Singing gondoliers in striped shirts paddle their boats through the narrow canals as wide-eyed tourists snap picture after picture. The pale blue lagoon water reflects the pinks and yellows of the palazzos. Welcome to Venice, the capital of the region Veneto. But this region is far more than just the city of Venice. On the mainland, you'll find charming Italian villages with cosy holiday homes and villas. True romantics will jump at the chance to visit fair Verona, home of literature's most famous star-crossed lovers: Romeo and Juliet. Book a holiday apartment with a balcony and act out the scene for yourself – the locals are used to it. There are even luxury ski resort destinations around your villa in Veneto – just head to the Alpine region of Cortina d'Ampezzo.
Enjoy the beautiful architecture with a villa in Veneto
In the city of Vicenza, you'll get a view of the Palladian Villas, a cluster of buildings designed by the architect Andrea Palladio and now protected as an UNESCO World Heritage site. These villas were designed and built for Italy's richest families – rent a holiday rental in Veneto for yourself and live like the nobles of years past. If you're looking for a bit more adventure, visit nearby Spluga della Preta in Verona, the deepest cave in Italy. Or head up into the Alpine foothills of Veneto for some winter sports such as skiing and dog-sledding or mountain-climbing - just like in Ordino in Andorra, another southern ski paradise. In the summer, the sandy beaches along the long coastline of Veneto and the Venetian lagoon offer prime opportunities for swimming and sunbathing. You can even make a day trip to nearby Garda during your stay in Venice and relax by the beautiful lake.
Taste the region's delicacies during your holiday in Italy
Wine and food lovers know Veneto as the home of some of the world's best wines and cheeses, as well as prosciutto, salami, and speciality vegetables. Strike out from your holiday homes in Veneto and follow one of Veneto's many wine roads to revel in the gastronomic splendour of this enchanting region. Visit Treviso and sample some Prosecco and a bit of Tiramisu, both of which originated from there. Or stop by the local market for the ingredients and cook your own meal in your self catering holiday home or villa in Veneto for a truly memorable meal. The perfect accommodation for your perfect Veneto holiday can be found here, in our wide selection of Veneto holiday homes, apartments, and luxury rental villas. Book your holiday rental property today and start dreaming about your Italian holiday.