A welcoming land of a great civilization. Veneto mean Venice, above all, the most imaginative city in the world with its Lion of Saint Mark, the Doges, Marco Polo, gondolas, cut glass, Grand Canal, Goldoni, 400 bridges and 118 islands. Words are inadequate to describe such beauty. For example, the 20 km long open air museum of the Brenta Canal, lined with Palladio’s splendid villas, the spa resorts of Abano and Montegrotto, and the whole of the magnificent northern Venetian border with the “queen” of the Dolomites, Cortina, and the Asiago plateau, and the Cadore Valley; the beaches of Caorle and Jesolo; Verona and Padua with the Arena and the Basilica of S. Anthony. Major events include the historical regatta in Venice, and the game of chess at Marostica. And the shopping - beginning with the shop window of Venice herself. Rice and peas, fish, Venetian-style liver, Vicenza-style dried cod can be enjoyed with the Valpolicella, Soave and Bianco di Conegliano wines.