Known as the Republic of Venice for over a thousand years, the Veneto is one of the wealthiest and culturally rich areas of Italy—not to mention the birthplace of prosecco, Amarone, risotto, Asiago, and tiramisu.

Stylish villas dot the countryside, many designed by the darling of 16th century architecture, Andrea Palladio.

The vineyards of Valpollicella start just outside of Romeo & Juliet's Verona. The elegant Hotel Villa Del Quar is a great base from which to explore this picturesque region. We love the flat ride from Mantova along the River Mincio to the shores of Lake Garda.  Further east lie Basano del Grappa, famous for Palladio’s Ponte degli Alpini bridge, and the charming town of Asolo, home to the Cipriani Hotel—a great base for bikers. Cyclists are a common sight on the Veneto’s smooth, undulating roads—so keep your eyes peeled for locally-produced Pinarellos and Wiliers.