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Veneto ( , Latin Venetia, Venetian Vèneto), is one of the 20 regions of Italymarker. Its population is about 4.8 million, and its capital is Venicemarker.

Once the native land of the Venetian Republicmarker, Veneto is today among the wealthiest and most industrialized regions of Italy. It is also the most visited region of Italy, with about 60 million tourists every year (2007).

Besides Italian, most inhabitants speak Venetian.



Veneto is the eighth largest region in Italy, with a total area of . It is located in the north-eastern part of Italy and is bordered to the east by Friuli Venezia Giulia, to the south by Emilia-Romagna, to the west by Lombardy and to the north by Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol. At its northernmost corner it borders also on Austriamarker.

The north-south extension of Veneto is from the Austrian border to the mouth of the Pomarker and its east-west extension is from the eastern shore of Lake Gardamarker on the west to the mouth of the river Tagliamentomarker on the east.

Veneto can be divided into four areas: the northern Alpine zone, the hill zone, the lower plain and the coastal territory.

29% of its surface are mountainous (Carnic Alpsmarker, eastern Dolomitesmarker and Venetian Prealps). The best known massif in the Dolomites is the Marmoladamarker, while the highest, at , is the Tofanemarker-massif. Other dolomitic peaks are the Tre Cime di Lavaredomarker and the Pale di San Martinomarker. The Venetian Prealps are not as high and range between and . A distinctive characteristic of the Prealps are the cave formations, including chasms and sink holes; the Spluga della Preta, situated in the Monte Lessini chain in the province of Veronamarker, has an explored depth of , being the deepest cave in Italy. Fossil deposits are also abundant there.

57% of Veneto are covered by the Po Valley, a plain extending from the mountains to the Adriatic seamarker, broken only by some low hills: Colli Berici, Colli Euganei, Colli Asolani and Montellomarker, which constitute the remaining 14% of the territory.

The Venetian plain itself is subdivided into the higher plain (gravel-strewn and not very fertile) and the lower plain (rich in water sources and arable terrain). The lower plain is both a mainstay of agricultural production and the most populated part of the region.

Several rivers traverse the region: the Pomarker, Adigemarker, Brentamarker, Bacchiglionemarker, Livenza, Piavemarker, and Tagliamentomarker. The eastern shore of the largest lake in Italy, Lake Gardamarker, belongs to Veneto. The coastline covers approximately , of which are beaches.

The coasts of the Adriatic Seamarker are characterized by the Venetian Lagoonmarker, a flat terrain with ponds, marshes and islands. The Po Deltamarker to the south features sandbars and dunes along the coastline. The inland portion contains cultivable land recently reclaimed by a system of canals and dikes. Fish ponds have been created there as well. The delta is a stopping-point for migratory birds.

Summing up, Veneto's morphology is characterized by its:
  • mountains (montagna): , (117 comuni being classified as mountainous);
  • hills (collina): , (120 hilly comuni);
  • and plains (pianura): , (344 comuni mostly situated in the Po Valley).


The climate changes significantly between one area to another. Continental on the plains, the climate is milder along the Adriatic coast, around Lake Gardamarker and in the hilly areas. The lowlands are often covered by thick fog. Precipitations are scarce (750 mm. /year) next to river Po Rivermarker, more abundant (750-1,100 mm./year) at higher altitudes; the highest values (up to 3,200 mm./year) are recorded in the Bellunese Prealps, near Pasubio and on the Asiagomarker plateau.


Venetic period

Between the 2nd and 1st millennium B.C., the region was inhabited by the Euganei. According to ancient historians, the Veneti (sometimes called the Paleoveneti), came from Paphlagonia in Anatoliamarker at the time of the Fall of Troymarker, led by prince Antenor, a comrade of Aeneas. But that is only a legend.In the 7th-6th centuries B.C. the local populations of Veneto entered into contact with the Etruscansmarker and the Greeks. Venetic culture reached a highpoint during the 4th century B.C. These ancient Venetians spoke Venetic, an Indo-European language akin to, but distinct from Latin and the other Italic languages. Meanwhile, the Venetians prospered through their trade in amber and were well-known for their breeding of horses. Este, Paduamarker, Oderzomarker, Adriamarker, Vicenzamarker, Veronamarker, and Altinomarker became centers of Venetic culture. However, over time, the Venetians began to adopt the dress and certain other customs of their Celtic neighbors.

