If you are wondering which are the favorite destinations by foreign travelers in Italy, the answer could be surprising: Veneto, in the last years, is the first region for incoming tourism (40.387.375 tourists in 2012, 18.800.000 in 2014 for cultural tourism), due to a number of reasons.
A special appreciation is reserved to the art cities, which accommodate slightly more than half of tourists who arrive in Veneto. In this post we show you a selection of the must-see in Veneto, including the most popular monuments and the lesser known spots that fascinated us.

Venice
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“Venice once was dear, the pleasant place of all festivity, the revel of the earth, the masque of Italy”. Lord Byron wrote that in 1818; I think is still true, isn’t it?
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The gondola is the classical Venetian boat, now mostly used for weddings, funeral and other ceremonies. Everyone wishes to explore Venice onboard a gondola, because this town is the Europe’s largest car-free area.

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In Venice there are 409 bridges: these are essential to permit the foot traffic connecting the canals. The town, in fact, is built on an archipelago of 117 islands.
Chiesa di San Martino

The church of San Martino, rebuilt during Renaissance, stands near the Arsenale and is one of the unsung treasures of Venice, a place that definitely worth a visit.
The worth visiting places in Veneto

Verona

Palace gran guardia verona

Very close to the Arena, the most important monument of Verona, stands the Palace of the Gran Guardia, built in two different periods. The works started during XVII century but were completed in 1836. Now the Palace hosts exhibitions, cultural events and fairs.
Arena Verona must see

The Verona Arena is undoubtedly the symbol of the city and one of the best preserved ancient amphitheaters in the world.
You can visit it or join concerts and shows in the occasion of Opera Festival or extraordinary events.
piazza delle Erbe market in verona

Piazza delle Erbe is the Market’s Square, the “soul” of the historical center. Here rise many palaces, such as Case Mazzanti, with many frescoes, the Lamberti Tower, the Case del Ghetto, the Domus Mercatorum, the Gardello Tower and the Maffei Palace.
Juliet's Balcony

Juliet’s house, dating back to XIII century, testifies the legacy of Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet. The balcony is a must-see for couples, because, according to Shakespeare, here Romeo promised his eternal love to Juliet.
Castel San Pietro in Verona view

Castel San Pietro is a building located on a hill crowned by cypresses, a vantage point where you can enjoy an amazing view of Verona.

Only the external spaces of Castel San Pietro are open to the public, this venue is easily reachable from the center of Verona.

Arena di Verona amphitheater

Padua

Padua Botanical Garden Unesco site

Do you know that the oldest botanical garden in the world is in Padua? Founded in 1545, we recommended it for its special collections and its design. Furthermore, it was listed by Unesco as World Heritage Site.

Padova Botanical garden

Piazza della Frutta is one of the main squares in Padua’s historical center. Here takes places one of the biggest markets in Italy; in the center of the square there is the Colonna del Peronio, a medieval column maybe used as a support of a tent.

Main square in Padua

Prato della Valle is one of the symbols of Padua, the largest square in Italy, featured a green island at the center, Isola Memmia, and is called by Padovans “Il Prato”.

The largest square in Italy

We suggest going there on New Year’s Day or during the Feast of the Annunciation on 15th August to see fireworks and parties with music that usually enliven this area.

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