Explore the diverse terrain—and fantastic food and wine—just outside Venice.
Veneto, in Italy’s northeast, stretches 7,100 square miles from Venice, on the Adriatic coast, to Cortina d’Ampezzo, situated 4,000 feet up in ski country. Wine is produced throughout the area, but the Venetian Wine Experience, a new travel route created by the Bisol family, makers of premium prosecco, focuses on four locations: the islands of the Venetian lagoon; the verdant Euganean Hills south of Padova, where grapes have been cultivated since the Iron Age; the Prosecco region of Valdobbiadene, in the foothills of the Italian Alps; and the Dolomites, where an experimental vineyard is Europe’s highest winery. But whether you work with the Bisols to plan your trip or journey throughout Veneto on your own, you can count on decadent meals, lavish spa treatments, historic sightseeing, and even a little boating. My Venice Travel Guide provides excellent, knowledgeable guides, if you want to go deeper into the culture and activities of the region. Here a few of our favorite spots along the way.