Veneto, the land of Venice

Veneto, the land of Venice

Veneto, the land of Venice, is one of Italy’s most visited regions. Its 9 UNESCO World Heritage sites testify to Veneto’s incredibly rich history and landscape variety.

Venice, Verona, Vicenza and the Palladian villas; Padua, the city of the fourteenth-century fresco cycles and the University Botanical Garden. The medieval Treviso and the wine region of the Prosecco Hills of Conegliano Valdobbiadene; the majesty of the Dolomites, the delightfulness of Lake Garda and the Unesco sites such as the Venetian work of defence built between the 16th and 17th century and the Pre-historic Pile-Dwelling sites.

From the natural areas to the golden sand beaches, from the thermal resorts to the best golf courses you can expect, the list of treasures that make Veneto a top tourist destination in every season is long.

All these beautiful destinations are easily accessible through its three airports: Marco Polo Venice Airport, Virgilio Catullo Verona Airport and Antonio Canova Treviso Airport.

Discover Venice and its lagoon

Venice and its lagoon, UNESCO World Heritage site, is one of the world capitals of art, a magical city to wander through amidst its “calli” and “campi”. Therefore, the best way to get to and enjoy Venice is ideally by water. The official Venice CityPass, Venezia Unica, is a useful purchase giving you unlimited use of public transport, free admission to many landmark and reduced entry to selected exhibitions in the most important city museums.

Venice’s places of interest range into the hundreds, with one of the most visited landmarks being the St.Mark’s Square. With Murano, Burano, Torcello and hundreds of small islands scattered across the fascinating Venetian lagoon, there’s plenty of choice surrounding the city’s main sestiere to accommodate every interest.

There are several key points of the calendar that take place throughout Venice, one of which is the Carnival of Venice, an annual event that occurs in February through to early March. The Venice Biennale with the Venice International Film Festival, the International Art Exhibition, the International Architecture Exhibition and the festivals of contemporary music, theatre and dance.

carnaval in venice mask

Discover Verona

In fair Verona love is actually all around…

Verona: a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the home of Romeo and Juliet, a place of history, culture, music, architecture and welcoming people. A land of great traditions, from opera to good food and wine.

Verona and the surrounding region are packed full of places, legends and mysteries to be discovered. Sports lovers will be surprised by the possibilities offered by this area.

Verona bridge

Every place has its own customs and eternal traditions. In Verona, some things are vital: an evening aperitif with friends, eating “risotto” with a glass of local wine in a traditional osteria, summer concerts and going shopping in the historic center.

Destination Verona has also lots to offer for families. From the city and its river to the mountains of Lessinia, via hills blanketed with vines, to the shores of Garda Lake with its theme parks, there is no shortage of things to do for little ones, including child-friendly museums.

peschiera del garda

Discover Vicenza and the Palladian villas

By coming to Vicenza, the so-called “theatre-city”, you get in contact with buildings of incomparable elegance, a majestic architecture signed by Andrea Palladio. Thanks to his works, Vicenza and the Palladian villas are included in the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1994.

vicenza panoramic view

The motto “Heart of the Veneto” is well-deserved, as it is located in a central position within the region, making it easy to reach from the airports of Venice and of Verona.

Dive into the magical atmosphere of the Olympic Theatre, the oldest indoor theatre in the world and discover the ancient goldsmith tradition in the elegant rooms of the Jewellery Museum.

Do not miss the chance to taste the typical delicacies like the famous Bacalà alla Vicentina, paired with a glass of local wine and a tasting of grappa.

Vicenza, the Jewel of the Renaissance, is waiting for you!

Discover Padua

Padua is the only city in the whole region which can boast two UNESCO World Heritage sites: Giotto’s Scrovegni Chapel and the 14th-century painting cycles and the Botanical Garden.

