Veneto stretches over a wide range of places you have to see at least once in a lifetime. It has the most romantic city in the world, Venice, the mountain scenery of the Dolomites in the north, Romeo and Juliet�s home in Verona, the small towns along the shores of Lake Garda, the cities rich in art such as Padovo, Vicenza and many others. It is almost impossible to find a reason why not to visit Veneto.
Veneto is among the foremost wine-producing regions, both for quality and quantity. As a seafood haven, Venice exalts risotto nero (blackened with cuttlefish ink), scampi (prawns) and spider crabs called granseole, or moleche when males shed their shells in spring and fall. But Venetians also dine on the earthly likes of risi e bisi (rice and peas), fegato alla veneziana (calf's liver and onions) and Carpaccio. That raw beef dish originated in Venice, as did the rampantly fashionable dessert called tiramis�. The Adriatic abounds in fish. The plains of the Po, Adige and Piave rivers supply livestock, rice for risotto and corn for polenta. The hills that flank the Alps from Lake Garda to Cortina d'Ampezzo provide game, mushrooms, wine and a bit of olive oil, along with the climate for aging prosciutto, salame and cheeses.
Too numerous to mention all of the wines as Venice's region has emerged in recent times as Italy's largest producer of wine with a major share classified as DOC or DOCG. Some of the more well known include Soave, Valpolicella, Bardolino, Amarone and the famous prosecco, taken as an aperitif.
This region is reached very easily with airports in Venice, Verona and Treviso with flights from European and Intercontinental destinations
Suggestion 1: Amazing Venezia
Venice doesn’t need much explanation. There are so many wonderful places to see for everyone. In every season Venice has something sparkling, something magic... What would you think of a workshop in which your guests create their own mask in Ca’Macana laboratory, drinking a Bellini in Harry’s bar or enjoying a coffee break in Caffé Florian in order to be ready for your next mission “Murano Glass laboratories”? Some window shopping at Sermoneta Gloves or a visit at Peggy Guggenheim Collection ?
Who can leave Venice without having a regional lunch in one of the many restaurants, hidden in the narrow streets ? Taste Venetian specialties such as Sarde in Saor, Risi e Bisi or Pasta e Fagioli. Learn some secrets about the art of gondola making, the icon of Venice. We can recommend you some stylish hotels : Hilton Molino Stucky, Luna hotel Baglioni, Bauer Palazzo, Hotel Danieli, Ca’Pisani. For a dinner in style : Ristorante Wagner in Casino di Venezia, the oldest gaming house in the world.
Certainly worth a visit is a theme dinner on board of the Galeone Veneziano. The unique atmosphere of this traditional Galleon ship will excite you in the seducing sea and Venetian lagoon settings. (5 hours).
This Palladio tour in the city of Vicenza is an absolute must for lovers of renaissance art and architecture ! Andrea Palladio was considered as the best architect of 16th century Italy. Unesco has placed Vicenza and Palladio’s villas on the Unesco World Heritage list : numerous buildings, including the magnificent Olympic theatre and the many palaces designed by this Master Architect…
Visit at the vineyards of the Colli Berici during a wine route with tastings. Dinner in a restaurant situated in the Colli Berici hills. In Tregnano you can visit the Soave Castle which dates back in the early Middle ages.
Suggestion 4: Verona Romeo and Giuletta
As everybody knows, Verona is the town of Romeo and Juliet. Nevertheless in Verona there’s much more to discover : history, music, open air theatre, famous wines, excellent food and more. A guided tour through the historical centre is an unforgettable experience : the Arena, the Romeo and Julietta house, Piazza della Erbe and Piazza dei Signori. Continue your trip by visiting the Soave Castle and a Palladian Villa. Meeting point for wine lovers are the vineyards at the Recioto and Gambellara DOC wine route followed by a tasting and of course the wine museum in Gambellara. The hills are the perfect location for a dinner on a historical site.
Sugggestion 5 : Conegliano - Valdobbiadene
2 or 3 days excursion dedicated to wine ! Visit at vineyards, tastings under the supervision of a sommelier, and learn all about the traditional production methods of Prosecco, a delicious sparkling wine.
Suggestion 6: Padua
Suggestion 7: Venetian Villa's on Brenta River
Want to see how the 16th century rich and famous of Venice enjoyed their weekends and summer breaks ? Take a leisurely day-long boat ride to visit some of the palaces and villas of the Brenta Canal between Padua and Venice : Villa Pisani, Barchessa Valmarana, Villa Widmann, Villa Foscari…
Suggestion 9: Sport on Brenta River
Day 1 : A cruise along the Brenta River is by far the most romantic way to visit the sumptuous villas overlooking this Veneto waterway (4 km). Or go for the rafting descent ! We’ll visit “Grotte di Oliero”, followed by a local lunch. Check-in hotel with diner.
Day 2 : Focus on Veneto culture & history, wine tastings and regional products degustations.
Suggestion 10: Sport on Bassano del Grappa
Start a paragliding flight in Panettone, under Cima Grappa (20 à 40 minutes), the breathtaking way to discover the Bassano del Grappa region..
Suggestion 11: Horse riding on Asagio Plateau
If horse riding is more your thing you can ride the Asiago plateau up in the Italian Alps, from out the Orthal riding center, enjoying the beautiful forest, rivers, lakes and alpine pastures. Lunch - based on home made products - is waiting after your trip (2 hours). In the afternoon our programme includes cheese- and honey tastings.
Suggestion 11: Regional Products Bassano del Grappa
Discover the typical products : visit at coffee distillery, degustation of artisanal cookies, local cheeses, Grappa Museum with tasting, and walk across the legendary Ponte degli Alpini, the bridge over the Brenta River.
Suggestion 12: Biking in Bassano del Grappa
Experience the beautiful nature by bike during a guided tour with the National Mountain Bike Academy MTB, several difficulty grades available. If you choose Grappa–Valdobbiadene (60 km), enjoy a prosecco-tasting on the way !