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Veneto is a region capable of satisfying all holiday standards. Mountains, marvelous landscapes, art, culinary delicacies, all come together in a unique and fascinating territory, dotted with small and unmissable masterpieces: the villages.
here are the Towns and the most beautiful villages in Veneto

NB: The following list is the result of a survey that actively involved Community members. Over 10.000 users were asked to express 20 preferences, choosing from the proposals of the editorial staff.



Index

  1. Arquà Petrarca, Padua
  2. Follina, Treviso
  3. Mel, Belluno
  4. Cison di Valmarino, Treviso
  5. Sottoguda, Belluno
  6. San Giorgio di Valpolicella, Verona
  7. Montagnana, Padua
  8. Borghetto, Verona
  9. Asolo, Treviso
  10. Malcesine, Verona
  11. Cortina d'Ampezzo, Belluno
  12. Lazise, ​​Verona
  13. Peschiera del Garda, Verona
  14. Burano, Venice
  15. Bardolino, Verona
  16. Abano Terme, Padua
  17. Auronzo di Cadore, Belluno
  18. Marostica, Vicenza
  19. Este, Padua
  20. Soave, Verona
  21. User questions and comments

1 - Arquà Petrarca, Padua

Here time has literally stopped, leaving the charm of the medieval village unchanged. Between the winds most beautiful villages in Italy, the town has very ancient origins which, as evidenced by some archaeological finds, date back to the Bronze Age.

The village is articulated around the main square where the most important buildings overlook, following the Roman setting of which it has suffered domination, and owes its fame and part of its name to Francesco Petrarca. The poet spent the last years of his life there, and his remains are preserved there, inside a red marble ark erected in 1370.



  • Ideal time for a visit: March and October on the occasion of the "Events in Casa Strozzi" event; summer period for the many demonstrations and events and for the excellent climate
  • Specialty of the village: Merlot, Giuggiole broth, Paduan hen
  • ristorante la Montanella - Get directions / Val Pomaro restaurant - Get directions
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  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 68,00 per room -

2 - Follina, Treviso

With a population of 3.756 inhabitants, the town it is part of the most beautiful villages in Italy. It is an active tourist and cultural center and is located at the foot of the Belluno Prealps, in the province of Treviso, in a verdant valley full of vineyards, woods and water sources.

The village stands within a territory rich in history. The historical artifacts found date back to 120.000 years ago: clear evidence that the first human settlements were present in the area since prehistoric times. During the mid-twelfth century, the Cistercian monks settled in Follina, and they are credited with both the introduction of woolen art in Val Mareno and the construction of the Abbey of Santa Maria.

  • Ideal time for a visit: in spring, when the climate is mild and nature revives. Summer could also be a good time if you don't suffer from the heat, which can reach highs of twenty-nine degrees in July
  • Specialty of the village: the meat spit accompanied by forest products, prosecco
  • Al Caminetto Follina - Get directions / Osteria ai Mazzeri - Get directions
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3 - Mel, Belluno

Located in Valbelluna, exactly on the left bank of the Piave river, in the province of Belluno, the village is the guardian of one of the most interesting historical centers of the whole province: peculiarity that earned him the achievement of the orange flag, twice in a row.

From 2017 part of the circuit of most beautiful villages in Italy (see ranking), Mel owes its curious name to the nearby castle of Zumelle, and boasts very ancient origins, dating back to the "paleoveneto" period. One of the main attractions is the Blue Grotto, always located near the Castle, a practically secret and very little known corner, but which deserves a visit for its peculiarity and its turquoise waters!



  • Ideal time for a visit: on the occasion of the International Choral Singing Review, held every year in July, and sees important groups as guests, in September for "Settembre Zumellese" and "Mele a Mel"
  • Specialty of the village: Poenta and oxèi, cheeses and cured meats
  • Il Corallo - Get Directions / Osteria La Muda - Get Directions
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  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 65,00 per room -

4 - Cison di Valmarino, Treviso

The toponym Cison derives from the Latin caesum, "cut", intended as reclaimed / deforested, with probable reference to the territory itself, after the reclamation carried out by the Cistercian monks.

