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Artemest is proud to present the ultimate insider’s guide to Italy. Third stop: Veneto. Visit Venice, the magnificent city on the water, and explore the beauties of this unique territory, from art cities and historic hamlets to nature oasis and mountains. Head to the cradle of Italian art and enjoy the craftsmanship heritage of the most visited region in Italy.

​Stretching from the golden beaches of the Adriatic Sea to the peaks of the majestic Dolomites, Veneto is a region in the northeast of Italy, worldwide known for its capital – the beautiful Venice city. Romantic and suggestive, the region is home to fairytale cities like the Shakespearian towns of Verona and Padua, the mountain resorts of Cortina d'Ampezzo and Belluno and the floating city of Venice — the crown jewel of Italy.

To the multitude of landscapes and flavors, culture and history, Veneto combines a rich panorama of artisanal productions. From the Lagoon to the hills, from the Pre-Alps to the Dolomites, cities and villages are a succession of activities and excellent products often known throughout the world.

What to See

Venezia and Murano - A magical city par excellence, where everything is romantic and full of poetry, some places of Venice are worldwide famous and proudly represent the great architectural and artistic heritage of Italy. To mention a few: Piazza San Marco, the pulsating heart of the city, that takes its name from the famous Basilica of San Marco; The Bridge of Sighs, a necessary stop of the romantic gondola ride that traditionally goes up the Grand Canal. The landscape connects to the sea when you reach the famous Murano, the world capital of artistic glass production.

Vicenza - The city is one of the architectural jewels of the region. Treasure chest of Andrea Palladio works of art, the city is a clear sign of his artistic genius. Today is possible to admire buildings of incomparable elegance and beauty, such as the Palladian Basilica, from which you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the majestic three squares below. At the gates of Vicenza, we find one of its most famous architectural symbols, the country house Villa Almerico-Capra.

Treviso - Pleasant to visit in any season, with the slow pace of those who want to savor every corner, discover original views, and breathe the peaceful city life, Treviso is a magical place, crisscrossed by narrow waterways, recalling the beautiful Piave river. Piazza dei Signori is the heart of the city, here you can visit the beautiful Palazzo del Trecento and the elegant Loggia dei Cavalieri. In the old tow surrounded by ancient walls, the rivers Sile and Cagnan slip between the streets giving them a unique charm.

Verona - Among the many art cities of the Venetian territory, Verona is clearly the most romantic. The city of love shows all of it wanders through the streets of the historical center and along the banks of the Adige River. Famous for the majestic Arena, in the very central Piazza Bra, the city owes its reputation to William Shakespeare’s tragedy, Romeo and Juliet.

Cortina and the Dolomites - A perfect destination for the mountain lovers, Cortina d’Ampezzo is called “The Queen of Dolomites”. Surrounded by the spectacular scenarios of the mountains this is a city of art, traditions and culture. The town represents one of the ski capitals on a world level and in the center of Cortina, its two souls – sophistication and tradition – meet.

A view of Ponte dei Sospiri
A view of Ponte dei Sospiri
A glimpse of Arena di Verona
A glimpse of Arena di Verona

Traditional Venetian Craftsmanship

Glass from Murano - Walking through the streets of Murano is a unique experience: scattered through its streets the best Murano glass masters carry forward ancient techniques and complex processes. To name a few, here you can find ​Micheluzzi Glass and ​Fornace Mian, where the glass is mouth-blown to create real artworks, or ​Ongaro & Fuga, skillful artisans that design and create precious authentic Venetian mirrors. Venetian chandeliers are objects with a magical charm and in Murano the artisans of ​Luci Italia work the glass using techniques that date back to the 14th century.

Ceramics from Nove and Bassano - The two small towns are home to an ancient ceramic tradition that is carried forward from generation to generation. ​Bottega Nove and ​Tuttoattaccato handwork this material using old techniques with a touch of contemporary design.

Marbles from Valpolicella - The Valpolicella is not only wine; artisan crafts with stone and marble have always flourished here as well. The excavation of Rosso Verona marble is one of the most important activities in the hills of Sant’Ambrogio; artisan crafts and artistic sculpturing in this area flourishes, where fireplaces, statues, fountains and decorations for homes and villas are produced. Today, Manuel Coltri works this material with mastery togive life to unique artworks.

Wood from the Dolomites - The main character of this territory is certainly the wood, a natural material widely spread in the mountains around the towns. Here you can find some exquisite examples of traditional local craftsmanship: ​Woodart Cortina is distinguished by the use of precious ancient wood, while ​Zig Zag combines architecture, art and design to produce one-of-a-kind wooden pieces.

Painting on textile at Luci di Seta atelier
Painting on textile at Luci di Seta atelier

Where to Stay

Casa Flora, Venezia - ​Located in a 19th century building in San Marco quarter, ​Casa Flora is an Italian design apartment, completely custom made, that welcomes travelers with the comforts of a boutique hotel.

Aman Hotel, Venezia - A symbol of opulence and Italian allure, expertly combining contemporary luxury with perfectly preserved heritage.

Hotel Cipriani, Venezia - Sporting mesmerizing views on the Venetian waters, Hotel Cipriani is one of the most celebrated icons of Italian luxury.

St. Regis, Venezia - Wedged between the majestic splendor of Venice historical palaces, overlooking the Grand Canal, St. Regis is one of the most shining jewels of the city. The luxury hotel merges the captivating spirit of Venice with a timeless sense of elegance and sophistication.

Palazzina Grassi, Venezia - A luxurious hotel right next to Palazzo Grassi, in a 16th century building overlooking the splendid Venetian Canal Grande.

Hotel Indigo, Venezia - In the quaint Sant’Elena neighborhood, among beautiful canals and gondolas, stands the new Hotel Indigo, a peaceful sanctuary reflective of its former heritage, charm, and vitality.

Villa Cordevigo, Cavaion Veronese - Nestled among vineyards and olive groves in the hamlet of Cordevigo, there is a splendid mansion that encapsulates harmony and beauty. The interiors of the former 17th-century aristocratic residence exude its historic charm

Byblos Art Hotel, Verona - When an aristocratic Patrician Villa is brought back to its original splendor by the savant taste of a contemporary Italian connoisseur the result is a striking art hotel.

Il Palazzo Experimental, Venezia - Designed by interior designer Dorothée Meilichzon this hotel is a mix of Venetian craftsmanship, classic designs, and cues from the Memphis Movement; a paradise for art lovers and curious travelers.

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