Veneto and Lake Garda
Some of the most important cities in the Veneto region - such as Verona, Vicenza and, naturally, Venice - are featured on the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites. They are just some of the most representative localities in this marvelous region which also includes Treviso, a charming, aristocratic city, Padova with its elegant and sophisticated old town center, Rovigo which is a cutting-edge yet high class city and, finally Belluno, the stairway that leads to the enchanting scenery of the Dolomites.
Venice is a city to be visited on foot in order to explore the twisting “calle” or alleys running up and downhill, crossing over the series of bridges that lead to the marvels of the Galleria dell’Accademia and Santa Maria della Salute which contain the precious creations of 14th and 18th century Venetian painters, as well as the Scuola di San Rocco with its wonderful cycle of canvases by Tintoretto.
The lagoon is separated from the open sea by “lidos”, long sandy bars, many of which have been contained by man using various methods. Communication with the outside takes place through the mouths of the ports of the Lido, Malamocco and Chioggia. Water enters the city from the sea every six hours and flows away six hours later.
Then there is Verona, which dates back to 49 B.C., the city chosen by Shakespeare as the setting for his “Romeo and Juliet” due to its ancient charm.
However, if you want to truly get to know the Veneto region, you must visit Vicenza, also known as the city of Palladio because it was the place where the famous artist realized his most important architectural works, mainly villas; Padua, with its Botanical Gardens, founded way back in 1545, the most ancient in the world and now a UNESCO World Heritage site. The artistic patrimony of Padua consists of monuments of enormous artistic and cultural value such as the Cappella degli Scrovegni, the Prato della Valle and the Cathedral.
The Venetian villas of the Riviera del Brenta are some of the most beautiful examples of historical residences and dwellings to be found in the region. Many are situated along the river Brenta where, at various times during the year, boat and motorboat trips are organized which normally last for a whole day and offer visitors a chance to lunch in restaurants and inns that are typical of the Veneto region.
The Adriatic Sea that stretches from beyond the mouth of the river Po to the mouth of the river Tagliamento, has allowed the cities on the Adriatic Riviera in Veneto, such as, Sottomarina, Venice, Lido di Venezia, Cavallino Treporti, Lido di Jesolo, Eraclea Mare, Caorle and Bibione the chance to develop their tourist and fishing industries.
The bank of Lake Garda that is located in the Veneto region is over fifty kilometers long, and is known as the Riviera degli Ulivi because of the olive groves cultivated there. It is dotted with many small towns such as Peschiera, Lazise, Bardolino, Garda, Torri del Benaco, Brenzone and Malcesine. Small pearls set amidst a mosaic of color, dominated by the blues of the sky and the waters of the lake, as well as the emerald green of the surrounding vegetation.
Valpolicella is a harmonious blend of history, culture, folklore and tradition, enhanced by excellent food and wine products and a tradition of offering visitors a warm welcome.
The genuine local traditional dishes are accompanied by famous, fruity and full-bodied wines such as Valpolicella, Recioto and Amarone.
Finally, no visit to the Veneto region is complete without tasting its wonderful cuisine, which has a typically eastern character, and is based on 4 main ingredients (polenta, rice, beans and “baccalà” - dried salt-cured cod), which are used to prepare unique dishes, the result of both tradition and modern innovation. Some typical dishes from Veneto are Baccalà alla Vicentina (dried cod Vicenza style), Risi e Bisi (Venetian rice and peas), Sarde in Saor (Venetian style sardines) and its famous biscuits, the best known of which are “Baicoli Veneziani”.