Excursions - Visit Veneto

Venice can be easily visited in three to four days, so if your stay is longer, you can plan some wonderful weekends in its surroundings. Or even just day trips to many places that are not more than an hour and a half away from Venice using public transportation. If you are planning an excursion in Veneto see also our suggestions below!

See also the section: guided tour around Venice and Veneto

VERONA, the city of Love

The Verona Arena

arena verona


There is no world without Verona walls,
But purgatory, torture, hell itself.
Hence-banished is banish'd from the world,
And world's exile is death: then banished,
Is death mis-term'd: calling death banishment,
Thou cutt'st my head off with a golden axe,
And smilest upon the stroke that murders me

Romeo, Romeo and Juliet, W. Shakespeare

Verona is second, only to Venice, for historical, cultural and artistic treasures in Veneto.

Verona was founded by the Romans in 49 A.D. It was later a Christian centre in Northern Italy during the Carolingian domination. In 1136 Verona became an independent municipality. In 1136 Verona was the seat of the Vatican Conclave, according to the orders of Pope Urban III.

From 1277, the city was under the control of the Scaglieri family, until the domination of the Visconti in 1387.

In 1405, Verona submitted to Venice and only became independent again in 1796, when the Republic of Venice was invaded by Napoleon.

Verona, as well as Venice, attracts thousands of tourists every year. In particular, these are foreign tourists who are attracted by the stories and legends connected to the city, such as Romeo and Juliet, among others. 

If you decide to take a trip to Verona, there are some things you must visit:

The Roman arena is the architectural work for which Verona is world-famous. Unlike the Colosseum in Rome, this arena is very well preserved. It was built in 30 A.D. and it used to hold several different kinds of performances (matches, concerts, stage plays).The area is able to seat almost 30,000 people, and thanks to its well preserved shape and outstanding acoustics, the building hosts musical concerts between June and August.

The Basilica of St. Zeno is a masterpiece in the Romanesque style, built in honour of St. Zeno, patron saint of Verona. It is home to several important works of art, such as by Mantegna;

St. Mary Matricolare is the cathedral of Verona. The cathedral is a perfect mix of Romanesque and Gothic elements, in line with the artistic characteristics of the Veneto. On the façade there are sculptures and low relieves representing scenes from the Old Testament.
The tower was designed by San Micheli, one of the greatest architects from Veneto, together with Palladio and Sansovino. In the interior, composed of three naves, the church has many important works, such as the tomb of St. Aghata.

Juliet's Balcony in Verona

Romeo & Juliets


The Church of St. Lorenzo is in the old city centre of Verona near the Adige. The origins of the church date back to the IV century but it was completely rebuilt in the first half of the XII century due to an earthquake. The interior is composed of three naves, separated by high columns which form spans.

Palazzo Barbieri is the seat of the Municipality of Verona, located in Piazza Brà. It is neoclassical in style and was designed by the engineer Giuseppe Barbieri in 1836 and was finished in 1848. During the domination of the Asburgo, the palace was used for war.
It became the seat of Municipality after Veneto was annexed to Italy. During the 2nd World War, the palace was seriously damaged but it was quickly rebuilt by Raffaele Benatti and Guido Troiani.

Shakespeare's tragedy of Romeo and Juliet is based in, and intricately connected to Verona.

How to get there from Venice:

Verona is easily reached by train and by efficient public and private transport.
Public transport around Verona is provided by AMT.


Basilica di Sant'Antonio



Padua, a small city not too far from Venice, is well–known as a centre of culture and tradition. Padua offers  tourists the opportunity to visit masterpieces such as works by Donatello and Giotto. A small park between the railway station and the old city centre occupies the space where once was the residence of the Scrovegni.

The palace was demolished in the XIX° century and only the chapel survived the demolition. There you can admire one of the greatest frescoes of Giotto. 

The ancient university is in the middle of the old city centre. Inside stands the room once used for anatomical studies. The University of Padua was the first to allow Galileo to teach, at the time when the Church wanted to condemn him.

The huge Palazzo della Ragione, seat of the Tribunal, divides Piazza della Frutta from Piazza delle Erbe. Not too far from Erbe, there is the Palazzo del Capitano which once hosted the representatives of the Venetian Republic. 

The cathedral of Padua dates backs to the XVI century and is near the ancient baptistery (XIV° century). In the south of Padua, is the Basilica of St. Antonio, a church built during the XIV century in a Romanesque and Gothic style.

The Gattamelata, a statue by Donatello in honour of Erasmo da Narni, is placed just in front of the church. Prato della Valle is a vast circular area surrounded by trees, channels, bridges and statues. 

If you visit Padua, don't forget to have an aperitif drink in one of the typical little bars that you'll find in the city centre. It's a typical Venetian custom, which everyone gets involved in.

How to get there from Venice:

Padua is easily reached by bus, using the service offered by Sita Padova or by train service provided by trenitalia.
We suggest getting around Padua by foot or by using public transportation provided by APS.


Palladio's Rotonda


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Vicenza is another city that you can't afford to miss. It's famous especially for its buildings designed by the architect Palladio.

His last work was the Teatro Olimpico (Olympic Theatre), which was finished by Vincenzo Scamozzi after Palladio's death.

Palazzo Chiericati is another building designed by Palladio which today is home to the municipal museum. Another of Palladio's buildings is the mannerist palace of Valmarana Braga. In 1594, Palladio began to restore the present Basilica according to a classical style.

An unrivalled masterpiece is the Rotonda, located in the hills of Vicenza.

How to get there from Venice:
you can use both trains or buses.
It is very easy to get around Vicenza by foot and by bicycle. You can use also public transport provided by AIM.


The old city centre of Treviso is one of the most evocative in Italy. It continues to fascinate visitors with its delightful Medieval and Renaissance touches. In Piazza dei Signori, the Palazzo del Trecento of the XIV° century was the ancient residence of the Municipality. Under the porticos of Calmaggiore, you'll find the main shopping street. The cathedral has frescoes by Pordenone and Titian.

In the western part of the town, you'll find the Luigi Ballo municipal museum as well as the large terracotta structure built between the XIII° and the XIV° century by Domenicians, in honour of St. Niccolò. In the eastern part, there are medieval churches such as those of St. Francesco and St. Caterina.
We suggest that you also visit the small but very interesting island of Pescheria.

How to get there:

Like Venice, Treviso has a very good bus service thanks to Atvo and Sita.
Around Treviso you can use public transportation run by ACTT.

Riviera del Brenta

"The quiet plan of rivers, defined between the mountains and the sea, is like a spacious bed where the winds from the mountain and the ones from the sea join together."

Giovanni Comisso


The coast of Brenta is one of the most interesting attractions in the Venetian countryside. It's a town filled with history and culture, on top of having beautiful landscapes. The area runs from Padua to the lagoon of Venice.

The history of Brenta dates back to the 5th century AD, when Romans built important roads and began intensive agriculture. Later, Germans and liege lords replaced Roman occupation. In 819 thanks to the Benedictine monks, a monastery was built; it signed the beginning of a more developed culture.

In 1405, Venice managed to assume control of Brenta. In the XVI° and the XVII° centuries, the beauty of the landscape caught the attention of many noble families  who chose the area for the building of their rural residences.

Nowadays, the villas are still the most beautiful attraction of Brenta. The beauty of this fluvial landscape also attracted many famous people like Goldoni, Casanova, Byron and D'Annunzio. Moreover, the area is recognized for its gastronomic traditions - culinary arts are important throughout Veneto.

The most beautiful villas of Brenta are:

See also the section: guided tour around Venice and Veneto

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