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Veneto

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Veneto Itineraries

Padua and Vicenza in 48 Hours

Beyond Venice to Verona, villas, mountains, and a botanical garden

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Most visitors to the Veneto see only the city of  Venice but this northern Italian region has several beautiful cities, small towns, and Paladian villas. Parts of Lake Garda and the Dolomite mountains are in the Veneto. Its wine regions produce the sparkling Italian wine of Prosecco as well as Soave and Valpolicella wines.


Veneto Highlights:

* Verona, known as the home of Romeo and Juliet, is a beautiful city with a Roman arena used for outdoor opera performances, elegant squares, a good medieval center, and a tower you can climb for great views of the city.

* Padua is an elegant and beautiful walled city that’s home to Europe’s oldest botanical gardens and one of its oldest universities, the pilgrimage church of Sant’ Antonio, and Giotto frescoes. Read more: Padua and Vicenza in 48 Hours

* Vicenza is the home of famous Renaissance architect Palladio. He designed a number of the buildings in Vicenza and the city has a Palladio museum.

* See the stately Venetian Villas along the Brenta River between Venice and Padua. Some of them were designed by Palladio and a few have beautiful gardens.

* Bassano del Grappa, is one of the Veneto’s prettiest towns. Set on a river at the foot of Mount Grappa, it’s known for making Grappa, a favorite Italian after-dinner drink. The lively town center is pretty and a pleasant place for walking.

* Soave is a small town with castle above it that’s the center of the Soave wine region.

* The eastern shore of Lake Garda, Italy’s largest lake, is in the Veneto region. Malcesine and Peschiera del Garda are top towns to visit along the eastern shore. Gardaland, Italy’s largest amusement park, is nearby.

* Cortina d’Ampezzo, sometimes called the Queen of the Dolomites, has skiing in winter and summer hiking and biking. Belluno, the Gateway to the Dolomites, is another charming town in the area.


What it Costs

Abstract Pricing at a Glance

Prices often fluctuate so we don’t quote exact prices that quickly become outdated. To give you a rough idea for budgetary planning purposes we have indicated general price ranges for all points of interest.

Price ranges are quoted in €.

See & Do
N/A => Not applicable
Free
€ => Tickets less than €15 per person
€€ => Tickets €15 – €30 per person
€€€ => Tickets €30 per person

Sleep — Out of town/rural
€ => Rooms less than €60 for a double
€€ => Rooms €60 – €100 for a double
€€€ => Rooms €100 for a double

Sleep — Large Cities
€ => Rooms less than €100 for a double
€€ => Rooms €100 – €150 for a double
€€€ => Rooms €150 for a double

Eat
€=> €5- €10 per person for a meal (without alcohol, tax, tip)
€€ => €10 – €25 per person for a meal (without alcohol, tax, tip)
€€€ => €25 per person for a meal (without alcohol, tax, tip)

Tours
€ => Tickets less than €25 per person
€€ => Tickets €25 – €50 per person
€€€ => Tickets €50 per person

Background

Cuisine

Fish, both from the sea and fresh water, plays a big role in Veneto cuisine. Meat is also eaten inland and in the mountains there’s game and goulash, from its Austrian influence. Asiago cheese comes from the Veneto as does the famous sparkling wine, Prosecco.

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