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.
Bassano del Grappa is a picturesque town in Italy’s northeast corner in the province of Vicenza. Situated at the foothills of Mount Grappa, it is just one hour by train from Venice.
Bassano is always a great place to discover on your own, especially leading up to Christmas.
Firstly, walk the three piazzas, visit the covered bridge by Palladio and a stop off for a glass of grappa in one of the many shops offering a sip of the Christmas “Spirit”.
From mid November, Christmas is in full swing.
This classic Christmas cake from Verona needs a lot of finger work, so be prepared. Otherwise just buy it. No one goes without it in Italy during Christmas time. You can accompany the Pandoro with some custard or chocolate and it's with coffee or tea for breakfast.
Pandoro was officially invented by baker Domenico Melegatti in 1894. He trademarked the famous eight star pointed cake and his 'bread of gold' became immediately popular with rich Venetians. His inspiration may have been a local sweet called 'nadalin' from medieval times.
300g flour, 10g beer yeast, 80g sugar, 2 eggs, 3 yolks, 180g butter, 20g vanilla powder
The Strada del Vino Prosecco or Prosecco wine route was the first of its kind in Italy. It is 47 km long and winds around the hills or 'colli' of Conegliano, Feletto, Quartier del Piave and Valdobbiadene. This countryside, with its mild climate and ancient wine-making traditions, provides the ideal habitat for the vines that produce this delicious white wine famous throughout the world. Surprisingly, it has only been 100 years that the vineyards in this part of Treviso have been producing such a delicacy.
This original delicious risotto recipe has been proposed by C. Clodello, patron of Agriturismo Roccat in Valdobbiadene, and elaborated by A. Scotti in collaboration with Chef Marco Livio of Restaurant La Locanda Sant'Anna in Argegno, Como. This risotto recipe is traditionally made twice a year by 30 prosecco producers in Valdobbiadene producers in Valdobbiadene as they taste the wine in production.
400g organic Carnaroli Rondolino rice aged for a year, 100g butter from the Vecchio Caseficio Zilli Giuseppe Valdobbiadene, 1 white onion, 3/4 vegetable and 1/4 meat broth, 35gr Grana Padano cheese or Trentingrana cheese, cup of Prosecco Roccat.
Visitors to Verona looking for a self guided walking tour of the city are advised to head to the nearest tourist kiosk and pick up a leaflet entitled 'Passeggiando per Verona' or 'Walking through Verona'. The leaflet details 4 routes through the historical center and is designed to make sure you don't miss a thing.
The tourist points are located at: Via degli Alpini 9, Piazza XXV Aprile (Porta Nuova Railway Station) and Viale del Lavoro near the exhibition halls. Don't forget that every first Sunday of the month entrance to the Museo Maffeiano, Castelvecchio, the Roman Theater and the Tomb of Giuletta is free.
The Bardolino Wine Route in the province of Verona runs along the east shore of Lake Garda from Peschiera and Sona in the south to Garda and Albaré in the north. To get to know the this wonderful area near Lake Garda follow the signposted route which takes in 16 comune and 70 small agricultural producers, all of whom sell directly to visitors.
You can find a list of all the wine makers from the links below or by downloading the attachment. It was set up in 1968 and covers 12 comune and over 50 farms and estates where you can break your journey and sample the local produce.
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.