Updated: Aug 19, 2020
What to see in Veneto? Veneto is a region rich in history, art and museums and often those visiting it for the first time do not know exactly whether to concentrate on the city of Venice and its museums (St. Mark's Basilica and the Doge's Palace first!) or venture towards the Palladian Villas of the hinterland.
In this article we have selected what to see in Veneto, that is the 5 places you cannot miss when visiting Veneto.
What to see in Veneto to fall in love with this region
1– THE ISLANDS OF THE LAGOON OF VENICE
Murano, Burano and Torcello are the most important islands of the Venice Lagoon, but are not the only ones.
One of the most beautiful activities to discover Venice and its lagoon is to take a boat ride and go to the discovery of its islands and, in particular, the lesser-known ones like the beautiful San Francesco del Deserto that is practically inhabited only by the Franciscan friars of the monastery that have been here for centuries.
The Venice lagoon is a World Heritage Site and is one of the most beautiful places to see.
2 - THE HISTORICAL CENTRE OF VERONA
Verona is the city of Romeo and Juliet, but it is also the city of opera and of the great concerts that take place inside the Arena.
Its historic centre can be visited entirely on foot and each step will give you a piece of history because art is an essential element of the landscape from the Roman Arena to Juliet's house, passing through the Castelvecchio Museum.
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3 - VICENZA AND THE VENETIAN VILLAS
The list of what to see in Veneto cannot fail to include its Venetian Villas.
The Palladian Villas are famous all over the world and are concentrated in the province of Vicenza.
These are buildings that date back to the Renaissance period and were commissioned by noble Venetian families to be places of work and representation. The most famous architect of the Venetian Villas was Andrea Palladio, today acknowledged as the most influential architect of western architecture.
Discover Vicenza at the slow pace of the E-Bike: plunge into the history of the city and the beauty of the Palladian Villas just a short ride from the historic centre.
4 - BOTANICAL GARDEN OF PADUA
Founded in 1545 and the oldest university botanical garden in the world.
Here, plants originating from countries with which the Republic of Venice had commercial relations and then from all over the world are cultivated and studied for centuries.
The Botanical Garden is a historical place and the oldest area can still be visited, but other sections have been added over time, like the recent "Garden of Wonders", a new and avant-garde building to continue studying medical properties and the new frontiers of cultivation.
5 - THE DOLOMITES
The list of what to see in Veneto is rich in sites included in the UNESCO list of natural assets that are World Heritage Sites and include the Dolomites.
A large part of the mountain range is located within the Veneto Region (but also extends to Trentino and Friuli Venezia-Giulia) and includes the most famous mountain city in Veneto: Cortina.
This is the place to visit if you want to admire a breathtaking landscape and combine it with the pleasure for art and culture.