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The region (Ital. Veneto) is located in the north-east of Italy and is divided into the provinces of Belluno, Padua, Rovigo, Treviso, Venice (metropolitan city), Verona and Vicenza. It borders the four regions of Friuli Venezia Giulia to the east, Trentino-Alto Adige and Lombardy to the west, and Emilia-Romagna to the south. The northern tip borders on Austria. The landscape or climate is also shaped by the 150-kilometre-long Adriatic coast. The lush vineyards were already cultivated by the Etruscans. Later the Romans came and appreciated the ancient wine Raeticum mentioned by Pliny the Elder (23-79), supposedly a precursor of today's Recioto wines. In the 15th century, the galleys of the Republic of Venice ("Serenissima" = the "Illustrious") dominated the Mediterranean. At that time, viticulture experienced a heyday.

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