Veneto Italy is a region in the northwestern part of the country. The population of this region is about five million which makes it the fifth largest in all of Italy. The capital of the region is the famed city of Venice. However, there is much more than Venice to this region. It has stunning mountains, rolling countryside, and beautiful beaches as well as other beautiful cities to visit. Veneto attracts sixty million visitors each year and is the eighth largest region in Italy. It covers an area of 7,103 square miles. It is bordered by Friuli-Venezia Giulia to the east, Emilia-Romagna to the south, Lombardy to the west and Trentino-Alto Adige to the north. A small sliver of the northernmost corner borders with Austria.
The city of Venice is a must-see for travellers visiting the Veneto region. It is built on a hundred small islands with over four hundred bridges, and there are no roads, only canals for traffic. The entire city has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A gondola ride is a fun and exciting way to get around the city. Venice is a treasure trove of some of the most acclaimed architecture in the world. St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace are two places you will want to visit. You will also want to see the Piazza San Marco or St. Mark’s Square which is a wonder to behold all on its own.
Other cities in the Veneto region that you’ll want to add to your itinerary are Verona and Padua. Verona is the setting of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. In fact, Verona is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Another city is Padua, or it is also known as the “City of the Saint.” Padua has the Orto Botanico di Padova which is the oldest academic botanical garden still in its original location. This garden is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
If outdoor spaces are what you seek, Veneto has a myriad of those as well. From National Parks such as Dolomiti Bellunesi National Park are very popular. Lake Garda is stunning and a vacation destination for locals and tourists alike. There are even thermal baths such as Abano Terme. Moreover, if you love beaches, Venice’s Lido beach is spectacular.
Whichever area you choose to visit in Veneto, you find something for everyone. From historical cities and ancient landmarks to wide open outdoor spaces and golden sandy beaches, Veneto is a vacation destination that you will remember for a lifetime.