Roman period

During the third century B.C., the Veneti, together with the Cenomani Celts on their western border, sided with the Romans, as Romemarker expanded and struggled against the Insubres and Boii (Celts). During the Second Punic War (218 B.C. – 202 B.C.), the Venetians even sent a contingent of soldiers to fight alongside the Romans against Hannibal and the invading Carthaginians and Venetians were among those slaughtered at the Battle of Cannaemarker (216 B.C.). In 181 B.C., a Roman triumvirate of Publius Scipio Nasica, Caius Flaminius, and Lucius Manlius Acidinus led three thousand families, mainly from Samnium but supplemented by native Veneti, to found a Latin colony at Aquileiamarker as a base to protect the territory of the Venetians from incursions of the hostile Carni and Histrimarker. From then on, Roman influence over the area increased. Thus, in 169 B.C. more colonizing families were sent from Rome to Aquileia. In 148 B.C. the Via Postumia was completed connecting Aquileia to Genua. In 131 B.C., the Via Annia joined Adriamarker to Patavium (modern Paduamarker) to Altinum to Concordia to Aquileia. Gradually, the Roman Republic transformed its alliance with the Veneti into a relationship of dominance. After the 91 B.C. Italic rebellion, the cities of the Veneti, together with the rest of Transpadania, were granted partial rights of Roman citizenship according to the Lex Pompeia Transpadanis. Later in 49 B.C., by the Lex Rubria de Gallia Rome granted full Roman citizenship to the Veneti. The Via Claudia was completed in 46 B.C. and connected Altinum, Tarvisium (modern Treviso), Feltria (modern Feltremarker), and Tridentum (modern Trent). From Tridentum it continued northwards to Pons Drusus and southwards to Verona and Mutina (modern Modenamarker). After the Battle of Philippi (42 B.C.), which ended the Roman Civil War, the lands of the Veneti, together with the rest of Cisalpine Gaul, ceased to be a province and the territory of the Veneti, which included Istriamarker, modern Friulimarker and Trentino-Alto Adige became region X (Venetia et Histria) of a new entity named Italia (Italymarker). Aquileia became its capital. Meanwhile, under the Pax Romana, Patavium became one of the most important cities of northern Italy. Other Venetic cities such as Opitergium (modern Oderzomarker), Tarvisium, Feltria, Vicetia (modern Vicenza), Ateste (modern Este), and Altinum (modern Altino) adopted the Latin language and the culture of Rome. Thus, by the end of the first century A.D. Latin had finally displaced the original Venetic language.

In 166 A.D. the Quadi and Marcomanni invaded Venetia. It was the beginning of many barbarian invasions. In the fifth century, both Alaric the Goth and then Attila and the Huns devastated the area. Attila laid siege to Aquileia and turned it into a ruin in 452 A.D. Many of the mainland inhabitants sought protection in the nearby lagoons which would become Gradomarker in the east and Venicemarker more to the west.On the heels of the Huns came the Ostrogoths who not only invaded, but also settled down in the region.During the mid-sixth century, Justinian reconquered Venetia for the Eastern Roman Empire. An Exarch was established at Ravennamarker while a military tribune was set up in Oderzo. Byzantine rule would not last long. Starting in 568 A.D, the Lombards crossed the Julian Alpsmarker. These invaders subdivided the territory of Venetia into numerous feuds ruled by Germanic dukes and counts (essentially creating the division of Veneto from Friuli). The invasion provoked another wave of migration from the mainland to the Byzantine controlled coast and islands. In 643, A.D. the Lombards conquered the Byzantine base at Oderzo and took possession of practically all of Veneto (and Friuli) except for Venice and Grado. The 36 Lombard duchies included the Venetian cities of Cenedamarker, Treviso, Verona, and Vicenza. A reminder of Lombard rule can be seen in the place names beginning with the word Farra.

