An excellent product is never an isolated phenomenon, but the result of a combination of factors, including the lifestyle, culture, and history of the place from which it originates. Olive oil is one of the protagonists of the Veneto lifestyle, and an essential component of many of the traditional recipes. In Veneto, eating well is synonymous with living well. This region also happens to be blessed with favourable geographical conditions, such as the sea, the Dolomites, the Rivers Po, Piave, Brenta, Sile, and Garda Lake, as well as the Euganei and Berici Hills.
The variety of beautiful landscapes here are reflected in its artistic and cultural eclecticism. Over the years, Veneto’s beauty has inspired painters, sculptors, and architects alike, such as Giotto, Giorgione, Tiepolo, Jacopo da Ponte, Palladio, Canaletto, Canova, to name only a few. Additionally, many of the grandfathers of music and the written word created their masterpieces in Veneto, for instance Vivaldi and Albinoni made their music here, along with Lorenzo da Ponte, the librettist of Mozart. Goldoni was also a Veneto native, and one of the great writers of his time, and Teofilo Folengo invented the macaronic language here. Monsignor Della Casa wrote the Galateo here, which defined the rules of polite behavior. Of course, no one can forget Casanova, who infamously created the code of seduction, and Da Porto, who “invented” the story of Romeo and Giulia. Finally, Veneto was the place from which Marco Polo set off on his expedition to discover the Orient.