Italy is always worth a visit. This time it’s a holiday in the Veneto. I have created a route for my tour of Veneto and I have driven it out. It was a beautiful journey in Northern Italy with many new impressions.
The Veneto region is known to the most people because of its long sandy beaches on the Adriatic Sea. The eastern part of Lake Garda is also located in Veneto. But Veneto also has a lot to offer between the Adriatic Sea and Lake Garda. So I go on holiday to Veneto and after a few days I finish off at the Adriatic Sea.
The stops on my round trip to Veneto
- Padua – the cultural city
- Arquà Petrarca, Este and Montagnana
- Verona – Romeo, Julia & Spritz
- Caorle – Bathing resort on the Adriatic Sea.
- Venedig – Gondola! Gondola!
Padua – the cultural city
After I landed in Venice, I continue with the rental car. Yeah, I was flying. But that was because I had a voucher due to a flight delay. I had to fly it away.
Padua is the first destination on my tour of Veneto. Because the city is only an hour away from Marco Polo airport in Venice.
Padua is not only convenient. It is also one of the oldest cities in Italy and contains numerous cultural and historical monuments. Two days I take myself to explore this cultural pearl in the heart of Veneto.
However, Padua has so much to see that I can’t look at everything. The two basilicas of S. Giustina and S. Antonio, the Scrovegni Chapel and the Orto Botanico and Prato della Valle are among the most interesting sites in Padua.
One afternoon I take my time and stroll through the city. What luck. Because this is a party right now.
The historical city centre with its winding alleys is now busy. There are stalls with delicacies at all corners. I will take a stroll through some squares: Piazza delle Erbe, Piazza della Frutta and Piazza dei Signori.
Caffè Pedrocchi in Padova
At the end of the day, I return to the historic Caffè Pedrocchi and have a cup of coffee. Very few tourists come here for the coffee, but for the beautiful rooms. Finally, the café was built in the 18th century.
And a café like this also has a legendary coffee, doesn’t it? They got coffee, Pedrocchi. I’ll have to try it sometime. It is an espresso with milk foam. Green milk froth.
The human instincts tell you not to do better! But the colour of the milk froth has its reason: it is mixed with peppermint. A little like After Eight for an espresso. One can try it out – is certainly not everyone’s cup of tea.
On tour: Arquà Petrarca, Este and Montagnana
On my tour of Veneto to the next destination, I stop in the small towns of Arquà Petrarca, Este and Montagnana.
Francesco Petrarca, one of the Tre Corone of Italian humanism, has spent the last years of his life in Arquà Petrarca. During my studies of Italian language and literature he occasionally crossed my way. Primarily through his work “Il Canzoniere”.
Since the municipality is close to my route, I also want to make a detour there. Arquà Petrarca is situated in the Euganean Hills, so that the drive passes beautiful landscapes.
On the spot, Arquà shows his picturesque Italian side. One of the goals here is, of course, the “Casa del Poeta”, the house where Francesco Petrarca last lived.
We continue on to Este, just ten kilometres away. The Italian Este family of the same name had its seat here until 1240, when it moved to Ferrara.
Worth seeing are the Castello (Rocca Ponte di Torre) from the 15th century and the beautiful gardens inside the walls.
Also worth seeing in Este are the town tower, the Porta Vecchia, the Palazzo del Municipio, the Palazzetto degli Scaligeri, the Palazzo del Principe, the Santa Tecla, the Basilica Santa Maria delle Grazie, the church San Martino, the church Santa Maria delle Consolazioni or degli Zoccoli, the church Beata Vergine della Salute and the National Museum Este.
My tour continues to Montagnana, which lies in the Po plain. In Montagnana you can explore the best preserved city wall in Europe.
If you walk through one of the city gates and leave the fortress wall behind you, the medieval town of Montagnana welcomes you with houses from the 15th and 16th century.
In the centre of the small town you will find the cathedral in Gothic and Renaissance style. It used to be a Romanesque church.
The day is quite advanced with the trip and the visit of the three cities.
Verona – Romeo, Julia & Spritz.
The next destination on my tour promises pure romance. At least by name. Because here in Verona, the tragedy about Romeo and Juliet is set in the novel of the same name by William Shakespeare.
The Casa di Giulietta can also be visited with the purchase of a ticket. The “House of Romeo” is privately owned and therefore not open to the public. It is located in the Via Arche Scaligere.
Well, I’m content to walk through the narrow streets of Verona and just imagine the story.
You can also admire the history of different eras in Verona. Above all, this is possible in the ancient Roman amphitheatre, the present arena of Verona.
But not only the Romans left their buildings. Also the rule of the Scaliger in the Middle Ages from 1262-1387 brought imposing buildings to the city.
