Day Tours from Venice to adjacent cities.
Meeting: Piazzale Roma, Venice
Located only 38 kilometres from Venice, Padua is another proof that even in the smallest city in Italy one can find the most impressive art treasures and architecture. Simplicity and serenity are hanging in the air of Padua, slowly embracing all of the visitors who come for a leisurely walk around, for a glass of wine or for a quality shopping.
Itinerary: Basilica of San Antonio; Scrovegni Chapel; Prato della Valle; University of Padua; Ragione Palace; Caffè Pedrocchi; Piazza delle Erbe.
10 kilometres away from Venice, in all its beauty stands the city of Treviso. One could say that sometimes a little bit forgotten because of the neighbouring famous lagoon, yet boosting with a rich cultural heritage and certainly worth to be visited. Small but very characteristic city with the arts and architecture that represent almost two millennia of history, during which the city was under the authority of Romans, Byzantines, Franks, Venetians, later Austro-Hungarians and many others. As we know now, the people and their belonging to the local culture were stronger than any conquer who tried to triumph over Treviso.
Itinerary: Canal of the Buranelli; Casa dei Carraresi; the Complex of Santa Caterina; Loggia dei Cavalieri; Piazza dei Signori; Palazzo del Trecento; Fontana delle Tette; Duomo di San Pietro.
Vicenza is another pearl of the Veneto region. Absolutely magnificent architecture attracts a great number of students and people passionate about arts. It is a home for 23 buildings designed by probably one of the most famous Italian architects Palladio and as such the city was declared as UNESCO World Heritage Site. Being practically an open air Museum, the city has also many places to be seen indoors: museums, galleries, villas, theatres, restaurants and cosy cafes.
Itinerary: Piazza dei Signori; Palladian Basilica; Corso Andrea Palladio; Palazzo Trissino; Palazzo Thiene; Olimpic Theatre; Duomo and Santuario di Monte Berico
The city probably is best known as a scene of the tragic love story of Romeo and Juliet that was immortalized by William Shakespeare. The story of the unfortunate love of the couple is as if a magnet that attracts thousands of people to come and visit Verona. Another star of the city is the Arena, formerly the ancient amphitheatre built by the Romans; the third largest Roman amphitheater in the world. Nowadays in the Arena perform various music celebrities and spectacular operas are being built. Verona is enlisted UNESCO World Heritage site and it is a symbol of living legend of love and bravery.
Itinerary: Arena; Romeo and Juliet house; Arche Scaligere; Piazza Bra; San Fermo; Ponte Pietra.
This is the best tour for those who are interested in culture but above all the culture of Italian cuisine. Firstly, Bologna’s University was the first university in the world and up until now it retained its good name and influence. Many eager to gain essential knowledge in one or other science are coming to study here, therefore, the city is always full of young people and the atmosphere here is lively and vibrant. It is a hot spot for the artists, musicians and intellectual Bohemia. As mentioned before, it is Italian food hallmark, with the plenty of small shops, selling most delicious and the best quality local products, restaurants and cafes that offer not only good food but also great service.
Itinerary: Via dell’Indipendenza; Piazza del Nettuno; Piazza Maggiore; Palazzo del Podesta; Palazzo Re Enzo and Arengo Tower; Palazzo d’Accursio; Basilica di San Petronio; Torre degli Asinelli; The Basilica of Santo Stefano.
Vicenza and Palladian Villas
On this TopVenice tour we will take you to visit the most beautiful Palladian Villas in the region of Veneto. A day dedicated to see the works of the architect Andrea Palladio, a trip the countryside of Venice and the town of Vicenza that are a home for many Palladio’s. Andrea Palladio is known for mastering very specific kind of architectural construction that evolves from his concepts also presented in treaties he wrote back at that time. His villas are easily recognizable because of the symmetry, perspective and similarity to the temples in Ancient Greece and Roma.
In the morning we will visit the most famous Palladian Villa of the Riviera del Brenta, Villa Pisani Nazionale at Strà. After you will have some time to lunch in Vicenza.
On the second part of the tour, in the afternoon, we will visit the town and the Palladio’s creations, such as Piazza dei Signori, Palladian Basilica, Corso Andrea Palladio, Palazzo Trissino, Palazzo Thiene, Olimpic Theatre, Vicenza Cathedral.
Itinerary: Venice; Riviera del Brenta; Strà; Vicenza.
