Lago di Garda,also named Benaco, is the largest lake in Italy. It’s beauty is down to, not only it’s clear waters and medieval villages, but also to it’s climatic uniqueness, due to the barrier formed by the Alps and the large volume of water. The mild winters and warm summers allows olive and lemon trees to grow along it’s banks, and the gentle winds attract thousands of visitors to partake of sailing sports on the lake every year.There are more than fifty kilometers of the Venetian bank of the lake, also known as the Riviera of Olives. Along it’s banks you will find many lovely towns such as – Peschiera, Lazise, Bardolino, Garda, Torre del Benaco, Brenzone and Malcesine.
Lago di Santa Croce is the second biggest lake in the Veneto region of Italy. Here you will find examples of typical, old-Italian style terraced houses with roofs made from stone, straw and marsh canes. In the late autumn and spring you will find multi-coloured fishing boats bobbing on the azure-blue waters due to the abundance of carp, pike, chub, trout and perch. Tourism offers many opportunities to those who enjoy mountain sports, sailing, windsurfing, and kite surfing. Also you can enjoy fishing, horse-riding or paragliding from the top of of Alpago Dorada. There are many hiking trails with observation points for bird watching, or enjoy a days cycling on the 8 kilometer trail of the eastern shoe. If this all sounds too much like hard work, then just relax on one of the lovely beaches and simply enjoy the stunning views.
Dominated by the impressive Dolomites, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, are the lake of Cadore, picturesque lakes set among woods, meadows and small villages, these lakes are ‘left overs’ from the last Ice Age. The area is a magnet for those looking for peace and tranquility and a place to relax. The beauty of the snow capped peaks are mirrored in the clear, blue waters of the lakes. The most well known are Misurina – also known as ‘Pearl of Cadore’, the largest natural reservoir area, the Lake Calalzo or Pieve di Cadore and the Lake of Auronzo. Around the shore of these lakes there are hiking trails and paths that meander through the Alpine Montina wilderness. For those in search of culture there is the Auronzo Natural History and Archeological Museum, while in Pieve di Cadore is the Archeological Museum and the birthplace of Titian. The clear waters invite one to partake in boating, canoeing and course fishing, and in winter, when the waters freeze over, Lake Misurina becomes a giant ice-rink.
Other beautiful lakes in the Veneto region to visit are :-
- Lago di Alleghe
- Laghi di Revine
- Lago del Mis
- Lago di Corlo
- Lago di Fim
The cuisine of the Veneto region of Italy can be divided into three main parts, the coastal areas, the plains and the mountains each of which produce their own specialties. The Veneto is essentially an agricultural region which produces wheat, maize, olive trees, vines and mulberry bushes.
On the north-east coast you will find Veneto, home to Venice, where Risotto is found in many guises, made with fish and seafood along the coast and asparagus, pumpkin or other vegetables further inland, with specialties such as Risotto alla Sbirraglia: spring chicken and lean veal braised with rice and vegetables and Risotto Primavera: diced string beans, artichokes, tomatoes, carrots and potatoes with peas and asparagus tips and braised with rice in the spring.
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