The origins of Cison di Valmarino are also very old: some findings testify the presence of man already from the middle Paleolithic. The medieval castle, still visible and the main attraction of the area, was in the past the fulcrum of the political power of the entire piedmont area, as the residence of the podestà, seat of administrative and judicial offices. The small center, on the other hand, always animated by tourists and citizens, is a magnet for lovers of good food and trekking.

  • Ideal time for a visit: in spring, in summer (if you are not sensitive to particularly sultry heat) and in autumn, to enjoy the particular colors of the landscape
  • Specialty of the village: the spit and the prosecco
  • Osteria Al Ponte Di Meneghel Cristina - Get directions / Baita alle grotte - Get directions
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  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 72,00 per room -

5 - Sottoguda, Belluno

The first evidence concerning the existence of Sottoguda dates back to 1260. The last village before Trentino Alto Adige, is characterized by presence of old wooden barns, used by farmers for the storage of hay, agricultural tools and for the shelter of livestock.

Agriculture was in fact the main source of livelihood of the small community for several centuries, together with the artistic workmanship of wrought iron, still practiced today by some blacksmiths, who have their shop on the main road.



  • Ideal time for a visit: in winter, when you can fully enjoy the beauty of the Serrai di Sottoguda: canyons dug into the rock, where rivers fed by glaciers flow
  • Specialty of the village: casonzièi, turtole, gaméita
  • restaurant Baita Dovich - Get directions / Pizzerias Ristorante La Tirolese - Get directions
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  • Hotels and b & b in the province of Belluno from € 42,00 per room -

6 - San Giorgio di Valpolicella, Verona

San Giorgio di Valpolicella has joined the Club Most beautiful villages in Italy in November 2016. Located on a hill surrounded by vineyards and olive groves, the village is reached after a long, steep and tiring journey in spite of the impression of proximity: this characteristic has earned him the nickname of "Ingannapoltron".

The houses, which stand on the same stones with which they were built, develop around the church, while the Romanesque church, built on the ruins of a pagan sanctuary, represents the true heart of the whole village.

  • Ideal time for a visit: Festa de le Fae, the second Sunday of November
  • Specialty of the village: extra virgin olive oil and Valpolicella wines, Recioto and Amarone
  • Al Borgo Dell'Arusnate - Get Directions / La Divina Restaurant - Get Directions
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  • Hotels and b & b in the province of Verona from € 44,00 per room -

7 - Montagnana, Padua

Given the historical beauties and the richness of typical products, the city of Montagnana was awarded both the Orange Flag that the Green Ear and, last but not least, it is also part of the association the most beautiful villages in Italy.

The toponym Montagnana derives from Motta, which in Latin means high ground, and from Aeniena, which means "post station". Its foundation dates back toRoman times, and was subjected to a series of invasions, until 1405, when it surrendered to Venice. The settlement of the rich noble families favored agriculture and trade.

  • Ideal time for a visit: Veneto Ham Festival in May; in June for the international opera competition; August 15 for the Sagra dell'Assunta; first Sunday in September for the Palio dei Ten Comuni del Montagnanese and the medieval re-enactment; first week of September for Montagnanese in Fiera
  • Specialty of the village: Veneto Berico-Euganeo raw ham, pasta and fasòi, Merlara Doc wines
  • hostaria Zanarotti - Get directions / Hostaria San Benedetto - Get directions
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  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 40,00 per room -

8 - Borghetto, Verona

It is included in the list of the most beautiful villages in Italy. Its foundation dates back to the Lombard period, when it was a simple toll collection on the wooden bridge and has experienced important moments over the centuries.