Middle ages

By the middle of the eighth century, the Franks had assumed political control of the region and the mainland of Veneto became part of the Carolingian Empire. Though politically dominant, these Germanic invaders were gradually absorbed into the Venetian population over the centuries.In the late ninth century, Berengar, Margrave of the March of Friuli was elected king of Italy. Under his tumultuous reign, the March of Friuli was absorbed into the March of Verona so that Verona's territory contained a large portion of Roman Venetia.In the tenth century, the mainland of Veneto, after suffering invasions from the Magyars and the Slavs, was incorporated into the Holy Roman Empire. Gradually, the communes of the mainland grew in power and wealth. In 1167 an alliance (called the Lombard League) was formed among the Venetian cities such as Venice, Padua, Treviso, Vicenza, and Verona with other cities of Northern Italy to assert their rights against the Holy Roman Emperor. The Second Treaty of Constance in 1183 confirmed the Peace of Venice of 1177 in which the cities agreed to remain part of the Empire as long as their jurisdiction over their own territories was not infringed upon. The league was dissolved at the death of Emperor Frederick II in 1250. This period also witnessed the founding of the second oldest university in Italy, the University of Padua founded in 1222. Around this time, Padua also served as home to St. Anthony, the beloved saint called simply "il Santo" ("the Saint") by the inhabitants of the town.

Map showing the empire of Venice at his height, in the XV-XVI centuries.

Venetian Republic

As the barbarians were interested in the wealth of the mainland, part of the Venetian population sought refuge on some of the isolated and unoccupied islands in the lagoon, from which the city of Venetiae or Venicemarker was born. After a period of Byzantine domination in 8th century, Venicemarker became an independent maritime Republicmarker ruled by its elected doge.The Republic became a commercial superpower and its influence lasted through the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. In fact, the Venetian Republicmarker enjoyed 1100 years of uninterrupted influence throughout the Mediterraneanmarker. By the 16th century, the Venetian Republic dominated over Veneto, Friulimarker, parts of Lombardy and Romagnamarker, Istriamarker, Dalmatia, the Ionian Islandsmarker of Corfu, Cefalonia, Ithaca and Zante. From the 13th to 17th centuries it held the island of Cretemarker and from the mid-15th to mid-16th century, the island of Cyprusmarker.Venetian mainland holdings led to Venetian involvement in European and in particular, Italian politics. Cities had to be fortified, one impressive example being Palmanovamarker in Friuli. However, the wise rule and prosperity brought by the Serenissima made the cities of the terra firma willing subjects. Eastern Islands served as useful ports for Venetian shipping. However, as the Ottoman Empire grew more powerful and aggressive, Venice was often put on the defensive. Ottoman control of the eastern Mediterranean and the discoveries of sea routes to Asia around Africa and of the Americas had a debilitating effect on the Venetian economy.

In 1797, Napoleon invaded the territory of the Venetian Republicmarker. Overwhelmed by more powerful forces, Doge Ludovico Manin resigned and retired to his villa at Passariano in Friuli and the thousand year old Republic disappeared as an independent state. This proved very unpopular in the mainland cities where sympathies were strong with the Republic of Venice. By the Treaty of Campoformio signed on October 17, 1797 part of the Venetian mainland was handed over to Francis II of the Holy Roman Empire and a western part was annexed to the French backed Cisalpine Republicmarker. The territory soon reverted back to Napoleon in 1801. However, after his ultimate defeat in 1814, the Congress of Vienna handed Veneto over to the Austrian Empiremarker, the successor state to the Holy Roman Empire still ruled by Francis. Thus, Veneto would remain under Austrian rule, except for some cities which declared their independence in 1848, until it was annexed by the Kingdom of Italymarker in 1866.

Italian Period

In 1866 after the Third War of Independence and a controversial referendum Veneto was annexed to Italy. In an effort to Italianize the population, Venetian language was not officially recognized and public servants were recruited from other regions.

Due to uneven economic development reducing many to poverty, the 19th century and the first half of the 20th became a period of emigration. Millions of Venetians left their homes and their native land to seek opportunites in other parts of the world. Many settled down in South America, especially in the Rio Grande do Sul region, in Brazilmarker; others in Australia; Canadamarker; and the United States of Americamarker. After the Second World War, many Venetians emigrated to Western European countries. In many of these places their descendants have maintained the use of their ancestral Venetian dialects.

