Veneto


Veneto is among the foremost wine-producing regions, both for quality and quantity. Many of its wines, both still and sparkling wines, are internationally known and appreciated. It's giving a complete list of wines: sparkling wines like Prosecco, young and fresh wines like Lugana and Bardolino, matured wines like Soave Classico Superiore and Amarone, and lovely dessert wines Reciotos from Soave and Amarone. The region is protected from the harsh northern European climate by the Alps, the foothills of which form the Veneto's northern extremes. These cooler climes are well-suited to white varieties like Garganega, which is the main grape for Soave wines, while the warmer Adriatic coastal plains and river valleys are where the renowned Valpolicella, Amarone and Bardolino reds are produced. The soil is rocky and major made of alluvial soil based on chalk or volcanic origins.
Veneto's growers are among the most modernized in Italy. While most of the 'classic' wines from this area are based on native grape varieties like Prosecco and Corvinara, high demand for Veneto wines in the foreign markets has temptated the region's producers into experimentation with Cabernets, Chardonnay and Pinot varieties, among others. One of Italy's leading wine schools, Conegliano, is based here, and the nation's most important wine fair, Vinitaly, takes place each spring in Verona.

The region vineyards cover is 90,000 ha, with 35,400 of that being acclaimed DOC;
annual wine production is 8,500,000 hectoliters; 55 % white, 44 % red; 29 % is DOC and DOCG wines. It produces 3 DOCG wines; Recioto di Soave, Bardolino Classico Superiore and Soave Superiore, and 25 DOC wines.

The grapes of this region are of both red and white variety. Among the major brands Rondinella, Negrara, Cabernet Sauvignon, Corvina, Merlot, Pinot Nero, Molinara and Roboso are very popular brands and in white category Trebbiano di Soave, Prosecco, Tocai, Garganega, Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Pinot Bianco are mention worthy. The main wine areas are Bardolino (the east side of Garda Lake), Valpolicella (between Lake Garda and Verona), Soave (between Verona and Vicenza) and Prosecco di Conegliano Valdobbiadene (north of Valdobbiadene).



THE PLACES OF INTEREST:
The most appreciated wines in the region come from the provinces of Verona, Padova, Treviso, Venice and Vicenza. The area around Verona, with its temperate climate and hilly surrounding, is believed to have cultivated grapes since the Bronze Age. The first human settlements of the lagoon and the surrounding areas maintained a simple social structure until the arrival of the Romans in the second century B.C. who divided the land into parcels of about 4,800 square meters and distributed those tracts among the locals to be cultivated. The Romans founded the cities of Verona, Vicenza, and Padova, and named what was then the 10th imperial region, Venetia. Both the Veneto region and the province of Venice derive their names from the original Latin name of the area. The precursor of the city of Venice that we know today was founded during the Middle Ages when the locals escaped the barbaric invasions that followed the decline of the Roman Empire. The Venetian trade routes that connected Europe with Asia brought great wealth and general prosperity to the region. In many provinces, especially around Treviso, mulberry cultivation and the breeding of silkworms imported from China brought more affluence and prestige to local residents. With money pouring in from all quarters, Venice began its great building projects, chief among them creating the lagoon and canal infrastructure and systems still enjoyed and used today.

VENICE
The long period of power and splendor that blessed Venice encouraged the highest quality creations by local artisans. The ongoing request for jewelry, precious fabrics, lace, glass, wood and ceramic products by the noble Venetians shaped the development of typical stores along the narrow streets of Venice as well as factories both inland and on the lagoon islands. Up to today, popular tourist destinations are the Murano and Burano islands, famed for their glasswork and needlepoint products.
  • Basilica di San Marco
  • Doges' Palace
  • Torre d'Orologio clocktower
  • Piazza San Marco
  • Peggy Guggenheim's Art Museum
  • The Bridge of Sighs
  • Rialto Bridge
  • Murano Island
PADOVA
Probably better known as the city of St. Anthony or as the economic capital of Veneto. It is one of the most important Art Cities in Italy. Its face is marked by 3000 years of history. Founded as a fishermen's village, in the 4th century BC. it became the most important centre of the Venetians. Allied to the Romans against the Gauls it was one the most flourishing towns of the Roman Empire. Unfortunately, due to the destruction of the town by the Longobards in 602, there are only few remnants of the Roman Era: the ruins of the great Amphitheatre, some bridges and the precious evidences which are still preserved at the Town Museum. Its recovery was very slow. In 12th century Padua is a free Commune. It is a period of extraordinary economic and cultural ardor that left an indelible mark on the town: the Medieval City Walls, the great civil and religious buildings, the foundation of the University (1222), the second in Italy, which attracts masters and students fro the whole Europe
  • St. Anthony Basilica 1231
  • The Scrovegni Chapel decorated by Giotto.
  • Piazza Prato della Valle with 78 statues and bridges
  • Ortobotanico di Padova - one of the oldest botanical garden in the world
VICENZA
It's an elegant town, where you can admire the architecture of Palladio from 16th century. It's medium-sized town, with a population of 110,000. There has been a settlement here right back into the depths of history; remains of the Roman town can still be seen. Later, after the barbarian invasions which repeatedly devastated this part of Italy, it became a significant town, ruled at different times by various greater powers. For several centuries it was governed by Venice; then Napoleon, then the Austrians. In 1866 it became part of the new Kingdom of Italy. Vicenza was a prosperous town under Venetian rule, and its pride was demonstrated in fine architecture, much of which still survives. Its 'unique appearance,' largely owing to the work of influential sixteenth-century architect Andrea Palladio, has led to the town's designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is home to twenty-three buildings designed by Palladio. After Palladio, it is most famous for its trade in precious metals, it's also known as the 'City of gold'.
  • The three-dimensional stage at the Teatro Olimpico by Palladio
  • The Villa Capra (also known as "La Rotonda"), located just outside the downtown area by Palladio
  • The Basilica Palladiana, centrally located in Vicenza's Piazza dei Signori, of which Palladio himself said that it might stand comparison with any similar work of antiquity;
  • Palazzo Porto in Piazza Castello by Palladio
  • The cathedral, dating from early in the 11th century, and restored in the 13th, 16th, and 19th, possesses numerous pictures and sculptures, nearly all of them by Vicentine artists (Cittadello, Celestia, Liberi, Ruschi).