In the Visconti era it was at the center of the events that led to the construction of the various artifacts that surround it and, at this time, its transformation into fortified town, equipped with two access doors and a polygonal circle of walls with towers surrounded by the Seriola pit. On May 30, 1796, the battle took place here Napoleon defeated the Austrians led by Beaulieu.

  • Ideal time for a visit: in spring, when the temperature is mild, and there is no risk of running into too many tourists
  • Specialty of the village: tortellini di Valeggio called "love knot", pike, trout and eels, prepared in different ways.
  • Gatto Moro Restaurant - Get directions / Tigella Bella di Borghetto - Get directions
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  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 69,00 per room -

9 - Asolo, Treviso

The toponym Asolo embodies all the essence of the village. This, in fact, derives from the Latin and means asylum, or refuge: as in the case of Eleonora Duse, famous muse of the poet Gabriele d'Annunzio, who retired here, leaving the scene, at only 51 years old. Located on the Treviso hills, surrounded by centuries-old chestnut groves, olive trees, vines and cypresses, Asolo part of the Club of the most beautiful villages in Italy, and overlooks the Po Valley.

The historic buildings, the arcades, the arches, the squares and the ancient walls that enclose the historic center, make the village a sort of open-air museum, dominated by the fortress. There strategic position and favorable climate have always been the fortune of the village.

  • Ideal time for a visit: in October, on the occasion of the Palio di Asolo
  • Specialty of the village: risi e bisi, rabbit in the cup
  • Antica Osteria al Bacaro - Get Directions / Da Vanore Restaurant - Get Directions
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  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 49,00 per room -

10 - Malcesine, Verona

It is a wonderful medieval village in the province of Verona overlooking Lake Garda. With origins dating back to around 500 BC, when there was an Etruscan community here, the village has developed over the centuries and today it is a small jewel on the lake.

Completely surrounded by nature, it is one ideal destination for everyone: rich in history and culture thanks to its museums and its long history; perfect for relaxing by the sea and starting point for many excursions into the surrounding nature, such as various trekking routes.

  • Ideal time for a visit: from April to October, for sunny days and outdoor activities; from June to August there is no shortage of cultural and gastronomic events
  • Specialty of the village: extra virgin olive oil, Garda whitefish fillet, Garda pike
  • Vidoc - Get directions / Pizzera Ristorante Caminetto - Get directions
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  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 70,00 per room -

11 - Cortina d'Ampezzo, Belluno

E' one of the most famous and well-known ski resorts in the Veneto. Wonderful in both summer and winter, there is certainly no shortage of activities to do! It is also called the Pearl of the Dolomites and is also recognized as a VIP resort!

In summer, in addition to visiting the village, you can take part in various activities in the Venetian Dolomites, between excursions in the mountains, visits to mountain huts and refuges and more simply a little relaxation in the open air. In winter it is always very crowded, here are some of the most famous ski resorts. Furthermore, Cortina d'Ampezzo is renowned for being one exclusive location and loved by VIPs and young people who are also looking for nightlife and fun!

  • Ideal time for a visit: all year round, in summer for excursions and outdoor life, in winter for the renowned ski resorts
  • Specialty of the village: red casunziei, green casunziei
  • Il Vizietto di Cortina - Get directions / Al Camin Restaurant - Get directions
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  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 70,00 per room -

12 - Lazise, ​​Verona

Another wonderful village located on the eastern side of Lake Garda is Lazise. Of very ancient origins, was in fact founded by the ancient Romans, its name derives from Lasitium, which in Latin means "lake place".

It is an ideal destination at all: for those who love relaxation, as they can relax on the city's beaches and in its beautiful and well-kept premises; for those who love water sports, the lake offers various activities; but also for families for children, thanks to the different attractions. In fact, the Gardaland amusement park (6,4 km), the Natura Viva Park (7,5 km) and the Caneva Acquapark (3,5 km) are nearby.

