UNESCO sites in Veneto, travel into the beauty – Veneto

by Ida Bini (ANSA) – ROVIGO, 08 JUNE – Water, earth, stone, wind and the skilled hands of men and women have designed and created the beauty of 9 material places, two biosphere reserves and an intangible area, which Unesco protects Veneto as World Heritage Site. To discover them we start from Rovigo, from the Po Delta, MAB Unesco Biosphere Reserve, the largest wetland in Italy. It is a protected area that can be slowly discovered among thick reeds, fossil dunes, expanses of glaze, fish valleys, largely accessible stalls and a gastronomy rich in flavor. It is a bird watching paradise with over 390 bird species and, in the many ocean and river branches, of aquatic species, some of which are unique. The reserve arranges 2-hour guided tours starting from Rosolina Mare and embarking on a circular route on the Caleri Peninsula.
From the panoramic terrace of the Porto Caleri Botanical Gardens you have a suggestive view of the lagoon. Adria is the most interesting center, but about ten kilometers from Rovigo, Villa Badoer in Fratta Polesine is worth a visit, a country house built by Palladio in 1556 and with an interesting archeological museum in one of the barchesses.
The journey continues to Padua to discover the site “The frescoed cycles of the fourteenth century”, a museum spread over 8 sites; each of them deserves an in-depth visit, but if you have some time available, you should see the frescoes of Giotto in the Scrovegni Chapel (ticket must be ordered in advance) and in the Palazzo della Ragione, an ancient court and covered market.
Also suggestive is the Botanical Garden, the oldest in the world, founded in 1545 as a place for scientific research and cultural exchange. In 2014, Haven inaugurated the Biodiversity Garden: 5 greenhouses with a low environmental impact, which welcomes 1,300 species and offers an educational journey between botany and anthropology.
The journey continues to Vicenza, where we visit the historic center with 23 world heritage monuments including the Olympic Theater, the oldest indoor structure in the world and the famous Palladian villas. Among the latter, La Rotonda, which can be visited on weekends, from April to October, is the most famous building: designed in 1567, it has a symmetrical square structure that can be inscribed in a perfect circle.
Next stop is Monte Grappa, MAB Unesco Biosphere Reserve, a rich historical and cultural heritage and a pilgrimage site to the military sanctuary inaugurated in 1935. It is one of the largest cemeteries in World War I and peacekeepers, 1,775 meters above sea level , the earthly remains of 23,000 Italian and Austro-Hungarian soldiers. Suggestive are the visits to the tomb of the soldier Peter Pan, shrouded in legends and mysteries, and to the Vittorio Emanuele II Gallery, an underground military fortification one and a half kilometers long with observatories and machine gun posts.
As you move to the Treviso area, you enter the Prosecco hills, a World Heritage Site as a cultural landscape where the work of winemakers has created a unique setting in an area of ​​nature and art that stretches from the Valdobbiades to Conegliano through villages dedicated to viticulture. The green hills, dotted with farms, are covered by vineyards producing the Conegliano-Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore Docg and host 11 municipalities, several museums, historical villas and thematic and food and wine routes. The beauty of the hills is their morphological unique character and the presence of grassy edges instead of walls to dam up the country’s steep slope.
The journey continues towards Venice and its lagoon, which is included in the World Heritage Site for “the uniqueness and distinctiveness of its historical, archaeological, urban, architectural, artistic and cultural heritage, integrated into an equally extraordinary landscape”. Unesco also protects 8 municipalities on the coast and 118 lagoon islands: in these areas, ancient crafts and native foods, such as the Dorona grape and the violet artichoke, survive a Slow Food presidium. Among the most interesting islands to discover are the Lido with its long sandy coast and Liberty buildings; Torcello with the fresco-painted basilica and the ascent to the bell tower to admire the lagoon from above; San Servolo with its sprawling hotel; the small island of San Francesco del Deserto rich in history and spirituality, inhabited by monks since 1,230. And again, Mazzorbo, where Tenuta Scarpa Volo has reclaimed an ancient vineyard annexed to a monastery; Burano, characterized by the thousand colors of its houses, the sloping bell tower and the lace workshops; Sant’Erasmo, the largest island where you can taste the “Orto” wine made from native vines; and La Certosa, a former military depot that was restored after being left with a sustainable renovation. Murano is the island where you can discover UNESCO’s intangible place for the art of creating glass beads: it is an ancient practice, linked to the mastery of the grinder that shapes the beads from a perforated glass rod, the impiraressa that threads the beads and of the glassmaker who makes the rosette barrel drilled and pulled by hand. There are many studios to visit, such as Muriel Balensis or Alessandro Moretti’s Costantini Glass Pearl Laboratory.
It is from Belluno that you travel to discover the Unesco site of the Dolomites, a heritage of beauty and value, recognized worldwide, as well as the spectacular phenomenon “enrosadira”, which at sunset the Dolomite peaks light up with shades that they range from pink to deep red. The journey continues towards Verona, a city of culture and art, a world heritage site where you wander among Roman relics and churches, palaces and historical monuments such as the Arena and Julie’s balcony.
Outside the city, less than 30 kilometers away, you reach Peschiera del Garda, a fortress town in the shape of a pentagon, military strategic to defend the Serenissima. Here in the sixteenth century, its walls were consolidated, still beautifully preserved today, and which are part of Venice’s defense system, protected by Unesco. Just outside, between Belvedere and Frassino, you can admire 2 of the 111 pile-dwelling settlements in the Alps that have become part of the World Heritage Site: they are prehistoric underwater sites that have preserved tools and artifacts of extraordinary scientific interest for the study of ancient peasant communities.
For information: veneto.eu (ANSA).

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