The cities nearby
Verona the crossroad of history and arts
VeniceOnce here you can not pass up the chance to see Venice. One of the most visited cities in the world and a UNESCO heritage along with its lagoon for more than a millennium capital of the Serenissima. The city of Venice with St Mark's Cathedral, in Romanesque - Byzantine style, its square, and the magnificent Bell Tower will win you over with poetry and melancholy. If you have the time to make a trip by boat, a must remains the island of Murano with its ancient glass processing and glass blowing. Look for every little glimpse of canals and narrow streets, admire the grandeur of the Grand Canal and the majesty of the Ponte di Rialto. Enjoy the magical atmosphere of being part of the history of a city that lives on the edge of time knowing that after her there will not be another like it.
To visit Venice avoiding the parking problems it is possible to travel by train from Verona are approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes travel with a departure every half an hour.
MantuaA few kilometers from Verona is this little pearl of the Italian Renaissance. The birthplace of the poet Virgil and stronghold of the Gonzaga family, Mantua is enclosed in its three lakes where you can go for long walks very suggestive. From Long Lake Gonzaga you can admire the St. George's Castle, the fortress construction of the Ducal Palace, which houses inside the magnificent Bridal Chamber frescoed by Andrea Mantegna. Always in the center of Mantova, within walking distance of each other, you can visit the Rotonda di San Lorenzo, the oldest church in the city, and the Basilica of Sant 'Andrea, a masterpiece of Renaissance architecture of Leon Battista Alberti. Not far from the center, on what was once considered a small island, it is Palazzo Te with its famous Hall of Giants, home of entertainment for the Gonzaga family, who have long dominated the city.
PaduaUniversity city by definition, strongly Venetian and equally multicultural. Once in Padua it will be hooked from the funny vitality of its squares, with many bars ready to quench your thirst with the characteristic drink named as “spritz.” You can stop in Piazza Delle Erbe with its stalls and admire the Palazzo della Ragione, walk in the shade of the arcades up to Prato della Valle where the Basilica of Saint Anthony of Padua. Do not miss the wonderful masterpiece by Giotto in the Arena Chapel and, if you miss the green, you can visit the oldest university botanical garden in the world. If you still have a “little 'time,” going up north from Padua, consider seeing the city walls of the Citadel, one of the finest medieval fortifications in Europe.
VicenzaCity to discover for its architecture, magnificent for its small historic center along with many Palladian Renaissance villas that surround it. In the center, cross Corso Palladio, you can browse among the stalls of the market in Piazza dei Signori and visit the impressive Basilica Palladiana with the lodges in white marble, enjoy the typical cod Vicenza and take a look at the Jewel Museum, also it should be mentioned the Teatro Olimpico Palladio: the theater covered in masonry oldest in the world. Around the city are the Venetian villas designed by Andrea Palladio, first of all, La Rotonda, the villa-temple which combines almost perfect geometric shapes. Going up north, at the foot of the Venetian Alps you can walk on the bridge of Bassano del Grappa Alpini or play a game on the giant marble chess board in 1954, in the square of Marostica Chess.