Information about hill towns, lakes, transportation in Veneto, plus photographs, guidebooks, books and movies
Veneto Photographs, Museums, Lakes, Transportation
|Most people speed through the Veneto on their way to our favorite Italian city, Venice. From the train, the landscape sometimes looks flat and unappealing, yet its small cities are fascinating treasure troves of art and beacons of fine living, and only a few miles to the north the Alps begin, their foothills dotted with charming towns and lined with picturesque world-class vineyards. Because the average traveler aims only to see the city on the lagoon, the rest of the region is blessedly devoid of tourist crowds, and yet, consider what they are missing:
|Verona, home to Romeo and Juliet, one of the prettiest and most historical little cities in the whole country. Vicenza, the memorable "laboratory" for a man who may have been the most influential architect in history, Andrea Palladio. Treviso, birthplace of radicchio and our favorite authentic Italian town. Soave, a fairy-tale castle town whose name you may already know from your local wine shop. Abano, a classic 19th-century thermal spa town. Chioggia, a mini-Venice with all the canals and none of the crowds. Lake Garda, flanked by lemon and olive groves, with the snowy Alps reflected in its silvery waters. Teensy Marostica, where you can watch a human chess game whose living pieces are garbed in Renaissance costumes. Bassano del Grappa, the sub-alpine home of white asparagus. Cortina d'Ampezzo, one of Europe's classiest ski resorts. Valpollicella, a verdant valley strewn with countless family wineries. Padua the Erudite, where lovers of Renaissance painting can see Giotto's memorable fresco cycle.
|These and many other delights await you in this issue of our newsletter, along with lots of practical information to help you get the most out of logistically-challenging Venice. Come with us on a tour of the region, and perhaps you too will decide to linger a while on your way to La Serenissima.
- The area surrounding Venice encompasses long sandy beaches, broad
flat farmlands and cool, lush hills. Here's a two- or three-day
itinerary to some of the art-filled towns along the way.
- Once you've seen the major attractions, treat yourself to a leisurely day wandering through some lesser-known treasures of the Veneto.
- Some of Italy's most famous art cities are in Veneto. Come with
us on a tour of three local jewels: Treviso, Vicenza and Verona.
- Soave is one of the most picturesque walled towns in Italy and, because it is also a wine capital, it is a very wealthy little medieval burg as well! Click
here for a Photo Gallery.
- Two weeks at an Italian spa is definitely an unforgettable experience, but perhaps not for the reasons you might imagine.
- Veneto has one of the world's most famous mountain resorts,
- Between Padua and Treviso, Noale is a small town whose ancient origins can be seen on any street corner.
- Most visitors to this region squeeze in a visit to Padua, if only to see Giotto's frescoes in the Scrovegni Chapel, which officially inaugurated the Renaissance. Now, a 21st-Century multimedia center helps you view them as the artist would have.
- As Sims Brannon can tell you, residents of the Veneto have a million
ways to cook white asparagus. Find out about local festivals and recipes, from the unexpectedly elaborate to the deliciously plain.
- Find the location, zip code, area code, province or region of a specific town.
- Find a flag of Veneto, along with hundreds of other flags from Italy and around the world.
- Useful WWW links.
- A year-round calendar of the colorful festivals and pageants held throughout the region of Veneto.
- Ceramics, kitchen utensils, hand-made linens, antique bric-a-brac: what better place to find souvenirs for your friends and yourself than a flea market, set in the shadow of a 16th-century cathedral, perchance? Keep this calendar of outdoor markets in Veneto for your files.
- The basic facts about Veneto.