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 or Venezia. At one time the Veneto was part of the Republic of Venice, and an independent state for almost 1000 years. The Republic of 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. Currently the Veneto Region is one of the area's in Italy pushing to be and independent state.
The Veneto region had everything that a visitor could look for in both history and nature. There are beautiful sea shores, breath taking mountain landscapes, natural hot springs, and wonderful art towns and cities, not to be forgotten is the great foods and wine of the Veneto region.
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The history of the region of Veneto is closely linked to the history of the Republic of Venice, that extended its rule over the entire area during the the 12th century, reaching as far as Brescia and Bergamo on the mainland and as far as Crete and Peloponnese in the Mediterranean, until the 17th century. During the period the Serenissima created many wonderful cities of art supported by trade to the Far East as a prime source of wealth. This economic success also helped to give rise to an intense artistic and cultural activity in the area, that has left permanent marks on the Region’s culture.
Veneto’s cuisine is as varied as its geography, but throughout the region, carbohydrates reign supreme. Rice, beans and polenta are staples in every one of Veneto’s provinces, and with the Adriatic Sea and Lake Garda flanking the region, there is always a bounty of fresh fish available.
Although clams, mussels, anchovies and crabs are harvested from the lake and the sea, it is Veneto cod that serves as the centerpiece when it comes to protein.
Every province and town provides their own variation on the Veneto cuisine theme, but they are all unified in the use of Vialone Nano rice, which is a staple in all of the region’s rice-based dishes, including risottos.
Several Veneto wines and liquors are recognized in every corner of Italy and beyond. They include the much lauded Prosecco, Amarone, and Grappa.