Italy is one of the most popular vacation destinations in the world, and it isn’t hard to see why. From the lip-smacking cuisine to the jaw-dropping landscapes, the awe-inspiring art to the world- famous architecture, this is a country with plenty to offer – and particularly in its attraction-packed north.
STYLE AND SOPHISTICATION IN MILAN
Magnificent Milan, the capital of the north, wears its history well. The gloriously gothic Duomo speaks of its significance as a center of European Christianity, while the legendary opera house La Scala harkens back to eras of Milanese cultural dominance.
Modern Milan is just as enticing. Come for fashion week to experience the latest in haute couture or simply wander around the flagship stores of leading brands in the elegant city center. Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, with its cast-iron and glass ceiling, is a compulsory stop for travelers with a taste for fashion and design. And don’t forget to visit Michelangelo’s masterpiece, The Last Supper.
SAILING AND SLOW TRAVEL IN CINQUE TERRE
The “Five Lands” of Liguria possess an almost mythic quality. Multicolored houses tumble down rocky outcrops into sheltered bays along some of Italy’s most beautiful stretches of coastline. These historic fishing villages demand that you slow down – cars are banned in some of the villages, so you can wander along cliffside paths in total peace. To avoid crowds in summer, try setting sail on a yacht excursion. You can dock in one of the harbors to savor a glass of Riomaggiore wine or relax on one of Monterosso al Mare’s beaches.
PALACES AND PRIVACY BY LAKE MAGGIORE
Northern Italy is famous for its lakes. Destinations such as Lake Como and Lake Garda attract visitors seeking quiet escapes. Expansive villas, backed by mountain views, overlook glimmering lakes where boats bob on the peaceful water. Perhaps the most beautiful of all is Lake Maggiore, lined with 19th century villas and luxury spa hotels. Take a boat trip out to the Borromean Islands to discover Maggiore’s magnificent palaces, complete with botanic gardens, opulently furnished halls, and restaurants with lakeside views.
CARNIVALS AND CANALS IN VENICE
Venice is a city lodged firmly in the public imagination, and the queen of the Adriatic more than lives up to its romantic reputation. There is astonishing architecture around every watery corner, made all the more dazzling by the fact that these buildings seem to be floating. Whether you’re drifting along the canals in a gondola or strolling its streets on foot, take some time to explore beyond the most famous sights to discover smaller museums and churches away from the crowds.
Year-round events only make the city more exciting. World-famous art and film festivals attract visitors from around the globe, while the winter Carnival is a once-in-a-lifetime explosion of colors and costumes.
SPAS AND SPORTS IN THE DOLOMITES
Northern Italy has no shortage of mountains, with the Dolomites among the most popular. Hike to iconic sights such as Civetta or the Three Peaks (Tre Cime) of Lavaredo in summer. In the winter the Dolomites turn into one of Italy’s finest skiing destinations; South Tyrol in particular, has a lively Alpine culture and slopes that take your breath away. But it’s not all hardcore sports, as these spectacular mountains are also home to wellness retreats, spas and luxury hotels for you to relax and rejuvenate among beautiful landscapes.
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Bologna, a historic university city, tempts vacationers with its masterpiece-filled art galleries, while Verona promises so much more than tragic love stories. Foodies should get a taste of Turin, while artists in search of inspiration will fall for the creative atmosphere of secluded Trieste. Its towering mountains promise skiing and hiking in different seasons, while the coastline is scattered with quiet villages in a state of perpetual peace.
CONTACT KINGSBRIDGE TRAVEL TO BOOK YOUR NORTHERN ITALY VACATION
Northern Italy truly has something to offer everyone, regardless of their interests and activity level. Call Diane at Kingsbridge Travel at 813 972-3400 and learn what Northern Italy has in store for you.