Itinerary in Veneto by car?
Among the most interesting Italian regions and rich in natural and historical beauty, we find without a doubt the region of Veneto, which is in the North of our peninsula. Veneto, a region of a thousand facets, holds treasures of nature, art and traditions, including on land. The variety of landscapes is extraordinary: the Dolomites adorned with the pink colors of the sunset, the east coast of Lake Garda with Peschiera del Garda, Torri del Benaco and other tourist centers. Extensive sandy beaches spread along the coast like Jesolo, Bibione, Cavallino and Caorle. Let’s go to our post of the day: Itinerary in Veneto by car? Here at Your Travel to Italy with Ana Patriciayou make the trip of your dreams!!! ALSO: see our “Accommodation in Italy – Tips for your holidays!”
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About Veneto and our Itinerary
In this sensational natural setting, it is introduced a rich cultural heritage which makes Veneto a land of unique charm. From the art-cities to the magnificent Palladio villages scattered across the Brenta Riviera, to the small villages that bring together the most characteristic aspects of this comprehensive region. Land of great fascination, Veneto presents countless natural and artistic attractions with some “primors” that you cannot miss.
A good way, or better, a more comfortable way to visit the Veneto region, as well as other regions, is to go by car. Thus, you are more at ease to visit the places that most attract your curiosity and whenever you want. If you need to change some items, you can modify our itinerary as you see fit, stopping whenever and however you want (with the opportunity to even change the order of the stops). Now let’s start our journey, it will be 7 days by car through Veneto.
1) Itinerary in Veneto by car? DAY 1: VENICE
First Day: Venice, arrival at Marco Polo Airport, car rental and visit to the beautiful city of Venice, we will spend the night in Venice Mestre. The first stopover of an ideal itinerary to explore the Veneto region is, without a doubt, Venice. Declared a “World Heritage Site” by UNESCO, it has its lagoon, the islands, the Grand Canal with the ancient palaces along the coast (richly decorated, reminiscent of the splendor of the former Maritime Republic). TIPS ON VENICE?
Attractions in Venice
Venice, also famous for its traditional Carnival, Murano glass and Burano lace, can be visited on foot, walking through its numerous bridges and narrow alleys called “calle”. It is also possible to take a boat ride with the Vaporetto, or simply with the most romantic and traditional gondola, letting yourself be carried by its waters where we can admire this unique landscape in the world from another perspective.
These places are unforgettable: St. Mark’s Square, with the basilica full of mosaics and domes; the Doge’s Palace; the labyrinth of alleys full of shops and craft workshops; churches decorated with canvases, sculptures and frescoes from different periods; the museums and the most hidden squares … Everything in Venice is charming. Overnight in Venice Mestre, where we will have more facilities with the car.
2) Itinerary in Veneto by car? DAY 2: PADUA
Second Day: Departure from Venice Mestre to Padua. The second stopover on our itinerary is the city of Padua. Padua occupies a prominent position and is considered a city of culture to the highest degree. It offers visitors many attractions, from the Basilica of Saint Anthony (favorite destination for religious tourism) to the magnificent Chapel of the Scrovegni, all decorated with frescoes by Giotto, a masterpiece of timeless art. TIPS ON PADUA?
Attractions in Padua
Its 16th century Botanical Garden, rich in medicinal plants, is also among the places considered “World Heritage”. Getting lost in the alleys is a way to capture the spirit of the “medieval village” that Padua still preserves, it is a great center of change. Then we will stop at Caffè Pedrocchi, the traditional cafeteria “without doors”, to drink something to the sound of great live jazz, accompanied by a typical specialty.
3) Itinerary in Veneto by car? DAY 3: VERONA
Third Day: Departure from Padua to Verona. Verona is a heap of history and legend, capable of stirring unforgettable emotions in the hearts and eyes of visitors.
Attractions in Verona
We begin our visit to the Arena, one of the most suggestive monuments in the Roman world. In addition to being a symbol of the city, in the summer it becomes a stage for great shows, concerts and opera seasons. Verona is famous worldwide for being the city of lovers. It is right here that the Casa di Giulietta (Juliet’s House) is located, with the famous balcony that recalls the tragic historical love told by the great Shakespeare. The tour also explores the mystical religious aspect, a basic element to understand the typically medieval spirit that prevails throughout the city, whose main representative is the magnificent Romanesque-Gothic cathedral and the spectacular Basilica of Saint Zeno.
