As a matter of fact
Thanks to the geographical position, from Verona you can explore a high number of small towns within an hour and a half by car at the most. It’s in these towns where you really come into contact with venitian life. Small towns hide treasures you cannot immagine and are out of touristic routes. You can enjoy countryside landscape, art, food , wine and relax at the many spa.
The palladian villas
Vicenza, is at 50 km from Verona, the city of Andrea Palladio with the largest number of Palladian palaces. Nearby are the most beautiful Venetian villas scattered in the small towns of the province. Driving to Vicenza we meet Soave, a medieval wallw town more famous for its wine. Along the road that leads towards north you will find the town of Schio, with restaured and reconverted industrial buildings of the 19th. Bassano del Grappa at the feet of the “plateau of the seven cities”, boasts as its symbol the distinctive Palladian bridge over the Brenta River. Marostica, surrounded by a medieval wall is guarded by two castles, one on the hills, one on the plain. Thiene with the Villa Da Porto Colleoni. In the southern part of Vicenza you can visit Bevialcqua, Montagnana, Fratta Polesine with Villa Badoer again one of Palladio’s project.
Walled medieval towns and villas
South of Padua don’t miss Montagnana, Este, Monselice, Luvignano and the Villa dei Vescovi, Valsanzibio villa Valsanzibio and it’s magnific italian garden, Arquà Petrarca a medieval town choosen as residence by some Italian humanists because of its gentle landscape. North of Padua, Piazzola on the Brenta River boasts the Villa Contarini, one of the largest baroque style patrician rural palace. Cittadella an example of medieval walled towns.
In the province of Treviso small towns as Castelfranco Veneto, Vittorio Veneto, Fanzolo, Asolo, Maser, Possagno the hometown of Canova, Valdobbiadene and Conegliano lands of the Prosecco wine.
Close to Lake Garda
Going West of Verona before reaching Mantua, stop to explore the small towns on the shore of Lake Garda. A couple of names: Peschiera, Lazise, Malcesine, Torri del Benaco, Sirmione, Desenzano, Salò, Gardone, Gargnano, Brescia, Parma and Cremona.
North of Italy
Explore the small towns norh of Verona like Trento, Riva del Garda, Bolzano and the Alps. This area was part of Austria until 1919. It has a very interesting architecture. The beautiful Dolomites near Belluno offer fantastic panoramas and plenty of ski slopes.
Near the Adriatic Sea
South of Verona the province of Rovigo is located in the Po Delta, an ideal place for nature lovers, birth watching…
Venice is at one hour and 10 min. by train from Verona. Near Venice, at Mira or Stra it’s possible to start exploring along the Brenta Canal many palladian villas. Among them you can’t miss the Villa Pisani, La Malcontenta,…
With a short boat ride can be reached islands like Torcello, Burano, Murano….
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