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Venice is the capital of Veneto, a region in northeastern Italy,bordering on Lombardy,Trentino-SouthTyrol, Austria, FriuliVenezia Giulia, and Emilia-Romagna, betweenthe Alps and the Adriatic Sea.

It istraversed by the Po, Adige, Brenta and Piave rivers.

Other important towns include Verona, Padua, Treviso, Belluno and Vicenza.

This region is very rich in artistic and cultural treasures.

Its architectural heritage includes the unique buildings and bridges of Venice, and many of Palladio's villas.

Verona's arena is anancient Roman amphitheatre, traditionally reserved for opera.

The thermal baths at Abano Terme are also an attraction.

There are some fine wines from the Veneto region of Italy, these include: Soave and Valpolicella.

Vacation spots are Jesolo,Cortina d'Ampezzo, Lake Garda.



Of Romanorigin, an important centre of Italy's Provençal culture during the MiddleAges, Treviso was for centuries an important part of the Republic of Venice, athriving and harmony filled city, as Carlo Goldoni defined it in the 18thcentury: the "garden of Venice".

Thatharmony is still a characteristic of the city today, since Treviso is a territory that, as few othersbesides, was able to mix the charm of its natural sceneries and its precioushistorical-architectonic contexts with a strong industrial and tertiary sectorgrowth, making it one of the most competitive economic areas of Italy.

Treviso's attraction does not just lie ina single symbolic monument, but in a whole of places and glimpses. The city,surrounded by walls, is crossed by thousands of water courses born ofresurgence bubbles and which converge into the Sile, its river, opening anddisappearing behind the town fabric and giving the city its unique appearance.

Ancientbuildings with frescoed facades form an inimitable decorative continuum, acycle of open air frescoes, among which some true masterpieces: the Duomo andthe Piazza dei Signori are possibly the most significant ones. The Duomo,with its majestic neoclassic façade, contains works by Tiziano, Pordenone andP. Bordon. Next to the Duomo rises the 11th century Baptistery , with frescoesof Byzantine style.

Piazza deiSignori is the city's salon. 'Calmaggiore', the most elegant road in town, endsthere.

In thePiazza there are various buildings, among them the Bell Tower and the Palazzodei Trecento, its grand and rich hall accessible through a monumentalstaircase. Behind the Piazza there is the remarkable Piazzetta del Monte, andnot far the splendid corners of the Pescheria, the Canale dei Buranelli andPiazza Rinaldi, from which you can reach the austere Chiesa di S. Francesco.

Don'tmiss... If you go for a drive outside the town you will see thebeautiful places of the Marca Trevigiana.

InMogliano you will still find the remains of an ancient Benedictine Abbeyfounded in 995 AD. In Paderno di Ponzano you can see Villa Minelli Benetton,built at the beginning of the 17th century, with many rooms all splendidlyfrescoed, the headquarters of the Benetton Group.

Other superbvillas look onto the Terraglio road.

Events …Every year in April Treviso holds Corritreviso, an international road race thatis a "classic" of National sport, which crosses the whole historiccity centre within the city walls.

Still inthe spring there is also "Treviso Marcastorica", with a richprogramme of medieval and renaissance costume, parades, tournaments andhistorical pageants.



Verona'shistory started as a settling of ancient Indo-European populations. The firstcontacts with the Roman world date back to 216 BC, the year when the cityallied with Rome in the battle of Canne, and in the 1st century BC Veronabecame a Roman municipality. Later the Ostrogoth king Theodorick chose its asthe residence for his court and, with king Alboino, Verona became the firstcapital of the Longobards in Italy. In the Middle Ages Verona was a freemunicipality, but its moment of maximum splendour was during the power of theDella Scala family. This is the period, according to tradition, when the story ofJuliet and Romeo took place.

During theRenaissance the city became part of the Republic of Venice, with which itshared political, artistic and cultural events. With the arrival of Napoleon,Verona was the setting for many battles and in the first half of the 19thcentury became a military stronghold for the Austrian Empire until, in 1866, itbecame part of Italy.

Don'tmiss... Verona deserves to be seenfor various reasons; first of all its magnificent monuments, but also theextraordinary charm it has for visitors from all over the world, who areenchanted by the heartbreaking tale of Romeo and Juliet. During the period ofthe Republic of Venice, Verona transformed and some important buildings wereadded, the Della Scala court became an active artistic and cultural productioncentre, attracting artists and poets such as Giotto, Altichiero, Dante andPetrarca. The city has a very ancient and well preserved historical centre,with buildings, churches and palaces of different ages and styles, and famoussquares such as the immense Piazza Bra, where you can see the Arena, the famousRoman amphitheatre, and Piazza Mercato Vecchio with the Scala della Ragione andthe panoramic Torre dei Lamberti. Its museums are also extraordinary,preserving the treasures of Veronese art, particularly the Museo diCastelvecchio where you can admire paintings by Pisanello, Mantegna, Belliniand other masterpieces of Italian renaissance art, the Museo di Palazzo Forti and the MuseoLapidario Maffeiano. Also don't miss the churches of S.Anastasia and S. ZenoMaggiore.

