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.
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.
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.
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.
Bardolino is a very lively town and beautifully situated on the oriental coast of Lake Garda, as the image above suggests. At only 30 km from the historical, romantic city of Verona it is the ideal starting point to discover everything the Veneto region has to offer.
It is most certainly picturesque and lakeside promenade is framed by the “Moreniche” hills with their spectacular vineyards. Here you will find many local restaurants, wineries, boutiques and craft shops, as well as the famous Bardolino red wine and it Chiaretto rosè wine. Follow the 'Strada del Vino' or Bardolino Wine Route and visit the local producers.
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.