Italy seems to have a default entry in any travel bucket list, but Northern Italy has a vibe of its own with world-class cuisine, and artwork dating back to The Renaissance, born here. Discovering the balcony where Romeo is said to have spoken to Juliet is one of many reasons that make this a destination to watch in 2019.
Visiting Tuscany calls for a cooking class. Here visitors refine their skills by making their own pasta, tomato soup, biscotti and pizza the way it was meant to be, while sipping a glass of Italian wine. For culinary lovers, a visit to
Piedmont is also in order — this is the home of truffles, the Barolo vineyards, the Barolo Castle with the Wine Museum and the slow-food movement. It’s easy to understand why the slow-food movement was born in a place where people genuinely enjoy cooking and proudly use fresh ingredients, whether from their own backyard or their neighbour’s.
Cinque Terre is one of the world’s most picturesque locations — compromising of five villages nestled along the coastline. Not unlike Venice, cars are banned, or simply not able to drive in the hilly terrain, so visitors can arrive by boat, foot, or train. For travellers seeking old world charm, this is a must-see destination.
Northern Italy is also a unique location due to its many lakes, notably Lake Como, but also Lake Garda and
Lake Maggiore. Hidden away in the Alps, these lakes are surrounded by natural beauty. On Lake Maggiore you find the Borromean Islands, on which a palace was built in the 1600s and still stand intact today — complete with peacocks and botanical gardens. Sailing on the lakes is a popular pastime and the perfect way to experience La dolce vita.
For romantics, a visit to Verona, the famed city of
Romeo and Juliet, as well as a gondola trip in Venice needs to be on the itinerary. The trend of art and romance stretches to Milan — especially for the fashion lover.
The Da Vinci Museum of Science and Technology is an intriguing place to discover for the artists in the family.
The best time of the year to visit northern Italy is usually considered to be April-june and September-october, due to the mild climate. However the summer months of Julyaugust and winter does make for hot summer vacations and cosy winter getaways.
This page, from left, view of colorful town and mountian background, Lake Como, Italy; beautiful view of Nago Torbole city in Lake of Garda - Trentino Alto Adige, Italy Opposite, from top, view of Genoa, port city in northern Italy; small rural house on snowy winter hill among vineyards in Piedmont, Northern Italy