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Veneto / Prosecco

Veneto Destination Guide


Veneto is quite possibly Italy’s most romantic region; how could it be denied such title when the region is home to the most romantic city in the world? The one and only, Venice. The city of marble palaces, never-ending canals and gondolas that come complete with serenade. Yet, a Venetian romance is but a small part of the region’s charm.

From the Dolomite Mountains to the region’s awe-inspiring lakes, the scenery is truly eclectic, and a tour of the region will take you from one magnificent extreme to another. Read on to discover where to go, what to see, and why Veneto is a must-visit region. Or to book luxury accommodation in and around Veneto, take a look at our property search online.

Getting There


 

Water or Taxi


Travelling around the lagoons by water taxi or water bus may feel complicated at first – but it’s easy to get the hang of once you familiarise yourself with the water routes. Outside of Venice, the Veneto region as a whole is well served with trains and local buses which connect the towns, cities and villages. And another popular way to travel is by private cab hire.

Airports


Treviso-Sant’Angelo Airport and Venice Marco Polo Airport are well serviced by various budget airlines such as RyanAir and EasyJet; travelling to Veneto from the UK is extremely convenient and if you book in advance, you can find a good deal. Verona also has its own airport (Verona Villafranca Airport) and this is the closest airport to Lake Garda.

Venice Vaporetto


One of the most (seemingly) complicated modes of transport in Veneto is the Vaporetto water bus in Venice. But once you’ve got the hang of it, it’s very simple. You can purchase one way tickets, 24 hour tickets, 48 hour tickets, 72 hour tickets or week long tickets that give you the hop-on / hop-off travel option. Alternatively, you can travel by private water taxi or shared taxi schemes.

Veneto / Prosecco Properties


 

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Villa Asolo

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A Wonderful property situated on a wine producing estate.
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TOP 10 THINGS TO DO


 

The world’s most romantic city is nothing short of spectacular. It’s undeniably rampant with tourists and holidaymakers in the summer, but its popularity doesn’t take away from the city’s incredible magic. Take a walk around the famous Piazza San Marco, wander down the backstreets for undiscovered Venetian restaurants, see the stunning Rialto Bridge lit up at night, and ride a gondola across the Grand Canal.

Verona, second in beauty only to Venice, is a breath-taking river city offering the most fantastic views of the River Adige – all with the Lessini Mountains as a backdrop. See the outstanding Castel Vecchio Bridge, the Piazza Del Erbe, the Scaliger Tombs, the Verona Arena, and the romantic home to Romeo and Juliet; Juliet’s Balcony at the Casa di Giulietta.

The diverse landscapes of the Veneto region can sometimes be overlooked – and it’s easy to do so with its magical cities – but a journey to Veneto is never gratified without a trip to the Dolomite Mountains. Stay in the little jewel of Cortina d’Ampezzo, a small town which is neatly tucked into the base of the Dolomites. Enjoy skiing or hiking, and finish off your days with some Michelin starred dining. It’s a truly glamorous affair and luxury is never far away.

Italy is without a doubt, famed for its wonderful lakes. Lake Garda is Italy’s largest and grandest, so vast that it brings together a trio of regions; Lombardy, Trentino and Veneto. It’s a meeting point of three major parts of the country and there are many lakeside towns and villages to be explored. We recommend staying near Garda, Malcesine, Bardolino and Lazise.

Venice alone is wonderful but surrounding it is a vast lagoon with smaller islands that offer less chaotic crowds. Lido has a relaxed pace of life and a well-managed beach for those who want to kick back, Murano is the iconic home to Italian glass-making and glass jewellery, and Burano is famed for its colourful architecture. For anyone staying in Venice, don’t forget to set aside an extra few days for the surrounding islands of the Venetian Lagoon.

Vicenza is truly unique when it comes to architecture; all thanks to the legendary Andrea Palladio, a world esteemed architect, turning the city into his adopted home. Known as the “City of Palladio”, Vicenza houses some of the most amazing Palladio villas of the region. Be sure to see the Palladian Basilica and the Olympic Theatre.

Another gloriously beautiful city worth visiting in the region is Padua; you’ll find a young, stylish crowd here due to the many students who reside and study in the city. Perfect for culture vultures, Padua’s ambiance is derived directly from the cosmopolitan lifestyles of the local residents. Enjoy a picnic at Corso del Popolo and watch the sunset, experience the electric party atmosphere at Piazza dei Signoria by twilight, and stroll along the Bacchiglione River when it’s elegantly lit up at night. Don’t miss the Civic Museums, the Scrovegni Chapel and St. Anthony’s Basilica.

Not only is Soave one of the Veneto’s unique walled cities, but it’s also an interesting wine region for those with a taste for world class DOC and DOCG vino. This preserved medieval commune comes complete with its own medieval castle which makes it a great place to explore. There are a number of vineyards in the area so be sure to book in for an exclusive wine tour or tasting day.

Another spectacular walled city is Monselice in North East Veneto. Located by the Euganean Hills, the views are just breath-taking. A ruined fortress can be seen on top of Monselice’s hilltop and the entrance to the castle can be reached from Via del Santuario. This sleepy town doesn’t have the variety of the region’s bigger cities when it comes to restaurants and bars – and it can be quite hard to find somewhere to eat in the historic areas. But head to Piazza San Marco and you will be greeted with a number of inviting places to sit down and enjoy a bite to eat.