Events …For over 80 years the Arena di Verona has beenhosting an opera season that is unique in the world for the quality of theartistic events and for the magnificent scenery it offers the audience. In theprogramme, as well as opera, you can find recitals and ballets. However,Verona's artistic events do not end with the Arena season; the Teatro Nuovo andthe Teatro Camploy offer very interesting programmes every year. Alsointeresting is the yearly sentimental and melodramatic cinema festival called Schermi d'amore, born of the ashes of theVerona Film Festival.



Padovaboasts a very ancient history, which has left much historical and artisticevidence in the city's structure.

Legendtells of its foundation taking place when Antenore escaped from Troia, in 1185BC.

The citywent through its first development stage further to the alliance with Romeagainst the Gallic tribes, but in 602 AD it was razed to the ground by theLombards.

Reconstructionwas slow and saw its peak in the 11th century, after the invasion of theHungarians.

However,Padova's real cultural and social evolution really developed with Venice'sdomination, which favoured the growth of the University, born in 1222, andsettled in the Renaissance period with the presence in town of artists such asDonatello, Mantegna, Ruzzante, Palladio and, since 1592, Galileo. Later thecity became part of the Lombard-Veneto system until the unification of Italy.

Don'tmiss... The old city is surrounded byrenaissance walls erected further to the siege by Maximilian I of theHapsburgs, and precisely during the renaissance period some of Padova's mostsignificant monuments were built: the Duomo, with a façade that was nevercompleted, the Baptistery, where you can admire the frescoes by Giusto de'Menabuoi, the Basilica di Santa Giustina, risen on ancient Early Christiancatacombs containing an altar-piece by Veronese, the lodges of Piazza deiSignori, dominated by Torre dell'orologio, and the seat of the University (Palazzo del Bo').

Also don'tmiss a visit to Prato della Valle, one of the largest squares in Europe, at thecentre of which rises the so-called Isola Mummia, surrounded by 78 statues ofillustrious Paduans.

The Cappelladegli Scrovegni is an absolute must, famous for Giotto's frescoes, consideredamong the artist's greatest masterpieces.

In thesame area you can visit Palazzo della Ragione, the centre of city life in themunicipal age, and Caffè Pedrocchi, its halls remaining as remembrances of thestudents uprising in 1848 against the Hapsburg power and still one of the mostbeloved bars in town today.

Events …For lovers of tradition, every year the TeatroGiuseppe Verdi, part of the Teatro Stabile del Veneto, offers aprogramme full of interesting appointments with opera and ballet classics.

The eventsorganised by the Teatro Ragazzi Padova, meant to attract young people to theart of drama, are also very interesting.

There areinitiatives dedicated to cinema culture, organised by various associations: thenew association Arci, with its festival of short films Vicolo Corto; the CentroUniversitario Cinematografico, which organises exhibits on non-mainstreamnational cinema; finally, Promovies presenting the Padua Film Festival.



To speakof Jesolo without mentioning Venice is practically impossible.

Itshistory was tightly inter-linked with that of its nearby "bigsister."

Neverthelessit seems that in reality Jesolopreceded Venice in the chronicles of history and moreover contributedconsiderably to its birth.

Archaeologicalfinds confirm Jesolo's existence as an ancient Roman centre, known as Jesolum,and in the period that elapsed between the fall of the Roman Empire and thebirth of Venice, Jesolo was already one of the most thriving ports of theConfederazione Lagunare. During the High Medieval period it was also known asEquilium.

In 1806the town was attacked by Pipino, King of the Franks, but quickly recovered andregained its position as social and economic centre of the lagoon.

However,its decline was quick to follow, brought about by the gradual draining of thelagoon.

As aresult, the drainage works put into action by Venice transformed thelagoon of Jesolo into countryside.

During theFirst World War Jesolo was the setting for important battles, and as a resultmost of the town's oldest monuments were destroyed, including the largeRomanesque cathedral of which now only a few ruins remain.

Don'tmiss... As already mentioned, little remains of the Romanesque cathedral.

Nevertheless,it is still worth a visit for its fascination and charm; it is indeedconsidered to be a symbol of the town.

Nearby youcan visit the Torre del Caligo, a Romanesque or High Medieval creation.

In 1927,in occasion of the Festa di San Romualdo, the iron cross from the old church ofSan Donà - destroyed during the Second World War - was placed on the highestwall of the tower.

Also wortha visit is the Oratorio del Cristo, first mentioned in 1591, also partiallydestroyed during the Second World War, and the Oratorio della Beata VergineAddolorata, built in 1737 by noble Venetian families, but which already at thebeginning of the 19th century was showing signs of damage to the point where ithad to have a new structure in wood and brickwork.

Events … Jesolo's main events are held betweenApril and October and above all include markets, sports events and townfestivals.

Some ofthe most famous are the Trofeo Città di Jesolo which is usually held in June,the Festa dei fiori or flower festival in May, and the Festa dell'uva or grapefestival in September.

Nor doesthe town lack events for theatre-lovers. The main events take place in theTeatro Vivaldi and include both classic and contemporary plays. In summer thereare theatre, cinema and art events held throughout the town.

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