About Veneto - Veneto
Veneto is located in north-east Italy stretching from the Alps to the Adriatic coast. It is home to some of the most fascinating towns and cities in Italy including Venice, Lake Garda, Vicenza, Verona and Padua.
The region of Veneto is most closely associated with its famous city of Venice and its charming labyrinth of streets and canals, its elegant palaces, the gondolas on the Grand Canal and Rialto Bridge, the wild Carnival and not least its annual International Film Festival.
But Veneto is not just Venice, and the region boasts a variety of landscapes as it is well situated with the Dolomite mountain range to the west, the Alps to the north, the Adriatic Sea to the east and the mighty river Po to the South, offering an abundance of cultural, sports and tourist attractions. This variety of cultural and leisure presents an excellent quality of life, as well as a wonderful basis for the further development of tourism.
Veneto is one of the strongest economic regions in Europe producing about 83% of Italy's gold jewellery, 30% of the world's marble and 24% of all Italian made clothing. The Veneto fashion companies are well known international labels such as Benetton, Diesel, and Stefanel. On average almost 120 million pairs of shoes are manufactured each year by its local companies around the provinces of Verona, Rovigo, and in the Riviera del Brenta area between Venice and Padua.
The Dolomite Mountains make an ideal day trip from Venice. They offer some of the best organized high altitude hiking in Europe, and their network of chair-lifts and cable cars make the region accessible to both summer hikers and skiers in the winter months.
At the southern tip of the Dolomites is Lake Garda, the largest of Italy's fresh-water lakes where along its shores can be found enchanting medieval towns and fortifications. Don’t forget to try the famous Bardolino wine. A 30 minute drive from Lake Garda, the summer season of the Verona Operas await in the city that immortalised Shakespeare and his Romeo and Juliet.
Padua (Padova) is located approximately 30 kilometres from the city of Venice, where the city’s majestic Basilica houses the relics of S. Antonio attracting millions of pilgrims every year. Despite being on the mainland, the city is located close to the many major rivers flowing to the Adriatic Sea and near the thermal resorts of the Colle Euganei hills. For those travelling by car, Padua is an excellent stopover as it is situated both on the roads linking Venice to Bologna and Tuscany, as well as the road linking Venice to Milan.
In Italy's north-eastern corner, Friuli-Venezia Giulia is a great place for travelers. Whether your preference is snow-capped mountains, warm sandy beaches, bird watching, remote mountaintop villages, Roman ruins, palatial country villas, or picturesque fishing villages, you won’t want to miss this area.
HOW TO GET THERE
Toward the East (Adriatic Sea) of the region, fly from all major UK and European hubs to Venice’s Marco Polo Airport. The competition among discount carriers flying from the UK now includes at least four airlines including Ryanair, Easyjet, Jet2.com and BMI. Toward the West of the region, fly to Verona Catullo Airport. In the UK, British Airways and Ryanair have popular routes leaving from London Gatwick, Stansted and Bristol International. Other major European carriers including Air France, Alitalia, Iberia, Lufthansa and others fly direct to Verona from their capital hubs. The APT bus departs for Verona central station every 20 minutes.