Those who remained in Veneto would experience the turmoil of two World Wars. In 1915, Italy entered the First World War on the side of the Francemarker and the United Kingdommarker, after extricating itself from its alliance with Germanymarker and the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Veneto became a major battlefront. After the Italians suffered an enormous defeat at Caporettomarker in November 1917, the combined Austro-Hungarian and German forces advanced almost unhindered through Veneto towards Venice until reaching the Piavemarker River. The Battle of the Piave Rivermarker prevented their troops from advancing further and was celebrated in a very popular song, La Leggenda del Piave. Between October 24 and November 3, 1918, Italy and its Allies launched the decisive Battle of Vittorio Venetomarker. The battle's outcome aussured Italy's victory. The armistice was signed at Villa Giusti near Padua.

Between 1943 and 1945 Veneto belonged to the Italian Social Republic, while the province of Belluno was part of the Prealpine Operations Zone. Many towns in the region were bombed by the Allies during the Second World War. The most hit were Treviso and Vicenza, as well as the industrial area around Margheramarker.

Government and politics


Veneto is a presidential representative democracy. The President of the Region, colloquially nicknamed Governor or even Doge, in remembrance of Venice's glorious tradition, is also the head of the regional government. Legislative power is exerted by the Regional Council, the local parliament. The statute, i.e. the regional constitution, was promulgated on May 22, 1971. Even though it recognizes the inhabitants as a "people" (i.e. a distinct people from the Italian people), the region is not granted a form of autonomy comparable to that of the neighbouring regions Friuli-Venezia Giulia and Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol. This is the reason why many municipalities have held referendums in order to be united to these regions.


Traditionally a very Catholic region, Veneto was once a stronghold of the Christian Democracy. Nowadays it is a stronghold of the centre-right coalition, which has governed the region since 1995, under President Giancarlo Galan, formerly affiliated to Forza Italia and now to The People of Freedom. The governing coalition is also composed of the Liga VenetaLega Nord and the Union of Christian and Centre Democrats.

Venetian nationalism

Alternative flag of Veneto used by most Venetist parties.

A nationalist political movement gained prominence in Veneto during the 1970s and 1980s, demanding more autonomy for the region, or even independence, and promoting Venetian culture, language and history. This is the political background in which the Liga Veneta (Venetian League) was launched in 1980. Other Veneto nationalist parties such as Liga Veneta Repubblica and North-East Project emerged but they never touched the popularity of the Liga Veneta, which was a founding member of Lega Nord in 1991.

Nowadays Liga Veneta–Lega Nord traditionally scores considerable results in local and national elections. The mayors of Veronamarker and Trevisomarker are members of the party, as well as the Presidents of the provinces of Belluno, Treviso, Venicemarker and Vicenza. In the 2008 general election Lega Nord reached 27.1% of the vote.

According to Robert Putnam, the "institutional performance" of Veneto's regional government is higher than average in Italy, thus Veneto belongs to the part of Italy that Putnam names "civic North".

Administrative divisions

Veneto is divided into 7 provinces and 581 municipalities. Of the seven provinces of the region, the Province of Padua is the most populous and has the greatest density, with 424.81 persons per km2, reaching 2268.58 in the city of Paduamarker. In contrast the capital city, Venice, has a moderate density of 646.71. The province of least density is Belluno (58.08), which is the largest in area and the most mountainous.


Provinces of Veneto.

Province Abbrev. Area (km²) Population Density

Belluno BL 3,678 213,059 57.9
Padua PD 2,141 905,112 422.8
Rovigo RO 1,789 245,598 137.3
Treviso TV 2,477 865,194 349.3
Venicemarker VE 2,463 841,609 341.7
Veronamarker VR 3,121 889,862 285.1
Vicenza VI 2,722 848,642 311.8

Largest municipalities

Pos. Municipality Inhabitants




(m amsl)
Venicemarker 268.741 412,54 651,4 1 VEmarker
Veronamarker 262.403 206,63 1.269,9 59 VRmarker
Paduamarker 209.696 92,85 2.258,4 12 PD
Vicenzamarker 113.969 80,54 1.415,1 39 VI
Trevisomarker 81.665 55,50 1.741,4 15 TV
Rovigomarker 51.378 108,55 473,3 6 RO
Chioggiamarker 50.880 185,20 274,7 2 VEmarker
Bassano del Grappamarker 42.237 46,79 902,7 129 VI
San Donà di Piavemarker 39.774 78,73 505,2 3 VEmarker
10° Schiomarker 38.779 67,04 578,4 200 VI


