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8383thomsonalfresco.co.ukPlaces Of Interest & Things To SeeVicenzaVicenza the great Palladian city is one of thewealthiest cities in Veneto. The square at its heart,'Piazza del Signori' is dominated by the Palazzo dellaRagione often refereed to as the Basilica. Its green,copper clad roof is shaped like an upturned boat witha balustrade bristling with the statues of Greek andRoman gods. Here you will find 'Teatro Olimpico',Europe's oldest surviving indoor theater. It is aremarkable structure, largely made of wood andplaster and painted to look like marble. Palladiobeganwork on the design in 1597 butdied thefollowing year. His pupil Vincenzo Scamozzi tookoverthe project completing it in time for its openingperformance of Sophocles tragic drama Oedipus. BuranoYou can catch a boat across the lagoon from Venice tothe island of Burano, best known for its lace making,fishing activity and brightly coloured houses. Here youwill find the spacious 'Sculoa deiMerletti', home to alace school and museum showing work dating backto16th century. The bigsquare in front of the churchis dedicated to 'Baldassarre Galuppi' (1706-85), whowas the famous musician called "the Buranello", prideof Burano. Galuppi worked out a collaboration withGoldoni on the "opera comica" as librettist and hecomposed quartets, symphonies and concerts forcymbal, bringing a remarkable evolution in theinstrumental chamber music of the XVIII century.RavennaThe capital of the Western Roman Empire 1500 yearsago, it is now a city of art and culture, of mosaics, andancient city. The city has much to offer and displaysmany artistic remnants of the town's Byzantine past.Eight of these sights are in the World Heritage List,The Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, The CathedralBaptistry, Sant'Apollinaire Nuovo, Arian Baptistry, TheArchiepiscopal Chapel, Theodoric's Mausoleum, TheBasilica of San Vitale and Sant'Apollinare in Clasees.While taking in such grand sights, don't forget to visitone of the countless cafés which surround the centre.Lido di JesoloLido di Jesolo is a well established, familyfriendlyresort with its key attraction being itscloseproximity to Venice which is only a shortboattrip crossing away from Punta Sabbioni.Thisseaside resort with its beautiful sandybeachof15 kilometres offers excellentopportunitiesfor watersports in warm water. There are plenty of activities during the day to keepthe whole family entertained such as tennis, minigolf,a fun fair (Jun-Aug) and even a waterpark. In theevenings Lido di Jesolo comes to life and has greatnightlife revolving around the central piazza whereshops stay open late, and there is agood selectionofvibrant bars, restaurants and buzzing nightclubs. VeniceKnown as 'La Serenissima' or the 'Pearl of theAdriatic', Venice is built on 118 tiny islands andorganised into 6 districts known as 'Sestieri'. There isso much to see and do with the canals criss-crossedby bridges, palaces, piazzas and basilicas - andfantastic shopping. The city's shops line the Calle deiFabbri, the Frezzeria and the Mercerie. Why not take aride in a gondola or waterbus around the labyrinth ofcanals. Soak up the atmosphere of St Mark's Squarethe heart of Venice and discover the 16th centuryRialto Bridge and the Grand Canal Don't miss 'Pontedei Sospiri' (The Bridge of Sighs), the Doges Palaceand the bell tower of San Marco cathedral. Veniceboasts a wealth of palaces and art galleries, the'Cad'Orpo (Golden House) is regarded as the mostbeautiful palace inVenice. The lacy Gothic façade builtin 1422 used to be richly decorated with gold leaf andother luxurious materials. Now it houses the GalleriaFranchetti - a spectacular artcollection. PaduaProbably better known as the city of St. Anthony oras the economic capital of Veneto, Padua is one ofthe most important Art Cities in Italy. It is not onlyrich in art but also stunning architecture. The town issurrounded by a formidable ring of walls, with atangleof narrow streets with arcades and monumentalsquares. There are a number of interesting sights tosee such as, 'The Scrovegni Chapel', where it holdsentirely preserved 'the celebrated Frescoes' by Giotto.In the Town Museum, you can see works of art datingback tothe 14th century. Amongst