There are many things to see in Veneto, starting, of course, from the famous Venice with its lagoon, through the Verona of Romeo and Juliet, the palaces of Palladio between Padua and Vicenza, the majesty of the Dolomites and the beauty of the towns on the shores of Lake Garda. To help you choose what to see we have collected for the 10 must-see places in Veneto.
10 unmissable places in Veneto
Unspoiled nature, culture, art, relax, great food and fun: where to find all of this? In Veneto, one of the richest Italian regions for its sights, obviously well-known for Venice, but also for many other charming places, collected in our top Ten.
1. Venice and its lagoon
Mysterious, charming, enchanting: Venice is so beautiful that words are not enough, it has yet to be lived. The lagoon city, one of the most visited cities in the world, boasts magnificent places: San Marco square and its Basilica, the Campanile, Palazzo Ducale, Rialto’s Bridge and Ponte dei Sospiri, are only few examples. After visiting this wonderful city, maybe on gondola, go to the close lagoon places, like Murano, famous for craft creations in glass, and the colored Burano, land of lacework.
2. Verona, between love and music
It is the city where William Shakespeare set the tragic story of Romeo and Juliette’s love. Melting reality and fantasy, every year thousand of visitors go to see Juliette’s house with its famous balcony, a few steps far from Piazza delle Erbe. Verona is also well-known for its wonderful Arena, a very special location for opera music festivals and popstar music
3. The fancy Padua
In Padua you can smell art and culture at every step: seat of a prestigious university, one of the most in Europe, its monument tell us about a very glorious and rich past. Some place? Palazzo della Ragione, Eremitani Musei civici, Scrovegni’s Chapel (Giotto masterpiece), Palazzo del Bo’, Clock Tower. For sacred lovers visit Saint Anthony’s Basilica; for whose prefer the profane, go to one of the bars in old town to sip a good spritz, Padua’s cocktail.
4. In Vicenza, for a dive in the art
The Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio gave Vicenza its best monumental works, like Piazza dei Signori, Palladian Basilica, Olympic Theatre and old town’s palaces, including it in Unesco’s World Heritage.
5. Palladian Villas
Palladio also dedicated himself to the realization of wonderful villas, scattered a little in all the Venetian territory, most in the hills around Vicenza. Commissioned by the wealthy masters of the time, they represent jewels of art and architecture, most of them can be visited all year round, with reservation.
6. Pedemontana, hills of taste
Veneto has a vast area of hills scattered in the various provinces, each of them characterized by magnificent landscapes, historical places and enogastronomic treasures. In Verona’s area there is Soave, a town with a beautiful castle and land of Soave Docg white wine; the Euganean Hills are the land of the great poet Francesco Petrarca and of the finest Italian wines (thirteen). Beyond wine, here produce oil, cheeses (Asiago) and Pandoro, along with panettone the Italian Christmas cake par excellence.
7. Bassano del Grappa, on the Alpine tracks
On Venetian hills the toughest battles of the First World War were fought, and the Piave river was the bloodiest front in the fighting between Italians and Austrians, remembered in the songs of the Alpine, the valiant mountain troops of the Italian Army. In Bassano del Grappa, well known for “grappa” (schnapps) production, go to visit Hemingway and Great War Museum, with a section that collects relics of the writer, volunteer of the Red Cross, and pass on the beautiful Ponte degli Alpini (Alpine Bridge), located on the Brenta river.
8. Garda’s Lake
On the shores of the largest lake of Italy, between Veneto and Lombardy, there are many beautiful places, rich in monuments, especially castles: Desenzano del Garda, Drena, Sirmione, Malcesine, Peschiera del Garda, and many others. And for the entertainment of adults and children, dedicate a day to the large amusement park Gardaland.
9. The most beautiful mountains in the world: Dolomiti
Between Veneto and Trentino Alto Adige stand the majestic Dolomites, the most beautiful mountains in the world, to enjoy all year round for those who love skiing and for lovers of hiking, or for those who simply love nature. Here you will admire unspoilt nature, woods, lakes and thermal resorts; an unavoidable episode in Cortina d'Ampezzo, a place frequented by the international jet set.
10. By the sea in Veneto: the most beautiful beaches
From the mountains to the sea: Veneto overlooks the Adriatic Sea and boasts golden beaches and maritime resorts renowned for fun and relaxation at all ages. Among the most popular places are Lido di Venezia, Bibione, Jesolo and the picturesque Caorle, where the village San Francesco - Duna Verde offers the best accommodation for your holidays. Apartments, camping spaces, mobile homes, villas, a five star holiday center with direct access to the beach of Caorle, surrounded by nature, pet friendly and equipped with every comfort.