, boating and diving. The Euganee Thermal Baths are perfect for relax. Here you can enjoy a relaxing stay thanxk to health and beauty treatments, perfect to find the right balance of body and mind. Lovers of good wine can walk the many “wine roads”: from Bardolino to Pramaggiore, from Conegliano to the other places, famous for their productions, stopping at the wineries to taste excellent wines and typical products.

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What to Taste

The Venetian cuisine is rich in rice vegetables and especially polenta. The latter is particularly loved by the Venetians. It is prepared and eaten as an accompaniment to meat dishes, fish and cheese. Typical vegetables are the beans from Lamon (province of Belluno), the asparagus of Bassano del Grappa, the celeriac of Verona and the red radicchio from Treviso, became a widespread and used all over the world and not just in Treviso. Near the coast, the excellence of the cuisine is based on fish dishes. Among the typical dishes of this area thre are: the seafood risotto with scallops, scampi, the saor that is sardines marinated in vinegar with onions and the creamy baccalà or cooked “alla vicentina”. A specialty of Venice is the eel (bisato) stewed. Among the most loved desserts there are frittelle, zaletti, the galani of Carnival and Pandoro di Verona, which has become a national celebrity. Here the production of wines is continuous: Amarone della Valpolicella, the white Breganze, Bardolino and Soave, just to name only the most famous. The dry wines are best represented by the Recioto di Soave; also famous are the sparkling wines, including Prosecco di Conegliano-Valdobbiadene (or Prosecco Doc) so loved by the people and used in every festive occasion. The most typical grappas are made in Bassano del Grappa and in Conegliano.

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