A wealth of art cities punctuates the fertile Veneto plain that stretches in a broad wedge north from the Po River to the foothills of the Dolomites. There is evidence of the presence of Romans and Venetians alike in the shape of fascinating amphitheatres and elegant palaces in cities such as Verona and Vicenza, both of which have been declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. Moreover, amid vineyards of grapes, pressed for light sparkling Prosecco and aromatic Bardolino, are charming, little-visited villas with ornamental gardens. Each town has its distinctive character: Padua, a business ...

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