Last Updated on December 6, 2023 by Laura Teso
What to see in Veneto? Let’s start with a simple list of the 10 places to visit in the Veneto, which is a beautiful Italian region in the north east of the country. The region of Venice, Verona and the Dolomites. And also my region. 😉 Of course there are tons of things to see and do, so this is a summary for you to get an idea of what you could visit here.
- Venice and her islands
- Verona and Lake Garda
- Padua and the Thermal area
- Vicenza and the Palladian Villas
- Treviso and the Prosecco Hills
- Most beautiful villages in Italy and more
- Asiago Plateau
- Veneto’s beaches (Jesolo, Caorle, Bibione, Cavallino Treporti)
- Chioggia and Po Delta
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What to see in Veneto: 10 beautiful areas to visit
1. Venice, her islands and the Brenta Riviera
Venice is the capital of the Veneto region. I guess she needs no introduction ‘cause it is one of the most unique and fascinating cities in the world, since it was built on the water.
Stroll through Piazza San Marco, the heart of Venice, and admire the grandeur of St. Mark’s Basilica, its golden mosaics gleaming in the sunlight. Climb the Bell Tower for breathtaking views of the city’s rooftops and the lagoon beyond. Explore the Doge’s Palace, the former seat of power of the Venetian Republic, and wander through its opulent chambers and secret passageways. Here is an article to find out the best things to do in Venice. My blog is full of resources and articles about this amazing city. You can find everything here.
A wonderful idea to make yourself and your loved ones a special present is to book a photoshoot in Venice during your stay. While, if you’re wondering what kind of food is actually typical of the floating city, learn more on what to eat in Venice.
What to see in Veneto: Brenta Riviera
The Riviera del Brenta is a scenic stretch of land along the Brenta River, known for its beautiful villas. Villa Pisani is one of the largest and most impressive in the Veneto region. Admire the villa’s grand architecture, the opulent interior, and the extensive gardens. Villa Foscari, also known as La Malcontenta, is a masterpiece of Renaissance architecture. Also interesting is the less known Villa Widmann Rezzonico Foscari.
2. Verona and Lake Garda
Verona is the city of Romeo and Juliet and the Arena di Verona Opera Festival. Ascend the medieval Lamberti tower for a panoramic view of the city’s rooftops. Explore the Castelvecchio Museum inside a 14th-century castle, and marvel at the Ponte Scaligero, a fortified bridge that reflects the city’s rich history. For a touch of Shakespearean romance, visit Casa di Giulietta, the balcony where Juliet supposedly stood in the famed play.
What to see in Veneto: Lake Garda
The Veronese side of Lake Garda is home to charming towns, picturesque landscapes, and historical attractions. Start your exploration in Bardolino, a town known for its wine production. Next, head to Lazise, a walled town with a medieval castle and a beautiful lakefront promenade. Malcesine is one of the most beautiful and picturesque towns of all the Lake Garda. Stroll through the town’s narrow streets, lined with shops and cafes, and admire the beautiful Castle that offers panoramic views of the lake and surrounding hills. And, for one of the most beautiful beaches of Lake Garda, go to Punta San Vigilio.
3. Padua and her Thermal Area
Padua, my city, is brimming with historical gems, architectural marvels, and artistic treasures. Pay homage to Saint Anthony at the magnificent Basilica with its frescoes and awe-inspiring architecture. Step into the enchanting Scrovegni Chapel, a UNESCO World Heritage Site adorned with breathtaking frescoes by Giotto, the master of early Renaissance art. Stroll through the sprawling Prato della Valle, the largest square in Italy. Step into the Palazzo della Ragione, a masterpiece of medieval architecture, and admire the frescoes that adorn its walls. Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of Caffè Pedrocchi, a historic café that has been a hub of social and cultural life in Padua since the 19th century. Find out all my articles about Padua here.
What to see in Veneto: Euganean Thermal Area
Just a short distance from Padua, nestled amidst the Euganean Hills, lies a haven of thermal springs and wellness retreats, offering a rejuvenating escape from the city’s hustle and bustle. The largest and most well-known of the thermal towns, Abano Terme boasts a wealth of spa facilities, from luxurious resorts to family-friendly establishments. Neighboring Abano Terme, Montegrotto Terme offers a more intimate and traditional thermal experience.
4. Vicenza and the Palladian Villas
Vicenza is renowned for its Palladian architecture and rich history. Immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere of Piazza dei Signori, Vicenza’s main square. There you can see Vicenza’s iconic landmark, the Basilica Palladiana, designed by the renowned architect Andrea Palladio. Admire the basilica’s elegant proportions, the intricate loggias, and the impressive statues that adorn its façade. Step back in time at the Teatro Olimpico, the world’s oldest surviving indoor theater. Designed by Palladio and inaugurated in 1585, the theater features permanent sets that create the illusion of depth and perspective. Explore the Palazzo Chiericati, another masterpiece of Palladian architecture. Admire the palace’s harmonious proportions, the central courtyard, and the intricate stucco work that adorns its façade. Today, the palace houses the Museo Civico, a museum showcasing Vicenza’s artistic heritage.
