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.
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.
These fried 'dolci' are the traditional and classic sweets of Carnival in Venice.
30g beer yeast, 400gr flour, 1 glass milk, 2 eggs, 80gr sugar, 50gr butter, 50gr sultanas, 50gr pine nuts, 1 glass rum, salt to taste, caster sugar.
So what is a traditional Venetian Menu? Two thousand years of trade and commerce in and out of the lagoon should mean fish, polenta, rice and a few exotic surpirses. Do expect: scampi in “saor sauce” or curled octopus with tomato sauce, Venetian macaroni and bean soup or home made bigoli pasta with anchovy sauce, Venetian style veal liver with polenta or fried scampi and squids with tempura fried vegetables and tiramisù. But take inspirtion form the à la carte menu below was recently proposed by the Restaurant La Cusina in Venice.
The Brenta Riviera is the land either side of the ancient canal or waterway which links Venice to Padova. From the 15th century it acted as an extension of the Republic and provided many nobles with a mainland base where they could invest their fortunes in sumptuous family villas.
The homes were built by the great architects of the time and are as varied as the imaginations and fantasies of their owners would allow. Among the finest is Villa Pisani near to the town of Stra. Look out also for the elaborate gondolas which help to recreate the river transport of the time.
Lace comes and lace goes, what was a booming business for Venice in the 1500’s, by the 19th century had nearly died out completely. In 1867, with the liberation of Venice, two men, Michelangelo Jesurum and Paolo Fambri developed, unbeknownst to the other, a key to the re-emergence of the lace industry.
The idea was to educate laceworkers so they could create a product superior to the French, viewed as the best in the world. Michelangelo taught special skills to his students, girls who started out from the tender age of nine. In a few short years he won a gold medal at the Paris World’s fair and the nickname “the Michelangelo of Lace”: Jesurum’s fame won him the position of “official Royal lacemaker”.
Murano really is the island of glass. The Venice glass industry grew up and blossomed here having been transferred from the 'mainland' by the Serenissima, such was the worry over the concentration of furnaces in the city and the risk of fire. Soon famed across the Mediterranean and beyond, the industry and artisans of Murano soon became regulated with great firmness to stop trade secrets falling prey to industrial espionage, especially by the French.
Turn yourself into a living piece of art for the annual Venice carnival in February. Buy a mask, put on a long cloak and wander through the early morning mists of the lagoon in mid winter. Also take lots of photos for disbelieving relatives back home. This is the best way to celebrate the carnival with the best backdrop in the world, Rio excepted.
The theatrical nature of the Venice carnival dates back to the start of the 14th century when a group of well-to-do noblemen opened up areas for organized games and spectacles. They were called "Compagnie di Calza" and quickly became known for their exuberance and fantasy.
It makes good sense that the most famous and spectacular festival of the year 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.