Gondolas on the Grand Canal in Venice

The Veneto region is known primarily for the city that gave it its name: Venice (Venezia in Italian). Here was the seat of the Venetian Republic, La Serenissima, which ruled the northern Adriatic for a millennium from the 8th to the 18th centuries.

The Veneto is Venice and its canals, islands, and bridges. But it is more than that.

The Veneto is Verona with its Roman amphitheater and annual opera festival.

The Veneto is Padua (Padova), home of one of the world’s oldest botanical gardens, an ancient university, and the Basilica of Saint Anthony of Padua, one of the biggest and most beautiful churches in Italy.

The Veneto is Palladian architecture in Vicenza. It is Italian musical heritage, counting Vivaldi and Salieri among its citizens and La Fenice among its landmarks.

The Veneto region is also home to Belluno, a gateway to the Dolomites. And it is the main producer of prosecco, which comes from the hills of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene near Treviso.

Map of Veneto

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A placid canal in Venice
Featured Articles / Italy Roundtable / Venice & Veneto

On Being Lost in Italy

The footsteps behind us were worrisome. With each step that landed on the worn, slightly slick cobblestones, an equal but louder pair of footsteps resonated behind my husband and me as we tried to find our way back to our Venice hotel on a frigid November night. Not too far…

Acqua alta in Venice
Culture & Living / Venice & Veneto

How Does Venice Work?

Although Venice has been sinking into the Adriatic sea for centuries, visitors, as well as many residents, pay little mind to this fact other than keeping close watch on the acqua alta forecasts. Few of the millions of people that tread on Venice’s cobblestones and stroll over its storied canals know…

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“Italy and the spring and the first love all together should suffice to make the gloomiest person happy.” — Bertrand Russell