Veneto is a region in northeastern Italy that boasts rich Roman history and stunning scenery. Venice, the regional capital, is a well-known Heritage Site due to its historic treasures and iconic waterways. While holidays in Venice and Veneto offer many things to do, it’s also possible to relax in an Italian villa with a chilled Aperol Spritz. Here’s our Venice travel guide for those who want to explore this beautiful region.
When should you visit
Veneto and Venice have a Mediterranean climate with warm summers and cool winters. July and August are the hottest months. Daytime temperatures can reach 28 degrees. Winter temperatures can drop to below freezing in mountainous areas. When there are fewer people and the weather is more conducive to sightseeing, spring and autumn are the best seasons to visit cities. Outdoor activities in Lake Garda can be enjoyed between May to September.
How do you get there?
There are several airports in Veneto. However, you can find direct flights with British Airways, Ryanair and easyJet from the UK to Venice International Airports. It takes approximately 2 hours to fly. Italiarail.com is the best way to travel around Veneto.
Why should you visit the Veneto area?
Veneto, which stretches from the Dolomite Mountains up to the Adriatic Sea is a land of amazing scenery. It’s dotted with ancient olive groves and cloud-piercing peaks, as well as alpine lakes.
Gourmands will be delighted to know that Venetians are passionate about their food. Cicchetti is a must-have for true foodies.
You’ll find many Italian wines in Veneto, from Soave to Bardolino. The Glera grape has been grown in the region for centuries. It is used to make Prosecco, one the most famous sparkling wines in the world.
Culture and heritage
Verona inspired Shakespeare’s tragic love story Romeo and Juliet. You’ll also find Roman history throughout the region. Here are world-famous arts events such as the Arena Opera Festival, Venice Carnival and the Venice International Film Festival.
Secret Itineraries Tour
To see the rooms and chambers of the former prison, take a Secret Itineraries Tour to the Doge’s Palace in Venice. You can also see the Bridge of Sighs enclosed, which is otherwise closed to the public.
Panoramic views from T Fondaco dei Tedeschi
Book a time slot for 15 minutes with the concierge at the luxury department store T Fondaco dei Tedeschi, Venice. Enjoy incredible views of the city from the rooftop terrace.
The Jewish Quarter in Venice is one of Europe’s first ghettos. You will find interesting shops and a Hebrew Museum.
The main things you should do
See the sights of Venice
Venice, also known as La Serenissima (the city of canals and bridges), is brimming with things to do and see. The world-famous St Mark’s Basilica, with its Byzantine architecture and golden mosaics and multiple domes, is worth a visit. Also worth mentioning are the Rialto Bridge in Gothic style and Doge’s Palace. You can either join an organized walking tour, or just wander the streets and discover frescoed buildings or ornate facades. The iconic Campanile di San Marco bell tower offers panoramic views.
Visit Veneto’s most romantic towns
The romantic charm of Veneto is evident in the stunning piazzas and intricately-designed bridges that connect them to Venice and Florence. This is also the birthplace for Casanova, the famous lover. Enjoy a gondola ride on the famous waterways, or a day trip to Fair Verona from Venice. Here you can learn about the tragic love story between Romeo and Juliet.
Explore the great lakes
Lake Garda offers an array of outdoor activities, including yoga, hiking, and mountain biking all year. Enjoy the many attractions, from castles to theme parks, and wild swimming in the lakes or tarns of Cortina d’Ampezzo (the ‘Pearl of the Dolomites’).
Go wine tasting
Visit the Prosecco region to learn more about the history of sparkling wine. While you’re there, learn about the differences between DOCG and DOC wine categories and enjoy the renowned Cartizze while taking in the beautiful scenery of the vineyards.
Caffe Florian, located under the archways of Procuratie nuove in Saint Mark Square is one of the most popular places to get coffee because it’s the oldest café in the world. Although tables are limited, it is worth the wait to enjoy the delicious pastries.