The Veneto

The Veneto is in northeast Italy and is surrounded by Austria, the Lombardia, Emilia-Romagna, Friuli-Venezia Giulia regions and the Adriatic Sea. The main towns in this region are Venezia/Venice, Verona and Padova. The landscape is mostly flat with some mountains and hills. There’s a lot of diversity (and beauty) here in the Veneto…..lakes, the Dolomites, the seaside, Venice, spas, art, hill towns, fabulous architecture, castles and much more…..I’m the first to say that a first trip to Italy must include a stop in Venice, but once done there, you have so much else to see in the Veneto. It’s a perfect spot to tour at any time of the year. You’ve got ski villages, wine roads, villa tours and artistic villages to visit (there’s something for everyone).

Sit in one of the cafes in Piazza San Marco in Venice at the end of a day….enjoy the music, there are less crowds at the off peak….the piazza is yours! Shop the market in Verona — buy a picnic….contemplate the pure beauty of a village like Asolo…..The food and wine of the area is as diverse as there are things to do in this region….rice, corn, grains, unique spices, olives, fruits, fish, game, apples, meats, vegetables, prosciutto, Grana Padana (so delicious), Asiago and Provolone cheeses….then Soave, Bardolino, Prosecco and Valpolicella wines (again, among many others) to quench your thirst. Risi e bisi (rice and peas), risotto (yum), pasta e fagioli and some interesting dishes with cod (not a favorite of mine) are specialties that you must try while visiting the Veneto.

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