Gondolas on the Grand Canal in Venice

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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.

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The Veneto is home to eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites:

  • City of Verona
  • City of Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto
  • The Dolomites (Shared with Trentino Alto-Adige, Friuli-Venezia Giulia)
  • Padova Urbs Picta – Padua City of Paintings includes several sites around the city with early frescoes, including Giotto’s paintings in the Scrovegni Chapel
  • Prosecco Hills of Conegliano e Valdobbiadene
  • Venetian Works of Defence between the 16th and 17th Centuries: Stato da Terra – Western Stato da Mar
  • Venice and its Lagoon

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