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Regione Veneto
Capital Venice, Italy
President Giancarlo Galan
(House of Freedoms)
Provinces Belluno
Municipalities 581
Area 18,391 km²
 - Ranked 8th (6.1 %)
Population (2003 est.)
 - Total

 - Ranked
 - Density

5th (7.9 %)
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Map highlighting the location of Veneto in Italy

Veneto is a region in northeastern Italy, bordering on Lombardy, Trentino-South Tyrol, Austria, Friuli Venezia Giulia, and Emilia-Romagna, between the Alps and the Adriatic Sea. It is traversed by the Po, Adige, Brenta and Piave rivers.

The capital is Venice, and other important towns include Verona, Padua, Treviso, Belluno, Rovigo and Vicenza.

This region is very rich in artistic and cultural treasures. Its architectural heritage includes the unique buildings and bridges of Venice, and many of Palladio's villas. Verona's arena is an ancient Roman amphitheatre, traditionally reserved for opera. The thermal baths at Abano Terme are also an attraction.

There are some fine wines from the Veneto region of Italy, these include: Soave and Valpolicella.

Vacation spots are Jesolo, Cortina d'Ampezzo, Lake Garda.

The regional economy, which used to depend entirely on agriculture, is now highly oriented towards manufacturing industry and fashion (Benetton and Marzotto were a major employer), together with cultural tourism.

Veneto is one of the two Italian Regions whose inhabitants are granted the status of «popolo» (i.e. people) with Constitutional Law by the Italian Parliament, the other Region being Sardinia. However only Sardinia has been added the status of "autonomous".

Veneto is also the name of the main battleship class which Italian navy possessed during World War II. The Veneto class battleship includes Vittorio Veneto and Rome. Both ships were damaged in the famous Taranto raid of the British Royal navy and participated in most of the major sea battles between Britain and Italy in the Mediterranean. .

Veneto History

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Abruzzo | Basilicata | Calabria | Campania | Emilia-Romagna | Latium | Liguria | Lombardy | Marche | Molise | Piedmont | Apulia | Tuscany | Umbria | Veneto
Friuli-Venezia Giulia | Sardinia | Sicily | Trentino-South Tyrol | Aosta Valley
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