The Veneto is a region with many different setting of natural, artistic, and traditional treasures. The Veneto has an extraordinary variety of scenery: from the Italian Dolomites, to the eastern shore of Lake Garda, and long, sandy beaches along the Adratic Coastline.
In this spectacular natural setting lies a rich cultural heritage that renders the Veneto such a fascinating region, from its cities of art to the magnificent Palladian villas scattered along the Brenta Riviera. And not to be forgotten are the small villages of Arquà Petrarca, Monselice, Asolo and Bassano del Grappa that bring together the most typical aspects of this diverse and varied region. Combine all this with great regional food and cooking techniqes, great wine and you have a perfect mix of travel options.
The Veneto is one of the twenty regions of Italy. Its population is about five million, ranking fifth in Italy. The region's capital and largest city is Venice. Veneto, as part of the Republic of Venice, was an independent state for more than a millennium. Venice ruled for centuries over one of the largest and richest maritime republics and trade empires in the world. After the Napoleonic Wars and the Congress of Vienna, the Republic was annexed by the Austrian Empire, until it was ceded to the Kingdom of Italy in 1866, as a result of the Third Italian War of Independence. Currently the Veneto Region is one of the area's in Italy pushing to be and independent state.