Last but not least, the Venetians and Habsburgs left their mark on this city while they ruled over Verona.
After so much culture I enjoy a fresh splash of sunshine on my round trip around Veneto. The best place to do this is Caffè Dante in Piazza dei Signori. Not far from Piazza Delle Erbe, where all the tourists are fighting over the squares.
It’s a little more expensive here. But also much calmer and you can watch the activity of the Veronese in the seclusion.
Slowly I’m on my round trip to Veneto, heading for Caorle. So Vicenza only has a small stop. In this city I would like to roll however absolutely already times a small view.
On the main square is the Basilica Palladiana. This is not a church building, however, but the Palace of Justice. Created by the architect Andrea Palladio. The Palace of Justice and other buildings in Vicenza and Veneto have become UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
The 16th century Teatro Olimpico is also one of the buildings of Palladio. Here Palladio could only contribute the draft before he died.
In addition to these beautiful buildings, there is so much to discover: palaces, villas, monuments and churches. I will look at all of this during one of my future North Italy tours with more time. I’m looking forward to it.
Vicenza has also been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1994 and is therefore one of my top destinations on my travel list. Besides the small cultural impressions, I also buy some presents for the family in Caorle.
Caorle – Second home and seaside resort on the Adriatic Sea
And then, after a long time, I’m back in Caorle. My father’s home. Here in this former fishing village he was born and raised. Until my parents met each other here during a vacation of my mothers. After that he moved to Germany.
I can’t imagine a nicer place where a part of my family lives. I regularly visit the Italian part of my family in this beautiful seaside resort. At the same time I relax for a few days.
Caorle has a good location on the Adriatic Sea, beautiful beaches and other things to offer. These make Caorle so unique. The historical town centre with its winding alleys is completely preserved and offers a beautiful end to the evening after a beach day – with gelato, pizza e vino rosso.
The nearby marshes with the Casuni can also be visited. These are fishing huts, which are still used today.
But Venice is also easily accessible by boat or train for a day trip.
And the day trip to Venice is the final part of my tour of Venice.
Venice – Gondola! Gondola!
I decided to go to Venice for a day trip by train. However, the journey from Caorle to Venice by boat is much more impressive. I did that with my father about 25 years ago. From the sea, the splendour of the Serenissima becomes really clear.
The typical view of the lagoon city can also be seen directly behind the station building. From the train station to St. Mark’s Square it takes about 30 minutes on foot – without looking and without stopping.
In the cosy tourist corridor with amazement and amazement it takes me more than an hour. And then it opens up in front of me: St. Mark’s Square with the Campanile, the Doge’s Palace and of course the Basilica di San Marco.
I decide to stop in one of these infamous cafés on St. Mark’s Square. Conscious. My parents have already been scolding me about the exorbitant prices in the cafés after my visit to Venice.
Caffè Florian on Piazza San Marco
But I deliberately go to the Caffè Florian. It is not only the oldest in Venice, but also the oldest in Italy. It was opened in 1720 and still preserves its tradition to this day.
Like the coffee house culture in other countries, the intellectuals came here as well. Goethe, Honoré de Balzac, Giacomo Casanova, Marcel Proust, Richard Wagner, Thomas Mann and many others sat here. And today I’m sitting here.
Despite the nice weather, I’m not sitting outside, but looking at the beautiful café from the inside. I enjoy the sinking into old times and listen to the diva with piano accompaniment singing outside in front of the Caffè Florian. That, too, is included in the bill on a pro-rata basis.
After one hour I sat for 20, – Euro in a beautiful café with nearly 300 years of history, listened to classical music, enjoyed the looks of the passers-by after they saw the prices in the map and… yes, I got a splash for it.
This is the end of my tour of Veneto. The next day we leave Venice airport and return home.
I didn’t drive the gondola, by the way. It was my first visit to Venice as an adult. One day in Venice you can only scratch the surface and I didn’t want to spend time in a gondola.
I will experience these and other experiences in this city on another trip – and I am looking forward to seeing them very much.
Conclusion of my Veneto round trip
Veneto is a beautiful region in the north of Italy. I was impressed not only by the coastline, but also by the natural landscape in the hinterland.
In addition, there are numerous cities which, because of their history and cultural wealth, are worthwhile destinations in Veneto.
After this tour of Veneto, I have the feeling that I have just ticked off a few things. I therefore intend not to plan the next trips so extensively. Because I find it a pity that I have to leave, although I would have liked to have seen more.
That is why I have decided to visit these cities again. I will then take more time to look at the treasures from different centuries in peace.
Perhaps I will also consider this tour of Veneto as an exploratory trip. Finally, I can say that all the destinations I have visited are worthwhile for a new and longer stay.