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 region.


A Palladian paradise of natural and cultural beauty

From £1,299 per person

based on two sharing in a twin/double room, with a minimum of 30 passengers travelling in a specific month

Best time to go

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

Suggested Hotel

Bonotto Hotel Belvedere, Bassano del Grappa

  • Characterful, family run, 4-star hotel
  • Wonderful location in the heart of Bassano del Grappa
  • Traditional building and great hospitality
  • Modern, elegant bedrooms
  • Comfortable public areas, ideal for groups
  • The hotel has its own excellent restaurant

Not the hotel for your group? Other hotels are available, contact us.



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.


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.

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.

Villa di Maser

Venerated as one of Palladio’s greatest constructions, the Villa di Maser (also known as Villa Barbaro) was commissioned by the powerful Barbaro family of Venice in the 16th century. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the elegant symmetry of this sublime home is lifted by the its stunning interior and flourishing grounds. Within the estate, a historic vineyard produces fine wines.


Blessed with a hilltop position in the foothills of the Dolomites, the pretty hamlet of Asolo easily earns its romantic nicknames of ‘the pearl of the Veneto’ and ‘the city of a hundred horizons’. Mountains, rolling hills and verdant plains combine around the town to create the most breathtaking views from this medieval stronghold. Long beloved by visitors creative and grand, Asolo has also acted as a muse for many writers and artists over the centuries.

Team Comments:

“I just LOVE this part of Italy – stunning scenery and art to die for, it is elegance personified. The town of Vicenza has to be my highlight.” (Jo)


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Longer or shorter durations are available. Alternative excursions could include a prosecco tasting or a gastronomic experience - contact us to find out more.


Steeped in history, the power and romance of Venice through the Middle Ages is celebrated in the enchanting art and architecture of this unique, water-bound city. Seductive and dreamlike, Venice is breathtaking at every turn. Hoisted from the water by columns of ancient Istrian stone, this floating city has an audacity and unconventionality that has influenced and enamoured visitors for centuries. From the incredible Piazza San Marco and awe-inspiring Palazzo Ducale to its iconic gondolas, unique cuisine, and immeasurable collections of precious artworks, Venice is a wonder.


One of Italy’s oldest cities, Verona is rich in history and literary links. Famous as the setting for Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, the city still evokes romance and intrigue and is home to the so-called ‘Juliet’s Balcony’. The grand Roman Arena is an impressive archaeological site, which hosts operas during the summer months. Amongst the attractive squares and charming lanes, there’s a variety of museums, churches and plenty of places to enjoy the local cuisine.

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