Veneto Off The Beaten Path

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Veneto Off The Beaten Path

  • Back Street Canals

    Venice Off The Beaten Path

    Travels in Italy: Doing the math……Venice/ Venezia According to Venetian official statistics approximately 16 million people visited the province of Venice in 2011, with increases projected for 2012-13. Most if not all visitors, come to visit the central island Venezia in order to see and be in the heart of the city. Geographically the city center...

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  • The hidden little gems of the town

    Verona Off The Beaten Path

    The bust of Felice Cavallotti, 1842-1898, stands on the wall in the passage of Scaliger palace. He was Italian politician, poet and dramatic. In 1860 and 1866 he faught with the Garibaldi Corps. Cavalotti was killed on the 6th of March 1898 in a duel with Count Macola, editor of the conservative Gazetta di Venezia, whom he had assailed with...

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  • Scala Contarini del Bovolo

    Venice Off The Beaten Path

    Scala del Bovolo literally translated means "snail-shell stairway". The marvelous open stairway is the reason for the Contarini family palace to be called Palazzo Contarini dal Bovolo. The palace itself, designed by Giovanni Candi, was built in 15th and 16th centuries and it is mostly Gothic in style. However, the stairway tower designed probably...

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  • Giardino Giusti

    Verona Off The Beaten Path

    We found this walking to Castel San Pietro. You can walk in and see the "renaissance garden" open up to you. Even if you do not want to pay the 5 euro or so to see it, you can get a peek of the beautifully sculpted gardens. If you choose to see the entire gardens, including a great view of Verona, it is is a worthwhile stop. This is especially...

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  • Isola Burano

    Venice Off The Beaten Path

    The second stop on our cruise was the island of Burano, which is located about 8 km north of Venice. If Murano is known all around the world for its glass production, Burano is almost as famous for its lace. Around 4,000 people live on this tiny island, which is also famous for its brightly painted houses. To this day, fishing and lacemaking remain...

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  • Lago di Garda & surroundings of the town

    Verona Off The Beaten Path

    Riva di Garda is the town on the very north-end of Lago di Garda / Gardasee and there you will see this great castle Arco built on a perfect place high above the valley, and almost un-accessible and protected by steep rocks. From Riva di Garda on the trafic was quite high and stop-and-go for more than 1 hour, maybe also for the fact that it was...

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  • Isola Murano

    Venice Off The Beaten Path

    We were scammed. Marco Polo pulled a switch, sending us an inferior vase to the one we purchased--similar but obviously not the one (I took pictures.) So we payed $2500 for maybe a $500 factory second or copy. Response from them? Oh sure. Amex is trying to help but not too reassuring. Seems no return policy is sacred in Italy. I would never buy...

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  • Suggestions - what to do & what to see

    Verona Off The Beaten Path

    Parco Natura Viva is a very extensive zoo. It consists practically in two sections. One is a kind of zoo safari park. You must enter this on your own car. Here you could see lions, giraffes, gazelles and lots of other animals. The other part of this zoo is Parco faunistico. Lots of species of animals from every continent are hosted here. Here you...

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  • Campos

    Venice Off The Beaten Path

    This large and open Campo is my favorite. It changes character throughout the day. It is open with some benches and a few trees. It is surrounded by cafes’ and residences. It is a wonderful place to take a load off and watch Venice drift by. I especially like it at night. There is music in one of the cafes’ sometimes and it seems to be part of...

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  • The hills around the town

    Verona Off The Beaten Path

    Just couldn't resist not to take the picture of this abandoned Villa which is lined on the Castle S. Pietro. As it is all "dressed" in green it looks very charming and beautiful. Too bad it is in such a bad conditions. It has just perfect position and spectacular view on the old core of the town. Who knows why the owner is treating the porperty in...

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  • Churches

    Venice Off The Beaten Path

    From the original, 10th century church of San Canciano, just the door and the bell tower left today, all other have been removed in many restorations. San Canciano is fairly nondescript construction and most of the tourists passing by disinterested, however, the church is famous, and belongs to a must see Venetian itinerary, for its 16th century...

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  • The churches & the cloisters

    Verona Off The Beaten Path

    The large square in front of the railway station (more of a parking lot actually) is called the Piazzale XXV Aprile, named after the 25th of April 1945 , which is celebrated as the day of liberation from the fascists at the end of the Second World War. The church at the opposite side is called the Tempio Votivo. It was built as a result of a vow...

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  • Lido di Venezia

    Venice Off The Beaten Path

    After seeing the similarities between Venice and Murano, I was expecting something alike in Lido. What a surprise! Lido is a modern continental neighbourhood, more Mestre than Venice. Even the unique monument I could see in the island was modern and absolutely different from Venice. Built after WW1 this temple is clearly seen when we approach...

