A place worth visiting near Venice for one day or a half is highly recommended for your photo album. You can get there using the Italian railway. You can choose a one-day tour to Verona, “the town of Juliet”, or a one-day tour to Padova and Vicenza. Alternatively, you can spend half to one day strolling around Treviso, a quiet and peaceful water town.
Verona, located between Milan and Venice, is famous for being Juliet’s hometown. A short film named “Letters to Juliet” leaves lasting memories in people who remember this town for its golden sun. Not only can you visit Juliet’s house and tomb from the novel, but also the third largest arena in the world which is still in use today. There are also live operas in the summer.
Juliet’s House (Casa di Giulietta) is the symbol of love and is a great example of Medieval architecture. The balcony and the Juliet statue in the novel can be visited here. It is said that touching the statue's right breast can bring good luck in love, and a happy marriage. Therefore, this place attracts the plenty of tourists.
It is recommended to visit the scenic spots in the ancient city in the daytime, and then visit the Castel San Pietro on the southwest hillside of the ancient city in the evening. Walking along the winding escalator to the top, you can overlook the full view of the town with all its mountains and rivers, and the flowing Adige River.
Vicenza is a 45-minute train journey from Venice. This small northern town attracts architecture lovers from all around the world because it is the hometown of the famous architect Andrea Palladio. There are cultural treasures everywhere in the small city, including art galleries, museums, and churches from the Renaissance era.
The Palladian Basilica with its blue-green oval top is the main building in the city. You can enjoy a full view of the city by climbing Torre Bissara nearby. Furthermore, the murals of the exquisite Renaissance master artist Paolo Veronese can be seen in the interior of the Gothic-style Santa Corona.
Teatro Olimpico, the architectural masterpiece of the famous architect, Andrea Palladio, cannot be missed. On the foundation of a Greek amphitheater, the semi-circular auditorium is packed full of classical beauty. Its dreamy Ancient Greek stage setting is its most praiseworthy feature. The awe of entering the theater must be felt with your own eyes.
Padova is 40km away from Venice and 29km away from Vicenza. It is a good idea to arrange a one-day tour to Padova and Vicenza departing from Venice early in the morning. Padova has a very refined atmosphere. The University of Padova, founded in 1222 AD, is the third oldest institution of higher education in Europe. By walking along the main road in a southerly direction after exiting the railway station, the main scenic spots can all be seen on both sides of the road.
The Basilica of St. Anthony, the city's main landmark, combines Roman pointed arches, Byzantine domes, and Turkish steeples. Thousands of pilgrims from all over the world visit this place every year. The square in front of the church is very graceful with a river that winds aroundthe square with many stone bridges crossing it, and a circle of statues surrounding the periphery. It is perfect for sitting down for a rest and admiring its beauty.
Sotto il Salone was once a court. There is a great hall that stands 80m high and 27m wide in the interior of the grand building, which is decorated with rich murals. The Piazza delle Erbe in front of Sotto il Salone is very busy. There are fruit and vegetable markets and cafes, as well as buskers performing in front of the central fountain.
Treviso is situated to the west of Venice and is about 40 minutes from Venice by train. As thecapital of the Province of Treviso, it is an ancient city built on three small hills. It is a quiet water town compared to Venice and has a deep commercial atmosphere. It is the perfect location for a half-day trip, where you can stroll across several bridges and take photos of the city and its beautiful lush gardens.
The city is famous for its plethora of beautiful buildings decorated with murals, and is often referred to as the “Painted City”. The city is built along the quiet Sile River. Piazza dei Signori in the downtown area is filled with outdoor cafes, boutiques, flower shops, and museums. Itused to be the location of the town hall, but now it is a gathering place for citizens to shop, stroll, and chat.
It is highly recommended to visit Brion-Vega Cemetery nearby. The famous designer, Carlo Scarpa, has skillfully created a cemetery garden with both green lawns and flowers. By manipulating color, sunshine, and space, this place is packed full of beautiful sights.