The Great Route of Veneto and Trentino
Between heaven and earth
- Fly to Venice, the starting point and finish of the route
- Get to know the most famous cities of Veneto: Venice, Padua, Vicenza and Verona
- Enjoy nature on Lake Garda and in the Dolomites
- Take advantage of the tour to discover other charming cities such as Ferrara
- A hire car for eleven days to drive around Veneto and Trentino
- 14 nights in the chosen accommodation
- Return flights (tax included)
- 11 days car rental
- Visit Ferrara Castle, surrounded by a moat; it is unique in Europe
- In Padua, discover the fantastic Orto Botanico, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Reserve your ticket to the Cappella degli Scrovegni, with the Giotto frescoes, in advance (limited access)
- Take a boat trip on the enormous Lake Garda
- Visit the Veneto website to organise your trip: www.veneto.to and the Trentino site: www.veneto.to and Trentino: www.visittrentino.it
Day 1Flight to Venice.
Arrive at the airport ninety minutes before the scheduled take-off time of your flight to Venice. On arrival, you arrange your transfer to your selected accommodation in Venice. Check-in and take the rest of the time free to start to get to know the city of the canals and the gondolas. Spend the night in Venice.
You have two full days (apart from the day of arrival) to get to know Venice. The city is built in the middle of the lagoon on a number of islands and many of its streets are canals. The Piazza di San Marco, the Palazzo Ducale and the Duomo are some of the most outstanding monuments. Walk through, stroll in and enjoy every corner. Few places in the world invite you to lose yourself and make discoveries like Venice. And you should not miss such enchanting corners as the Rialto Bridge and the market of the same name or the lively Jewish quarter. You can take a vaporetto which will take you to some of the other islands in the lagoon such as Murano, famous for its glass production; Burano, with its colourful houses, and Torcello. Spend the night in Venice. Spend the nights in Venice.
Day 4Venice - Ferrara.
Collect your hire car and begin your trip, which will let you discover the best of Veneto, Trentino-Alto Adige and the impressive Dolomites. But the first stop will be in Ferrara, although it forms part of the Emilia Romagna, it is a city which is well worth a visit. It was an important cultural and political enclave during Medieval times and the Renaissance, above all driven by the Este family. It still conserves its original appearance surrounded by ancient walls. Visit Castello di San Michele, the symbol of the city; the Palazzo dei Diamanti, so called thanks to the relief on the façade; the Parco Massari and the Duomo di Ferrara, among others. What is more, Ferrara hosts the world's oldest Palio horserace. It is a festival that is well worth experiencing if you are there on the right date! So if you are lucky enough to be there during the festival (weekends from March to May) you will enjoy a show which dates from 1259. Spend the night in Ferrara. (110 km approx.)
Day 5Ferrara - Padua.
Take the road to Padua, at a distance of almost 80 km. You can take advantage to get to know a number of nearby towns or alternatively you can devote the day entirely to Padua, a city where there is a lot to see. Padua, Padova in Italian, is closely linked with Saint Anthony of Padua, its patron saint, and the basilica is precisely the most important monument in the city, an impressive mixture of Romanesque, Gothic and Byzantine art. But here you will also find Prato della Valle (the largest square in the world), where dozens of statues of famous people stand making it unique in the world. What is more, there are other places of interest here such as the Orto Botanico, an old botanical garden which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the Capella degli Scrovegni with the famous Giotto paintings. Spend the night in Padua.
Day 6Excursion to Vicenza.
The city of Vicenza, very close to Padua (about 40 km), stands out above all for its architecture. The historical centre of the city is in a classical style, with the work of the architect, Andrea Paladio, standing out; it has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, together with other marvelous mansions built by him, such as the Villa Capra Valmarana and Villa Poiana, both of which are located in spacious and well-tended parks. Return to Padua to spend the night.
Day 7Padua - Verona.
