The Italian region of Veneto, in northeastern Italy, is most famous for those who want to go sightseeing in Venice. Travelers who experience the entire Veneto region experience northern Italy’s rich culture and history. From the high peaks of the Alps and Dolomites mountains, to Lake Garda, the Po River, down to sea level along the coast and Venice, Veneto has something for all types of travelers. The Veneto is one of the most productive wine producing regions in Italy. Although the region produces more red wine than white wine, it is most famous for its Prosecco and Soave wines. For more about Veneto sightseeing watch the video below.
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Veneto Sightseeing Highlights
Once the heartland of the Venetian Republic, Veneto is today among the wealthiest, most developed and industrialized regions of Italy. Having one of the country’s richest historical, natural, artistic, cultural, musical and culinary heritages, it is the most visited region of Italy.
Besides Italian, most inhabitants also speak Venetian. Having been for a long period in history a land of mass emigration, Veneto is today one of the greatest immigrant-receiving regions in the country.
The Veneto region’s capital and largest city is Venice. Among the many beautiful vacation destinations in the Veneto region are the towns of Padua, Verona, and Vicenza.
Padua is a cultural center just outside Venice. Its Bo University attracts young people from around Europe giving the city a youthfulness that is fun. The city is also noted for its pleasant canals and fine architecture. Padua boasts that it is one of the oldest city’s in Europe, dating back to the Trojan War. Padua is the home of two very important artistic masterpieces: The Scrovegni Chapel where Giotto’s Last Judgement masterpiece is found. This is one of the most important pieces of art in Italy and in all Western art. Also in Padua in front of the Basilica of St Anthony is Donatello’s bronze horse. The Botanical Garden of Padua is the first botanic garden in the world founded in 1524.
Venice ruled for centuries over one of the largest and richest maritime republics and trade empires in the world. Due to this rich cultural legacy and a unique identity, the regional statute describes Venetians as a “people”. You’ll discover the Venetians on your trip to Venice.
There is much more to the Veneto outside of Venice. Verona a refined and elegant city was made famous by Shakespeare in Romeo and Juliet. And it is Romantic. Verona is also a beautiful town full of world class shopping and some of the best ancient Roman ruins, including an ancient Roman colosseum theater, known as the Arena, which to this day hosts performances. Every summer opera lovers from around the world flock to Verona for its Opera Festival under the stars in Verona’s Arena.
Vicenza is another rich city located in the Veneto region. The city is known for its gold, textiles, and for sightseeing the Palladian Villas, which are protected by UNESCO World Heritage Site designation.
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