A Trip through Veneto

Ed Walker

There is practically no place in Italy which is not worth seeing. With its rich cultural and architectonic heritage and its wonderful natural landscapes, Italy is one of the best countries in the world to go for a holiday. While still planning for your holiday, you should check Theaa.ie for travel insurance, you can save if you apply for more than one package, like car insurance for instance. Although large cities like Rome, Palermo or Naples rank highest as tourist destinations, they can sometimes be tiresome, especially if you’re interested in a more tranquil holiday. The Veneto region, on the other hand, could be exactly what you are looking for.

Gondolas in a small canal in Dorsoduro district, Venice, Veneto, Italy

Situated in the northeastern side of Italy, Veneto comprises world-famous cities full of history and culture such as Venice, Padua, or Verona, as well as picturesque natural landscapes, such as the Euganean hills, the Dolomite Mountains, the Adriatic Sea, or the Garda Lake. The best way to reach this region is to fly to its capital, Venice, and, after spending a day or two in this wonderful and highly peculiar city, rent a car and take a leisurely ride through its other famous places.

Venice, a city situated across a group of 118 islands separated by canals and connected by over 400 bridges, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, attracting up to 30 million tourists per year. Besides its geographical peculiarity and quaintness, Venice is also famous for historical landmarks such as St. Mark’s Basilica, the Grand Canal, Piazza San Marco, or the Doge’s Palace, and for the important international events and festivals it hosts, including the Carnival of Venice, Venice Biennale, and the Venice Film Festival.

However, Venice can often be overcrowded and your stay there, although extremely interesting, might not be as relaxed as you would want to. If tired of hectic Venice, jump into a car and start exploring the surrounding areas. There are at least two other impressive cities in Veneto which you should not miss: Padua, famous for its dense network of arcaded streets, its old and renowned University of Padua (established in 1222), where figures such as Galilei and Copernico worked, and its wonderful landmarks like the imposing St. Anthony Basilica, the Palace of Reason, the Botanical Garden (a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where Goethe did some of its botanical research), or the Scroveni Chapel (containing breathtaking murals by Giotto); and Verona, the city of Shakespeare’s famous lovers, Romeo and Juliet, with its ancient Roman edifices and monuments (including the Roman Arena and Theatre), its Medieval and Renaissance architecture, and its thriving artistic and musical scene, including the lyrical season at the Arena, where renowned operas and symphonic pieces are performed in front of up to 15,000 spectators.

If you want to get in touch with nature, Veneto can offer you many possibilities too. The Euganean Hills are perfect for leisurely strolls, offering beautiful sights which inspired poets like Petrarch or Shelley, and the possibility to enjoy the thermal baths from Abano or Montegrotto Terme. If you’re into more challenging activities though, such as skiing, hiking or BASE jumping, the Dolomite Mountains are what you need. And if you like swimming, sunbathing or boating, you have two choices in Veneto: either visit the amazing seaside resorts from the Adriatic Sea’s coast, including Lido, Jesolo and Sottomarina, or take a trip to the fantastic Garda Lake near Verona, the largest (370 square km) and most visited Italian lake.

About Retire Early Lifestyle

Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired two decades ago at the age of 38 and began traveling the world. As recognized retirement experts and internationally published authors on topics of finance and world travel, they have been interviewed about retirement issues by The Wall Street Journal, Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine, The Motley Fool Rule Your Retirement newsletter, nationally syndicated radio talk shows and countless newspapers and TV shows nationally and worldwide. They wrote the popular books The Adventurer's Guide to Early Retirement and Your Retirement Dream IS Possible.
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