Veneto & Venice
The verdant Veneto region in northeast Italy is a land of sparkling prosecco, timeless landscapes, and charm. Little has changed in Venice’s design for the past 700 years. It is a dense network of waterways with 118 islands and more than 400 bridges over its 150 canals. Instead of main streets, you will find main canals, instead of cars you will find gondolas. Venice and its lagoon are UNESCO World Heritage listed and the whole city is an extraordinary architectural masterpiece. Venice Carnevale takes place every February, its iconic Venetian masks and costumes a spectacular feast for the senses. Nearby towns of Padua and Verona can be reached by car or train or are best appreciated on a guided tour of this region. Lake Garda, located halfway between Milan and Venice, is not to be missed, beautifully embedded between high mountains, olive groves and vineyards. Scattered around its shoreline are enchanting villages, ancient villas, castles and historic sites.
Last but not least are the Dolomites Bellunesi National Park, hardwood and coniferous forests, rock walls, and water features at the southern limit of the Dolomites and recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. All the seasons are great for enjoying the beauty of the lake and the surrounding landscape. Also, a must-see is the mountain Ski town of Cortina d'Ampezzo, easy to navigate and full of alpine culture, is also a beautiful summer destination, offering excellent hiking, sublime views and lots of fresh, fragrant air. To get there, drive two and half hours north from Venice or two hours south from Innsbruck, Austria.
When to visit
Are you wondering when is the best period to visit Venice? The best seasons are undoubtedly the spring months - March, April and May when the weather in Venice, Italy is mild and ideal for walking - or September and October. During the summer months, the heat sometimes makes the climate in Venice unpleasant, while in winter the temperature can drop below 0°C. Regarding the rest of the Veneto region, the most suitable periods are more or less the same as indicated also for Venice, Spring (April-May) and Autumn (October-November): in these months, the colours of nature are particularly beautiful, and the mild climate in Venice, Italy favours the Venetian outdoor excursions.
From March to June, the wine lovers can enjoy the several Prosecco festivals around Valdobbiadene area! Along the Prosecco wine road in Italy and, in particular, in the fascinating Treviso villages of the Conegliano and Valdobbiadene area, Veneto wine events, activities and tastings dedicated to wine lovers and those who want to learn about the wonderful area of Prosecco with a plus!