The northeast Italian region of Veneto is a crucible of art, history, culinary delights and superior wine culture.
Foodies will enjoy the freedom to choose the fruits of the farms, land, sea and woodland in this eclectic region spanning forests, plains, lakes and beaches. Sparkling wine lovers should head to the Prosecco hinterland of Valdobbiadene and Conegliano in the province of Treviso, where the DOP vines grow on gently rolling hills, yielding the sparkling wine that's taken the world by storm. For a taste experience, ask for the premium, revered variety Cartizze growing on 1000 foot high Prosecco vineyards. Lovers of red wine should head to the province of Verona and enjoy the sublime taste of Valpolicella.
Further north, the Vicenza area promises to delight visitors with its Baccala alla Vicentina dish, a rich meal of stockfish served with hearty polenta (maize meal). The Asiago plateau is famed for its cheeses, such as tangy Asiago DOP and Morlacco del Grappa, and hearty drinks thanks to prized Grappa schnapps and wine varieties like the delicious Merlot dei Colli Berici and fruity, delicate white Breganze Bianco (Valle del Brenta).
Regional capital Venice offers much in the way of foodie delights- try the Sarde in Saor, a tasty spiced sardine dish of spaghetti or penne, accompanied by earthy red Orto di Venezia. Travellers to the northernmost Veneto province, Belluno, will enjoy instead warming meal of polenta served with garlic and herb mushrooms, baked cheese or venison, accompanied by the northern wine varieties of Cabernet and Marzemino.