  • Ideal time for a visit: from April to October, for the excellent temperatures and activities on Lake Garda
  • Specialty of the village: bigoli with sardines, catch of the day, carpione
  • Cozzeria Ristorante Alle Mura - Get directions / Vecchia Dogana Restaurant - Get directions
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  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 60,00 per room -

13 - Peschiera del Garda, Verona

We always stay on Lake Garda, on the south-western side. Here is the town of Peschiera del Garda, one of the most authentic countries of this area. It is located on the point where the Mincio emissary joins the lake and the town is completely crossed by canals. Again the city has very ancient origins, the first witnesses date back to between 1500 and 1100 BC

Peschiera del Garda is much loved and visited because it is located in a strategic point of Lake Garda: it is indeed ideal for making a base for exploring the other villages overlooking the lake and nearby attractions, such as Gardaland (only 3 km away). The town itself offers many activities: both for those who love nature thanks to its parks, for those who love water sports and bathing activities, and for those who want to immerse themselves in the culture and history of the place!

  • Ideal time for a visit: from April to October, for the excellent temperatures and activities on Lake Garda
  • Specialty of the village: marinated traota, sardines in saor, fisherman pike with polenta
  • Trattoria Bella Italia Pesce - Get Directions / Osteria Rivelin - Get Directions
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  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 60,00 per room -

14 - Burano, Venice

If you are in Venice, one of the most famous cities in Italy, you must dedicate at least one day to visit the village of Burano, famous for its lace and colorful houses! It can be easily reached by ferry directly from Venice.

Once you arrive on this characteristic islet you will be struck by all its colors, certainly its distinctive feature! In fact, many international magazines have repeatedly included the village within the list of the most colorful cities in the world. After walking through its narrow streets, admire the famous crooked bell tower, visit the Lace Museum and enjoy a little relaxation, without forgetting to take lots of photographs!

  • Ideal time for a visit: spring and autumn are the best times because they are less crowded; summer is also excellent, but some days could be very hot
  • Specialty of the village: lagoon fish, spaghetti with cuttlefish ink and peas, moeche
  • Ristorante Pizzeria Principe - Get directions / Osteria Al Fureghin - Get directions
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  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 120,00 per room -

15 - Bardolino, Verona

It is located on the eastern shore of Lake Garda, it is a wonderful village, one of the best known and most visited. In addition to being an authentic village, it is known above all for the its very good wines, the hinterland is in fact rich in vineyards and in August the Aperitif Under the Stars event is held, to learn about the specialties of the area!

There are so many activities to do in Bardolino, starting from relaxing in the city ​​beaches such as Punta Cornicello Beach. In addition, there are several camping areas in which to stop for those who are perhaps touring Lake Garda in a camper or tent. Thanks to its mountainous and verdant hinterland, it is also perfect for lovers of hiking and mountain biking! In fact, there are many trekking routes to follow, for a day in contact with nature.

  • Ideal time for a visit: from April to October, for the excellent temperatures and the activities on Lake Garda; at the beginning of August there is "Bardolino under the same", an aperitif to get to know the local wines
  • Specialty of the village: fish from the lake, Bardolino DOC wine, risotto with tench
  • Ristorante Locanda Al Cardellino - Get directions / Ristorante La Cantinetta - Get directions
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16 - Abano Terme, Padua

This is the main center of the Terme Euganee. It is famous and renowned for its wonderful spas, both outdoors and indoors, which can therefore be enjoyed throughout the year.

It is therefore the perfect destination for those who love relaxation and well-being, for those who want to enjoy a few hours between swimming pools and whirlpools and in the hands of skilled masseurs. In fact, in the various establishments you can find all types of treatments, such as massages, mud baths, treatments and body treatments. But not only that, the village itself is also very beautiful offers various activities: you can stroll through its streets and along Viale delle Terme and visit the Monastery of San Daniele.