Verona & Garda Lake
Part 1 – Verona
Verona is located in the region of Veneto, on the banks of the Adige River and is about 90 kilometres away from Venice. The city probably is best known as a scene of the tragic love story of Romeo and Juliet that was immortalized by William Shakespeare. The story of the unfortunate love of the couple is as if a magnet that attracts thousands of people to come and visit Verona. During the stay in Verona you will have a chance to visit: the Verona Arena, Piazza Bra, Juliet’s House, Piazza delle Erbe, Piazza dei Signori, Roman Theatre, Porta Borsari, Castelvecchio and Sirmione Bridge. Later you will have time to lunch in one of the local trattorias Al Pompiere or Ai 12 Apostoli.
Part 2 – Lake Garda
After the lunch will await the trip to the area of the Lake Garda (Lago di Garda) and from there by boat you will get around and reach its main island. It is the largest pond, situated by the mountains on one side and valleys on the other; the area is known for its mild Mediterranean climate and the nature of hypnotizing beauty.
Itinerary: Venice; Verona; Sirmione.
Medieval Towns & Degustation of Prosecco
Marostica’s name meaning is very poetical and really representing the place where it stands, a city “that has mountains and hills”. High medieval defence walls surround the area and a big medieval castle stands right in the centre of it. Marostica is known for the Live Human Chess Game, which is held every two years in the main square turned into a giant chessboard.
The picturesque town of Bassano del Grappa is a paradise for shoppers and good food lovers. Walking around Bassano one can look around on the shop windows with e handmade original products, local foods, there are also many small restaurants and cafes to enjoy the best recipes of the Northern Italian cuisine. If you would decide to enjoy some local delicacies than certainly it has to be followed by very strong alcoholic beverage Grappa, traditionally an after-dinner drink. Since Grappa is produced locally it also holds the city’s name and popularizes the location in other parts of the world. In order to visit the distillery located on the other side of the river Brenta, you will have to cross the famous Palladian bridge.
Our next stop is Asolo, also known as “The Pearl of the province of Treviso” and the Veneto region. Asolo is located on a top of a hill and provides with an amazing view around.
On the hills between the towns of Valdobbiadene and Conegliano is being produced the most delicious white Italian wine Prosecco. The area plenty of vineyards and gardens with olive trees are inviting to stop and walk around, embrace the beauty of the nature and, of course, taste Prosecco and some other wines in a winery near by. This is also a wonderful opportunity to also buy a few bottles before tracking back to Venice.
Itinerary: Venice; Marostica; Bassano del Grappa; Asolo; Valdobbiadene.
Dolomites & Cortina d’Ampezzo
The Dolomites, also known as the Pale Mountains, is an astounding creation of nature. With its misty, grey tops and green slopes the Dolomites can definitely be called one of the most beautiful mountains on earth. The cities around are the first stop to many travellers before getting in the high altitude walks. One of the most popular and the highest peaks is Marmolada with Mount Civetta and Mount Pelmo. On this tour you will also visit Cortina d’Ampezzo that is in the hearth of this mountainous region and has the most beautiful views that one can imagine.
Itinerary: Venice; Cortina; and one of the following options: Dolomiti di Sesto, Val Badia or Valle Agordina
Ferrari Museum and Parmigiano Reggiano Degustation
There are a few things that truly internationally represent Italy: Ferrari cars, balsamic vinegar and surely the king of cheese – Parmigiano Reggiano. The best way, of course, to learn about the making of these products is by going to their place of origin. You will visit Maranello’s Ferrari Museum that holds a collection of cars, trophies and other objects that have marked the history of the company. Hear the Ferrari engine noise and see the Wind Tunnel that was constructed as a space for testing the resistance of the cars. The building is a brilliant example of the synthesis of architecture and technology. Famous Italian architect Renzo Piano created design of a structure that in a shape recalls of a car engine.
Foodies pilgrimage route is definitely leading to Maranello, a birthplace of Modena’s balsamic vinegar, celebrated by the highest-class chefs and people who simply like to enjoy quality food. You will see where the vinegar is stored and goes through the long ageing process until it becomes perfect to be served with cheese, salad, and other delicious foods or just tasted by itself. Surely you will also have a possibility to try it and learn what are the best food and the balsamic vinegar combinations. The last gourmet adventure will be the visit to the factory of Parmigiano Reggiano and tasting of this cheese that has no competitors and that cannot even be compared with any other cheese produced in the country or even in the entire world.
Itinerary: Venice; Maranello.