Jesolo represents the ideal starting point to visit the three Venetian regions and, obviously, Venice is the most important destination for almost everybody. There are three possible ways to reach the city that lies on the lagoon, each one of them with a different charm and interest. The quickest way, made so by the direct transport link from Jesolo, is Punta Sabbioni, very last bit of land that encloses the lagoon, from where, in only 40 minutes on a public motor-ship or motor-boat, you get straight to Piazza S. Marco, saving 30 minutes walk; that much it would, in fact, take you were you to walk from the S. Lucia station. On the other hand this is the original entrance to Venice, the one that was once used by the big galleons of the Republic. In fact we get past the port of Lido's mouth, with the massive fort S. Andrea, on the right hand side, a work of art that belongs to the Renaissance military architecture , built by Sammicheli in 1543, and the ancient S. Nicolò church, on the Lido, the Republic reception venue, made familiar thanks to the many reproductions of Canaletto and Guardi. Venice may be reached through yet another lagoon route on public boats, namely the one that departs from Treporti, still in the Cavallino peninsula, which enables you to get to Venice, in around one hour, doubling the well known isles of S. Francesco del Deserto, Burano, Torcello and Murano. Then, with your car or by bus, you may be in Piazzale Roma in more or less an hour, on the roads along the side of the lagoon, going past Marco Polo airport in Tessera and crossing the famous Ponte della Libertà, which connects Venice to the main land. For those who, during the trip, should feel like a cultural route: not far from Tessera (airport area) are the remains of Altino, an ancient Roman city, with its magnificent archaeological museum. Padua, Vicenza and Verona.Veneto's three main cities of art are on the Venice-Milan motorway: Padua, Vicenza and Verona. Padua, abode of one of the most ancient universities of Europe, was one of the big Renaissance centre in the Veneto: Giotto, Donatello and Mantegna created here some of their major works of art. On and all through an area not too far from Padua extend the Colli Euganei, with their extraordinary artistic and scenic beauties, where, in Arquà, Petrarca lived ad died. Nearby there is Montagnana, a city closed in by protective walls and in the same area lie the famous thermal baths of Abano. Further down the motorway thereØs Vicenza, the city where Palladio lived, and then Verona, from which the lago di Garda is but 30 km away. The Treviso and the Belluno area and the Dolomites. The green countryside zones of the province of Treviso dominate the area behind Jesolo, with the pre-Alps north of it. In the Treviso area, also known as the garden of Venice, you can see some of the most beautiful villas by Palladio, like Villa Maser, backed by the enchanting scenery of the colli asolani. Just a little further there's Possagno, with the Canova's gypsotheque , Bassano, famous for its ceramics and another city protected by ancient walls, Castelfranco, home to Giorgione. Proceeding down the valley of the Piave or going through the city of Conegliano, one of Italy's major wine centres, and of Vittorio Veneto, we reach Belluno and Feltre right in the heart of the Dolomites. Cortina D'Ampezzo, in the middle of a unique area which was awarded such a status thanks to the beauty and variety of the alpine landscape, will be ideal for a trip by car. Aquileia, Palmanova, Udine and Trieste. Of great historical interest are also all the routes east of Jesolo, starting from Portogruaro, the Republic's very old river post of call and main centre of a ziba thatØs very well known for its wines, and Caorle with its beautiful Romanic cathedral and bell-tower. Along the coast youØll bump into Aquileia, the major north Italy's Roman port, and then Trieste. Not far from Aquileia there's Palmanova, unique example of Renaissance city-fortress built in 1593 by Vincenzo Scamozi to protect the eastern territories of the Venetian Republic, and the city of Udine. The villas of the Veneto. The Venetian countryside areas are spangled by ancient villas that were built on the XVI, XVII, XVIII centuries by rich people from Venice as their summer places of abode. They are witnesses to one of the most civilised ways of life of the Renaissance period and among these villas are some of the greatest works of art belonging to the Italian architecture. The most famous are, most certainly, Palladio's, like for example the Malcontenta, near Venice, and Maser, in the Treviso area, both of them are open to the public. Along the Riviera del Brenta, which connects the lagoon to Padua, an incredible collection of these villas from different ages can be admired, among these is the one of Stra, built in '700 as the Doge's residence.