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About Veneto

Veneto is a gorgeous region of Italy made up of hills, rivers and canals. Visitors flock to this area to see the ancient cities of Venice and Verona. This beautiful area is a haven of walled cities and ancient times. Many historical and architectural marvels can be seen along the coast.

Veneto Weather: During the summer, Veneto enjoys mild weather with an average temperature of 27 degrees C, or 80 degrees F. Winter temperatures are considerably cooler with lows around 4 degrees C, or 40 degrees F.

Regional Cuisine of Veneto: Polenta, radicchio of Treviso, celeriac of Verona, soapa calda, Carnival galani, Asiago cheese

Regional Wine of Veneto: Amarone di Valpolicella, Soave, Recioto di Soave, Conegliano-Valdobbiadene

Things to Do in Veneto: Piazzo San Marco, Lake Garda, Scrovegni Chapel, Murano, Santa Maria delle Salute, Saint Mark’s Basilica

Where is Veneto? Veneto is located in northeast Italy. The region begins at the Dolomites and ends at the Adriatic Sea.

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When can I go skiing in Veneto?

We often have to remind ourselves that the northern edges of the Veneto region are prime skiing territory! That’s because the joyous Dolomite mountain range, a favourite of Italians, flows over into the region. So, where to ski?

These are some recommendations from us:

The Cortina ski area encompasses some really fabulous towns and villages. For a more upmarket experience it has to be the town of Cortina d’Amprezzo. To see the true Cadore – that’s the name for this part of the Dolomites – try out Auronzo di Cadore, San Vito di Cadore or even Pieve di Cadore.

We like the Arabba Marmolada area for its glacier. It means skiing is possible into spring. Use Arabba, Alleghe, Falcade or Feltre as a base.

The Asiago plateau is worth a visit too. It’s where Nordic ski fans go. Oh and the cheese is not bad either!

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Why I love Veneto

I’ll never forget the sense of wonder that I felt the first time I stood in the Piazza San Marco.

Riding in a water taxi along the canals of Venice in the region of Veneto feels almost magical. Venice is a city built on water with a complex system of bridges and waterways connecting the various islands. It really seems like something out of book.

On a recent trip, my friends and I decided to spend a day getting lost instead of sightseeing. Without a clear destination in mind, we wandered around the alleyways and cobblestone streets. On one of these turns, we found a small bridge that the gondolas seemed to travel under, and we spent a pleasant hour waving to the tourists in the gondolas.

About the author

As a writer with a passion for travel, Marie makes as many trips as possible to Italy, exploring new places with an eye for fun.

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Things worth remembering in Veneto

Fun Fact: In Verona, Juliet from the famous Shakespeare play responds to the lovelorn with the help of "Juliet’s secretaries," a team of women who answer letters asking for love advice.

Local Dish: Veneto has a variety of delectable foods, but the main dish in Venice is Baccala’ Mantecata. The cod isn’t caught locally but instead is brought in from the Baltic Sea.

Local Day Trips: Spend a wonderful day in the walled city of Padua. After a pleasant walk from the train station, visit Europe’s oldest botanical garden, the Basilica di Sant’Antonio.

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What are the top three cities to visit in Veneto?

Venice is the most well-known city in Veneto. While touring around the city, be sure to visit Saint Mark’s Basilica and tour the Doge’s Palace. The Doge were the rulers of Venice for more than 1,000 years.

Wine lovers will relish a visit to the city of Soave. The town is enclosed by walls that surround the large castle. Soave is famous for its local wine of the same name. Each year during the summer months, the town hosts several wine festivals and concerts.

Bassano del Grappa is a small town known for its ceramics, the Wood Bridge Alpini and, of course, grappa. This charming, medieval town is a great place to stay while exploring the outlying areas.

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Is it worth waiting in line to visit Saint Mark’s Basilica?

It is well worth the wait to visit this lovely basilica. Built in the Byzantine style, this stunning church was consecrated in the 11th century. The interior is laid out in a Greek cross with a nave on each arm.

The marble floor is designed in a beautiful geometric pattern with animal depictions at regular intervals. Be sure to notice the intricate mosaics that adorn both the walls and ceilings of the church.

Insider Tip: Be sure to take an umbrella or large bag with you to bypass lines. On the right side of the entrance is the coat check area; check your bag and then head into the church, avoiding the long lines outside.

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