Venice is a city in northeastern Italy and the capital of the Veneto region. It is situated across a group of 118 small islands that are separated by canals and linked by bridges, of which there are 400. The islands are located in the shallow Venetian Lagoon, an enclosed bay that lies between the mouths of the Po and the Piave rivers (more exactly between the Brenta and the Sile). Parts of Venice are renowned for the beauty of their settings, their architecture, and artwork. The lagoon and a part of the city are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The name is derived from the ancient Veneti people who inhabited the region by the 10th century BCE. The city was historically the capital of the Republic of Venice. Venice has been known as the “La Dominante,” “Serenissima,” “Queen of the Adriatic,” “City of Water,” “City of Masks,” “City of Bridges,” “The Floating City,” and “City of Canals.”
The Republic of Venice was a major financial and maritime power during the Middle Ages and Renaissance, and a staging area for the Crusades and the Battle of Lepanto, as well as a very important centre of commerce (especially silk, grain, and spice) and art in the 13th century up to the end of the 17th century. The city-state of Venice is considered to have been the first real international financial centre which gradually emerged from the 9th century to its peak in the 14th century. This made Venice a wealthy city throughout most of its history.
It is also known for its several important artistic movements, especially the Renaissance period. After the Napoleonic Wars and the Congress of Vienna, the Republic was annexed by the Austrian Empire, until it became part of the Kingdom of Italy in 1866, following a referendum held as a result of the Third Italian War of Independence. Venice has played an important role in the history of symphonic and operatic music, and it is the birthplace of Antonio Vivaldi.
Venice has been ranked the most beautiful city in the world as of 2016.
Gastronomy & Wines
Forty minutes from Venice area, you find the Euganean Hills where you will fall in love with this land of lush vegetation that has been highly appreciated and enhanced by man since ancient times. The distinctive peaks of volcanic origin, which stand out in the heart of the Venetian Plain, were witness to the occurrences of the inhabitants of this land. Cities, castles and villas have sprung from the ancient settlements that can be seen even today in their full glory.
The Euganean Hills region enumerate 15 municipalities that belongs to the Padova Province: Abano Terme, Aquà Petrarca, Baone, Battaglia Terme, Cervarese Santa Corce, Cinto Euganeo, Este, Monselice, Montegrotto Terme, Rovolon, Teolo, Torreglia and Vo’ Euganeo.
Wine food tasting culinary tradition in the Veneto region mean a symphony for the palate! Most of all, the differences of the environment and the territory of this region are big. As a result, we have a diversified food tradition thanks to a long list of all kind of products. In fact, we know that the Veneto region is an important wine and food centre. And this thanks to its sea, the lagoons and the plains.
Some traditional types of sausages, hams and meats are: Modena lean pig’s trotter, Bologna mortadella, Cremona Salami, and Modena stuffed pig’s trotter. Veneto Berico Euganeo ham, Italian little salamis, and Soprèssa of Vicenza. Alpagota Lamb, Paduan Hen, Goose in Onto and Veronese Stortina.
In cheeses: Asiago, Casatella Treviso, Grana Padano, Montasio, Monte Veronese, Piave, Provolone, and Taleggio. Aged Asiago, Malga Monte Veronese, Grappa Mountain Morlacco.
And in wines:
The Serprino, the Colli Euganei Rosso and the white wines based on Moscato.
The most represented by the Fior d’Arancio wine in its three versions: dry, sparkling and raisin wine.
Thanks to the love and work of our winemakers it becomes the spearhead of the Euganean wine production and wines the prestigious region in 2010.
Other wines you can find in this area are Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.
Recommended places to enjoy these delicatessen in the area are: Salvan Winery in Duo Carrare, Il Pianzio in Galzignano Terme & Enoteca Per Bacco in Torreglia.
Where to Stay?
In a perfect location in the Veneto Region and surrounded by four golf courses, wineries and delicious traditional gastronomy is located the Galzignano Terme Spa & Resort.
The resort managed by Radisson Blu has three 4 stars hotels together and facing to the Terme di Galzignano Golf Course.
Hotel Majestic: Situated in a central position.
The hotel, open all year, features perfectly calibrated environments thanks to the careful choice of materials. The elegant floors in black marble and parquet, the modern furniture and fittings and original decorative patterns with a predominance of dove, grey and ivory tones, ably combined to the use of glass, give warmth to and characterise all the environments and the 97 ample rooms. The concept of the Hotel is designed for the pleasure of experiencing each space, with the design recreating diverse living environments in a unique format. The subtleness of the furniture and fittings and the lighting design create harmonious textures and unique nuances.
Hotel Sporting: with a suggestive position in the natural park of the Resort and offers guests a splendid view of the Euganean Hills, of the thermal swimming pool and the green Padua golf courses. To guarantee complete regenerating relaxation, there are 96 spacious rooms, including a Royal and an Executive Suite and 16 Junior Suites. High quality fixtures, warm colours and large spaces characterise these rooms, which offer every kind of comfort: bathrooms in travertine marble with shower and/or bathtub. Each room guarantees a breath-taking view of the Euganean Hills or of the Resort’s park, as far as the eye can see.
