1 Basilica di San Marco, Venice
San Marco is an amazing sight with its 4000 square metres of golden mosaics.
2 The Accademia, Venice
Masterpieces by Titian, Bellini, Veronese and Tintoretto feature strongly in the world’s best collection of Venetian painting.
3 Punta della Dogana, Venice
If you have even the slightest interest in contemporary art, make time for the Dogana – the best collection of its kind in Europe.
Venice’s carnival is the most famous, but if you want a less touristic event, head for Verona, where the whole town turns out for a procession of more than eighty floats.
5 Giotto frescoes, Padua
Giotto’s frescoes in the Cappella degli Scrovegni constitute one of the pivotal works in the history of European art.
The well-heeled city of Vicenza is renowned above all for the buildings of Palladio, perhaps the most influential architect ever.
Cradled in a tight curve of the Adige river, Verona is a fabulously handsome city.