World Travel Magazine - - Fea­ture Des­ti­na­tions 2019 -

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

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