Veneto Travel Guide

Travelers come to Veneto to revel in the whimsical and romantic atmosphere that permeates this beautiful region. Venice is commonly used as the base city for travelers since many things to do in Veneto can be easily arranged as day trips. A short boat ride gets you to the islands of Murano, famous for its glass shops and Burano, a picturesque town of pastel-painted houses on the water. Shakespeare fans should absolutely make a stop in the lovely cities of Padua and Verona—immortalized as the settings of Romeo and Juliet and The Taming of the Shrew. (Both cities are a quick train trip from Venice.) For things to do in Veneto during a longer visit, travelers should book accommodations in the countryside. Try the stunning, blue waters of Lake Garda, the largest lake in Italy and a popular holiday spot for natives. The Dolomite Mountains are another beautiful option, dotted with many medieval towns and resorts worth visiting year-round. The mountain oases of Cortina d’Ampezzo or Belluno make for excellent skiing in winter and breathtaking hiking in summer. For things to do in Veneto at the beach, there are two major towns Lido and Chioggia, which come August are dotted with hundreds of brightly colored umbrellas. The waterfront areas are very shallow and perfect for families with young children. For more of what to do in Veneto, see the Travel + Leisure list below.

Venture to sculptor Antonio Canova’s former home and the adjacent museum, partially designed by Scarpa, known as the Gipsoteca. The building provides an airy exhibition hall of white planes and glass, which harmonizes with Canova’s white casts.

Architect Scarpa’s Museo di Castelvecchio is easy to find—it’s in a hulking 14th-century fortress along the Adige River.

Stroll around the fruit stalls and food sellers to assemble an on-the-go lunch.

The building's architect, Scarpa drew up a private necropolis on an L-shaped site around the edges of the municipal cemetery. Massive, sloped concrete walls screen out sound and the sight of cornfields and houses beyond. A cubic chapel seems to float in a pool of water at the entrance.