them, the CrucifixbyGiotto and the Armed Angels painted on woodbyGuariento and a great collection of Venetianpaintings from the 14th to the 17th century. For those interested in nature, there's the 'BotanicalGarden', founded in 1545 as the SimpleGarden(medicinal plants) of the Medical Faculty oftheUniversity.TrevisoThis picturesque medieval town was once a haven forpoets, musicians, writers and architects. Many say itswalled centre full of narrow arcaded streets builtaround canals, resembles a smaller less grand Venice. There are many sights to see, the old houses, open-air theatre in the main square, and Gothicchurches and abbeys. The 'Museo Civico', hasanarchaeological collection, predominantlylateBronze Age and Romanrelics and displayssomespecial paintings, 'ACrucifixion by JacopoBassano' being one such example. For the morerelaxed, why not sample one of the cafés in thepicturesque Piazza dei Signori, orenjoy a finemealinthe many fashionable restaurants.MuranoMurano is renowned for 'glass blowing'. The glassfurnaces were moved out here from Venice in1291asa precaution against fire. The streets arecrammed with shops selling glassware, and you caneven visit the furnaces themselves to see glass beingblown most being free of charge. Many of theworkshops are found along Fondamenta dei Vereri,traditionally a glassworking centre. To learn more youcan visit the glass museums, 'Museo Vetrario' in thePalazzo Giustinian. The collection includes someRoman pieces butthe earliest surviving Murano glassdates from 15th century. There are also two churches,San Pietro Martire aDominican Gothic church whichwas built in 1363 and largely rebuilt after a fire in1474. The second is 'Santi Maria eDonato' whichwasfounded in the 7th century. Thischurch has astunning mosaic floor.Fun For All The FamilyAqualandia WaterparkNear Cavallino is one of Italy's largest water parks,complete with pools, waterslides and themedminigolf. Trythe 42 metre high waterslide, theKamikaze or the crazy river.Mirabilandia Theme park with plenty of rides and attractions.Local Specialities. Pasta. Seafood. Shrimp Fettucine . Polpette di Granchio - made with locally caughtcrab. Risotto al Nero di Seppie - made with squid. . Venice is well known for its ham and pea andscampi risotto dishes.Venetian RivieraRegional Information - Italy

84Regional Information - Italy84Places Of Interest & Things To SeeVeronaThis picturesque town is rich in history with colourfulbuildings along cobbled streets of the oldtown.Verona is one of Italy's most charming cities, blessedwith many cultural attractions, andimmortalised byShakespeare. Famous monuments include Juliet'sbalcony, and in the Roman amphitheatre a seasonofopen-air operaruns throughout July and August.The mosstriking building around the square is the'Domus Mercatorium'. In the middle of the citythePiazza Bra is a place to relax and abase forstrolling through the streets exploring the colourfulshops and restaurants.BresciaBrescia, lying at the foot of the Lombardy hills,isknown as the 'City of Beautiful Fountains' andisover looked by the medieval castle with itsnumberless towers, bulwarks and courtyardssurrounded by beautiful gardens. You can take awalkaround Brescia's centre which is grouped around fourpiazzas beyond the Corso Palestro. Here you will findits prettiest square 'Piazza della Loggia, dating backtothe 15th century. There are a number of sights toenjoy other than the castle, from the 'abbey of San'home to a modern art gallery in the main buildingand a museum of Christian art in its church and theruins of the Roman temple, with its Roman museumwhere youcan see memorial plaques, mosaics, artisticglasses, pieces of pottery and bronzes, including thewell known statue of the Winged Victory. BardolinoBardolino is situated on the eastern shores ofLakeGarda. This attractive, sleepy village set at thefoot of soft rolling hills is covered with orchards,vineyards and olive groves. Inthe old centre oftownyou will find the beautiful 9th century 'Cappella DiSan Zeno' where you will see some fine frescoes. Hereyou will also see, the 9th century Romanesque church'San Severo'. This isthe most important religiousbuilding in the area.Within the church you will findadisplay of interesting frescoes covering about200square metres featuring scenes of the Apocalypseand theRecovery of the Cross. Limone Sul GardaLimone named after lemon trees that once madeitprosperous is an attractive resort lying beneath thedramatic mountains to the north-west of the lake. Itis one of the most attractive villages on the lake, witha pretty harbour, narrow winding streets and adelightful old quarter with old fishermen's homes.Here is a place renowned for its churches, 'The SanPietro Church' is oneof the oldest places of worshipin the area. 