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Stunning, breath-taking, unique, truly amazing... These are just a few words that have been used to describe the beauty and awe of Venice, Verona and Lake Garda. With pretty much guaranteed sunshine and bright blue skies, spring is the perfect time of year to escape and experience these incredible locations.

Venice is a visual feast for the eyes. Steeped in history, this city offers a wealth of architectural, artistic and cultural marvels. Renowned worldwide for its beauty, Venice is listed as one of the fifty Italian UNESCO World Heritage Sites. With the sheer number of amazing places in Italy, it is no surprise that Italy leads the list of countries with the most World Heritage Sites. Famous for its canals, gondolas, bridges (particularly the Bridge of Sighs and the oldest bridge in Venice, the Rialto bridge), carnival, elaborate Venetian glass and the myriad of ‘calli’ (small alleyways), Venice really does offer something for everyone. Visitors can enjoy a leisurely stroll and often lose themselves in the alleyways whilst they discover incredible architecture design such as Saint Mark’s Basilica, the Doge’s Palace, the towering bell tower and other equally inviting places. Because of its unique qualities, Venice has also been the impressive setting for many movies, attracting many global celebrities, particularly those attending the prestigious Venice Film Festival, one of the oldest in the world.

Another impressive and visually striking city hosting incredible architecture and urban structure is Verona, also the proud holder of World Heritage Site status. This city is famous for the romantic setting and much photographed balcony of Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’. It is also well known for its Romanesque architecture, particularly the Roman amphitheatre (referred to as the Colosseum of Verona and the third largest Colosseum in Italy). Today locals and visitors alike can step back in time as they enter the historic amphitheatre and enjoy open-air theatrical and operatic performances.

Close to the historic cities of Venice and Verona is the relaxing Lake Garda. Italy’s largest lake is serenely nestled between the Dolomites and a variety of small villages dotted around the water. One of the most popular sights on Lake Garda is Sirmione, famous for its lemons and characterised with uneven cobbled streets, a 13th-century castle and the well-visited Roman Villa Catullo. The vast treasures discovered by Venetian explorers and considered the most important Roman site in Northern Italy will amaze any visitor.

AT Escapes is delighted to be offering a guided tour to Venice, Verona and Lake Garda next spring taking place from May 4-10, 2015. Further details about this exciting trip can be found here. We hope you can join us in northern Italy for an experience like no other.

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