The region in the northeast of Italy stretches from the Dolomites to the Adriatic Sea. It includes a wide low mountain range and a lowland with rivers and canals. Lagoons are also typical for Veneto. The city that gave the region its name, Venice, also lies in such a lagoon. But also beyond the lagoon city there is much to discover: art treasures in cities that are unjustly overshadowed by Venice, above all Verona, Padua and Vicenza. They are situated in a magnificent natural setting, where first-class wines grow. Not to forget the many thermal springs around which spas such as Abano, Montegrotto and Teolo have formed.
1000 years of glassblowing tradtion on an island
Muran, as it is called in Venetian, is a group of islands northeast of the old town. The 1400 year old village is famous for its glass industry. A visit to one of the studios or to the Museo dell'Arte Vetraria is therefore highly recommended. With more than 4000 objects, this museum in Palazzo Giustinian documents the 1000-year history of glassblowing in Murano. Even glass from Roman times can be found among the exhibits. The Romanesque former cathedral Santi Maria e Donato is interesting for art lovers.
Glorious university, market square in the lake
According to Homer, the town 30 kilometers west of Venice was founded by sailors after the destruction of Troy. Thus it would be one of the oldest in Italy and during the times of the Roman Empire it was certainly one of the richest cities in the world. Devastation during the barbarian invasions, however, had left very little of it. In the late Middle Ages the city, which is connected by a channel system with the main rivers of the Po Valley, managed to rise once again. In part thanks to the glorious university, where Albertus Magnus and Galileo Galilei have taught. Worth seeing is the old market square, which is surrounded by water, and the Scrovegni Chapel, with frescoes of Mary and Jesus. The father of the builder, the notorious extortioner Reginaldo Scrovegni, is said to have met Dante in hell.
Wine tasting in historic villages
Between Vittorio Veneto and Treviso the Prosecco region nestles in the foothills of the Alps. The wine-growing area in which the slightly sparkling white wine is grown can be accessed by a marked wine route. In the historical towns along the road wines can be tasted and bought. Especially nice is the old town of Conegliano or the Villa Barbaro from 1560. From there it is not far to Asolo with its picturesque old town and its viewpoint, the Rocca.
Small city among hills and vineyards
This small city between Verona and Vicenza is surrounded by hills and vineyards where the Soave Classico is grown and made. This dry white wine with a velvety aroma is among the most renowned wines in Italy. The name “Soave” is derived from the term for the Swabians (Sueben) who settled in this lovely region during the Migration Period. The old town still has an intact city wall with 24 towers and is dominated by the mighty castle of the Scaliger clan.
Arcades in the old town
Treviso's historic old town is surrounded by a city wall and honeycombed with idyllic canals. Among these features you will find patrician houses from the 12th and 14th centuries as well as arcades and tranquil squares, all dating to the city's heyday. A local culinary specialty is the red Radicchio (a kind of leaf chicory).
Urban life under the balcony of Romeo and Juliet
The city at the south end of the Brenner Pass lies on a bend of the River Adige and is regarded as one of the most striking cities in northern Italy. The annual wine show called Vinitaly, the open-air operas and the numerous historical attractions make Verona a popular tourist destination. The provincial capital was important even during Roman times, as evidenced by the huge amphitheater and the massive city walls. Among many other things, Verona is associated with Dante and Romeo and Juliet. The old town with its splendid squares lined with Renaissance palazzi, such as the Piazza dell'Erbe and Piazza dei Signori, is particularly picturesque.
City of the arts and architecture at the edge of the Po Valley
This city of the arts, with a population of over 100,000, is located about 60 kilometers northwest of Venice. The city is famous for its jewelry and garments industries as well as for the buildings of the Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio, for which it has earned the status of a World Heritage Site. Vicenza is also among the wealthiest cities in Italy. A stroll down the main avenue, the Corso Palladio, and across the Piazza dei Signori is like walking through an open-air museum.
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