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Things to see in Veneto
By Amy Adejokun Amy Adejokun Section editor


Eastern Veneto bathes in the waters of the Adriatic. The sea here isn't quite like the seas around the south of Italy, but there are still plenty of things to do and see. For example, the region's legendary seaside resort towns, Jesolo and Rosolina Mare, are easily reached, as are Caorle, Bibione, Chiogga, and Porto Tolle. Those who live on the shores of Lake Garda prefer to go up to Garda or Torri del Benao where the water is cleaner. The villages surrounding the lake are immaculate, and usually taken over by Germans and British tourists during the summer. A shuttle bus regularly departs from Pescheira for Gardaland, the nearby amusement park.


The Veneto region has a great diversity of landscapes. The vineyards of Verona and Vicenza alternate with the Po plain that descends towards the Emilia region, just before the group of lagoons on one side and the mountainous reliefs on the other. The region is criss-crossed by numerous rivers, like the Adige, the Po, and the smaller Mincio, up to Lake Garda (the largest in Italy), which marks the northern boundary of the region. The countryside, particularly hot in summer, offers plenty of departure points for bike excursions.


Art is absolutely everywhere in Venice. You only have to look around St. Mark's Square, at the architecture of the buildings or stroll through the small streets to witness the work of the great artists who have passed through the city to see this. Several of Venice's musuems preserve the works of internationally renowned artists. The main ones not to be missed are the Gallerie dell'Accademia, which houses works by Venetian painters, like Veronese and Tintoretto, and the Museo del Settecento Veneziano, which will immerse you in 18th century Venice. The Biennale di Venezia is another must-see, and today it is one of the most prestigious cultural institutions in the world.

Arts and culture

Venice has been attracting artists since the beginning of the 15th century: Paolo Veneziano, Jacopo Bellini, Carpaccio, Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese and many more. Venetian culture is at its best during the International Biennale of Contemporary Art and the Venice International Film Festival. The most important event by far, though, is the Venice Carnival. This traditional destival, which dates back back to the 15th century, completely transforms the city during the 10 days before Ash Wednesday. Renowned around the world, it's a unique event, where you can admire the masks and magnificent costumes of the performers that glide through the streets.


Unfortunately, Venice tends to overshadow the other cities in the region. It is true that the city of Venice is a real architectural gem, with its many bridges and canals, St. Mark's Square and its basilicas with raised domes, which have become the symbol of the city, but you shouldn't let the monuments you will see in the Veneto region be limited to the ones in its capital. Verona, the city of Romeo and Juliet is just as beautiful. It holds the richest collection of Roman relics in the north of Italy, including a famous Roman amphitheatre, which remained intact until the Second World War and is now entirely rebuilt. Other Roman monuments in the city include a Roman theatre and the Arco dei Gavi. Padua, the city of Anthony of Padua, is, like Venice, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As for the city of Vicenza, it is known for its works by architect Andrea Palladio.