VENETO REGION OF ITALY
The Veneto is one of the twenty regions of Italy. Its population is about five million, ranking fifth in Italy. The region's capital and largest city is Venice. Veneto, as part of the Republic of Venice, was an independent state for more than a millennium. Venice ruled for centuries over one of the largest and richest maritime republics and trade empires in the world. After the Napoleonic Wars and the Congress of Vienna, the Republic was annexed by the Austrian Empire, until it was ceded to the Kingdom of Italy in 1866, as a result of the Third Italian War of Independence. The Statute of Veneto describes Venetians as a "people". Besides Italian, most inhabitants also speak Venetian.
There are plenty of Active Vacation options to enjoy during your vacation in Italy when you visit the Veneto Region: Bike Touring the Italian Dolomites, or hill towns in the Wine Zones, city walking discovering the walled cities throughout the region, Hiking the Prealps and Dolomites mountains, Rock Climbing, or hanging on the beach wind surfing. Plus many other outdoor recreation activities.
The capital of the Veneto Region is the city of Venice. Once the heartland of the Venetian Republic, today the Veneto is among the wealthiest, most developed and industrialised regions of Italy. Having one of the country's richest historical, natural, artistic, cultural, musical and culinary heritages, it is also the most visited region of Italy, with about 60 million tourists every year, most of these visitors only make it to Venezia (Venice).
The Veneto region gets its name from the original inhabitants of the area known as the Venetia, who were slowly assimilated into Roman culture. Like many regions of Europe some words and phases of the Venetia language still exist in the Venetian dialect and in the names of some townships and land areas. Before the formation of the Republic of Italy and what we know as modern Italy, this region was controlled by the Republic of Venice for several hundred of years.
WHAT TO SEE IN THE VENETO REGION
PROVINCES OF THE VENETO REGION
The Veneto is a region with a thousand different faces and the custodian of natural, artistic, and traditional treasures. The Veneto has an extraordinary variety of scenery: from the Italian Dolomites, to the eastern shore of Lake Garda and Peschiera del Garda, Torri del Benaco and other tourist destinations. Long, sandy beaches alternate with well-known resorts such as Jesolo, Bibione, Cavallino and Caorle.
In this spectacular natural setting lies a rich cultural heritage that renders the Veneto such a fascinating region, from its cities of art to the magnificent Palladian villas scattered along the Brenta Riviera. And not to be forgotten are the small villages of Arquà Petrarca, Monselice, Asolo and Bassano del Grappa that bring together the most typical aspects of this diverse and varied region.
The Veneto Region is also an ideal destination for a vacation for comfort and relaxation, thanks to its thermal waters, with their valuable therapeutic properties. The gentle slopes of the Euganean Hills are home to the well-equipped facilities of the Euganean Spas: such as, Abano, Montegrotto and Teolo, where guests can combine treatments and therapies with pleasant excursions out into the surrounding areas.
GEOGRAPHY OF THE VENETO REGION
For more travel tips see: Travel Guide to Venice and the Veneto Region