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Until then, enjoy a virtual trip through Italy's 20 regions below.
You can have a love-hate relationship with Venice, but you can't NOT go. It's a magical city, particularly when the magic is not suffocated by hundreds of thousands of day trippers. If you do go, make at least an overnight of it. That way you can appreciate its true beauty, intrigue and mystery in the evening when the vibe is decidedly different. But for heaven's sake, don't then just skip out of town and miss the rest of the Veneto region...
Carnevale in Venice makes what would ordinarily be a low season in regards to tourism and brings it to life. Venice also hosts the Biennale, an incredible arts festival which takes place every two years. And of course, the Venice Film Festival in late August/early September brings celebrities and fans alike to La Serenissima. Opera in a Roman amphitheater is a bucket list worthy item - head to Verona in the summer to catch Aida (and others) in the open air Arena. They pull out all the stops for what is nothing short of a grandiose spectacle.
The Veneto is a wonderful region to day trip. A day in the gorgeous town of Asolo and the Valdobbiadine, where some of the best prosecco is produced; a day in Verona where you can visit the Scaliger Castle, Juliet's balcony, the Roman amphitheater and stroll the elegant shopping streets; explore the eastern shores of Lake Garda, Italy's largest lake and arguably even more beautiful than Lake Como. Take a barge cruise down the Brenta Canal which is lined by elegant villas which were once the summer homes of the Venetian aristocracy.
Risotto reigns supreme here in the Veneto. There are hundreds of varieties - with seasonal vegetables, local seafood or simply cooked with the local prosecco wine. There are many cheeses and produce that come from this region specifically: taleggio and asiago cheese, radicchio from Treviso, cherries from Marostica. Venice has a cuisine all its own - typical dishes: sarde in saor (sardines in a sweet and sour sauce), baccalà mantecato (whipped salted cod fish), risotto al nero di seppia (squid ink risotto). While in Venice, don't miss the tradition of cicchetti - little snacks served with wine at local wine bars.