Listed by UNESCO since 2000, Verona is a great example of urban, architectural and artistic integration of the different historical periods that have passed over these two thousand years. The great proof is the Piazza dell Erbe (Herbs Square), with Roman, medieval and Renaissance architecture perfectly integrated with the style of the time of the Scala family and the palaces of the 19th century. Not far from the Herbs Square, we have the Piazza dei Signori (Lords Square) – Verona’s living room – another example of the perfect historical layout, decorated by the monument dedicated to Dante Alighieri. The visit ends with the Castelvecchio, a strong scenic design built by Cangrande II della Scala, today one of the most beautiful art galleries in the Veneto region. After having a delicious meal, we go to bed. TIPS ON VERONA?
4) Itinerary in Veneto by car? DAY 4: VICENZA
Day Four: Departure from Verona to Vicenza. Vicenza is aesthetically perfect, a unique jewel in the artistic panorama of Veneto, with precious relics from an immense heritage. Vicenza, better known as the city of Andrea Palladio, is one of the most important places in the Veneto region, it is rich in art and culture, that’s why it was included in the UNESCO list of “Historical Heritage” – not least because the Palladian architectural goods have exceptional interest.
Attractions in Vicenza
As a first stop, we will go to the Paladian Chiericati Palace, which besides expressing in a magnificent way the genius of the illustrious architect, is also the headquarters of the Civic Museum. Soon after we went on to another masterpiece: the famous Olympic Theater, also by Palladio, designed just months before his death.
We continue to Piazza dei Signori (Lords Square), which is in the center, where we can admire the solemnity of the Palace of Justice. After the Capitania Palace, we will leave Palladio to get to know a more spiritual Vicenza – we will therefore go to a beautiful hill that is in the south of the city. There the Basilica of St Mary of Mount Berico emerges from the Baroque, where are the works “The Supper of St. Gregory the Great”, by Paolo Veronese, and the “Pietà”, by Bartolomeo Montagna. We will end the tour once again with Palladio, on the visit to Vila Rotonda, the most famous among the villages of Vicenza, composed of four identical facades, which stand out in the green of the surrounding countryside. Now, after we have dinner, we will rest. TIPS ON VICENZA.
5) Itinerary in Veneto by car? DAY 5: TREVISO
Fifth Day: We leave Vicenza to go to Treviso. Treviso is a small town in the Veneto region. The city center is surrounded by walls from the 14th century, which are still being restored. Strolling through the streets of this charming little town, it is not difficult to come across one of the Sile River affluents. In fact, the first thing that the visitor notices when he arrives in Treviso is really the balance that reigns throughout the city: the calm flow of the waters, the sequence of ancient palaces and the willows, weeping trees at the edge of the canal of emerald-colored waters.
Attractions in Treviso
Then we will start our tour of the city following the main avenue: Calmaggiore, where we find several monumental buildings from the medieval and Renaissance times. We go to Piazza dei Signori (Lords Square), a kind of timeless space, where is the building of the historic center: the Romanesque Palace of Justice. We will also see the Carraresi’s House, the Gallery of the Knights, the Cathedral, the Chapel of Malchiostro, the churches of Saint Vitus and Saint Lucy, the one of Saint Francis and the one of Saint Nicholas. At nightfall, it is cool to venture into the crowd around Piazza del Duomo (Duomo Square). TIPS ON TREVISO?
6) Itinerary map in Veneto by car? DAY 6: EUGANEAN HILLS
Sixth Day: We leave Treviso for the Euganean Hills with new places like Arquà Petrarca and Montagnana, where we will spend the night. In the Padana Plain in the region of Veneto, the hills that form the group of the Euganean Hills offer several possibilities for historical-natural tours. Of volcanic origin, the Euganean Hills belong to the National Park of the same name.
Attractions in the Euganean Hills
Let’s get ready to follow a fascinating itinerary, surrounded by nature, where we will find inspiration in any season. The road that surrounds the hills leads to Arquà Petrarca, at the foot of Mount Ventolone, the birthplace of the poet Francesco Petrarca. It is a small village in the peaceful green of the Euganean Hills, which after crossing two millennia of history, stopped in medieval times. Francesco Petrarca spent the last years of his life here; now his body rests in the center of the square (in the churchyard, which today has become the central point of the city) in a red marble coffin from Verona, clearly inspired by primitive Christianity, decorated by a bust from the 15th century.