  • Ideal time for a visit: from May to early October, for the pleasant temperatures and for all the activities that can be carried out in the open air; there is no real period not recommended, as in winter you can enjoy the spa
  • Specialty of the village: bigoli with hare ragù, red wines from the Euganean Hills
  • Dai Tosi Magna e Tasi - Get directions / Osteria Al Filò - Get directions
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  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 60,00 per room -

17 - Auronzo di Cadore, Belluno

Among the wonderful Dolomites, in the province of Belluno, is Auronzo di Cadore, located on the shores of Lake Santa Caterina. It is mostly known for being located among the wonderful mountains, with its postcard landscapes, and for its proximity to the Tre Cime di Lavaredo.

It is an ideal destination for those who want to get away from the traffic of the cities and breathe some pure mountain air. Also perfect for those who want to do excursions in the different trekking routes, of different difficulty and duration! In winter you can enjoy the nearby ski facilities. A perfect destination to visit as a family with children, with attractions such as the Tre Cime Adventure Park.

  • Ideal time for a visit: all the year; in the summer for excursions and outdoor activities, in winter for winter sports
  • Specialty of the village: shitz cheese, Focobon dell'Agordino, potato gnocchi
  • Ristorante Pizzeria Antiqva Auronzo di Cadore - Get directions / Chalet La Rotonda restaurant - Get directions
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  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 70,00 per room -

18 - Marostica, Vicenza

Another village that absolutely deserves a visit is Marostica, in the province of Vicenza. It is known all over the world for a truly unique event of its kind: the game of chess with living characters! Forget the small table with the figurines, here the knights are real knights, kings and queens are in flesh and blood! And they all wear typical medieval clothes. This event is held in September.

But beyond this event, certainly the most awaited, the village offers many other activities and attractions! Starting from Piazza degli Scacchi, which deserves to be seen even when the event is not held, have fun taking original photos! Also worth a visit to the Castle and a walk around the ancient walls!

  • Ideal time for a visit: from May to October for beautiful and sunny days; mid September if you want to watch the living chess game
  • Specialty of the village: bigoli in sauce, Venetian-style tripe, Venetian-style liver, musetto with horseradish
  • Osteria Madonnetta - Get directions / Ristorante Pizzeria Lunaelaltra - Get directions
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  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 55,00 per room -

19 - Este, Padua

A village with very ancient origins, it is located in the province of Padua, which years before the birth of Christ was the center of paleoveneta culture. It also played an important role during the Roman Empire, when it became a Roman military colony.

Today is one town rich in history and culture, which will take you back in time. It is especially suitable for whom loves history and museums, here are some really important ones! First of all the National Atestino Museum, obviously the Carrarese Castle, which overlooks the city, is also worth a visit!

  • Ideal time for a visit: from April to October, for the beautiful sunny days that allow you to visit the village well. Avoid August, when the humidity is really high
  • Specialty of the village: bigoli with duck, Bassanese asparagus, tripe soup
  • Osteria Testa Matta - Get directions / Ostaria Nòva - Get directions
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20 - Soave, Verona

Finally, in the province of Verona, not far from the city, we find the village of Soave. It is a well-known village completely surrounded by greenery for its delicious white wine. Enclosed within the ancient walls you can visit a small but typical and characteristic historic center and taste different wines in the wine bars.

It is an ideal destination for those who love nature and tranquility and, above all, one slow lifestyle and quiet. Here, in fact, time seems to have stopped and you can enjoy a real regenerating weekend. Absolutely to visit the Scaligero Castle, number one attraction, and all the streets outside the village are full of ancient chapels and churches to be discovered.

  • Ideal time for a visit: from May to October, when pleasant temperatures and sunny days allow you to enjoy the outdoors
  • Specialty of the village: bigoli, marinated herring with onions, guinea fowl in red wine, sweet wines
  • Bigoleria alla Rocca - Get directions / Osteria La Scala - Get directions
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  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 65,00 per room -
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