VENETO

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Situated in Italy’s northeast, Veneto extends from the Dolomites to the Adriatic Sea. Once the heartland of the Venetian Republic, Veneto is today among the wealthiest, most developed and industrialized regions of Italy. The region boasts the perfect varied landscape, from mountains and hills, to plains and the coast.

With the varied landscape, Veneto’s climate can change from area to area. For example, the plains have a continental coast, whereas the Adriatic enjoys a warm Mediterranean climate. The best time to visit Veneto is early spring to early summer, and late fall to early winter. Midsummer to early fall is often very humid and has an abundance of rain and flooding, especially near the lagoon area of Venice.

Having one of the country’s richest historical, natural, artistic, cultural, musical and culinary heritages, Veneto is an ideal location for a robust Italian experience, all in one place.

Venice

Venice

 

TOURS AND ACTIVITIES

Walking and Trekking: If you’re looking for unspoiled nature, Veneto is the place to visit. There are plenty of excursions and walking/trekking trails such as the National Park of the Dolomites of Belluno, or the Park of Lessinia on the foothills of the Alps.

Mountain Biking: Veneto offers a wide variety of mountain biking trails for all experience levels, accompanied by breathtaking landscapes. The best trails to blaze are part of the Asiago Plateau.

Skiing, Snowboarding, and Mountain Sports: If you’re looking for the adrenaline rush of winter sports, the Dolomites to Lessinia offer everything you need. Famous resorts like Cortina d’Ampezzo, Falcade, and San Vito di Cadore offer first-class experiences in skiing, snowboarding, snow-rafting, cross-country skiing, snowshoe walks, dogsled races, and climbing.

Sailing, Surfing, and Water Sports: Part of the diverse landscape has to offer Veneto boasts a beautiful coast that stretches from Bibione to Cavallino, and has the perfect setting for the nautically inclined. Whether you’re into sailing, surfing, waterskiing, or even beach volleyball, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Golf: Golf enthusiasts will find several opportunities to play the back nine in the hills of Veneto, with Lake Garda in the background or near the coast.

Island Excursion: Take an excursion to the northern lagoon of Venice and visit the most famous islands: Murano, known throughout the world for its glass and crystal making, Burano for the hand-made laces and colored houses, and Torcello as the first human settlement in the lagoon.

Thermal Spas: Start your visit to Italy right with a little rest and relaxation. Veneto is home to many thermal spas, such as the renowned Terme Euganee (Euganean Spas), with treatments and beauty therapy to strip away the everyday doldrums.

Wine Trails: No Italian vacation is complete without experiencing the many wines the country has to offer, and Veneto is no exception. If you love great wines, explore the many wine trails, from Bardolino to Pramaggiore, and from Conegliano to the other areas that have become known for their wine production.

PLACES TO SEE

Venice: One of the sinking cities of the world, Venice sits on a group of 118 small islands separated by canals and linked by bridges. It is located in the marshy Veneto Lagoon which stretches along the shoreline, between the mouths of the Po and the Piave Rivers. The city is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, along with its lagoon. Venice has an unmatched elegance and romantic beauty that makes it a pinnacle of the Italian touristic landscape. Its churches, buildings, old bridges, monuments, and piazzas are testament of the artistic and cultural energy that surround the history of this city. While you’re here, explore the Doge’s Palace, with its sinister secret passageways and trails, or the Piazza San Marco, with its Basilica magnificent Byzantine mosaics and domes.

Verona: Known as the ‘city of lovers,’ Verona is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Verona is situated in southwestern Veneto, close to the eastern bank of Lake Garda. Some of the many sites here include the Arena, the third-largest Roman amphitheatre in Italy, Piazza Erbe, a world-class example of architecture from the Roman, Medieval, and Renaissance periods harmoniously conjoined with the period of the Della Scala Family and 19th century palazzo, and lastly, Juliet’s house, from Romeo and Juliet, where William Shakespeare’s tragic love story unfolds.

Dolomites: One of Veneto’s crowning glories is its natural wonders, the Dolomites. Recently declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Dolomites are known for their majestic views and their world-class ski resorts, including the ‘pearl’ of the Dolomites, the exclusive ski resort Cortina d’Ampezzo.

Padua: In the central area of the Veneto plains, among the lagoon, hills and Alpine foothills, lies the Province of Padua, a short boat ride from Venice. Padua offers a mixture of art, culture, cuisine, and traditions. Here the piazzas are the main feature, particularly Piazza delle Erbe and Piazza dei Frutti. Overlooking the two piazzas is one of Padua’s several symbolic monuments, Palazzo della Ragione, also referred to as the ‘Salone,’ a unique work with its hall decorated with the astrological cycle.

Close by checking out the famous Astrological Clock. Designed in the 14th century, the Clock marks the hours and minutes, in addition to month, day, moon phases, and the astrological place. A final stop on your itinerary should be Padua’s botanical garden, the oldest in the world, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Founded during the epoch of the Venetian Republic in the 16th century, it was conceived as a place dedicated to the study and cultivation of medicinal plants and herbs.

Vicenza: In central Veneto, lies the Province of Vicenza, an ever-changing landscape of mountains, valleys, and watercourses. Vicenza is a province filled with art cities, food and wine tours, and architecture that is sure to enrich any vacation.  Vicenza is home to many of Andrea Palladio’s villas found throughout Veneto, together with the state homes he designed, including Villa Capra Valmarana and Villa Poiana. Other architectural marvels from Palladio include Loggia del Capitanio, and Basilica Palladiana.

Veneto

 

FOOD SPECIALTIES

Polenta: Though not originally from Veneto, Polenta is a favorite among the natives of Veneto, typically enjoyed witch meat, fish, or cheese.

Soapa Calda: A specialty soup of region made with chicken broth, pigeon, and chicken.

Sarde in Saor: A typical winter antipasti dish from Venice, sarde in saor is made of fried sardines, dipped in partially fried onion raisins and pine nuts and other spices and sprinkled with plenty of vinegar.

Zaletti: Also known as polenta cookies, this cookie uses corn flour to give it’s yellow appearance, though it does not have an overwhelming corn taste. The recipe uses tiny currants infused in rum to give the most amazing flavor to the crumbly cookie.

Galani: Galani, or frills, are the typical Venetian sweets for Carnevale. They are delicate, crispy cookies made from ribbon-like pieces of fried dough.

Pandoro:  Pandoro is a traditional Christmas bread from Verona that gets its name from its yellow color.  The yellow or golden color comes from the large amount of egg yolks that arein the bread.  Pandoro is baked in a special star-shaped mold.  Unlike panettone, pandoro does not contain any dried fruits or nuts. Pandoro may be served with many types of creams or sauces, such as mascarpone topping, melted chocolate, or flavored whipped cream.