From the foothills of the Alps to the lagoon of Venice, Veneto is a land of contrasting landscapes, cool mists and romance. Verona is home to William Shakespeare’s classic tale of romance and has something for lovers of any age. Venice is eternal, serene and mysterious. Between there, there are rolling hills, full of vineyards - the home of prosecco!
Where to go
Take a gondola or an aqua-taxi through the canals of Venice. Visit St Mark’s Square, the Doge’s Palace and all of the other ancient basilicas throughout the city. Shop for the latest fashions from designers in Venice, Verona and Padua. Visit the home of lovesick Juliet in Verona. Go on a winery tour of some of the best prosecco vineyards around. Go skiing in one of the many skiing resorts such as Cortina d’Ampezzo. Watch a sunset over the Venetian lagoon.
Food & Drink
Unlike most of Italy, pasta isn’t the staple. Instead, that position is filled by rice or polenta, a legacy of the region’s premier trading status in the past. Otherwise, think fish, creamy risottos and buttery meat dishes. In Venice, try Ristorante Riviera (Fondamenta Zattere Al Ponte Lungo 1473) overlooking the canal towards Giudecca. In Verona, just steps away from Juliet’s House, Il Desco (Via Dietro S. Sebastiano) serves classic Venetian dishes in contemporary, stylish surrounds.
Veneto region, with two of Italy’s most famous cities, also features iconic nightlife. In Venice, you simply must go to Harry’s Bar (Calle Vallaresso 1323), home of the Bellini - comprising prosecco, martini and peach syrup. In Verona, try Terrazza Al Ponte (Via Ponte Piatra), which, as the name suggests, has stunning views out across the River Adige.
Where to stay
Hotel Veronesi la Torre
and Byblos Art Hotel Villa Amista
, both near Verona, have wildly different things to offer. Villa Amista is a riotous art hotel set in an 18th-century villa and showcasing the work of today’s hottest artists. Hotel Veronesi la
Torre, on the other hand, is a sleek, stylish and modern boutique hotel built in the structure of an ancient monastery. Over in Venice, Bloom B&B
is perhaps one of our ultimate romantic retreats, whereas Ca Maria Adele
is delightful, small boutique hotel with its own canal landing - perfect for aqua taxis. How to get there
Venice, Verona, and Padua each have airports. Easyjet and British Airlines fly to each daily, with a connection.