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Veneto is a north-east region in Italy that borders the Dolomite Mountain range and the Adriatic Sea. Home to some of the best-known cities in northern Italy, including Venice and Verona, this diverse region offers plenty for visitors. The water-logged city of Venice is its most visited destination, where days can be spent wandering along the canals and sipping coffee in the cafes. The quieter city of Verona is perfect for a romantic escape to see the place that inspired the world’s greatest love story – Romeo and Juliet. You can also go off the beaten track and visit towns like Padua. Under an hour away from Venice, it offers plenty of culture and is a town rich in history.
Veneto also stretches to the eastern shores of Lake Garda, where some of its most popular resorts are located. Bardolino is known for its vineyards and popular wine festivals. The beautiful resorts of Garda, Malcesine and Peschiera del Garda are also great bases from which to explore the vast lake.
Rice is the preferred ingredient to pasta in the region of Veneto used primarily in risotto, along with polenta which is often served as a side dish. Visitors that want their pasta fix need not fear, a particular speciality is Cassunziei; this delicious pasta is stuffed with vegetables and ricotta, served with melted butter and topped with grated cheese.
Fresh seafood is also frequently featured on menu's including dishes containing prawns, crab, clams, mussels and octopus to name a few varieties. A popular option to try is Fritto misto, a mixture of various fish, prawn and squid that has been fried in olive oil and served with a side of polenta.
This region is also celebrated for its production of quality wines, some of the most well-known exports include the fruity red Bardolino, and the dry white Suave. The region is also responsible for producing the increasingly popular Prosecco.