A little over an hour's drive away is Verona (90 km approx.), one of the most charming towns in Italy. Its streets and squares are ideal for a walk and to discover monuments as spectacular as the Arena, the old Roman amphitheatre, and the largest after the Colosseum in Rome. You will also find the Piazza delle Erbe with its busy daily market and the house of Juliet, with hundreds of love notes written on the entrance. Spend the night in Verona.
Day 8Excursion to Lake Garda.
Today, we propose that you enjoy nature and the open air by making a trip in your car to the area of Lake Garda, the largest lake in Italy, in the foothills of the Dolomites. You will find charming villages and plenty of history such as Saló, Gardine, Limone and Sirmione, on a peninsula. Enjoy unique views from the panoramic route of Tremosine, from the Punta di San Vigilio or taking the Monte Baldo cable car. And, of course, take a trip on board one of the numerous boats which sail on the great lake. Spend the night in Verona.
Day 9Verona - Trento or Bolzano.
Begin your route to the north until you come to the region of Trentino-Alto Adige. Here you can enjoy the unique landscapes of the Dolomites, outstanding among which are the curious Pyramids of Segonzano and the spectacular Cascades of Nardis and the famous ski resort of Madonna di Campiglio, among others. You will spend the next three nights in Trento or Bolzano, as you choose, and from there you will be able to cover the entire region of Trentino-Alto Adige. (100-160 km approx.).
Devote a day to discovering the treasures of Trentino. Although this autonomous region stands out for its abrupt natural beauty, the historical and cultural heritage is highly valuable and it is well worth discovering the architecture of the small villages, the castles which are in the mountains and the deep-rooted folk traditions. The capital of the region is Trento, a pretty town known throughout the world as a result of the Council of Trent. It is well worth taking a stroll through the historical quarter including the Piazza del Duomo; the Via Belezani with the Renaissance palaces in the Veneto style with frescos on the façade that are so characteristic of the town; the Castello del Buonconsiglio and the cable car at Ponte San Lorenzo which joins Trento to Belvedere di Sardagna. Spend the night in Trento or Bolzano. (80 km approx.)
Day 11Alto Adige.
Discover this province dominated by the purest nature: on the one hand, the Dolomites, and on the other, the Alps and the Stelvio Nature Park. But you can also visit places like Merano, known for its thermal waters, Bressanone, Brunico, Chiusa, Glorenza and Vipiteno, among others, as well as other treasures such as the Benedictine Abbey of Monte Maria and the medieval castle of Coira. Travelling through these villages is a trip to the Tyrol; due to its proximity, this area is very much influenced by Austrian culture and any village you visit will surprise you. Trento or Bolzano. (120 km approx.)
Day 12-13Trento or Bolzano - Cortina d’Ampezzo.
Following your tour of the most genuine Dolomites, the following stage of the journey will take you to the Cortina d'Ampezzo, in the province of Belluno, in Veneto. Known as the "Queen of the Dolomites", the charm of the landscape and the varied sporting activities offered make this city a paradise for mountain enthusiasts, whether in summer or in winter. But not only this, as this locality was a witness to the First World War and it is possible to visit some of the places where recent history was written. Two nights in Cortina d'Ampezzo. (130-190 km approx.)
Day 14Cortina d’Ampezzo - Venice.
Today you have a day's driving to get to Venice, as you have to cover the 160 km which separate Cortina d’Ampezzo from Venice. Take it easy and enjoy the scenery. You can make a stop along the way and visit one of the famous Ville Venete, large Renaissance mansions, the majority of which are the work of the architect Andrea Palladio; you can also stop in the city of Treviso or alternatively go direct to Venice. Leave your hire car parked and go to your hotel to leave your luggage and take a final look at the city. Spend the night in Venice.
Day 15Return flight.
Free time in Venice, take advantage to go for your final stroll and make your final purchases. Transfer to the airport with sufficient time to hand back your hire car at the return office and go through the luggage check-in process and embarkation for your return flight. Arrival and end of the trip.
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