One of the best known regions of Italy, Veneto stands out for its most impressive array of landmark monuments and architectural feats.
Within this area alone, you will find the Basilica of San Marco in Venice, the renowned Arena of Verona (a Roman amphitheater built in the 1st century), and in Padua, the Scrovegni Chapel and the Basilica of St. Anthony. Veneto was also home to a plethora of world-renowned artists including Titian, Tintoretto and Tiepolo, whose paintings are displayed in the most prominent museums of the world. At Viandando we have tailored a number of iconic experiences dedicated to exposing you to the special experiences that are singular to this region. Imagine a romantic, Venetian evening gondola ride under the Ponte de’Sospiri (which literally means the ‘bridge of sighs’); experience a spellbinding night of music at the Arena di Verona where famous operas by Verdi or Puccini are produced each year with magnificent choreographies. And a visit to the edgy contemporary Art Gallery ‘Casa dei Carraresi’ in Treviso, or a private boat excursion on the Brenta Canal – connecting Venice to its glorious surroundings, including the famous Palladian Villas – are definitely on the ‘must do’ list.
FOOD & WINE EXPERIENCES
Amarone, Bardolino, Valpolicella: these are just three of a number of excellent wines produced in Veneto. At Viandando we love to craft tailor-made tours for our customers, including the crème of cellars where such wines are developed. Join us to discover all the secrets of a wine production process, from the picking of the grapes to the guarded intricacies of bottling the final product. Through Viandando, you will discover Valpolicella, a region rich in vineyards and cellars, where wine enthusiasts will be able to taste the delicious, full-bodied Amarone (a red wine which is highly valued) and Recioto, a sweet white wine with longstanding traditions. Another important wine area is the Euganean Hills, where numerous wines from the classic Cabernet and Merlot to the dry Pinello and sparkling Serprino are produced And we cannot forget the wine areas of Valdobbiadene and Conegliano, where the famed sparkling white wines including Prosecco of Valdobbiadene and Conegliano Prosecco have conquered the world.
Some of the most distinctive Italian cities lie in the spectacular natural setting of the Veneto. This region features a dazzling array of iconic museums, magnificent palazzos and unique monuments. Visit Venice, which some believe is the most romantic city in the world, wander through its picturesque canals crossed by gondolas, be prepared to be mesmerized by the stunning islands of Burano, Murano and Torcello accompanied by our awarded expert guides and experts of History and Arts. We highly recommend an outing to Verona, where notes of Verdi’s Aida resonate each summer in the magnificent Arena. In Vicenza you will also discover the refined architectural buildings by Andrea Palladio, most of which have been proclaimed World Heritage Sites by the UNESCO. Verona is also home to the tragic saga of Romeo & Juliet. And to truly bridge the past to the present, we shall include a visit to Montagnana, one of the most beautiful fortified villages of Europe, where Zeffirelli’s 1968 film version of ‘Romeo and Juliet’ was actually shot.
Veneto is the 8th largest region in Italy, with a total area of 18,398.9 km2 (7,103.9 sq mi). It is located in the north-eastern part of Italy and is bordered to the east by Friuli Venezia Giulia, to the south by Emilia-Romagna, to the west by Lombardy and to the north by Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol. At its northernmost corner it borders also on Austria. The north-south extension of Veneto is 210 km (130 mi) from the Austrian border to the mouth of the River Po. By area, 29% of its surface is mountainous (Carnic Alps, eastern Dolomites and Venetian Prealps). The highest massif in the Dolomites is the Marmolada-massif at 3,342 m (10,965 ft). Other dolomitic peaks are the Tre Cime di Lavaredo and the Pale di San Martino. The Venetian Prealps are not as high and range between 700 m (2,300 ft) and 2,200 m (7,200 ft). A distinctive characteristic of the Pre-alps are the cave formations, including chasms and sink holes; the Spluga della Preta, situated in the Monte Lessini chain in the province of Verona, has an explored depth of 985 m (3,232 ft), being the deepest cave in Italy. Fossil deposits are also abundant there. The Po Valley, covering 57% of Veneto, extends from the mountains to the Adriatic sea, broken only by some low hills: Euganean Hills, Berici HillsColli Asolani and Montello, which constitute the remaining 14% of the territory. The plain itself is subdivided into the higher plain (gravel-strewn and not very fertile) and the lower plain (rich in water sources and arable terrain). The lower plain is both a mainstay of agricultural production and the most populated part of the region.
The coasts of the Adriatic Sea are characterised by the Venetian Lagoon, a flat terrain with ponds, marshes and islands. The Po Delta to the south features sandbars and dunes along the coastline. The inland portion contains cultivable land recently reclaimed by a system of canals and dykes. Fish ponds have been created there as well. The delta and the lagoon are a stopping-point for migratory birds.