TOURISM IN THE VENETO REGION
In terms of tourism, the Veneto Region is brimming with natural, cultural and entrepreneurial resources offering a multitude of opportunities for development and work – in support of the territory’s economic and social network – as well as an array of innovative and interesting activities for those who choose to spend their holidays in the Veneto area. Specific types of activity are now flanking the indisputable supremacy of the Region’s world famous artistic cities and natural features through which every kind of request can be met. These new enterprises, which include tourism linked to Veneto villas, congresses, cycling, industry, religious itineraries, mountain hiking, and wine routes etc., are managing to break up the seasonal aspect of tourist flows. The great potential that Veneto tourism offers, enhanced by the entrepreneurial ability of the work force and a structured and synergic promotion plan, led the Veneto Region to achieve record tourist numbers in 2011.
VILLAFRANCA DI VERONA
Villafranca is the second largest city in the province after the capital.
Rich in entrepreneurial vitality, the city is just seven kilometres from Catullo Airport and only a short distance from the Milan-Venice and Brenner motorway links. Inhabited since the Bronze Age, the present-day town has a precise birth date: 1185. It was then that the Rectors of Verona Municipality decided to establish a Free Borough (then known as Villa Franca) to defend the eastern borders. In short, a castle was built and later completed by the Scaligeri family who also had the Serraglio (enclosure) constructed, a wall that went from Valeggio to the marshes in the south.
Villafranca is full of Risorgimento history: the Quadrato cavalry charge took place here in 1866 during the Third War of Italian Independence.
Not to be missed:
Scaligero Castle, the Cathedral, the San Rocco Oratory (XX century) and the Chiesa della Disciplina church; Palazzo Bottagisio; Risorgimento Museum and the historical Caffè Fantoni.