The Veneto region is blessed with rental villas of high architectural quality. The countryside surrounding Venice and Padua boasts Palladian villas and others for use as holiday properties, many featuring swimming pools and other modern amenities. Dolce Vita Villas' selection of holiday rental properties in Veneto is expanding fast, and you can view our choice of Veneto and Padua holiday villas easily.
The Veneto is a region of contrasts. It has some of the best loved mountains in the country as well as the flat lands of the Po valley to the South, one of Italy's agricultural powerhouses. Little wonder then that it is the Veneto, and not Tuscany or Sardinia, which is the most visited of Italy's 20 regions, attracting 20% of total tourist traffic to Italy, and a Venetian villa is an ideal way to join this cultured crowd.
It's easy to see why the tourist trade is booming; starting with a base in a Veneto villa, the region has everything a visitor might want, from the fantastic skiing in the Dolomite resorts such as Cortina d'Ampezzo to the warm beaches of the Lido in the Venetian lagoon. Then there are the pre-Alpine foothills producing wonderful wines like Prosecco di Valdobbiadene and Valpolicella, flavousome cheeses like Asiago and Grana Padana and of course the smoked cured ham we know as Speck. History? It's only the birthplace of a republic that governed territories extending as far as Cyprus uninterruptedly for 11 centuries until Napoleon invaded in 1797. The Doge's palace, the villas in Venice and villas in Padua and indeed the whole of the city of Venice are testament to the stability and hence wealth-creating ability of the Venetian Republic.
Culture: Byzantine, Gothic and Renaissance all have their masterpieces in Venice and Padua. Titian was born here; Giorgione and Tintoretto plied their trades here, and who cannot help but admire Canaletto, that quintessential painter of Venetian canal scenes, and Andrea Palladio, the founder of neo-classical architecture. Venetians loved to retire from the bustle of commerce and the city to their country properties - they had the wherewithal to create their luxury Veneto villas, and their legacy remains. Venetin villas for today's discerning traveller to enjoy.