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Unveiling Hidden Gems of Northern Italy: Three Day Trips from Venice

Are you planning a trip to Venice and looking to explore more of Italy's beauty beyond the canals and gondolas? Look no further! Here are three captivating day trips you can take from Venice to discover the hidden gems of Italy.

A view of the river and the Ponte delle Navi
Ponte delle Navi over the Adige River in Verona


Just a short train ride away from Venice, Verona is a charming city known for its well-preserved medieval old town and association with Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Start your day by visiting the iconic Casa di Giulietta (Juliet's House) and stand on the famous balcony. Then, wander through the historic center to see the ancient Roman amphitheater, the Arena di Verona. 

View of walkway under vaulted arches made of wood and brick
Wander under some of Verona's oldest loggias.

More sites in Verona

Castelvecchio Museum

Housed in a medieval castle, this museum showcases an impressive collection of medieval and Renaissance art.

Ponte Pietra

Cross the ancient Roman bridge for breathtaking views of the Adige River and the city.

Piazza delle Erbe

Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of this lively square lined with colorful buildings and a bustling market.

For lunch

Indulge in traditional Veronese cuisine in a centuries old palazzo at Osteria da Ugo (Vicolo Dietro ant'Andrea, 1/b, 37121 Verona VR, Italy) in the heart of the city.

Check out my Verona Guide for more ideas on what to see and where to eat.

Here is another blog post on Verona.

How to get there from Venice

Take a high-speed train from Venice Santa Lucia station to Verona Porta Nuova station. The journey takes approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes.

Padua (Padova)

Known for its prestigious university and stunning frescoes by Giotto, Padua is a city brimming with history and culture. Visit the Scrovegni Chapel to admire Giotto's masterpieces, explore the Prato della Valle, one of Europe's largest squares, and stroll through the charming streets of the old town. 

Panoramic view for canal and hisotic buildings in Prato della Valle
Prato della Valle

More sites in Padua

Basilica of Saint Anthony

Visit the ornate basilica housing the relics of Saint Anthony of Padua, a revered saint in the Catholic Church.

Orto Botanico di Padova

Explore one of the oldest botanical gardens in the world, featuring a diverse collection of plant species.

Caffè Pedrocchi

Step into this historic café known for its elegant neoclassical architecture and rich coffee culture.

For lunch

Sotto Il Salone

Underneath the Palazzo della Ragione is Padua’s 800-year-old covered market,

full of food stalls selling fruit and vegetables, meats and cheeses, fish, fresh

pasta, bread, wine, and all sort of other things. It has a few takeaway, street-

food-style places if you want a sandwich or a piece of pizza to go. There are a

few enoteche inside as well, if you’re feeling up for a spritz or a glass of wine.

Check out my Padua Guide for more ideas on what to see and where to eat.

How to get there from Venice

Take a regional train from Venice Santa Lucia station to Padua station. The journey takes approximately 30-40 minutes.


Situated just a short train ride north of Venice, Treviso is a picturesque town known for its tranquil canals, historic architecture, and delicious cuisine. Spend your day wandering through the medieval streets, visiting the Palazzo dei Trecento, and exploring the charming Piazza dei Signori.

More sites in Treviso

The Buranelli Canal

Stroll along this picturesque canal lined with colorful houses and charming cafes.

Treviso Cathedral

Admire the stunning architecture of the cathedral, which houses works by renowned artists.

Villa Barbaro

Visit this magnificent Renaissance villa located just outside Treviso, designed by the famous architect Andrea Palladio.

For Lunch

After a day of exploration, savor seasonal regional dishes at Trattoria Toni del Spin (Via Inferiore, 7, 31100 Treviso, TV, Italy).

How to get there from Venice

Take a regional train from Venice Santa Lucia station to Treviso Centrale station. The journey takes approximately 30 minutes.

Immerse yourself in the rich history, culture, and gastronomy of northern Italy with these unforgettable day trips from Venice. Get ready to create lasting memories as you uncover the hidden treasures of this captivating region!


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