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  • The Roman remains

    Verona Off The Beaten Path

    Some of my friends, when visiting Verona, couldn't find the location of Porta Borsari. In fact, it looks like hidden in the structure of the newly build houses that are surrounding it. You can't miss it approaching from the direction of Castelvecchio, by Corso Cavour street. Porta Borsari is Roman Gate from 41-54 d.c., you can approach to it from...

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  • Tourist Spots Still!

    Venice Off The Beaten Path

    This is my favorite photogenic spot in Venice, till now. The shape and position of the canals, the location of churches and bridges, living boats, and the people, all merged to compose a wonderful spot in a zone where we were just passing by.

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  • Ghetto

    Venice Off The Beaten Path

    Th Ghetto area really dates from 1516, when the Ghetto Nuovo became the Jewish quarter of Venice (and it is the Venetian ghetto which originally gave the word to the rest of the world). At night, the area was sealed off by gates and guarded. In the daytime Jews could wander freely, but had to wear badges and/or caps to show their race. You can...

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  • Other Islands

    Venice Off The Beaten Path

    SANT' ERASMO This was one of those 'accidental finds' I was looking for 'cheap' accommodation for my last 2 nights in Venice. Il Lato Azzurro came within my budget, but I wasn't sure where Sant Erasmo was. There wasn't too much information about this island (which made it more intriguing) As soon as I'd checked it out, I realised that I was going...

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  • Isola Torcello

    Venice Off The Beaten Path

    The last stop on our cruise was Torcello. It is believed that this island was the very first island in the lagoon to be populated, probably around the 5th century A.D. It once had a population of over 10,000 people and was considered the most important island in terms of economic and religious significance. However, around the 12th century, part of...

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  • Isola di San Michele

    Venice Off The Beaten Path

    If you have a couple of hours to spare take the vaporetto 4.1 or 4.2 and go to the Monumental cemetery of Venice on the San Michele island. Several famous people are buried here, and it is an interesting place to visit. We found Igor Stravinsky, Sergei Diaghilev, Ezra Pound, Emilio Vedova and more. The cemetery is still in use.

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  • Arsenale

    Venice Off The Beaten Path

    The quay east of San Marco is a quiet and open space to walk, with the gorgeous views of St Giorgio Magiore, Salute and Giudeca in the opposite islands. Statues and palaces line the walkway that ends near Arsenale and St Helen’s island.

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  • Villafranca di Verona

    In the Middle Ages Villafranca recieved the privilege of a tax free town (villa franca) from which derived the name of the town. Villafranca di Verona has important place in the national history of Italy, it is remembered for the Treaty of Villafranca which concluded the Second Italian Independence War. It has large military castle, built in 1199...

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  • Marostica

    Marostica excisted before Roman times, the presence of the Paleoveneti in the area is attested by the necropoli Angarano in nearby Bassano. This small town in the Province of Vicenza has long and rich history and is a must see. Marostica has important strategic position and therefore it was military post eversince the Roman times onwards.The best...

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  • Villa Pisani

    There are number of villas in Veneto Region commissioned by the patrician Pisani family of Venice and all of them share the same name, however, for most Italians name of Villa Pisani refers to a large late Baroque villa at Stra near Padova.The villa was comissioned in the early 18th century by Alvise Pisani who was appointed doge in 1735. The...

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  • Villa Barchessa Valmarana

    Villa Valmarana was destroyed but its monumental twin service buildings called barchesse still excist.

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  • Villa Wildman Rezzonico Foscari

    Villa Wildman Rezzonico Foscari, previously Seriman, is one of the rare villas open for the public visitors. An elegant small country house of Lombard rococo was rebuilt on the same site in the early 18th century by the Serimans. The estate includes extensive gardens adorned with statues and large chapel. There are aslo nice service buildings using...

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  • Villa Contarini Pisani, Villa Foscarini...

    - Villa Contarini Pisani, also called Dei Leoni, dates from 1558 and the stone on its facade commemorates the sojourn here by Henry III of France. The frescoes by Tiepolo has been removed in 1893 and now to be found in the Jacquemart-Andre Museum in Paris.- Villa Foscarini Rossi is located at Stra, first village on the road after departing Padova....

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  • Villa Mocenigo, Gradenigo, Moscheni...

    - Villa Saccaro-Andreuzzi-Bon is imposing 17th century palace which dominate the old town centre of Dolo. It has strong classical lines in its front facade adorned by Ionic pilasters.- Villa Moscheni Volpi at the location of Mira is relativelly small palace but complete in all its parts. Its facades need to be restaurated.- Villa Mocenigo is...

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  • Antico squero

    Brenta Canal is fitted with a system of locks and swing bridges to make it easy to navigate. The gates at Dolo are installed on a small picturesque island complex that includes old water mills and the boatyards. Those who have already visited Venice could learn that "squero" is a word for boatyards and are part of Venice tourist attraction,...

