Veneto is one of the most beautiful Italian regions located in the north-eastern part of the country. Provincia di Veneto sweeps from the Venetian lagoon by the prosecco hills of Valdobbiadene to the rocky spires of the Dolomites Mountains. The principal jewel of Veneto is most unique and famous city of Venice, it is the world’s capital of romance with its beautiful canals, squares and opera. But the Veneto area have more hidden jewels to discover. With the most beautiful villages, lakes and panoramas, Veneto is located perfectly to enjoy the Italian lifestyle in each season of the year. Enjoy the beach life at the long beaches at the coastline in summer, while in winter you can ski in Dolomites that have the best maintained ski resorts in Europe.
Veneto contains a rich history recognized by the Unesco World Heritage foundation. Not only Venice and its beautiful lagoon is under the Unesco protection. The protected places in Veneto include the city of Verona, with the Arena, its evocative historic center and the Juliet’s House, tied to the events of Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare, Vicenza and the Palladian Villas, the Botanical Garden of Padua, the oldest university botanical garden in the world (dating to the 1545), the Dolomites mountain range, where is the world’s biggest ski area, the natural park in the Po delta and, the last in order of time, the wine-growing area of the Prosecco Hills.
The strategic position of Venice on coast the of the Adriatic Sea and trade with the Middle East, already in the Middle Ages, allowed the city to become one of the most influential commercial and political center of Europe. Only in 1797, Napoleon Bonaparte managed to complete the continuous 1,376-year history of Venetian independence. Later, by the decision of the Vienna Congress, the Republic of Venice was annexed to the Austrian Empire, and in 1866 it was included to the Kingdom of Italy. Today Veneto is one of the most developed regions in Italy. For 2019, Venice was the third largest region in terms of GDP (166.4 billion euros) after Lombardy and Lazio. Important sectors of the region’s economy are still agriculture, fishing, shipbuilding, textile and footwear industries.
Veneto is divided into 7 provinces bearing the names of administrative centers:
Venice (Provincia di Venezia) is located in the southeast and occupies 2/3 of the Adriatic coast. It includes Venice itself, located on eighteen islands, as well as the popular seaside resorts of Jesolo, Caorle and Chioggia.
Belluno (Provincia di Belluno) occupies the northern part of the region and borders Austria. Belluno is famous for ski resorts such as the capital of the 1956 Winter Olympics – Cortina d’Ampezzo or the ski centers of Civetta and Falcade.
Treviso (Provincia di Treviso) is located between the provinces of Venice and Belluno. The province of Treviso is considered the birthplace of the famous tiramisu dessert and prosecco. It is in the Valdobbiadene and Conegliano valleys that 60% of Italian prosecco is produced.
Vicenza (Provincia di Vicenza) occupies the northeastern part of the region and is the birthplace of the famous architect Palladio. It was here that he constructed numerous buildings in the late Renaissance style. Since 1994, the city of Vicenza and 24 Palladian villas are included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
In the province of Vicenza you can find the City Bassano del Grappa. In this small city is it where art, history and gastronomic excellence come together. Surrounded by prosecco hills and favored by a mild climate, Bassano del Grappa is a pretty medieval town located in the Vicenza area. Walking in the historic center means diving into art: the streets of the center are adorned with the works of authors such as Palladio , Canova , Jacopo Da Ponte , Marinali and Dall’Acqua . The symbol of the city is the Ponte Vecchio built on a project by Palladio.
Rovigo (Provincia di Rovigo) – in the south of the region, goes to the Adriatic Sea, occupying 1/3 of the coast of the region with a natural park in the Po delta. More than 150 species of aquatic birds live or pass through the area, from elegant stilts and pink flamingos to herons and storks, just to mention a few.
Padua (Provincia di Padova) is located in the south of the region and covers a small area of the Venetian lagoon (Laguna veneta) on the Adriatic coast. 10 kilometers from Padua, among the Euganean hills, there is a whole network of modern thermal spas of Terme Euganee, including Abano, Montegrotto and Teolo.
Verona (Provincia di Verona) is the westernmost province of Veneto, home to Romeo and Juliet, as well as the famous red wine Valpolicella. In the west of the province is the picturesque Lake Garda and the Gardaland amusement park.