Vicenza is called the city of Palladio. The city has been declared a Unesco World Heritage Site and among the works of the great renaissance architect one can admire the Basilica di Piazza dei Signori, the teatro Olympico and the Villa Rotonda, the most famous among the Palladian Villas of the Veneto.
You can go for a walk in the centre of the city, looking at elegant shop windows, taking a coffee at the square Piazza dei Signori or visiting the street market of antiques. Just outside the city you’ll find the sanctuary of Madonna di Monte Berico and you can follow the roads that lead you to the hills and their natural beauties.
Riviera del Brenta
Riviera del Brenta is the ship canal that connects the city of Padova with the lagoon of Venezia. Along its banks are hundreds of villas, guardians of memories of a one-time wealth and high-class life. One can drive along the Riviera, but a special recommendation is reserved for the Burchiello, a boat for tourists that stops at the major villas arriving at last at the San Marco square. A quite interesting piece of information, the whole path is full of restaurants with fish specialties.
Venezia is a city not affected by seasons, with an environment that fascinates and a calendar full of events for every moment of the year. Art lovers will be disoriented due to a richness with no equal, from historic cafés to great museums. In Venezia, even shopping becomes an experience worth narrating, from high fashion shops to the Murano glassmaking shops, antique shops and much much more. A special reference deserves the good food of Venezia, inspired mostly from the sea, with many extraordinary restaurants.
Verona is one of the few Italian cities known worldwide thanks to Romeo And Juliet and, of course, Shakespeare, but also thanks to the Arena and the operas and pop music concerts. The city has a marvellous historic centre with many art sites and beautiful streets full of shops. Then off to taste the wines of lago di Garda and Valpolicella, from Bardolino to Amarone, and Soave, a picturesque village castle.
Padova is the city of Basilica di Sant’Antonio, destination of pilgrims from all over the world, but is also city of art and culture: the frescos of Giotto agli Scrovegni, the masterpieces of the Eremitani, the historic Pedrocchi Café… The historic centre still keeps the mood of older times but is also great for those who wish to do some elegant shopping. Looking a bit further, one can see the Colli Euganei, the Terme di Abano, the Riviera del Brenta with dozens of Palladian Villas that mirror on the water.
Bassano and Marostica
Bassano del Grappa is a thousand-year-old city with of a elegant ambience. The symbol of the city is the Ponte Vecchio sul Brenta designed by Andrea Palladio, but every square is a charming scenery with an event for every holiday. In the centre one can find the shops and museum of ceramic art, an antique activity that has proudly lasted to our days. At restaurants, on the other hand, the season starts with the white asparagus and keeps getting better. At the end, a glass of grappa which is the distilled true specialty of the place.
Marostica is a village castle that appears against the background of beautiful hills. A series of walls connects the lower castle, behind of which lies the village, with the upper castle, that offers a great view. Many events are held in the picturesque square, the most famous of which is a chess game with “real live pieces” that involves 600 persons dressed in renaissance costumes. Also a must, the cherry season, a real specialty of the place with parties, street markets and gastronomic events.