What to see in Veneto: Palladian Villas
Close to Vicenza’s city center you can visit one of Palladio masterpieces. La Rotonda, a Palladian villa located on a hilltop overlooking Vicenza. Admire the villa’s circular shape, the intricate details, and the panoramic views of the city and surrounding countryside. Very close to La Rotonda, you can also visit Villa Valmarana ai Nani. Admire the villa’s gardens, adorned with over 200 dwarf statues depicting mythological creatures, biblical figures, and everyday activities.
5. Treviso and the Prosecco Hills
Treviso is known for its canals and charming atmosphere. The heart of the town is Piazza dei Signori, home to some of the city’s most iconic buildings, including the Palazzo dei Trecento. But to me the most fascinating part of Treviso is the Buranelli canal. Plus, the town is full of chic boutiques and quaint cafés and restaurants. But what I love most about Treviso is its surroundings. Above all, the Prosecco hills road.
Prosecco Hills Road
The Prosecco Hills, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, offer a captivating blend of picturesque landscapes, historical gems, and culinary delights. Here are some of the must-see sights: Prosecco Road Itinerary.
6. Most beautiful villages in Italy and more
The Veneto features 11 of the Most Beautiful Villages in Italy. Here they are, Padua: Arquà Petrarca and Montagnana. Treviso: Asolo, Follina, Cison di Valmarino, Portobuffolè. Verona: Borghetto sul Mincio, Malcesine (see above in the Lake Garda paragraph), San Giorgio. Belluno: Mel e Sottoguda.
But my region also has other amazing small villages and lovely towns for you to explore. Among them, I suggest you to take a look at: Bassano, Marostica, Castelfranco Veneto, Soave, Cittadella, Noale and her Palio.
7. What to see in Veneto: Asiago Plateau
Nestled amidst the foothills of the Alps, the Asiago Plateau offers a captivating blend of natural beauty, historical treasures, and cultural delights. Delve into the rich history of the Asiago Plateau, once a strategic stronghold during World War I. Enjoy the authentic local cuisine, sampling the region’s renowned cheese, the Asiago DOP, at a traditional dairy farm. Hike or mountain bike through the enchanting trails of the Natural Park of the Seven Municipalities. During the winter months, the Asiago Plateau transforms into a snow-kissed wonderland.
8. Veneto Beaches
The Veneto coastline stretches for over 150 km along the Adriatic Sea, offering a diverse range of beaches to suit all tastes. Jesolo, with its 15 km of golden sand, is one of the most popular beaches in Italy. It’s a lively resort town with a wide range of activities on offer, from water sports and beach volleyball to shopping and dining. Bibione is a family-friendly resort with a long, sandy beach and a wide range of activities on offer. It’s also home to the famous Bibione Pineda promenade, which is lined with shops, bars, and restaurants. Cavallino Treporti is a quieter resort with a more natural feel. Caorle is a charming town with a picturesque harbor, a beautiful cathedral and a long stretch of sandy beach.
9. What to see in Veneto: The Dolomites
The Dolomites, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, offer a captivating blend of picturesque landscapes, historical gems, and exhilarating outdoor adventures. Embark on a hike or a scenic drive to witness the iconic Tre Cime di Lavaredo, a trio of towering peaks that define the Dolomites’ skyline. The Dolomites transform into a winter wonderland during the colder months, offering world-class skiing and snowboarding opportunities. Glide down the slopes of Cortina d’Ampezzo, the pearl of the Venetian Dolomites. Cortina is renowned for its stunning Alpine scenery, world-class skiing, and elegant atmosphere.
10. What to see in Veneto: Chioggia and Po Delta
Explore the canals and bridges of Chioggia, admiring the canals that wind their way through the town. Visit the Basilica Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta. This impressive 17th-century cathedral is the heart of Chioggia’s religious life. Indulge in fresh seafood: Chioggia is a renowned fishing port, so be sure to sample the local seafood. Enjoy a delicious meal at one of the many waterfront restaurants, savoring dishes like grilled fish, pasta with seafood sauce, and traditional risotto. Explore the Parco Nazionale del Delta del Po, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Embark on a boat tour through the canals and waterways of the Po Delta. Admire the stunning scenery, learn about the region’s unique ecosystem, and get a chance to spot some of the local wildlife. It’s the perfect place for hiking, cycling and bird watching.
Now that you know what to see in Veneto, I hope you’ll enjoy a tour of my beloved region.