Trieste, the city of Umberto Saba and Italo Svevo, is a crossroads of cultures and religions due to its geographical ‘border’ position and to the historical vicissitudes that have made it a meeting place for many different peoples.
The marvellous Miramare Castle overlooks the gulf of Trieste, just a few kilometres North of the city and was built at the behest of Maximilian of the Hapsburgs, Archduke of Austria and Emperor of Mexico. It was later the home of Duke Amedeo of Aosta. Also visit the Grotta Gigante (Giant Grotto) in the Carso area, the uplands behind Trieste. The exceptional proportions of the cave and its clever illumination highlight all that nature has created and make for an impressive show.
Vicenza is known as the city of Palladio, who designed much of its architecture. It is one of the most important art centres in the Veneto and Italy, a destination for cultural tourism with visitors from all over the country and abroad.
The town is part of UNESCO’s world heritage. The Basilica Palladiana, rebuilt in 1549, is its most famous public building. Try one of the typical dishes: baccalà alla vicentina (salt cod Vicenza-style). To the South-West of the town is the Sanctuary of the Madonna di Monte Berico, which is said to have been the site of two apparitions by the Blessed Virgin: the first on the 7th March 1426 and the second on the 1st August 1428.
Verona is situated on the Adige River, about thirty kilometres East of Lake Garda. The Basilica di San Zeno in Verona is considered one of Italy’s Romanesque masterpieces. Why not visit the famous Arena, the most important open air opera stage in the world.
Visit “Romeo and Juliet’s balcony”, the inspiration for Shakespeare’s famous tragedy and try Verona’s famous Pandoro, a typical Christmas cake that is now known worldwide.
An enchanting town on the Veneto plain, situated approximately 15 km South-West of the right bank of the Piave, Treviso still preserves its genteel, reserved character where well known and often visited places hide smaller street, alleys, canals and fortresses, which preserve the fascination of a town rich in history. Pay a visit to its three hills: the cathedral, Piazza dei Signori and Piazza Sant’Andrea, on which the city was supposedly built.
The Ca dei Carraresi palace in Treviso periodically hosts world renowned exhibitions. Also be sure to try the famous radicchio trevigiano (chicory) accompanied
by a glass of excellent local Prosecco.
Saturday Morning Market at Piazza del Grano.
Padua, an ancient university city, conserves numerous testimonies of its glorious artistic and cultural past that make it a destination for tourists from all over the world. Padua is also internationally famous as the
city of Saint Anthony. It is the site of the famous Cappella degli Scrovegni, which houses a renowned cycle of frescoes by Giotto, considered one of the masterpieces of Western art. You can also visit Caffè Petrocchi, one of the most famous cafés in the world, in the heart of the city centre.
A walk in Prato della Valle is not to be missed. This large, elliptical piazza has become one of the symbols of Padua. As well as being the largest Piazza in the city, it is also one of the biggest in Europe (90.000 sq.m.).
Jesolo is also an ideal starting point for visits to Venice , the shortest route is “Jesolo-Punta Sabbioni” (15 km from us), where you will find car parking and the motorboat that will take you to Venice’s St. Mark’s Square in just 30 minutes.
From there you can visit Burano, Murano and Torcello, the authentic jewels of the Venetian Republic, which has remained the splendid city it was 1000 years ago