The region of Veneto (in north-eastern part of Italy), as part of the Republic of Venice, had been an independent state for more than a millennium. Its most important city, Venice, ruled for centuries over one of the largest and richest maritime republics. Then the territory was annexed by the Austrian Empire, until it was ceded to the Kingdom of Italy in 1866.
Veneto extends from the Dolomites to the Adriatic Sea, and its territory hosts many UNESCO World Heritage sites, so make sure you don’t miss the following destinations when planning to visit this area!
Venezia – visited by million of tourists every year, the best word to describe this city is ‘unique’. Piazza San Marco, with its Basilica flaunting Byzantine mosaics and domes and the Doge’s Palace are the most important attractions, but walking in the small calle (streets), going across many different bridges, and enjoying the beautiful view, will make your visit unforgettable. It is worth to spend a couple of days in this city and explore the surrounding islands to discover what products made Venice one of the richest maritime republic: Burano which has been famous for making high-quality lace since the 16th century, and Murano, where you’ll be surprised by the fine art of glass shaping.
The city of Verona is another site included in the UNESCO list. Founded by the Romans, it preserved the famous Roman Theater, in the heart of the city, which is still currently used for many events.Verona is also known worldwide for being the city where the Shakespeare play “Romeo and Juliet” was settled. Nowadays you can visit Juliet’s house, a house claiming to be the Capulets’ that features a balcony, and a small courtyard, with a bronze statue of Juliet. The metal of its chest is worn bare due to a legend that if a person strokes the right breast of the statue, that person will have good fortune.
Vicenza, known above all for Andrea Palladio‘s work of the 16th century, proudly exhibits the signs of its Roman background. Discover the Piazza dei Signori, which is the political heart of the city, or the Olympic Theatre, one of the most charming monuments of the city, and Piazza Matteotti.
Veneto is also famous for producing the most tasty traditionally made gelato, so, if you’re visiting the area in summer make sure you taste as many types as you can!