Known for the glittering, sinking city of Venice, Veneto is sometimes overlooked when touring around Italy, but unfairly so! This beautiful state has a rich history and varied terrain that can wow visitors for many days on end.
With the snow-capped Dolomites to the north, the sprawling Lake Garda to the west, adorable ancient towns like Verona and Padua in the middle, and of course Venice in the southeast, Veneto is a place rich in natural wonder, good food, and history. Some of Italy's best-known wines and cuisine come from here such as Prosecco, Valpolicella, Asiago cheese, Prosciutto, and Tiramisu...yum!
If your mouth isn't watering already, your eyes may start to once you see the beautiful Alps, ride around a gondola in Venice canals, or see a Shakespeare play in Verona. Veneto vacation rentals truly have it all!
If you're more into the outdoors (or perhaps just an adrenaline junky), the craggy, snowy Dolomites provide many opportunities for mountaineering, hiking, and skiing. The Cortina d'Ampezzo is the best-known ski resort in Northern Italy with 43 lifts, fresh powder, and opportunities to cruise the slopes all year round.
People gravitate toward the glistening waters of Lake Garda, Italy's largest lake bordering its western edge. The mountains seem to just shoot out of this spectacular lake, and the colors during the fall season will truly take your breath away. Great for water sports, Lake Garda is where you go to get some time out on the waves and soak up the sun in this rustic and villa-filled area!
Verona and Padua are both charming and beautiful cities located in Veneto's countryside. They provide ample Italian dining, history, and art scenes without losing any authenticity.
Verona, of course, was the home of Romeo and Juliet, and you bet there's still tons of Shakespeare reenactments and folklore around town. Verona also has many Roman monuments and a rich music culture that will please all your senses!
Padua has a history all its own and, according to some, is the oldest city in Northern Italy. Home to the 800-year-old University of Padua, this city can call the likes of Galileo and Copernicus its students, and also boasts many frescos painted by the famous Giotti.
Both Padua and Verona have lively arts and music scenes, and the small streets and gorgeous architecture lend to the feeling of true Italian living you've only heard about in the movies.
One of the most famous cities on the planet, the romance of Veneto's capital cannot be overstated! Actually comprised of 118 islands only connected by footbridges and flanked by the most beautiful architecture and canals in Italy, this "floating city" was once one of the most powerful commerce centers in the world, but has long since turned into a thriving tourist destination for wine, art, food, and love. St. Mark's Basilica and Square still enrapture visitors no matter what time of year, and the grand canal is impossible not to enjoy when you're being paddled on a gondola!
Veneto vacation rentals are fabulous no matter where you choose to enjoy them, and Italia is truly a place you must see at least once in your life!