The region has about 4.8 million inhabitants, ranking Veneto as the fifth most populated region in Italy. Veneto has one of the highest population densities amongst the Italian regions (265 inhabitants per km2 in 2008). This is particularly true in the provinces of Paduamarker, Venicemarker and Trevisomarker, where the inhabitants per km2 are above 300. Bellunomarker is the less densely populated province, with 57 inhabitants per km2.

Like the other regions of Northern Italy and Central Italy, though with a certain time lag, Veneto has been experiencing a phase of very slow population growth caused by the dramatic fall in fertility. The overall population has so far been increasing - though only slightly - due to the net immigration started at the end of the 1960s, after more than 20 years of massive exodus from the poorer areas of the region.

Nearly 3 million Venetians were forced to leave their country between 1861 and 1961 to escape poverty. Many emigrated to South America, especially Brazilmarker. After World War II they moved to other European countries. Due to the impressive economic growth of the last two decades, Veneto has turned into a land of immigration and has been attracting more and more immigrants since the 1990s. In 2008 the Italian national institute of statistics ISTAT estimated that 403,985 foreign-born immigrants live in Veneto, equal to 8.3 % of the total regional population.


Veneto converted to Christianity during Roman rule. The region venerates as its patrons the second century bishop St. Hermagoras and his deacon St. Fortunatus, both of Aquileia and both marytrs. Aquileia became the metropolitan see of Venetia. Aquileia had its own liturgical rites which were used throughout the dioceses of Veneto until the later Middle Ages when the Roman Rite replaced the Aquileian Rite. By the sixth century the bishop of Aquileia claimed the title of patriarch. Rejection of the Second Council of Constantinople (553) led to a schism wherein the churches of Veneto broke communion with the Church of Rome. The invasion of the non-Catholic Lombards in 568 only served to prolong the schism until 606 and then finally 699 when the Synod of Pavia ended the schism definitively.

In 2004 over 95% of the population claimed to be Roman Catholic. The region of Veneto along with the regions of Friuli and Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol form the ecclesiastical region of Triveneto under the Patriarchate of Venice. The Patriarchate of Venice is an archdiocese and metropolitan see of an ecclesiastical region which includes suffragan episcopal sees of Adria-Rovigo, Belluno-Feltre, Chioggia, Concordia-Pordenone, Padua, Treviso, Verona, Vicenza, and Vittorio Venetomarker.The Archdiocese of Venice was elevated to an honorary Patriarchate by the pope on October 8, 1457 when the Patriarchate of Grado, a successor to the Patriarchate of Aquileia, was suppressed. The first patriarch of Venice was St. Laurence, a nobleman of the Giustiniani family.During the twentieth century the patriarchs were usually appointed cardinal, and three cardinal patriarchs, Giuseppe Sarto, Angelo Roncalli, and Albino Luciani were elected pope: Pius X, John XXIII, and John Paul I, respectively. The Patriarchate of Venice claims St. Mark the Evangelist as its patron. The same saint, symbolized by a winged lion, had became the typical symbol of the Venetian Republic and is still represented on many civic symbols.

A Marian shrine is located in Motta di Livenzamarker within the diocese of Vittorio Veneto. A basilica marks the spot of a reported apparition of Mary, the Mother of Jesus, to a local farmer in 1510.


Traditionally Veneto had been a poor agricultural region as well as a land of mass emigration. Since the 1970s it has seen an impressive development, thanks to the so called Veneto development model - characterised by a widely export-oriented entrepreneurship in traditional economic sectors and strong social cohesion - making it actually the third richest region in terms of total GDP (€139 billion) after Lombardy and Lazio.

Geography and historical events have determined the present social and economic structure of the region, centred on a broad belt running from east to west. The plain and the Alpine foothills are the most developed areas in contrast to the Po deltamarker and the mountainous areas, with the exception of the surroundings of Bellunomarker. This is why the Alps and the province of Rovigomarker are suffering more than other areas a trend of declining and ageing population.


