Verona is a splendid city of art, surrounded by the traces of its ancient history, splendid in its mythical dimension thanks to the Shakespearean tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. 

Roman ruins, medieval vestiges, Venetian and Austrian traces can be seen all across the city, as well as antique palaces, squares, bridges and wonderful churches.

In the historical centre, Piazza Bra and the Arena, Piazza Erbe and Piazza dei Signori, the Ponte Scaligero and the ancient churches of San Fermo and Sant’Anastasia, the Cathedral (Duomo) and San Zeno are the most important places.

Elegant cafés and ancient osterie (typical inns of the Veneto territory), craftsman shops and high couture shops enliven city life all year long.

Verona is a man-sized city which fascinates visitors with its elegance and its welcoming atmosphere, in which ancient and modern times meet. The city’s past centuries of history and its past splendour are witnessed by its architectural and artistic masterpieces; its culture and art are well renowned on a national and international level. For this reason, in the year 2000 Verona was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Worth visiting is the Lake Garda, few kilometeres from Verona. 

Its wider part to the south is surrounded by morainic hills that were left following the glacier recession, while the narrow northern part is enclosed by the mountains that create fjord-shape configuration and provide a very mild Mediterranean climate.

The luminous environment, temperate climate, and flourishing vegetation - mainly olive and lemon groves, palms, cypresses, oleanders and orange trees - along with the majestic landscapes are the background to the remarkable historical and cultural remains spread all around and make this lake the most charming in Italy.

Given the intense color of its water with a marked shade of blue and matchless transparency, Lake Garda is a unique spot where visitors and guests can enjoy a holiday full of relaxation, sports, fun and the thrill of discovering new places.

Verona is a splendid city of art, surrounded by the traces of its ancient history, splendid in its mythical dimension thanks to the Shakespearean tragedy of Romeo and Juliet.

 

Roman ruins, medieval vestiges, Venetian and Austrian traces can be seen all across the city, as well as antique palaces, squares, bridges and wonderful churches. In the historical centre, Piazza Bra and the Arena, Piazza Erbe and Piazza dei Signori, Via Cappello and Corso Porta Borsari lead to the Teatro Romano, Ponte Pietra, Castelvecchio, the Ponte Scaligero and the ancient churches of San Fermo and Sant’Anastasia, the Cathedral (Duomo) and San Zeno.

Elegant cafés and ancient osterie (typical inns of the Veneto territory), craftsman shops and high couture shops enliven city life all year long. Verona is a man-sized city which fascinates visitors with its elegance and its welcoming atmosphere, in which ancient and modern times meet.

The city’s past centuries of history and its past splendour are witnessed by its architectural and artistic masterpieces; its culture and art are well renowned on a national and international level. For this reason, in the year 2000 Verona was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Euganean Hills are a melding of natural and historic beauty that reflects the idea of an intelligent holiday.

Protected since 1989 by a Regional Park, the Euganean Hills cover nearly 20,000 hectares.

The sequence of 81 hills of varying heights and shapes creates a particular landscape that immediately catches the traveller’s eye no matter what direction he is coming from.

In the Euganean Hills the famous Veneto wine-growing tradition lives on. There are a full 13 “D.O.C.” (Denomination of Controlled Origin) wines including the well-known red wines Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon, whites as Chardonnay and sparkling wines such as Serprino or Moscato Fiori d’Arancio.

The Euganean landscape maintains many witnesses of a glorious past: you can admire small towns of medieval origin, like Este and Monselice; majestic castles like Catajo in Battaglia Terme or the one in Valbona; stunning villas like Villa Barbarigo in Valsanzibio or Villa Emo Capodilista. Nonetheless you can visit places of faith such as the Benedictine Abbey of Praglia.

The Venetian aristocracy used to have their summer villas built alongside the River Brenta, a natural extension of the Grand Canal.

An extraordinary historical, cultural and artistic setting where the harmonious connection between architecture and landscape is still considerable.

Dante, Palladio, Tiepolo, Canaletto,  Goldoni, Goethe, Byron, Jappelli and many other illustrious artists have sang, played, painted and contributed with their art to the beauty and originality of this land. 

The 200 and more venetians villas, facing the River Brenta, surrounded by their majestic parks are today an interesting set for guided tours, exhibitions and international events.

In order to visit some villas and enjoy the sight of the entire river you can have a tour with the “Burchiello”, the typical boat. A charming cruise, through nine swing bridges and five locks real "water lifts", allowing the descending of an almost 10-metre high water slope between Venice and Padua.

