Discover Veneto: magical Venice, the taste of Prosecco and Amarone della Valpolicella, art, and culture

When people think of Veneto, the first thing that comes to mind is one of the most beautiful and unique cities on the planet: Venice, where the streets are canals and where Carnevale is an elaborate, elegant, world-famous celebration. But Venice sights are just the tip of this region’s rich artistic and cultural heritage.

Located in northeast Italy, Veneto includes the Dolomites and touches the Adriatic Sea. Among its little gems of towns with deep layers of history and art are Vicenza, Padua, and Verona, the city of Romeo and Juliet.

Vineyards have been cultivated in its rolling hills for centuries to produce several world-famous whites and reds. Perhaps you’ve heard of Prosecco?

Veneto is the only designated area where DOCG Prosecco may be made, in Conegliano-Valdobbiadene.

Another excellent and well-known dry white is the light-bodied, smooth Soave, made from the garganega grape.

The most popular red wines of Veneto come from an area called Valpolicella to the east of Lake Garda. It is home to the prestigious Amarone, an intense and powerful dry red made from withered grapes; and its lighter, easier-drinking counterparts Valpolicella and Bardolino, cheerful and fruity blends of corvina, rondinella, and molinara. If you go on a winery visit in Veneto, expect to taste sparkling wines and see beautiful vineyard landscapes.