Hotel Splendid: is characterised by a wonderful area with indoor and outdoor thermal swimming pool, Jacuzzis, Kneipp paths and thermal cave. It features 88 comfortable, elegant and spacious rooms of various categories, all with balcony, marble bathroom and Free Wi-Fi.
All the Hotels have their own thermal facilities entirely devoted to treatments and wellness. At the Terme di Galzignano SPA & Golf Resort you will be able to enjoy the largest indoor and outdoor thermal swimming pools in Europe.
The outdoor pools, surrounded by greenery, offer Jacuzzis and Kneipps and are among the most characteristic and attractive of the entire Euganean Hills area. The temperature of the swimming pools is 36°C (97°F) all year and 28°C (82°) in the sports pool, to give you a drive of energy.
Golf in Venice Region
The region of Veneto offers to the golfers a magnificent opportunity to play 72 holes divided in the following golf courses distanced within few kilometres.
The course of Golf Galzignano is designed by architect Marco Croze and was opened in 1999.
The Golf Course Galzignano represents the fourth course situated against the enchanting backdrop of the Colli Euganei. Our 9-hole course which is 2,048m long boasts an exclusive design enriched by water hazards and small lakes for a challenging and exciting course. For example, the tee of hole 4 is situated in the middle of a lake while the Green of hole 9 appears to float, as it is surrounded by water.
It is a 9-hole par 31 course, divided into 6 par 3, 2 par 4 and 1 par 5.
Golf Club della Montecchia is located just a short drive from the historic city of Padova which boasts a famous and old university as well as some superb cultural and artistic heritage.
Laid out by Irish golf course Architect Tom McCauley in 1988, it has since grown into a mature track showing real pedigree since the turn of the century, having been chosen to host the Challenge Tour in 2001 and 2002 as well as the ‘Alps Tour in 2010 and 2012.
Golf Club della Montecchia has 3 great 9 hole loops of golf, located in 82 hectares of countryside in the estate of Conti Emo Capodilista. The course is relatively flat; however this takes nothing away from the concentration and technical skill required by the golfer to avoid the various water hazards and bunkers which are strategically placed throughout the 27 holes of golf.
One of the brilliant things about Golf Club della Montecchia is the innovative drainage system which allows play to be possible even in the worst of weather conditions. This allows keen golfers to play all year round, come rain or shine, on a truly remarkable course.
The clubhouse houses the restaurant “La Montecchia”, in what was an old tobacco drying building, which is able to boast a Michelin star, awarded in 2010. Here you will be served some brilliantly balanced dishes which blend the style and cuisine of Alajmo local tradition, whilst focussing on quality locally sourced ingredients.
There is also a large swimming pool and tennis courts – so there’s plenty of activities to keep you occupied for a full day at Golf Club della Montecchia. Why not finish your day by watching the sun set over the breathtaking Euaganean Hills and the Garda Alps.
Golf Club Frassanelle is located in the lush Venetian countryside, just 15 minutes from the historic city centre of Padova. The magnificent par-72 18-hole track is a must play for golfers travelling to the North East of Italy.
Golf Club Frassanelle is an excellent 18-hole par 72 track which spans a respectable 6,758 yards from the back pegs. Located in the flourishing backdrop of Venetian countryside it really is a picturesque location for such a superb course. The historic track has been around since the mid 19th century, and was originally laid out by the renowned Italian architect Giuseppe Jappelli, later improved by Marco Croze who changed many holes by adding additional hazards for golfers to contend with.
There is a good mix of streams, lakes and bunkers’, therefore strategic play is all the more important in the quest to shoot a respectable score.
As well as having a fantastic course, Golf Club Frasanelle is also able to lay claim to a stunning clubhouse. The superbly restored and furnished 17th century farmhouse is something that any golf club in the world would be jealous of. The changing rooms include a sauna and solarium which are ideal for helping you to relax after an enjoyable round of golf. The bar and restaurant are also on hand to quench your thirst and fill you up with some regional Italian meals.
Golf Club Padova is the oldest course in Padova, it opened in 1962 originally as an 18-hole track and has in matured into a fine specimen. The brains behind the design was Commander John Harris, a civil engineer, who turned his hand to golf course design and was England’s leading and most travelled golf course designer of the time.
The course comprises of three excellently maintained, individual and contrasting 9-hole loops (a third was added in 2003), located at the foot of the Euganean Hills they reside in a relatively flat terrain which is both peaceful and relaxing. There are no highways or houses to disrupt your game of golf or the stunning beauty of the countryside where the course is nestled.
Water hazards provide the main threat during your round, many are “hidden” and a shot saver is definitely a recommended purchase before you get our on the course. The manicured fairways are generally forgiving and the relatively light, shallow bunkers mean that the course has an easy-going feel to it, in turn helping to maximize the enjoyability of your round.
Golf Club Padova contains some fantastic facilities at its clubhouse which include a superb swimming pool, sauna, gym and the restaurant which is very well known for its exquisite food in the local area.
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