After cruising the streets of Venice and the Grand Canal, the Veneto region offers a change of scenery. From exploring medieval hill towns to sipping prosecco amid vineyards, there's plenty to do. Here are some options for day trips from Venice.
Asolo — 50 miles (81 km) northwest of Venice
With its lively piazzas, medieval castle, and Roman ruins, Asolo is undeniably picturesque, and the town sprawls over the hillside, offering ample lookout points. Combine a visit with a tour of Veneto's UNESCO-listed Palladian villas such as Villa Barbaro, the riverside town of Bassano del Grappa, or the Scrovegni Chapel in Padova.
Marostica — 60 miles (96 km) northwest of Venice
Marostica is famous for its medieval city walls, hilltop castle, and biennial living chess match—a medieval-themed extravaganza, with costumed participants and an all-round festive atmosphere.
Bassano del Grappa — 60 miles (96 km) northwest of Venice
Perched on the riverside at the foot of Monte Grappa, Bassano del Grappa is photogenic from all angles. Stroll across the Palladio-designed Ponte Vecchio bridge, admire the views along the Viale dei Martiri, or enjoy wine tasting at the surrounding vineyards.
Soave — 60 miles (97 km) west of Venice
Famed for its eponymous white wine, Soave is the top destination for Veneto wine tasting tours. Overlooked by the magnificent Scaligero Castle and dotted with historic churches and palazzi, this town is surrounded by lush vineyards.