Veneto art and culture is of course dominated by the city of Venice, considered one of the most beautiful places on earth and full to the brim with museums, galleries and opera houses. Most Venice tourists will visit St Mark's square, but those who enter into basilica bearing the same name will be rewarded with awe-inspiring sculpture, architecture, mosaics and artworks from the Gothic, Byzantine and Romanesque periods.
Veneto artistic culture doesn't begin and end with Venice though - ancient stone cuttings dating from as far back as 8000BC have been found near Verona on the western side of the region, and there is a rich cultural history that continues to this day throughout the region. Also in Verona, the Castelvecchio is a triumph of mediaeval architecture which now houses an art gallery featuring works by Pisanello, Bellini and many others, while the entire town is known as the Painted City on account of the friezes and artwork that began to spread across the buildings from the 16th century onwards.
Padua is often thought of as Venice's lesser known sister, and alongside its canals and porticoed architecture there is much for the art lover to explore. The Scrovegni Chapel dates back to 1303AD and features breathtaking Giotto frescoes along with artworks by Romanini, Titian and many others. Back in Venice, this is the city known as the birthplace of Opera, and the Teatro La Fenice just off St Mark's square is famous throughout Italy and the world, with prestigious performances held all year round.