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13 Gorgeous Sights in the Veneto Region

Although many tourists choose to stay in Venice or Verona during their trip to Italy, there is so much more to explore in the entire Veneto region. Veneto was once an independent republic; it boasts numerous ancient cities, small towns, wineries, mountain forests, and pastoral landscapes extending from the Dolomite mountains to the Adriatic Sea. To help you plan your Italian vacation, we have compiled a list of 13 must-see places in Veneto.
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1. Marostica

This is a walled city located near Bassano del Grappa known for its rich history and unique chess events held annually in September. In the central square, there is a giant chessboard; people dressed as chess pieces, including horses for knights and mobile towers for rooks, can be seen playing. This spectacle is a recreation of a legendary match played by two kings, competing for the love of a local lord's daughter.

2. Treviso

TrevisoWhile many tourists visiting Veneto head straight for Venice, Treviso is also an excellent place to visit. It is a large city with a historic center that has been ruled by Romans, Germanic Frankish tribes, French, and Austrians. Visitors can explore the cobbled streets and ancient buildings, including numerous churches and a municipal museum showcasing art objects.

3. Caorle

Caorle is a charming fishing town on the Adriatic Sea. It offers plenty of opportunities to soak up the sun, indulge in water activities, and explore its rich history. This town is a popular choice for family vacations due to the numerous activities available on its shores. Moreover, the town boasts a small church on a peninsula that offers breathtaking views of the sea.

4. Montagnana

A small town surrounded by a 2 km-long wall with 24 towers that date back to the 11th century. Despite its intimidating appearance, this town has a vibrant center with colorful houses that are perfect for a leisurely stroll.

5. Asolo

Asolo is another destination that is worth visiting for its scenic beauty and rich cultural heritage. This is also a small and fortified town, but its uniqueness gave it its nickname - "The City of a Thousand Horizons" - thanks to the many hills on which it is built, which make it a very romantic place to walk and explore. In its center, there are several ancient squares, a cathedral, and a small castle. The 12th-century fortress towers over them all; you can climb up and see the whole landscape. The ruins of an ancient Roman theater, aqueducts, and an amphitheater are also scattered throughout the town. There is no shortage of things to see and do.

6. Chioggia

This small fishing town is called "Little Venice," and not without reason, because it is actually a small copy of big Venice, and also where you can find countless colorful houses on the banks of long canals. You can see, from there, several churches from the Middle Ages and also the Church of Saint Andrew from the 18th century, part of which is a bell tower built between the 11th and 12th centuries, which is considered the oldest in the world.

7. Vicenza

Vicenza, a destination in Veneto, is often overlooked by tourists, but it shouldn't be. It is situated between Venice and Verona and boasts a picturesque ancient center filled with impressive architectural wonders and intriguing museums. This place was originally designed for wealthy residents, so there are many villas and palaces, especially those designed by the renowned Italian architect, Andrea Palladio. His style is evident throughout the city, giving it a luxurious and ancient feel. One must-see attraction is the Olympic Theater, also designed by Palladio, which hosts unforgettable opera performances.

8. Soave

While traveling from Vicenza to Verona, tourists should consider stopping in Suava, a beautiful city famous for its dry white wine. Suava boasts more than just wine, however. It is enclosed by a remarkable stone wall and situated at the base of Sueva Castle. Its gardens and gates are considered the best preserved in Italy. Tourists can explore the 15th-century living quarters of lords and ladies before visiting two impressive architectural landmarks: Scaliger Castle and the Palazzo Cavalli-Franchetti.

9. Padova


One city that stands out among all others on this list is Padua. It is a vibrant and lively city that has been a center of student culture in the region for centuries. Founded in the late 12th century, Padua's university was established in 1222, making it potentially the oldest city in northern Italy.

The city's Basilica of St. Anthony is a famous pilgrimage site, with the Scrobani Chapel boasting impressive wall paintings. While it's possible to visit on a day trip from Venice, staying longer is recommended - especially for those who enjoy nightlife. The central streets are filled with pubs and cafes where locals and tourists celebrate life in Italy.

10. Lago di Garda

Lago di Garda
One must-see attraction outside of the cities and towns is Lake Garda, which sits on the edge of Veneto. Visitors can explore two charming towns with fortifications, walls, and palaces. The lake itself is worth the trip, and visitors can swim, climb cliffs, or sail on boats. Verona is only a half-hour drive away.

11. Verona


Verona is considered the most romantic place not only in Veneto but also in the world due to its association with the famous Shakespearean tale of Romeo and Juliet. It is the second-largest city in northeastern Italy, and its historic center is well-preserved, featuring a Roman amphitheater built in 30 AD, which is still used for concerts and operas during summer. There are numerous churches and cathedrals to explore, and visitors can also enjoy a panoramic view of the city from the hills. Juliet's balcony is a must-visit spot. Verona is an ideal destination for those looking for a relaxed city, especially at night, and is an alternative to bustling Venice.

12. Cortina d’Ampezzo

Cortina d’Ampezzo
Those who wish to escape urban settings can visit Cortina d'Ampezzo for a skiing adventure in the Dolomites. Accommodation in cabins with a long history of hosting guests is available, and there are various shops and restaurants to explore. This location is highly recommended for snowboarding due to its hosting of the 1956 Winter Olympics which offers more than 850 skiing tracks. During the summer, you can enjoy the scenery by cycling or hiking.

13. Venezia

Venice is widely regarded as the most enchanting and romantic city globally. It is undoubtedly the pride of Veneto and possibly all of Italy. Over the last 600 years, its appearance has remained almost the same. It is considered a remarkable work of art due to the canals, castles, and churches that adorn it. It serves as a living memory of the ancient world. Tourists can indulge in high-end restaurants, bars, and museums to learn more about the city's history beyond what the streets reveal.
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