Inspires amazement and awe in everyone. La Serenissima: " ..he who has heard of its glory will not rest until he has seen it; he who has seen it will not rest until he has seen it again.." so said a Doge in 1570! Founded in 811 and for centuries the heart of trade and riches. More than 400 bridges and 200 canals turns a visit into a breathtaking experience. From the Basilica of San Marco, Palazzo Ducale, the Grand Canal, Galleria Accademia, Scuola di San Rocca, Santa Maria Gloriosa-the Franciscan Gothic church...and so much more. And, of course, the magical Teatro La Fenice which is staging an outstanding programme of opera in 2007.
The Veneto, and its most famous city, Venice, lie in the Po Valley between the Adriatic Sea and the Dolomites. It is a region rich in history and culture, from the Palladian architecture of cities like Vicenza to Giotto's beautiful frescoes in Padua's Cappella degli Scrovegni.