The heart of the Veneto region is a straight line due west from Venice taking in Padova and Verona before arriving at Lake Garda. We have more itineraries for you below.
The Redentore or Redeemer Festival in Venice takes place on the Saturday preceding the 3rd Sunday of July and celebrates the construction of the church by Palladio to honour the Redentore 'Saviour' who freed Venice of a horrible plague in 1577. Ever since the Venetians celebrate this most famous of nights with an hour long firework display over the city.
A floating bridge is also constructed over the Giudecca Canal connect to the Redentore Church. Nowadays the bridge is no longer built of the traditional gondolas, but heavier barges to hold thousands of people as the sun sets over the city. It is one of Venice's most important events, always accompanied by joyful old songs and Venetian food served from stalls along the waterfront.
'Brindiamo con Primavera del Prosecco' or 'Let's raise a glass to a Prosecco Spring' and who can say fairer than that. This firmly established Spring wine event takes place from the first week of March to the first week of June.
It consists of a series of related initiatives across the traditonal heart of the territory of prosecco production. The towns involved include Vidor, Santo Stefano, Guia, San Giovanni, Col S. Martino, Villa di Cordignano, S. Petro di Barbozza, Fregona, Saccol, Miane, Refrontolo, Combai, Vittorio Veneto, Colfosco, S. Pietro di Feletto and Conegliano.
Every March in Lazise, one of those small towns which sit snugly on the shores of Lake Garda, a couple of interesting gastronomic events take place. The first is the 'Campionato del Risotto col Tastasàl' while the second is 'Alla scoperta dei formaggi d'Italia'. We briefly describe both below and list a series of food events throughout the year you may wish to look out for if you visit the region. Even if these don't interest you, the video below demonstrates what an atmospheric setting for any event Lazise actually is.
Palazzo della Giustizia or 'della Ragione' was built in 1218-19 and is one of the most majestic and important sites in Padova. You can't miss it if you find yourself in the market squares of the city. The ground floor still accommodates shops and workshops; the northern section of which was once occupied by money lenders and the south western one by the old prison which expanded to the nearby Palazzo delle Debite.
The first floor, which is reached from four outside staircases, was initially composed of three large halls where the judges held court. The smaller rooms housed the offices of important city officials such as the tax collector, and the chapel of S. Prosdocimo.
This is a millefoglie of asparagus with a Padovan chicken in broth. Read more about the fancy, if not iconic, Gallina Padovano here. Our image above was taken in the historical meat market of Padova below Palazzo della Ragione.
1 padovano chicken, 200g asparagus, 100g liquidized 'bruscandoli' or hop tops, 60 g seasoned Asiago cheese, 1 egg, 60g flour, half glass olive oil, salt and pepper.
Padova or Padua has a tremendous artistic and cultural tradition. Unfortunately, the city is not even on most Italy traveller's lists which is a great shame as the city and its surrounding territory offer a patrimony of art, villas, castles, medieval churches second to no one, as well as the sweet Euganei hills landscape. Just outside the city you'll also find the the medieval village of Arquà Petrarca, named after the poet Petrarca who settled here, and the so called Versailles of Italy, Villa Pisani.
Riso e bisi is a typical recipe of Veneto. It is made with very few ingredients yet manages to be a dish of wonderful flavour. You may not have enough land to produce your own rice, but if you are lucky enough to have your own garden or allotment, then do try cultivating your green peas, especially tender in April and May.
Padova should be on everyone's north Italy art city itinerary. As the Consorzio Giotto, responsible for the promotion of the city, understate: 'What does it have that the rest of the world doesn't'. Well, rather a lot to be honest. A university town since 1222 and an intellectual inspiration to the world, where would we be today without Padua. Read our first hand account of Palazzo della Ragione, Saint Anthony's Basilica, the Battistero, Prato della Valle and more here.
The city is 30km from Venice and on March 25th 2005 celebrated 700 hundred years from when the Cappella degli Scrovegni was consecrated. You may actually not notice it at first. It is housed in a beautifully clean square looking building, itself almost hidden by the walls of what was the ancient Roman arena (below) of the city. The chapel was originally connected with the Scrovegni family palace, built after 1300, following the elliptical outline of the remains.