Castel Brando & the Veneto


A wealth of Palladian riches & stunning scenery

Stretching across a swathe of north-east Italy, the joy of the Veneto is its extraordinary variety: prosperous towns are situated amongst coastal lagoons, marshlands, rolling hills and the Alpine air of the Dolomites. The imprint of Venetian dominance can be seen in the region’s elegant towns, Palladian villas dot the landscape, and thermal waters offer relaxation. This is also the region of prosecco and grappa, and tastings provide an enjoyable way to get to know the area.


Fizz and firewater in a unique location

From £799 per person

based on two sharing in a twin/double room, with a minimum of 35 passengers travelling in a specific month

Best time to go

February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October

Suggested Hotel

Castel Brando, Cison di Valmarino

  • This hotel truly has the 'wow factor'
  • Spectacularly restored ancient castle in the Treviso Hills
  • Luxurious and historic, with amazing views over Valmareno
  • Elegantly furnished rooms
  • Refined restaurant and relaxed trattoria
  • Atmospheric bars, terraces and wine cellars
  • Museum areas
  • Unique funicular takes you to the hotel


Villa Sandi

Villa Sandi is an incredible Palladian masterpiece which dates back to the 1620s. Villa Sandi produces exceptional prosecco thanks to its traditional methods and the fertile lands surrounding the house. You can discover the opulence of the delicate, beautiful interior and enjoy a tour of the extensive wine cellars, as well as tasting of a variety of their wines.

Bassano del Grappa

Famed predominately for its eponymous firewater, Bassano del Grappa’s historic centre exudes quiet charm. Explore the quaint wooden bridge over the River Brenta, interesting little churches, pretty piazzas, ceramics collections and grappa distilleries. Grappa is a fiery spirit made from the grape vines discarded in the wine-making process.


The architectural elegance of lovely Vicenza is almost solely thanks to one man: Palladio. During the 1500s, Palladio not only transformed this city but also influenced building styles across the whole of Europe. Classicism, sophistication and simplicity define the palazzi, villas and civic landmarks built in the Palladian style, and have been emulated far and wide. In addition to the stunning architecture, this small city bustles with lively markets, cafés and restaurants as well as interesting galleries and museums.

Team Comments:

“Vicenza is a must see of the Veneto – where I learnt about the artistic concept of perspective in the wonderful Palladian Theatre.” (Jo)



An ancient city with a youthful population, Padua was once a medieval city-state that vied for power with Venice and Verona. Today, Padua is vibrant town with an authentic feel and a lovely place to stroll the streets, markets and parks, but its previous position of power is still evident in the incredible frescoes found within the town’s churches and chapels. Giotto’s extraordinary, luminous work in the Scrovegni Chapel is the jewel in the crown. Padua played a role in more recent history too, providing a stage for Mussolini’s Fascist oratory.


Treviso makes a great alternative excursion - an authentic, medieval town with frescoed churches and pretty canals.

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