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16 Fascinating Facts About Veneto, Italy

Raksha Kulkarni Jul 31, 2020
Veneto or Venetia is an administrative region in northeast Italy. The capital is the renowned city of Venice and the other provinces are Treviso, Vicenza, Verona, Padua, Rovigo, and Belluno.
The region is famous for the beauty of Adriatic Sea, stunning Dolomite Mountains, quaint canals, Gothic architecture, and several historic landmarks.
Facts About Veneto
Initially, Veneto was a part of the Roman Empire until the 5th Century AD. Then, it was under the Venetian Republic till 1797.Finally, it was taken over by Kingdom of Italy in 1866.
Veneto boasts of a notable nationalist movement called as Venetian nationalism or Venetism, that started in 1970s. It promotes the heritage, language, and traditions of the Republic of Venice.
Treviso and Verona suffered the most damage after the Second World War.
It is the fifth most populated region with five million residents. Area wise, it is the 8th largest region in Italy.
The least population density can be seen in Belluno, though it is the largest in area. It is also the most mountainous.
Italian is the official language here but Venetian dialects are also widely spoken in many places.
There are many immigrants that have come from Europe and other countries, especially Romanian and Moroccan people. Almost 4,87,493 foreigners were found living in Veneto.
Apart from agriculture, tourism is an important part of the region’s economy. It attracts at least 60 million people every year!
Veneto is the third richest region in the country in terms of total GDP, which was EUR 160 billion in 2018.
The unemployment rate in 2018 was 6.4%, which is much lower than the national average.
Lake Garda, the biggest lake in Italy, is also a part of Vento. It is known for its crystal clear waters and its scenic beauty.
Almost 29% of land here is mountainous. The tallest mountain of Veneto is Marmolada, standing tall at 9365 ft in the scenic Dolomites Mountains.
The region boasts of one of the oldest universities in the world. The University of Padua, founded in 1222, is the second oldest in Italy.
It is believed that the delicious dessert, Tiramisu, has its origin from Veneto. It was made by a confectioner named Roberto Linguanotto at his restaurant in Treviso, in the 1960s.
The Roman amphitheater, Verona Arena, was built in the first century. It has been organizing musical events since the 16th century.
L'Orto Botanico di Padova is the world’s oldest academic botanical garden founded in 1544. The garden has been relocated twice and is at its current location since 1591.