“A region that offers all sorts of landscape”
The gondolas and snowy mountain huts, steeples and ancient villas. Veneto is a region that offers all sorts of landscape: the Venetian lagoon, the sandy coasts by way of hills and towering mountains. Region rich in history, the Veneto has been known for the role of the Serenissima (Venice) in the Mediterranean and in the trades, as well as for the many celebrities that gave birth, as Marco Polo, Antonio Casanova or Andrea Palladio.
Today, every year, attracts thousands of tourists to the unique beauty of cities like Venice or Verona (made famous in the world, from the story of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare). But every city in Veneto, deserves a visit because even in smaller countries the atmosphere is genuine, made of traditions and regional pride.
A tip: before visiting the region choose the route you want to travel, from the natural to the food and wine, from the cultural to the sport. So you can venture in the Veneto that most suits you. And if you get the chance to attend some folkloristic event like Tocatì, festival of street games in Verona, or the game of living chess in Marostica (Vicenza), sit back and enjoy the show, it’s worth it.
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Venice. There is no person in the world who does not want to visit it at least once in their life. This city, unique in the world, leaves you speechless. Thousands of years of history on his shoulders, channels and bacari (small taverns features) make Venice a symbol impossible not to love. In the past, poets, painters, filmmakers and writers have described in a thousand ways what the lights of Venice can leave in the memories. A timeless beauty to such an extent that UNESCO, in 1987, appointed her with his entire lagoon Unesco world heritage. The city’s museums are leading and well cared for, but the monuments in the open air are even more beautiful: the Cathedral of San Marco to the Rialto Bridge, the Ducal Palace with the Bridge of Sighs to the Clock Tower. Visit the city on foot, savoring every corner of the picturesque streets, or to rely comfortable boats and, at least once in your life, to the gondola (not exactly cheap). Just so you can enjoy the full decadent charm and the ancient history of the city, when the Serenissima was the capital of the Republic of Venice and the Adriatic and trade dominated the most important trade from the East.
From the territorial point of view the Veneto is very varied, with plains, hills, mountains, sea, rivers and lagoons. The Alpine peaks and mountain vegetation are followed across the northern landscape. From there, the rivers are fed and then run in the Veneto plain: the most famous, Adige, Brenta, Piave, the Livenza and of course the Pò, which has its delta in the province of Rovigo. In Veneto also includes the eastern shore of Lake Garda, but there are other small lakes around the area, such as Lake of Cadore, Agordino and the Fimon.
One of the most famous events in the world, the Carnival of Venice, is one of the most favorite festival of all the Veneto. The lagoon city is filled with tourists that create dances, shows and celebrations of all kinds. The mask is a must, if you forget it at home, take advantage of the old shops of the lagoon to take on the appearance of a lady or a noble century. Irrevocable , in this occasion, is the Angel Flight from St Mark’s bell tower. But you go to Venice, futher that to visit the city, even for the Venice International Film Festival, better known as the Venice Film Festival, organized by the Venice Biennale for almost 70 years. The seat is the Lido of Venice in the Palazzo del Cinema, where he was awarded the “Golden Lion”. In Marostica, in the province of Vicenza, in a very impressive setting town, marks the second weekend in even years (as tradition commands) the game of living chess in Castle Square: the players, in medieval clothes, challenge themselves on a huge white and black marcle chessboard . The first match dates back to 1454, when two warriors (Rinaldo d’Angarano and Vieri da Vallonara) fall in love with the daughter of the Lord of Marostica: proposed a duel to marry her, but the father of Lionora proposed a chess challenge to win the love of the maid. In the beautiful arena of Verona, is renewed every year the Opera Festival, which held in the summer months, and staged the greatest melodramas like Aida, La Boheme, La Traviata, Romeo and Juliet, Nabucco. In the province of Belluno, instead, it holds the International Choral of Mel: between June and July are found polyphonic choirs from around the world to perform in this prestigious event. There are usually three evenings that are organized in the Castle Zumelle or outdoors in the courtyard of the Palace of the Countess. A step back in time with the International Festival of street games, said Tocatì, held in the streets of Verona, with a multitude of children playing to throw away a form of cheese, or bowls.
HOW TO GET
By Car – The road system is extended in the Veneto Region territory and easily accessible from all parts of Italy. The A4 motorway (Turin-Trieste) runs through the entire Veneto region from west to east through Verona, Vicenza, Padua and Venice. The A22 follow Verona connecting Trento with Modena, while Padua thanks A13 you get to Bologna.
By Train – Trenitalia provides numerous trains (Intercity, regional, Eurostar) to the northeast: from Milan Central in 2 and a half hours to get to the station of Venice Saint Lucia. From Rome, however, thanks to the high-speed train will arrive in Venice in just under four hours.
