Art, history and wonder

UNESCO Masterpieces


This fantastic journey takes us in discovery of the cities of art and the extraordinary historical and artistic heritage of the Veneto Region protected by UNESCO.

 

Our starting point is Venice and its lagoon, World Heritage Site since 1987. Every calle, campo and campiello, palazzo and architectural feature of the old city centre is a source of amazement and wonder: Piazza San Marco, Palazzo Ducale, the Bridge of Sighs and the Rialto Bridge, the incredible Scala Contarini del Bovolo... Churches and museums are home to works by exceptional artists, such as Giorgione, Tiziano, Tintoretto, Veronese and many others. In Venice, the surprises just keep on coming and the beauty of the city is breathtaking.

Poetic shapes and perfect proportions define the graceful architecture of Vicenza. It was here that the architect Andrea Palladio designed and built most of his masterpieces, leading to the city and the Palladian villas being awarded the UNESCO World Heritage status in 1994.  The icon of the Veneto Villas is Villa Almerico Capra, known as La Rotonda, but visitors can also admire other fascinating treasures, such as the Palladian Basilica overlooking Piazza dei Signori, the Olympic Theatre, Palazzo Chiericati and the Loggia del Capitaniato.

Verona, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2000, holds a special place in the hearts of tourists from all over the world; a place where history has permeated the precious architectural and artistic heritage. The city retains a largely medieval appearance, but from positions offering a panoramic view from above, you notice that its streets are still visiblefeatures of a Roman urban structure. Treasures include the Arena, the Roman Theatre, Ponte Pietra, not to mention Castelvecchio, the Church of San Zeno Maggiore: it is impossible to mention them all. But the truly unmissable place in Verona is Casa di Giulietta (Juliet’s House), the romantic heroine of the Shakespeare tragedy, around which Verona has built its reputation as a “city of love”.

A few miles from Verona, the last leg of this tour of Veneto UNESCO sites awaits us. It is the imposing pentagonal fortress, whose walls completely surround Peschiera del Garda. An almost intact military structure built by the Republic of Venice - Stato da Mar and Stato de Tera - to control and defend its territories, and which is part of the World Heritage Site “Venetian defence works between the 16th and 17th Centuries”.