Thanks to its peculiar geography, Veneto is extremely rich in landscape and culture. As a result, from the Dolomites to the Adriatic Sea, the regional cuisine abounds in gastronomic delights. In fact, each province has its own specialities influenced by the territory and local traditions: the mountains of Belluno offer high-end cheeses and game meat, the hills of Treviso are famous for their Valdobbiadene DOCG prosecco, the romantic Verona and its Amarone della Valpolicella, and the provinces of Vicenza and Padua with Vicenza-style salt cod, Asiago PDO and Prosciutto Veneto Berico-Euganeo.
Art constitutes one of the most interesting driving forces within the region: culture is in fact a distinctive feature of the Veneto region, whose historical and artistic testimonies left by mankind began around seven millennia ago. The most sought-after cultural destination is obviously Venice, with its unparalleled bridges, palaces and monuments overlooking the canals. Next comes Verona, inextricably linked to Romeo and Juliet, offering an excursion into the history, art and traditions of Veneto. Padua, with its university and home to some of the most important works by Italian painters Giotto, Mantegna and Donatello. Other lesser-known art cities such as Vicenza, Treviso, Belluno and Rovigo complete a wonderful journey into the highest art as few other regions are capable of offering.
For the Veneto region, mountains are an essential part of its constitution as a tourist destination. The richness of the landscape offered by the Pre-Alps, the breathtaking peaks of the Dolomites, which received UNESCO World Heritage recognition in 2009, Mount Baldo and the Lessinia mountains in the Verona area, the Asiago Plateau and the Fiorentini Plateau near Vicenza, and finally Mount Grappa and the Treviso Pre-Alps, which together with the Cansiglio Plateau are home to one of the oldest forests in Italy. The region is also well known for cycling tourism: Veneto offers countless cycle paths and routes. The Riviera del Brenta, the Valsugana cycle path or the Mincio river cycle path are just some of the available routes for those who are passionate about this activity.
The naturalistic wealth of Veneto also extends to water. The region offers a long list of beaches and lakes that can be visited throughout the year: close to the Venetian lagoon, we find Jesolo with its lido for both families and young people, and Cavallino-Treporti, for those who love seaside holidays in freedom. In the opposite direction are Eraclea and Caorle, two seaside resorts characterized by a great wealth of landscape. Finally, the resort of Bibione, which combines tourism with sustainability. The lake most closely associated with Veneto is Lake Garda, with visits to villages, beaches and water sports. In the province of Treviso, with the Revine Lakes, and in the Belluno area with Lake Mis in the Belluno Dolomites National Park and Lake Centro di Cadore, trekking enthusiasts have a wide choice.
Unesco sites are must visits in Veneto: this is an opportunity to embark on a discovery of a territory that alternates between urban and rural landscapes, where art can naturally blend in with the many local food and wine specialities.