This beautiful region of Italy, situated in the north-east of the country, is home to some of the most picturesque cities and stunning landscapes you'll find in Europe. Venice is without question, the star of the region. With its many canals and attractions such as St Mark's Square, Venice is full of artistic masterpieces, world-class restaurants and quaint back streets lined with cafés and restaurants.
Verona is another highlight of the region. It's rich heritage and laid-back lifestyle makes for a wonderfully authentic city, made famous by William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.
If you want to escape the city, there's an abundance of natural and outdoor pursuits nearby. From the spectacular mountains of the Dolomites to the glamour of the Riviera – culture, relaxation and fabulous food are always high on the agenda in this idyllic part of Italy.
Venice is a stunning city-lagoon that has retained its historical charm and is largely the same as it was some 600 years ago. As it comprises a staggering 118 islands, it can appear a little difficult to navigate, but the city is surprisingly compact. It’s this eccentric mix of islands, inlets, streets and alleyways that made Venice a truly unique destination.
Doge's Palace is a stunning Venetian Gothic residence, and is one of the city's most frequented attractions. It's open all year round, apart from Christmas and New Year's Day, and stays open a little later in the summer months. The Bell tower of Saint Mark, located in the eponymous square of the same name, is one of the most iconic sites in Venice. It's the perfect spot to relax with a gelato, or enjoy a pizza or box of pasta on the hoof, in the Italian sunshine.
Famous for being the setting of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, Verona exudes authentic Italian charm with its many Roman ruins, which have been excellently preserved. The Arena is a wonderful relic which reflects the city's past. This Roman amphitheatre still functions as a fabulous working venue today. If you visit during opera season, be sure to catch a show in these breathtaking surroundings.
Though there is no evidence to suggest that Juliet's house actually inspired Shakespeare's greatest love story, it's still a must when in Verona. Head to the famous house and balcony, which can be visited for just a few euros, and take a look at the many Renaissance frescos on display. Verona is brimming with amazing architecture – just walking around the city is as fascinating. You can take in most of the sites, including the Verona Cathedral and the Basilica of St Zeno, on foot – the ideal way to see the best of what Verona has to offer.
Lake Garda is the largest lake in Italy, and is a spectacular place to visit for a holiday or even a day trip. It can be easily reached from Veneto, and offers something completely different to other nearby destinations. There is a range of smalls towns and villages peppered around the shores of the lake. They all offer a range of shops, bars and restaurants.
Situated in the south-east corner of the lake is a water park, perfect for those travelling with kids or those seeking an afternoon of adventure. If you prefer a spot of relaxation, there's plenty on offer at Lake Garda. As well as the obvious options of water sports, there is also a range of spas and wellness centres where you can head for an afternoon of pampering. The town of Sirmione is also home to sulphur springs if you want to make the most of the outdoors.
Wander through Venice
Most of the principle attractions in the Veneto region are located in its largest city – Venice. The iconic Rialto Bridge is the most recognisable attraction and is just one way to explore the canals. A trip on a gondola is, of course, another popular way to explore the city. Other highlights of the city include the Basilica di San Marco, San Giacomo di Rialto (thought to be the oldest church in Venice) and the many museums of St Mark's Square. Verona is also home to world-class attractions that should be explored on a trip to the Veneto region. Piazza Bra and Piazza Delle Erbe are two stunning, centrally-located squares that are abundant with Italian life – perfect for soaking up the sun in a local café. Juliet's balcony and the famous amphitheatre should be on your agenda here too.
Explore the Dolomites
The region of Veneto also ventures up into the Italian Dolomites. Come snow or shine, the Dolomites make a fantastic holiday destination. From December to April, the Dolomite resorts open their pistes for a fantastic ski season. When the snow melts and spring and summer swing round, the Dolomites resorts welcome hikers and bikers, swimmers and wildlife spotters. There’s a great range of resorts to pick from, from Merano and Val di Fassa, to Cortina d’Ampezzo.
Despite being situated in the north of the country, there are many wonderful beaches. Perfect for those who want some relaxation away from Venice, Verona and other cities in the region. Popular seaside destinations which have wonderful beaches to match include Bibione, Jesolo and the famous Venice Lido.
The cuisine in Veneto encapsulates all the classics you would expect (pizza, pasta, gelato) but with its own distinct originality. The proximity to its European neighbours means the region has adopted some of the traits of the Austrian cuisine. Seafood is also readily available, particularly in Venice and in the towns situated along the coastline. Polenta is incredibly popular in northern Italy and is served in many different forms. In the mountainous regions of the area, it is often served with meat or game along with mushrooms and a delicious cheese sauce.
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With simply stunning history, delicious cuisine and attractions to keep all the family entertained – there's no better place to take your next holiday. So what are you waiting for? Book with easyJet holidays and start your Italian adventure today. If the Veneto region isn't quite what you're looking for take a look at these alternative holiday destinations in Italy.