The guided cruises usually include boat trips from Venice to Padua (Venice, Fusina, Malcontenta, Oriago, Mira, Dolo, Stra, Padua) or from Padua to Venice (Padua, Stra, Dolo, Mira, Oriago, Malcontenta, Fusina, Venezia); the visits to the Villa Gradenigo of Oriago, to the Villa Widmann or Barchessa Valmarana of Mira, to the Villa Pisani of Stra, to the Villa Foscari Malcontenta.

Padua is one of the most charming and dynamic cities in Italy. The city centre boasts a wealth of fine medieval, renaissance and modern architecture; here a fascinating mix of historic and new, of centuries-old traditions combined with metropolitan rhythms creates a unique atmosphere.

The medieval palaces, churches and cobbled streets emanate a sense of history and culture, the shops, markets and locals, a sparkling vitality and vibrant modern life.

The historic centre of Padua is dominated by the imposing Palazzo della Ragione, which was built in the year 1218 to host the court of justice on the upper floor, and various shops on the ground floor.

The vast hall, called “il Salone” (the great Hall), is one of the largest medieval hanging halls of the world and its walls are covered by paintings depicting the zodiac and the astrological theories of Pietro d’Abano, one of the greatest medieval scientists.

The three squares surrounding the palace, Piazza delle Erbe, Piazza della Frutta and Piazza dei Signori, are the site of Padua’s daily market, which has been taking place here for more than 800 years.

The squares are lined by bars, restaurants, shops and historical buildings.

Piazza dei Signori is a gentle Renaissance square closed westwards by the white façade of the Capitanio Palace and the beautiful Clock Tower.

A great monumental area develops around St.Anthony’s Basilica, locally simply called “Il Santo”, which holds the mortal remains of Saint Anthony.

A short distance away you can visit the University Botanical Garden, one of oldest in the world.

A little to the south sprawls the Prato della Valle, one of the largest town squares in Europe, surrounded by a double order of statues.

Founded in the 2nd century B.C. in northern Italy, Vicenza prospered under Venetian rule from the early 15th to the end of the 18th century.

The work of Andrea Palladio (1508–80), based on a detailed study of classical Roman architecture, gives the city its unique appearance. Palladio's urban buildings, as well as his villas, scattered throughout the Veneto region, had a decisive influence on the development of architecture.

Vicenza’s top attractions:

Basilica Palladiana or "Palazzo della Ragione": it is a massive structure on the city's main square (Piazza dei Signori), designed by the architect Palladio. Built early in Palladio's career, the building sports a look closer to the Venetian Gothic style than the neoclassical style he would later revolutionize. It still has the old and leaning clock tower from a previous building on that site. The building reopened recently after lengthy restoration works and now houses temporary art exhibitions and a fashionable bar on the rooftop terrace with nice views over the city.

Loggia del Capitanio: right in front of Basilica Palladiana on Piazza dei Signori. Also made by Palladio, but in red brick without any stucco. Built later in Palladio's career, this building's Neoclassical style stands in great juxtaposition to the Basilica across it and is a testament to Palladio's artistic development. Closed to the public except during exhibitions.

Teatro Olimpico:  anchors one end of Corso Palladio and is arguably one of Palladio's two great masterpieces. Teatro Olimpico is the oldest enclosed theater in the world, and is most noteworthy for its use of Renaissance perspective in a three-dimensional space. The facade is decorated with stone carvings, wooden statues, and painted tromp l'oeil to make it look like a busy street scene.

Santuario di Monte Berico:  located on top of Monte Berico and visible from every part of the city center, this church was built in the 19th century to replace a Gothic structure built to honor a promise the city made to the Virgin Mary to build a church after a devastating plague ended. An apparition was purported to have occurred here, and every 8th of September flocks of devotees walk from the base of the hill up to the church. The walk from the town to the church is lined with beautiful porticoes. The interior of the church is the mostly richly decorated in the city, with an overabundant use of gold, marble and fresco work. In the old convent is a huge painting by Veronese the "Supper of St. Gregory the Great." Torn apart into 32 pieces during the Austrian invasion, the painting was miraculously pieced together and later restored to its original location.

Villa Capra or the Rotonda: is the highlight, and sometimes, main and only reason, of anyone's trip to Vicenza. Designed by Palladio, it is the architect's thesis project, containing all of his revolutionary ideas into one perfect and harmonious building. It is hard sometimes to see the building for what it is, especially for American and British tourists, because it has been copied so many times and inspired other great buildings all over the world. As harmonious as the exterior is, the interior is also breathtaking, being completely frescoed with tromp l'oeil scenes from the villa's ideal everyday life. 

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