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  • Cittadella

    Cittadella is very attractive small town in the vicinity of Padova. It was built in the medieval times as an military outpost in a defense system of Padova. The whole historic centre is fortified with a very well preserved city walls. The fortress was built in polugonal shape with a diameter of around 500 meters. The walls are 16 meters tall and...

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  • Vittorio Veneto

    Vittorio Veneto isn't place you will meet along the highway or seeing it from the road in a distance, it is place which has to be planned in your itinerary. Though, it is not very far from A27 but you can reach it only by the local road.This small but attractive town has importance in the memory of Italians, some very decisive battles against the...

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  • Soave

    Castello di Soave is also called Rocca Scaligera, it used to be very important eastern stronghold of Verona during rule of della Scala family. It is typical military artifact of the Medieval age, and still today maintained its original medieval structure. Its present form dates from 1369 during rule of Cansignorio della Scala.The historic centre of...

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  • Portobuffole

    Those who have the spirit of the nomad and love exploring the countrysides will surely come upon Portobuffole. I love to see what is around the corner or at the end of a road, even if sometimes it was just a waste of time. But most of the time my innate curiosity to research has been paid back by small jewels as Portobuffole is.Portobuffole is...

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  • Riviera del Brenta

    The river Brenta begins in the lakes of Caldonazzo and Levico, near Trento, passes through Valsugana and enters the Veneto plain at Bassano del Grappa. In its history the river continually changing course of its floods and changes in its bed.The Naviglio Brenta (Brenta Canal) is the result of massive hydraulic work, carried out between 1457 and...

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  • Soave: history, landscapes and--- wine!

    Soave, a small walled medieval villages at the feet of the hills, east from Verona, is still an off the beaten path for most of the tourists.It deserves more.Its wonderful walls still intact surround its medieval center all around, from the plain to the top of the hill. The Castle, the old captain palace are all nice buildings to see.But its magic...

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  • Valeggio sul Mincio : The Scaliger...

    The Scaliger castle in Valeggio sul MincioThe Scaliger castle is one of the attractions you should not miss, when in Valeggio sul Mincio. Within just a few minutes you may walk up a few steps and a path paved by cobbled stones, before you may enter freely and without restrictions during the day. I may imagine, that they close the big iron gates at...

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  • 'SAN MICHELE' - the cemetery-island of...

    'SAN MICHELE' - the cemetery-island of Veniceis situated on a seperate island between the main-island of Venice and Murano. San Michele is a regular stop for all vaporettos going to Murano and maybe you would like to get out of the vaporetto there and take a look. Lots of celebrities are buried there, the most famous beeing Igor Strawinsky. Spaces...

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  • Palazzo Recanati Zuccon in Fiesso...

    Palazzo Recanati Zuccon in Fiesso d'Artico is in my opinion certainly the most beautiful and best preserved of all of the smaller Brenta-Palazzi. It is obviously privately owned and not open for visitors but you can take a look from the street like I did.Fiesso d'Artico is a village about halfway between Stra and Dolo and you will pass by it, when...

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  • The jewish Ghetto-area in Venice

    Venice : The jewish Ghetto-area is one of my favorite areas to walk around in Venedig / Venice. That area is close to the trainstation and you also find cheap and simple hotels there.At around 1320 a.d.-at the time when Marco Polo lived in Venice- Jews had to leave Venice and settle somewhere else.Some years later they have been allowed to live...

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  • Adria- A small town with a big museum

    If you pass along the little town of Adria (Rovigo province, south of Chioggia) you notice only a country town. Similar to many other.Wrong!It has a very ancient history.And the name should warn you. Yes, it gave the name to a whole sea... The Adriatic!But, you can say... how? The Adriatic is at least 10 kms far? Right.... Now... But all the lime...

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  • Olimpic Theatre at Vicenza

    Palladio is one of the most famous architecture, only to say that White House has taken inspiration by him!Go to Vicenza to see this Theatre, but not only if you will come in Veneto you will see a region plenty of his art!

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  • Another perfect sight of Colli Euganei

    These hills in preistoric period were vulcans, see their form, now in fact town near are important for thermal resources. DOn't worry they are no more vulcans, but water here is better than a medicine! Go to Abano Terme and Montegrotto Terme and see!

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  • Regional Park of "Colli Euganei"

    This the park of the province of Padova. The highest hill is moreless600metres (Monte della Madonna). Half Monte della Madonna, there is the village Teolo, famous for his "festa dei villeggianti"="feast of tourists" in summer, they play orchestral music during the night and a lot of culture and culinary manifestation. Beyond the hill of Monte della...

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  • Colli Berici (Hills in Vicenza Province)

    These hills are very nice to visit, expecially in the winter, they are still wild, even if there are all villas around and historical place. Between these hills there is the Lake of Fimon with particular fishes. Around the hills there are good Trattoria and restaurants with local foods, take a taste to "Baccalà alla Vicentina", it's a fish plate,...

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