From the rocky foothills of the Dolomites to the fertile valleys of the Po River, Veneto has a diverse geography that makes it a fascinating area to discover. The mountains of Veneto have a rare beauty. The majestic Dolomites, seen from Cortina 'Ampezzo, the famous holiday resort in the province of Belluno, are a fabulous spectacle. Here you'll find medieval castles and modern skiing resorts, foothills dotted with charming towns and lined with picturesque world-class vineyards. And the whole area of the river Po delta, in the province of Rovigo, is a unique environment of exceptional natural interest.
Veneto is bordered to the south by the Adriatic, with its beaches and ports, and provides a contrast with the area's gently rolling countryside, the vast stretch of Lake Garda (Lago di Garda) on the west, flanked by lemon and olive groves, and the many attractive resorts and ancient towns throughout the region.
Veneto will enchant you with both its fascinating nature and the art and culture of its marvelous cities.
Venice, (Venezia), the city of lagoons, is a city we have all traveled to, if only in our imagination! Venice is truly an eclectic combination of pleasures. Celebrated the world over for its splendid and varied architecture, home of elegant shops and cafes, and the famous Carnevale, Venice (Venezia) is one of the few cities in the world that can be described as unique.
Despite comparisons with Venice, the lovely fortified city of Treviso has its own distinctive character. Treviso's balconied houses and porticoed streets are criss-crossed by picturesque canals and filled with beautiful medieval palaces. Visit scholarly and vivacious Padua (Padova) with its ancient university. It ranks with Florence and Bologna as one of the main Italian center of learning and has outstanding architecture and museums. Verona, with its rich Roman and Etruscan past, is an aesthetically pleasing provincial city, with streets paved with marble. Verona is also well known as the setting for Shakespeare's timeless love story, Romeo and Juliet. Don't miss the massive 1st-century AD Arena, which is still the setting for major events, and the Piazza Erbe with its colorful market.
Lying equal distant between Venice and Verona, Vicenza is set against a backdrop of mountains and is homeland of the great Palladio, a leading 16th-century architect, who was responsible for at least a dozen of the city's palaces and countless villas in the countryside. Partly bounded by medieval walls, Vicenza balances its classical image with its current source of wealth, a "silicon valley" electronics industry.
Whether you choose to follow the Palladian villa trail, succumb to the romance of Romeo and Juliet in Verona, or enjoy the uniqueness of Venice, Veneto offers you a vast variety of picturesque scenery and historic cities.