Though its importance has been decreasing for the past 20–30 years, agriculture continues to play a significant role in the regional economy. The agricultural sector of Veneto is among the most productive in Italy. However, it is still characterised by an intensive use of labour rather than capital, due to the specialisation in market gardening, fruit-growing and vine-growing throughout the plain and the foothills, requiring very much handicraft. In the south and in the extreme east of the region, grain crops are more common and land holdings are larger than in the rest of the region: mechanization is more advanced here. The cattle stock, although declining, still represented 15% of the national stock in. Fishing is also quite important in coastal areas.

The main agricultural products include maize, green peas, vegetables, apples, cherries, sugar beets, forage, tobacco, hemp. Moreover, Veneto is one of Italy's most important wine-growing areas, producing well-regarded wines, such as Prosecco, Valpolicella, and Soave, which is Italy's most popular white wine varietal. Overall, the Veneto region produces more bottles of DOC wine than any other area in Italy..


In the last 30–40 years industrialization transformed the appearance of the landscape, especially in the plains.

The regional industry is especially made of small and medium-sized businesses, which are active in several sectors: food products, wood and furniture, leather and footwear, textiles and clothing, gold jewellery, but also chemistry, metal-mechanics and electronics. This has led to the establishment of a strongly export-oriented system of industries.

Typical of Veneto is the partition of the territory into industrial districts, which means that each area tends to specialize in a specific sector. The province of Venice hosts large metallurgical and chemical plants in Margheramarker and Mestremarker, but is also specialized in glass handicraft (Muranomarker). Vicenzamarker is known for its gold jewellery. The province of Belluno hosts the so called eyeglasses district, being the largest world manufacturer Luxottica a firm domiciliated at Agordo. Fashion industry is extremely strong all over the region: Benetton, Geox, Diesel are Venetian brands.

During the last 20 years, a large number of Venetian companies relocated their plants (especially the most dangerous and polluting productions) in Eastern Europe, especially Romaniamarker. The Romanian city of Timişoaramarker is also called "The Newest Venetian Province".


Though being a heavily industrialized region, tourism is one of the main economic resources of Veneto. One-fifth of Italy's foreign tourism gravitates towards Veneto, which is the first region in Italy in terms of tourist presence, attracting over 60 million visitors every year, and the second after Emilia Romagna in terms of hotel industry structures. The business volume of tourism in Veneto is estimated in 12 billion Euros.



Veneto hosts one of the oldest universities in the world, the University of Padua, founded in 1222. OECD investigations show that school education achievements in North-Eastern Italy (whose population comes mainly from Veneto) are the highest in Italy. As of 2003 the university had approximately 65,000 students.


Most of the people of Veneto speak standard Italian. However, there is widespread usage of Venetian language.Venetian dialects are classified as an Italo-Western Romance language. Scholars distinguish between an Eastern or Coastal (Venice) group, a Central (Padua, Vicenza, Polesine) group, a Western (Verona) group, a North-Central (Treviso) group, and a Northern (Belluno, Feltre, Agordo, Cadore, Zoldo Altomarker) group of dialects. All dialects are mutually intelligible to varying degrees.Ladin is spoken in parts of the province of Belluno, especially in the municipalities of Cortina d'Ampezzomarker, Livinallongo del Col di Lanamarker and Colle Santa Luciamarker. A German dialect is spoken in Sappadamarker (Pladen in German). Moreover, in the area around Portogruaromarker people speak Furlan.

As the region does not enjoy a special status of autonomy, minority languages are not granted any form of recognition. Anyway a motion to recognize Venetian as an official regional language has been approved by the regional Parliament.


Veneto is an important wine-growing area. Among the best wines can be remembered: Soave, Bardolino, Recioto, Amarone, Torcolato, Prosecco, Tocai Rosso,Garganega, and Valpolicella. Other, more common wines are Verduzzo, Raboso, Moscato, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Nero, Pinot Grigio, and Merlot. Homemade wine making is widespread. After making wine, the alcohol of the pressed grapes is distilled to produce grappa or graspa, as it is called in the local language.