By Plane – The airport Marco Polo of Venice , is the third airport in Italy. From here there are daily flights to domestic and international destinations, with various companies (low cost or not). Not far away is the airport of Treviso, Sant’Angelo:. Finally Verona, , is connected with the main Italian and European cities daily. The Catullo airport is served by major Airlines .
In Vicenza you can not miss the beautiful Piazza dei Signori with the Palladian Basilica and the Loggia of the Captain; among the historic buildings of the center, Palazzo Chiericati, Palazzo Valmarana and Palazzo Babaran da Porto. The Olimpico Theater is one of the most spectacular monument, with the Cathedral designed by Palladio. In and around the city are the famous villas designed by the architect Andrea Palladio in the sixteenth century: among the best known are La Rotonda, Villa Godi, Villa Badoer, Villa Piovene, La Malcontenta (near Venice). It would be impossible to list all the beauties of Verona: this city was named a World Heritage Site by Unesco in 2000 precisely because it is a treasure of monuments, buildings, bridges, castles and gardens. The Arena stands for greatness in the city, Castel Vecchio and its bridge breathtaking, Piazza dei Signori, Piazza delle Erbe, the Gran Guardia, the legendary Juliet’s balcony is a must. If you want to visit the castles of Romeo and Juliet instead you need to move in Montecchio Maggiore, in the province of Vicenza, where the two small manors, one overlooking the other, inspired the story of two lovers: that of Bellaguardia would be Juliet Capulet and Villa castle a would belong to the family of Romeo. Padua is a sumptuos city and brilliant cultural past: there you can admire the Porte Contarine, the Scrovegni Chapel by Giotto, the Tomb of Antenor, Prato della Valle , the coffee “without doors” Pedrocchi, the Basilica of St. Anthony. Overlook the Brenta of the most beautiful houses of Bassano del Grappa, aligned, and colorful flowering on the water of the river: this town has a charming old center with the famous Old Bridge built by Palladio and blown up by partisans during the second world war to defend the city and its inhabitants. In 1947 it was rebuilt with the same Palladian project and since then is also called Ponte degli Alpini.
TRADITIONS AND FOLKLORE
If you can call Venetian tradition: the aperitif! Spritz (Aperol, prosecco and soda with the addition of ice and a slice of orange) was born here and the Venetians know this and remember it every day on the streets with friends. Meet before dinner around the Veneto has become a real tradition. Oldest is the tradition of the so-called Nina, the city of Thiene (Vicenza) during the Christmas season: a girl on stage singing folk songs in Venetian dialect in a close dialogue with the choir singing (which is all the people in the square). In several Venetian villages the Nina came to life on Christmas Eve, but now everywhere is lost: only in Thiene is kept alive this tradition, every year, with songs of the area. Several are different historical commemorations in costume around the Veneto, where the past is very regional heard: the Palio of Feltre recalls the entrance of the city under Venice, the Noale Palio has medieval origins while that of Marciliana held in Chioggia and recalls several city festivals.
Every province in the Veneto region and has its typical dishes. Many elements occur in different culinary recipes, like the codfish. Prepared in Vicenza way, is softened soaked, pounded and cooked over low heat for hours while in Venice is easier to find the creamed cod fish obtained by crushing fish and oil (both variants are tasty). Very famous is the Venetian liver with onions and a dash of white wine usually served with white polenta . Among the first tastiest dishes of the region there are bigoli: fresh egg pasta thicker spaghetti, born in Vicenza (but now is found everywhere), perfect with duck sauce. The risotto is a dish that often arises in the Venetian menu and there is something for everyone: poor but tasty variant with peas (rice and peas), more substantial in Verona made with pork (tastasal). always in this area you eat risotto with tench, risotto with frogs, or with pessin (very small fish of the rice fields). In Treviso, but not only – you can savor the delicious risotto with radicchio. As a noble starter, one can find the liver pate with onions and parsley, or the Treviso radicchio cooked on the grill or with eggs in a kind of omelette.
Breganze Torcolato, Bardolino, Valpolicella, Prosecco di Valdobbiadene and Conegliano. Wine in Veneto is a religion. And not without reason. These and many other wines of the region are famous all over the world. In Venice, especially in Murano the glass processing has ancient origins and still retains the quality and splendor of a time as processing and objects: you will find everything from chandeliers, vases, the ornaments, up to real works art. In the capital of the Carnival will also find the most varied masks and the most beautiful costumes to dress up in the days of celebration: in the shops of the city you’ll be spoiled for choice. Asiago DOP cheese (since 1996) has medieval origins and is produced on the Asiago Plateau today with great success: it has different aging times (pimp, old and very old).
DID YOU KNOW THAT…
….the oldest university botanical garden in the world is in Padua? It was built in via Botanical Garden 15 in 1545 for the cultivation of plants and herbs that could be used in medicine from the University of Padua. Even today, the garden has more than six thousand plants kept in the circular walls of the structure. In 1997, UNESCO has named a World Heritage Site.