Veneto is located in the north-eastern part of Italy and is bordered to the east by Friuli-Venezia Giulia, to the south by Emilia-Romagna, to the west by Lombardy and to the north by Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol. In its northernmost corner it also borders Austria. A significant portion of Veneto includes the eastern Dolomites, the Carnic Alps and the Venetian Prealps. Veneto is the fifth most populous region in Italy, and the 8th largest.
The Po valley extends over more than fifty percent of the region, and makes Veneto one of the most significant wine producing regions in Italy. Varietals produced in Veneto are Cabernet Sovignon, Chardonnay, Corvina, Merlot and Prosecco.
Venice also calls Veneto home and with its beautiful cityscape, uniqueness, and rich musical and artistic cultural heritage, Venice has been a popular travel destination for centuries. In the 19th century, Venice became a fashionable centre for the “rich and famous”, who often stayed and dined at luxury establishments such as the Danieli Hotel and the Caffè Florian, and continued to be a fashionable city into the early 20th century. In the 1980s, the Carnival of Venice was revived; and the city has become a major centre of international conferences and festivals, such as the prestigious Venice Biennale and the Venice Film Festival, which attract visitors from all over the world for their theatrical, cultural, cinematic, artistic, and musical productions.
Verona, the city of Romeo and Juliet lies in western Veneto. While Romeo and Juliet are fiction, and it is unknown whether or not Shakespear ever visited, Juliet’s house (casa di Giulietta) remains one of the most popular visiting locations in the city. Due to the popularity of the play, however, Verona purchased the 14th century home of the Del Capello family in 1903. Due to the similarity in family names, Verona declared the house the family seat of the Capuleti and it was turned into a museum.