Come visit the world’s oldest Botanical Garden with more than 3500 species and take a deep breath before entering the Scrovegni Chapel: a unique example of a system of outstanding universal value, in an area in which the tradition of fresco mural painting has very ancient roots.

scrovegni chapel padua

Padua is the city of Giotto, Galileo and Petrarch, it houses one of the oldest universities in the world with more than 60.000 students every year! That is the reason why Padua is a young and very lively city. A destination “off the beaten track”, that you can explore by bike along its several cycle paths or walking along its streets with your family.

Venice is just a train ride away (only 30 minutes!), but you can also easily reach Venice with a wonderful boat trip along the Brenta River where you can sail between small villages, swing bridges and the splendor of the Venetian Villas.

And to experience the city like a local…don’t forget to enjoy the typical local food and drinks in one of its stunning piazzas.

Discover the Prosecco Hills of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene

The UNESCO World Heritage Site named “Prosecco Hills of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene”, is located in Veneto (Italy), in a small hilly area north of Treviso, where the positive interaction between man and the environment has created a unique cultural landscape. Steep slopes, gentle expanses of fields, valleys rich in water and sharp ridges make the hills a perfect place for those who want to fully experience nature, through bike rides, hikes, walks. In addition to this, the centuries of history have made this area rich in villages, castles, abbeys, churches and popular traditions. Food and wine are one of the peculiar aspects of this world wonder offering a heritage of unique products with ancient roots, first of all, “Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG”.

prosecco hills valdobbiadene

Discover the Dolomiti Bellunesi, the mountains of Venice

The Province of Belluno with its wonderful Dolomites Unesco World Heritage Site, is located an hour’s drive by car or by transfer from Venice International Airport, placing itself in area surrounded by nature, with an uncontaminated air quality.
In winter the Dolomiti Bellunesi are tinged with white. The boundless woods and the imperious peaks, the gentle valleys and the characteristic villages, everything changes with the arrival of cold and snow. Cortina, exclusive and surrounded by spectacular crode; the Marmolada, the highest massif in the Dolomites; the Civetta ski area, which stands out on the enchanting lake of Alleghe; the valleys of Cadore, a paradise for snowshoes and where the master of color Titian grew up; the iconic 3 Cime di Lavaredo and the wild Comelico; finally the Piave valley, where history is made up of villages, trenches and centuries-old forests, and long walks.

The Dolomiti Bellunesi in winter have a wide variety of activities that can be practiced outdoors: over 400 km of ski slopes, but also snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, ski mountaineering ski resorts able to satisfy any need for a holiday on the snow.

dolomiti bellunesi summer

In summer they turn into an outdoor paradise; there are many activities that can be practiced: biking, e-biking, trekking, mountaineering, rafting, canyoning, paragliding and much more. Backpack, walking boots, discover this marvel, rock after rock, path after path, meadow after meadow.

One of the most famous destinations of the Dolomites and of the whole Alpine arch is Cortina d’Ampezzo, also known as the Queen of the Dolomites. Cortina is one of the world’s hotspots for sports. Few know the town hosted Italy’s first Olympics in 1956, and many international competitions since then. Besides, Cortina will host several races of the Olympic Games Milano Cortina 2026. In the summer, Cortina has been several times a venue of the Giro d’Italia and hosts regularly the Lavaredo Ultra Trail, one of the world’s most famous trail sunning competitions.

But a holiday in Cortina is not just about sports: what makes the destination unique is its ability to bring together its strong sports heritage with a relaxing and exciting mountain atmosphere.

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Cortina ©

Enjoy the thrill of skiing on the slopes of the World Ski Championships, or hike one of the many spectacular itineraries of the valley. What both have in common are the stunning views on some of the most famous Dolomite peaks. Couple the pleasure of sports and the wonder of the panorama with the delicious taste of food at one of Cortina’s many mountain huts, famous for their hearty cuisine. Here, the local food tradition combines ancient local recipes with the century-long influences of Venetian and Tyrolean flavours and ingredients, for a unique blend. Try the casunziei, local ravioli with a purple nuance due to the beetroot filling that come served with melted butter, parmesan and poppy seeds. Come to Cortina for the full taste of the Dolomites.

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