The Veneto region, which is divided into seven provinces, is Italy with a twist. Its capital, Venice, remained under Byzantine rule for a long time. In addition to its characteristic streets and gondola-filled canals, Venice boasts dozens of famous buildings, including Saint Mark’s Basilica, the Doge’s Palace and the Bridge of Sighs. Nearby Verona is home to the celebrated Roman arena that dates back to 30 C.E. and which can hold up to 30,000 spectators.