The Veneto is the north-eastern Italian region bordering Trentino-Alto Adige, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Emilia-Romagna and Lombardia.
Surrounded by lush, green, rolling hillsides, Veneto is a mecca for architecture, food, history, and vino.
Veneto was part of the Roman Empire until the 5th century AD, it then became part of The Republic of Venice, “La Serenissima” until 1797, and thereafter of the Austrian Empire until it was annexed to the Kingdom of Italy in 1866.
The capital of Veneto is Venice, one of the most famous, and often misunderstood, cities in the world.
Venice, during the maritime republic centuries, was the center of one of the richest and most dynamic empires in world history. Many notable people in history were born in Venice, such as the playwright and notorious lover Giacomo Casanova, the explorer Marco Polo, and composer Antonio Vivaldi.
Veneto is protected from the harsh northern European climates by the Dolomites.
The Adriatic also keeps the winters warm and the summers cool, making Veneto one of the most ideal locations for growing many different grape varietals.
Modern Veneto is divided into seven provinces, each named after the provincial capital. These are Belluno, Padua (Padova in Italian), Rovigo, Treviso, Vicenza, Verona, and Venice (Venezia).
Each province has a distinctive character, dialects and, as we shall see, unique cuisines rich in dishes and local produce – not too mentioned diverse winemaking traditions.