Northern Veneto can be explored as a short break from Venice; trains run to every city worth seeing, either directly or via the Padua-Belluno line, which you can intercept at Castelfranco. More: trenitalia.com. Asolo makes a great base; recommended accommodation includes Villa Cipriani. More: villaciprianiasolo.com. Further north in Follina, try Villa Abbazia or Hotel dei Chiostri. More: abbaziahotel.com; hoteldeichiostri.com. Martin Randall Travel has a six-day tour of palladian villas led by experts specialising in the Renaissance era. The next two tours are October 9-14 and April 23-28. More: 1300 559 595; martinrandall.com.