The pearl of Veneto remains the unique city of Venice. Fourteen centuries after it was founded and seven centuries since it was one of the world's great maritime powers, today's Venice remains an extraordinary architectural masterpiece in which even the smallest building contains works by some of the world's greatest artists such as Giorgione, Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese and others. From the first glimpses of the faded, pastel-coloured palazzi that rise ethereally out of the lagoon as your water taxi turns into the Grand Canal, to the feeling of stepping out into Piazza San Marco for the first time, the city casts a mesmerising spell.
Just a two-hour drive from Venice, Cortina d'Ampezzo in the eastern Dolomites has a reputation as a charming small town. A major ski resort in winter, and the site of the 1956 Olympics, Cortina is located in a beautiful valley surrounded by high peaks and in summer, when the snow is gone, is an ideal location for an active holiday immersed in nature.VIEW ALL VILLAS IN VENETO >