The great beauty

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UNESCO landscapes


Experience stunning nature in Italy's Veneto region: come and discover our UNESCO sites: Venice and its lagoon, the Prosecco Hills of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene, Padua’s Botanical Garden and the Dolomite Mountains.

Venice is one of the world’s most beautiful cities of art, and its Lagoon, protected by UNESCO since 1997 , is just as stunning. This is a magical place, forever suspended between land and sea, dotted with islands, salt marshes and “ghebi” (small canals), just waiting to be discovered aboard a small yacht or motorboat, or even in a comfortable canoe. During the winter, you can admire the many different species of birds who nestle down in this environment that's so rich in vegetation.

Returning to the mainland, we head towards the Prosecco hills, in the province of Treviso. This unique and wonderful landscape, which became a UNESCO Site in 2019, stretches across steep slopes covered with vineyards, with enchanting little villages dotted here and there. For centuries, winemakers have shaped the area between Conegliano and Valdobbiadene, building the typical terracing structures to grow the precious grapes used to make Prosecco Superiore DOCG.

In Padua, a small green universe awaits: we're talking about the university’s Botanical Garden, which was created in 1545 to grow the "simple” plants, referring to plant species with healing properties. Protected by UNESCO since 1997, this Botanical Garden is home to around 6,000 species from all continents and all climates. A few years ago, the historical part was joined by a modern structure that houses plants from tropical, humid and dry areas.

Continuing our journey towards the northernmost part of the Veneto region, we are greeted by the spectacular Dolomites, declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2009. When the sun sets here, especially on clear summer days, you can enjoy the “enrosadira” phenomenon, when the mountain peaks take on stunning colours that range from orange to pink to bright red. This is one of the reasons why the Dolomites are considered the most beautiful mountains in the world: a landscape made up of high peaks and smooth rock faces as well as woodland, lush green valleys, parks and nature reserves. Fairy-tale scenery where you can really unwind, perhaps in the elegant surroundings of a town like Cortina d'Ampezzo, the “Queen of the Dolomites”, which will be hosting the Winter Olympics in 2026.