The house of Petrarch remains, of course, the greatest cultural attraction of this art-city. Even though it has undergone several renovations, it retains all the charm and calm that you can imagine; with the great poet’s chair, desk and bookcase. It is also worth visiting the Parish Hall, the Oratory of the Holy Trinity and the Gallery of the Vicars.
Our “back in time” journey continues in Montagnana, where we see the best preserved medieval times in the entire Veneto region. The view from the walls is impressive. Along the way, we find magnificent buildings, among them the Porta Legnago (also known as “Fort of the Trees”, from the 13th century, with the original oak wooden gate of the time) and the Castle of Saint Zenon (today the headquarters of the Museum Civic). Now we are going to visit the Cathedral and Veronese’s “Transfiguration”, with the beautiful main altar (very likely the work of Sansovino). After enjoying a good relaxing dinner with great products typical of the region, a good night’s sleep awaits us. TIPS ON MONTAGNANA?
7) Itinerary map in Veneto by car? DAY 7: ROVIGO
Seventh Day: Last day of the tour in this wonderful region. After having a great breakfast, we leave this beautiful village, Rovigo. We concluded our tour in Rovigo, in the heart of Polésine. A “reserved” and elegant city, “Rhodigium” in the Middle Ages, arouses a special fascination for visitors. It has something to do with its beautiful monuments, but also with the charm of the “wild” nature that surrounds it, with that mist of mystery that rises every year.
Attractions in Rovigo
The first stop is certainly the castle with the two towers called Donà (one of the symbols of the city) and Mozza (from the 10th century). Walking slowly, we admire the architectural designs of the Venetian domain in the works of Biagio Rossetti (the Roverella Palace and the Monastery of St. Bartholomew) and Michele Sanmicheli (the Roncale Palace), constructions that brought an additional artistic value to Rovigo.
The visit continues to the Accademia dei Concordi (“Concord Academy”), headquarters of the Library and Pinacotheca, which gathers a very important collection of works by painters from the region of Veneto and Ferrara from the 15th to the 18th century. We will also see the Civic Museum, which is inside the Monastery of Saint Bartholomew, an exhibition of great interest, both archaeological and naturalistic. TIPS ON ROVIGO?
How to get to Veneto?
1) How to get to Veneto? BY AIRPLANE
The Veneto airport system includes Marco Polo in Venice (How to get from Marco Polo Airport to the Center of Venice?), Valerio Catullo in Verona and San Giuseppe in Treviso. Venice Marco Polo Airport is considered the third airport hub in Italy, with more than 700 weekly large-scale flights to the main national and international destinations. Verona airport has daily flights to the main Italian and European cities. Treviso Airport is dedicated to regional, low-cost or charter flights.
Also read our Special Posts on Airports in Italy:
- HOW TO GO FROM THE ROME AIRPORT TO THE CENTER OF ROME?
- HOW TO GO FROM THE MALPENSA AIRPORT TO THE CENTER OF MILANO?
- HOW TO GO FROM THE VENICE AIRPORT TO THE VENICE CENTER?
2) How to get to Veneto? BY TRAIN
There are several types of train: municipal, direct (DIR), regional (R) and interregional (IR) – which stop at all intermediate stations – and high-speed or long-distance ones like Intercity (IC) and Eurostar (ES) – which stop only in larger cities. How do I get from Venice Santa Lucia Station to my Hotel in Venice Center?
Did you know? Trenitalia is the main Italian company dedicated to the management of railway transport. Find out here “What is the difference between trains in Italy?”. Buy your ticket online in advance and save a lot, read the Post “How to buy a train ticket in Italy?”
3) How to get to Veneto? BY CAR
The Veneto region is well connected with the rest of Italy through an efficient road network. The A4 Torino-Trieste highway crosses the region from East to West. Coming from the North it is possible to reach it through the A22 Brennero-Modena highway. From the South you can also take the A22 Brennero-Modena or the A13 Bologna-Padova. TRAVELING BY CAR IN ITALY: EXAMPLE OF ROUTES. If you are renting a car, be sure to read our posts in the section Driving in Italy on the blog Your Travel to Italy. In addition to car itinerary tips, we have everything about signage, tolls, roads and many more tips.
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Itinerary in Veneto by car? The Veneto region is versatile and multicolored, preserving natural, artistic treasures and a lot of tradition. In this extraordinary variety of landscapes and in this sensational natural setting, a rich cultural heritage is introduced that makes Veneto a land of unique charm. From the art-cities to the magnificent Palladio villages scattered along the Brenta Riviera, to the small villages like Arquà Petrarca and Montagnana.
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