Barchessa Marcello is an independent luxury apartment in a Palladian villa located in the splendid Veneto countryside. The beautiful apartment, self-catered, is delightfully furnished and fully equipped and has 4 bedrooms (8-10 sleeps) and 3 bathrooms. Swimming pool in private garden with patio and closet. more info...
Venice apartment rentals: Veneto combines the splendour of Venice, the purity of the Dolomites, the history of Verona, the culture of Padua, the peace of the countryside and the romance of hidden villas. A varied region in the north of Italy, on the thigh of the "boot", Veneto wraps around its capital, Venice, and borders the Gulf of Venice. View our top Venice apartments below or search for your perfect holiday property
Venice is of course the star attraction here, with its impossibly romantic canals and ornate old buildings. You could spend days lounging in the outdoor museum that is the Piazza San Marco, strolling the Jewish ghetto, gawking at the treasures in museums here, and touring the islands of the Venetian Lagoon.
Other important cities include Verona, Padua, Treviso, Belluno, and Vicenza. Any of these cities make excellent day trips from Venice or worthy destinations on their own. Verona, one of Italy's oldest cities and the setting of Romeo and Juliet, is known for its well-preserved Roman ruins. Visit the amphitheatre (called the Arena and now the opera house), the Roman theatre, the Stone Bridge and the remains of the city's huge, old gates. Verona is also home to beautiful basilicas, plazas and museums.
Padua is popular with pilgrims who come to visit the tomb of St. Anthony, but the real treasure here is the Scrovengi Chapel, where you can marvel at Giotto's beautiful frescoes, which are considered by many art experts to be some of the world's greatest works of figurative art.
Less-known but no less worthy of a stopover are Belluno, which sits in a privileged position at the foothills of the Italian Alps; Treviso, with its Venetian-like canals and stately monuments; and Vicenza, where you'll find some of Palladio's famous architecture. To relax head to Caorle, a pretty seaside resort 50km north of Venice or Cortina d'Ampezzo, a pristine mountain resort.
Veneto's climate is mild and pleasant year-round, meaning that any time of year can be a good time to visit. Summers are warm (average highs 80?F), especially in the lowlands and along the coast. This is also the high season for tourists, meaning everything is more expensive and crowded. A better time to visit Veneto is during the shoulder seasons (September-October and April-June) when you'll find pleasant temperatures (average highs 60?-75?F) and fewer crowds. Winters (average lows 30?-40?F) are chilly along the coasts, and in areas like Venice you may find rain, fog and swollen canals, though this will be the least expensive and most peaceful time of year to travel. The northern parts of Veneto, near the Italian Alps, will be several degrees colder than the lowlands year-round. Veneto gets an average of 2-3 inches of rainfall each month.
Veneto's main airport is Venice's Marco Polo airport, which is just north of the city. Italian and European airlines like Alitalia, KLM and others fly here regularly. Travel time from London is a little over two hours if you fly direct.
From the airport, you can take a bus or boat to reach the city centre. An easier and far more romantic way to get to the city is with your own private water taxi, though this is pricier. Travellers are advised to negotiate the fare before boarding, since water taxis don't have meters.
The train is a great way to get around Veneto. From Venice's Stazione Ferroviaria Santa Lucia you can get to most medium and large towns in the region.
If you plan to explore off-the-beaten-track destinations in Veneto, you'll need to hire a car. Italians are infamous for their aggressive driving, especially in towns and cities, so be prepared. Parking is problematic too, so once off the highway you'll probably want to park the car as soon as possible and rely on public transportation to get around towns and cities.
Strolling Veneto's historic cities and towns will probably take up most of your time here, but those who love the great outdoors will find plenty to keep them busy as well.
Veneto hugs the Gulf of Venice and is also home to Italy's third-largest lake, Lake Garda, which means that water sports of all kinds abound. You can sail or windsurf in the gulf or on the lake. Golf is also popular in Veneto, and there are several quality courses in the region.
The majestic Dolomites make a beautiful backdrop for hiking or mountain biking in the northern reaches of Veneto. In winter, there are several ski resorts in the area.