Veneto

In a ranking of the most romantic region of Italy, Veneto would most definitely be in pole position. Although many visitors head straight to Venice, dropping by Verona on the way is an unmissable experience: one of the most visited cities in Italy and the setting of Shakespeare’s sensational tragedy ‘Romeo and Juliet’. Although also the region of Padua from The Taming of the Shrew, Veneto has so much more to offer, such as Lake Garda and beautiful ski resorts like Cortina d'Ampezzo.

In addition to its wide range of activities and culture, the region also holds the undisputed record for Italian wine production - a gold medal for managing over 20% of the whole national production. The homeland of Prosecco, in Veneto you’d be hard stretched to find a grape that hasn’t had international success; Amarone, Soave and Valpolicella are to name but a few.

Just like many of the other Italian regions, Veneto has a dual influence food-wise, with its flavours stemming from both the sea and the mountains. A land of explorers and conquerors, in a Venetian dish you can also find a hint of spices from China and India. Start your meal with local cheeses like Asiago, Taleggio or Grana Padano, each served with a creamy onion sauce, followed by Risotto nero (black rice) made with cuttlefish ink and perhaps some Baccalà alla Vicentina (Traditional Codfish).

Fancy a dessert? Why not try Veneto Fritole or Crostoli, traditional fried cakes made during the Carnival season, or if that doesn’t take your fancy, then it’s always time for a fresh Tiramisù!

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