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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Venice’s Elite Beaches No Longer Off Limits

As of today, the elite Lido di Venezia, the summer playground of the Lion City’s elite since the 1900s, will be open to all who wish to visit its shores. In what is being called a “mini-revolution,” Venice’s Mayor Giorgio Orsoni has signed an ordinance that requires that the exclusive,…

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How to Eat Fish in Venice

Dining is one of the best parts of the Italy travel experience. Of course, as you’ve probably read before, there are rules when it comes to enjoying a meal in Italy. I hate rules. But I do appreciate tradition, as well as learning about how Italians use and eat different…

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Carnival in Italy: Floats, Parades, and Other Carnevale Celebrations

Carnival time is when Italians prepare to “take away meat” (carnem levam) by throwing lavish parties and parades featuring masks, floats, and lots of food. Carnival season usually lasts several weeks, with the biggest celebrations taking place in the days before the beginning of Lent. Fat Tuesday/Mardi Gras, called Martedì…

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Happy Birthday, Venice!

I just learned that today is Venice’s 1,588th birthday, according to blogger and Venice Kayak businessman René Seindal. Here’s a nice, brief history lesson: Dear Venice, happy 1588th birthday – René Seindal.