Veneto: Travel to Venice & Verona

Because of the influence of Venetian trade, Veneto looks East where most of Italy looks West. The flavor of everything you see, feel and smell comes from the east. Where do you think Italy got its coffee culture from? Once a  rich trade empire and maritime republic, travel to Venice sets the bar high for the region. But Veneto is not just Venice. It is also Verona, home to Romeo and Juliet. 

Sitting in northeastern Italy, Veneto stretches from the Dolomites to the Adriatic Sea. Winding canals and Gothic architecture flow free when you travel to Venice. And though romantic and charming, what’s beyond these Byzantine arched palaces rising from the water? Enjoy the Arena di Verona, known for staging open-air performances from the opera Aida to Sting. If you’re around in mid-April, don’t miss Vinitaly the largest wine exhibition in the world.

Leaving the V’s, Veneto is also Padua, home to one of the oldest universities in the west, circa 1220. Regale in the Basilica di St. Antonio when you visit Padua, famous for the astonishing frescoes by Giotto.  Coincidentally Pauda is the stage for The Taming of the Shrew. Not one but four of Shakespeare’s most acted plays all set in the Veneto. Good enough for Shakespeare, good enough for us! Travel to Venice and Veneto for a taste of devastating beauty.