'LaziseThis was the main Venetian port on Lake Gardaduring the16th century. Today you will find, manymulticoloured houses, shops, restaurants and porticoswith coffee bars surrounding the square and port. Within the town situated in the Villa Bernini Park youwill find the excellent remains of a castle. Built at theend of the 9th century it is one of the best preservedin the Garda area today. Here you will also find the'San Zeno Church' and 'St. Nicolò Church' built in the12th century. PeschieraPeschiera is one of the larger resorts on the southernshore of Lake Garda. It is a fortified townwhereyoucan stroll around the old city and explore thewalls which date back to the 16th century, visit theRenaissance churches and see the delightful gardens.Peschiera is home to the 11th century church, 'ChiesaDi San Martino'. This is one of the oldest churches inthe Verona area. Don't miss 'The Palazzo Storico', itisthe place where King Vittorio Emanuele III orderedresistance on the 8th November 1917. The port ofPeschiera isone of the biggest on the lake, so whynot enjoy a boat trip on the lake.SirmioneSirmione is a beautiful village where you can wanderthrough the maze of narrow streets, stopping atthemany cafés, bars and shops. Thewhole area ispedestrianised, so all visitors must park outside thetown. It is home to the impressive 13th century castle'Rocca Scaligera', afairytale castle, almost entirelysurrounded bywater. Whynot take a trip to theHotspa of Sirmione, the thermal spring water istransported through a network of pipes to theCatulloSpa complex in the old town.Gardone RivieraIt was once the Lake's most fashionable resortandstill retains much of its elegance with itsstylishpromenade, lush gardens, opulent villas andritzy hotels. Here you will find the famous 'Hruskabotanical garden', and an enormous rangeof exoticplants and flowers alongwith beautiful rockeries.Riva del GardaSituated at the north end of the lake, the old town ispretty with a maze of cobbled streets and squares.The heart of the town is 'Piazza Tre Novembre' withits medieval houses and clock tower. This resortoffershistory, art, sport and nature and is verypopular with windsurfers as the northerly winds arevery dependable. 'The Bastion', a Venetian fortress,built in 1508 on a hill of the steep slopes of MountRocchetta can be found here and offers a splendidview of the city and the northern part of the lake.MalcesineThis is a Picturesque little town with colour washedpalazzi and cobbled streets. The old town with itssmall port, squares and streets filled with shops, barsand restaurants has a magical charm making it one ofthe most elegant resorts on the lake. Thisis home to'Scaliger Castle', this 14th century castle built by theScaligeri family is almost intact. Today it houses asmall museum dedicated to the territory of LakeGarda and especially to the rocks, fossils, flora andfauna of the Mount Baldo area. Why not take a cablecar up 6,000 feet to the topof Monte Baldo forfabulous views of the Dolomites and walksFun For All The FamilyGardalandThis is Italy's number one theme park, where you willfind rides and shows for all the family. You'll finda logflume, The Blue Tornado Ride, a pirate's galleon,shows, theme villages and restaurants.Caneva World On the eastern shore of Lake Garda, 'Caneva World'has exciting water rides for the whole family, MovieStudios and the medieval times area.Parco Natura VivaParco Natura Viva near Peschiera, is a safari park withmany species of mammals, birds, reptiles andfish.Things To Do. Watersports - Lake Garda is an ideal place to enjoywatersports of all kinds. . Walking - Lake Garda is also a wonderful area forwalking, with stunning views all around.Local Specialities. Wines- Lugana, Bardolino. Freshwater fish. OlivesLake Gardathomsonalfresco.co.uk