If you’re looking for a seaside town to get away from the hustle and bustle of Veneto’s top cities, Caorle is a must. This scenic coastal holiday destination has over 9 miles of pristine beach and the traditional nature of the old town will make you feel like you’ve taken a step back in time. Walk along the cliffs to the Virgin Mary Sanctuary and take a boat excursion to Ernest Hemingway’s much loved Caorle Lagoon.

Weather


With its assortment of landscapes comes an assortment of weather. Like its eclectic terrain, Veneto offers every kind of climate you can think of. The snow-capped Dolomites can bring arctic winters and cool summers, whilst coastal regions are much warmer and steady all year round. The hills and plains of the region have a typically continental climate which brings hot summers and cold winters.

Venice gets very hot and humid during summer and high temperatures can be 28°C and above; milder temperatures can be expected in spring or autumn. Winter in Venice is cold, with temperatures as low as 1°C.

Lake Garda can be visited any time of year due to its all year round sun. In the peak of summer, you can expect it to be hotter than 30°C. Even in spring and autumn, you can expect beautiful mild weather (average temperatures of around 18°C, 19°C or 20°C).

Regional Food & Wine


Venetian food is unique because it is very different to the rest of Northern Italy. Taking influences from international cuisines, Venetian cooking can be described, just like its landscape and its weather, as somewhat eclectic.

Using exotic spices and flavours makes Veneto a culinary oddity to the rest of the country, but its most notable distinction is delivering extremely light, elegant dishes; the perfect food to soothe the soul in a region of romance.

 

Typical Dishes to Try


Fresh seafood is a huge part of Venetian cooking and you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to selection. Dishes are often made with juicy prawns, mussels, clams, large scallops, sea snails, octopus and crab. Risotto and polenta are also popular if you don’t want to eat pasta, and you will also find a number of restaurants serving meat specialities.

Must-try dishes include Risotto Nero made with squid ink, Sarde in Saor (Venetian style sardines), Bigoi in Salsa made with sardines and anchovies, Carpaccio (a delicious raw meat dish), and Scampetti con Polenta (shrimps on polenta).

Wine in Veneto


Veneto is no different to its neighbouring regions when it comes to boasting excellent wines; the whole of Italy carries that accolade. Even the lesser known wine regions such as Veneto have some surprising vinos to tantalise the connoisseurs. Traditional reds include Valpolicella and Bardolino, and regional whites are from the Soave vineyards.

And of course, we can’t forget the world’s most loved sparkling wine, Prosecco, which is produced in the province of Treviso. Be sure to try the Venetian specialities when browsing the cocktail menu – Bellini, Rossini and Mimosa, all made with local Prosecco.

Recommended Restaurants


The food in Veneto differs across the cities, hill towns and coastal areas. The huge variety means that there’s always something for everyone. Here is just a handful of some of our top rated restaurants.

 

Osteria Boccadoro, Venice


Located far away from the main tourist square, this delightful restaurant offers the finest seafood and homemade pasta. Very authentic and a great wine cellar to boot!

Antiche Carampane, Venice


This is one of the city’s oldest establishments and it’s been a magnet for the rich and famous over the years. A true fine dining restaurant with traditional cuisine.

Teodorico Re, Verona


If you want to enjoy lunch or dinner with a view, try Teodorico Re at Piazzale Castel San Pietro in Verona. Soak up the city’s romantic historical past and dine al fresco overlooking wonderful architecture.

Ristorante all’Anguilla, Coarle


Highly rated on TripAdvisor, Ristorante all’Anguilla in the seaside town of Coarle is a family-friendly establishment with very simple yet outstanding seafood. Presentation is fantastic and service is highly praised.

Righetti, Vicenza


For a cheap and fuss-free place to dine whilst in Vicenza, go to Righetti. This self-service restaurant is ideal for families. Brimming with happy locals, you can rely on this food to be delicious and fresh even at its budget price.

 

Annual Events


As the most romantic region of Italy, there’s much to celebrate. Here are some of the fantastic annual events and festivals not to be missed.

 

Carnevale (Feb)


Perhaps one of the region’s most famous events; the world’s largest masked ball, taking place in the Piazza San Marco, Venice. An electric atmosphere and colourful display of Venetian masks.

Verona In Love (Feb)


A 5 day affair to celebrate the romance of the region. Held around St. Valentine’s Day, this extensive week of love is an ode to the famous star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet. Exhibitions, concerts and shows are held across the city.

Vogalonga (May)


This colourful day in Venice protests against the use of motorboats on its waters with hundreds of traditional boats setting off from Doge’s Palace in the morning. It’s a spectacular sight not to be missed, so get up early to watch.

 

River Film Festival (May)


Padua is one of the most cultured cities in the region. With its young and intellectual student crowd, it’s the perfect place to host the River Film Festival (screened every May). The screenings are dedicated to one genre only – short films – and awards are given out to the newbie film-makers who take part.

Schermi d’Amore (May)


Just to prove that love really is in the air in Verona, the city provides a fantastic festival in May which celebrates its romantic past through the power of film. The Cinema Filarmonico screens a selection of romantic movies.

Medieval Festival of Soave White Wine (Sept)


The wine festival takes place in the walled city’s castle every year and features a succession of medieval games, shows, and processions. You can also taste a variety of DOC and DOCG wines of the region.

 

 
 

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