Among the best-known cheeses of Veneto the following should be mentioned: Asiago (PDO) (from Asiagomarker), Monte Veronese (PDO), Piave (PDO), Morlacco, Grana Padano (PDO).

The sopressa vicentina (PDO) is an aged salami, cylindrical in shape and prepared with raw, quality pork meat. It may or may not include garlic in its ingredients and comes in medium and large sizes. Prosciutto Veneto Berico-Euganeo (PDO) is obtained from the fresh meat of a top breed of adult hogs. The aroma is delicate, sweet and fragrant.

Radicchio rosso di Trevisomarker (PGI) is a peculiar vegetable with a faintly bitter taste and a crunchy texture. The production area encompasses many town districts in the provinces of Treviso, Padua and Venice. The radicchio Variegato di Castelfrancomarker (PGI) has a delicate and slightly sweet taste and a crunchy texture. Veronese Vialone Nano Rice from Veronamarker (PGI) is a type of rice with short, plump grains, which have a creamy consistency when cooked. They are commonly used in risotto dishes and have a high starch content. The Bean of Lamonmarker (PGI) is particularly prized for its delicate flavour and extremely tender skin. The White Asparagus of Cimadolmomarker (PGI) has a characteristic scent and a very delicate taste. The White Asparagus of Bassanomarker is a typical product of the northern part of the province of Vicenza. The San Zeno di Montagnamarker (Veronamarker) chestnut is another remarkable product. The town of Marosticamarker is famous for its cherries.


Each town, often every quarter, has its patron saint whose feast day is solemnly celebrated. Many other festivals are closely linked to the religious calendar. Among these:

  • Carnival of Venice celebrated the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday;
  • Panevin celebrated around Epiphany;
  • Pasqua (Easter Sunday);
  • Saint Mark's feast day (April 25);
  • La Sensa (Ascension Thursday);
  • San Giovanni Battista (June 24);
  • La festa del Redentór (mid July);
  • Vendemmia (grape harvest in September);
  • San Nicolò de Bari (St. Nicholas, December 6);
  • Nadàl (Christmas)


Here is a selection of the main attractions of Veneto.

The cities of art

Ville Venete
All over the Venetian plain, but especially in the provinces of Trevisomarker, Paduamarker, Vicenzamarker and Venicemarker, stand the famous Ville Venetemarker. The date of construction of these villas ranges from the fifteenth to the nineteenth century. There are approximately five thousand Ville Venete, of which 1,400 are declared of historical and monumental interest.

Cansiglio is a pre-alpine massif located in the north-eastern Veneto in the provinces of Treviso and Belluno.

'Parco Nazionale Dolomiti Bellunesi' is situated in the southern section of the Province of Belluno.

The area of Lake Gardamarker is a major tourist destination. Various towns along the lake, such as Lazisemarker, Cisano, Bardolinomarker, Garda marker, Torri del Benacomarker and Malcesinemarker, are popular resorts.

Cortina d'Ampezzomarker, it's situated in the province of Belluno and is one of the most exclusive mountain locations in Europe together with Kitzbühel in Austria and St. Moritzmarker in Switzerland. It was scene of the 1956 Winter Olympics. To the north there are the Tre Cime di Lavaredo ,said to be a symbol of the Italian Dolomitesmarker.

Arabbamarker lies between the Sella groupmarker and the Marmoladamarker.Auronzomarker is in the upper Cadore.Sappadamarker is in the extreme north of the region.

Thermal baths
The thermal baths of Abano Termemarker are an important tourist attraction. Despite being the most famous, Abano is not the only thermal town in the area. Montegrotto Termemarker and Recoaro Termemarker are other popular resorts.

Venicemarker's Lidomarker is an 11-mile long sandbar, visited by many tourists every summer.

Jesolomarker is one of the most important seaside resorts on the Adriatic coast, just a few kilometres far from Venicemarker. Every year Jesolo gives accommodation to over 4.5 million tourists.

Caorlemarker has often received awards forone of the cleanest beaches in Italy. Bibione,Eracleamarker and Sottomarinamarker are popular resorts too. Albarella island is a private island on the Lido that has some of the best beaches. Alberoni Beach is set in a nature reserve.

Notable people


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