The largest fishing and yachting town on the Venetian Lagoon is an easy day
or overnight trip from Venice by car or--better yet--by boat. (Also see
Venice to Chioggia by Bus and
The magnificently preserved home town of Andrea Palladio, one of Italy's
greatest architects, is less than an hour from Venice by train.
is headquartered in Treviso, and budget airlines use Canova Airport as their
gateway to Venice. But this prosperous, historic, and attractive small city
is a worthy tourist destination in its own right.
With its 200 hotels, the Acqualandia water park, and a school for pizza chefs,
Caorle--a resort town
50 miles north of Venice--deserves more attention from foreign visitors.
Lago di Garda
Lake Garda, near Verona, is the largest of Italy's lakes. Its shores offer
everything from sunny vineyards to sheer mountain cliffs.
When you've had your fill of art, culture, and summer heat or winter drizzle, flee to
Italy's most famous mountain resort.
The historic city of Padua (in Italian, "Padova") has a major
university and is within commuting distance of Venice by train.
Dolomiti Delta Club
When Venice's summer crowds and climate become oppressive, head for the Dolomites and hang
out with the hang gliders.
Palladio's Italian Villas
Venice's great Renaissance architect built grand country houses throughout the Veneto
region. Many are open to the public today.