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.
This fish recipe has been kindly sent to us by Ristorante 'Alla Corona' in Dolo, near Venice. The 'locale' is located towards the end of the Brenta Riviera and was opened in 1830 to offer a meeting place for Venetian nobles and countrymen from the Veneto hinterland.
Today, the specialities of the period are still prepared such as 'saor' or fried sardines in vinegar, onions, grapes and pine nuts. If you go there make sure to say hello to owners Elena and Massimo. The video above is a simple way or preparing a similar version at home.
When in Venice do not miss out on the typical 'baccalà mantecato' or creamed codfish. It is an easy and daily dish which you can find served as an appetizer with a slice of bread or polenta in any 'osteria' or 'trattoria', but do ask for a 'bacaro' as they say locally.
You could say the so called 'happy hour' was invented in Venice hundred of years ago, but stopping for a snack and local culinary gems in such locations is very much part of Venetian life and tradition. Below is the recipe for the creamed codfish or baccalà, the Venetian way.
There are many markets in Venice but the Rialto fish market is undoubtedly the most famous, if not the most famous market in the world. Rialto was the first inhabited zone of Venice and was named in Latin 'Rivoaltus' or 'high bank' which was the actual name of the city until the year 1000 when it became Venezia. It is the smallest area of the San Polo district and people tended to live 'over the shop' as their home and workplace were combined.
The territory of Valpolicella near Verona is associated today with fine Bordeaux style wines produced by numerous cantine in this zone north west of the city as the image above highlights. Not by chance as the ancient name 'Val Polis Cellae' actually means 'the valley of many wine cellars'. Little has changed.
Today, this series of small valleys below the Monte Baldo and Lessini mountains still retain the perfect climate for wine making - spring rains, torrid summer heat and brisk autumn winds. Dispersed in the hills and valleys between are around 80 wine producers and 150 enoteche to get close to the wines.
It makes good sense that the most famous and spectacular festival of the year in Venice takes place along the Grand Canal. Even now the 'Regata Storica di Venezia' or historical regata is one of the most picturesque and moving events of Venetian life, capable of both charming the tourists and exciting the locals.
The very first regata took place on the 10 January 1315 and they were subsequently organised to celebrate military victories or to pay homage to distinguished foreign guests. This was the case of the welcome given to Caterina Cornaro, wife of the King of Cyprus, in 1489 after she renounced her throne in favour of Venice.
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 tradional Venetian food served from stalls along the waterfront.
Do make a visit to the impressive Venice Museo Storico Navale. Translated that's the Historical Naval Museum, a glimpse into the military past of the city. It is housed in the old 'granai' or granary of the Republic and is full of artefacts from the 16th to 18th centuries, as well as items from the Marina Italiana from 1860. Head to Riva S. Biasio in the Castello sestiero of Venice, not far from the Biennale Exhibition Halls and beside the old Arsenale.
It was no fun being held in the jails of Venice at the pleasure of the Doge of the Serenissima. And the visitor to Venice does not need much imagination during a tour of the Palazzo Ducale. For starters, the Sala della Cancelleria was Venice’s most secretive location and the equivalent of the CIA or ex KGB archives.
The route also takes in the Sala del Tormento, infamously named for its purpose of gaining confessions prior to prisoners learning their fate, and the inside of the Ponte dei Sospiri bridge from where a small door to leads to the infamous ‘Pozzi’ prison.
The following events in Venice represent great moments in the history of the lagoon Republic. Although now familiar tourism attractions, travelers are wise to appreciate the social and historical context of each.
A bit like the ancient games of the Colosseum, the Venice Carnival used to keep the popolo happy in times of diffculty or decadence. Carnival once extended for months, but what we see today was relaunched less than 30 years ago to recreate some of the old spirit of the city, at least visually, from the time of Casanova and Goldoni. Probably the best thing about Carnevale is that it takes place in February when the lagoon is at its most atmospheric and misty. All about the Carnival Masks of Venice.