Veneto looks to be a beautiful region of Italy, with many treasures in the form of natural landscapes, artistic masterpieces and traditional cultures. For this reason, it is one of the most visited places in Italy, ideal for stylish and luxurious tours – and one of the top places on my Italian bucket list of places to see. As the region is so vast I have heard the best way to travel around the area is by hiring a vehicle, and why not do it in style? To start your tour across the region, you could get in touch with a local agency for a luxury car rental in Venice so you can travel in style being as comfortable as possible- and by comfortable you know I mean air con, right? Oh and a big boot for picking up all those little treasures you find.
In Venice, feel the magic of the city by riding down the Grand Canal on a vaporetto past beautiful and grand palazzi, under the famous Rialto Bridge until you get off in Piazza San Marco. This is where tourists and pigeons usually converge, creating that normally busy but spectacular atmosphere – if you’re like me and hate pigeons then make sure you’re on alert here haha. From here, you can visit many landmarks such as the Basilica of San Marco, the Palazzo Ducale, or visit the other islands such as Murano for its world-famous glass products. If you are feeling romantic, why not try a gondola ride in the evening? It might be cliché and quite expensive, but when in Venice, you shouldn’t miss the opportunity to ride down the winding canals. Little has changed since the golden age of the Venetian Republic.
If you are looking to soak up some Venetian sun, head on to the miles long sandy beaches considered to be some of the cleanest in the Mediterranean paradise. The beaches are wide and mostly shallow, perfect for relaxing and swimming. The beaches stretch from Caorle to Bibione and Jesole over to Marina di Venezia including the southern part of Venice. The resort areas are equipped with hotels, holiday inns and even campsites to make your stay as comfortable and luxurious as possible. On the other hand, you can also head to the Venetian lagoons or along the coasts for some natural parks and beautiful tranquil spots.
To see more of Veneto, drive to Verona for a feel of “Romeo and Juliet” by attending the summer opera festival. There are many landmarks and monuments such as the 1st century Roman amphitheater that is still used for concerts and for the annual opera festival. This area is also home to the famous Valpolicella wine. Surely, there are tours that allow you an extraordinary experience into the region’s culinary culture. Or, you can go to Padua to see beautiful churches and Roman ruins – visitng the Churches of different countries is always one of my favourite things to do, the Mexican chruches I saw in West Mexico will take some beating. One of the highlights are the frescoes by Giotto and the Basilica of St. Anthony with its Byzantine-style domes and art pieces. In Vicenza, tourists are attracted by the Palladian villas. Moreover, in winter, ski enthusiasts love Cortina d’Ampezzo. Other activities are also done here such as rock climbing, snow kiting, hiking, and cycling.
You definitely should stop by Lake Garda, as my friend Sammie told me. It comes highly recommended as a holiday destination. There are many things to do and see – sightseeing, shopping, food and wine. Do as the locals do and go on a passeggiatta along the marina for an afternoon stroll. You can also visit the towns around the lake such as Desenzano, Sirmione, Riva del Garda, and Portese to explore the various cultural attractions.
Where else shall I add to my Italian bucket list?