The Veneto region has got a great variety of landscapes stretching from
the Adriatic shore up to the Dolomites. Starting from the coast with its
beaches, estuaries and lagoons, across alluvial plains with its winding
rivers and streams, to finally reach hills and mountains. The Veneto
territory comprises the entire Po River delta, the Venice Lagoon, the
hills and foothills around Verona, Vicenza, Treviso, and nearly all the
Dolomites. Its geomorphological features are due to a long and complex
geological development, as the Veneto region lies on the borderline
between two tectonic plates: the Euroasiatic one in the north and the
Adriatic one in the south. Safeguarded natural areas, covering 5,1% of
the regional territory, include 1 National Park, 5 Natural Regional
Parks, 13 State Natural Reserves, 6 Natural Regional Reserves and 2
Wetlands of International Importance. In Veneto 70 different types of
Common Interest Natural Habitats have been listed, which correspond to
the 55% of the total of Italian Natural Habitats.
Beyond numbers, the Veneto landscape is full of surprises, such as the Euganean Hills sunset silhouette over the lagoon, flock of pink flamingos in the Po River delta, gentle slopes covered in vineyards, karst cave habitats which look as if they belong to the world of fairies, white cliffs overlooking green mountain valleys. On a crispy clear day a must-do is climbing up the Mount Grappa, Italy’s War Memorial. From up there with a bit of luck you may be able to see Venice’s belltowers. Walking between lagoon and hills, then, it’s easy to come across some mills, “casone” or thatched cottage, irrigation artificial canals, drywalls, dykes and “murazzo” or istrian stone wall, erected to protect the lagoon from high tides. All these structures testify a human presence since time immemorial on this land, from which its inhabitants have always been getting nourishment, profit and pleasure.