Northern and Central Italy
Surrounding Ligurian are territories such as Piedmont, Lake Como, Lake Maggiore, Lake Garda, Milan, Emilia Romagna, Venice and Tuscany, all stunning destinations just waiting to be discovered: each with distinct and interesting characteristics.
A land of mountains and rolling hills
Known for its full-bodied Barolo and Barbaresco wines, for its delicious hazelnuts and cheeses, this is the region where truffles reign supreme.
If you are a wine and food lover, this region is ideal for “slow” travel, choosing from the range of authentic flavours, culinary traditions and great wines. But that’s not all: this is a region with a stunning collection of royal palaces, magnificent scenery with rolling hills and valleys dotted with neat vineyards, as well as tiny villages and castles!
THE ITALIAN LAKES DISTRICT: LAKE COMO, LAKE GARDA, LAKE MAGGIORE AND LAKE ORTA
An area with an enduring, beguiling beauty
Romantic towns and villages perched on the water’s edge, extraordinary planted gardens and historical villas, outlined by a backdrop of mountains and, of course, stunning scenery: all of this is to be found, and more, in the Italian Lakes district.
Lake Como is dotted with villages – including exquisite Bellagio and Varenna – boasting majestic villas such as Villa Balbianello and Villa Carlotta. This is the most dramatic of the lakes and is the most popular.
Lake Garda, Italy’s largest and easternmost lake, is surrounded by rolling green hills and gardens, vineyards, lemon trees and olive groves. The unique town of Sirmione is Garda’s most popular resort.
Lake Maggiore is a natural, historical paradise nestled between Piedmont and Lombardy. On this lake there are a series of lovely towns, such as Stresa, Verbania and Cannobio, which are the gateways to the gorgeous Maggiore islands. Wooded hillsides rise behind the towns, strewn with decadent villas, lush botanical gardens and castles.
Lake Orta is an authentic gem set between the green of the Alps and vast hilltop woods. Defined as the calmer, smaller cousin of majestic Lake Maggiore, the shores of the lake are speckled with tiny picturesque towns, ancient villages and ports that recount the lives of the local fishermen, once the Lake Orta’s most numerous inhabitants.
Italy’s Food Valley
As the official birthplace of fettuccine, tortellini, lasagna, prosciutto ham, balsamic vinegar and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, the region has a spectacular culinary tradition. But there are many other reasons to come here aside from the desire to be well fed: to marvel at Parma’s Correggio paintings, admire the medieval splendour of Bologna’s palaces, stroll through Ferrara’s medieval alleys, roam the rolling hills of the Romagna countryside, and be enthralled by the Byzantine beauty of Ravenna’s mosaics, which glitter as brightly today as they did 1,500 years ago.
A vibrant city with so much to offer
From the world-famous Duomo di Milano to the trendy Navigli district, Milan has a rich history and a widely diverse culture worth discovering. The many hidden gems, as well as its thriving art, fashion and culinary scenes, simply can’t be missed!
Art, history, countryside and food: Tuscany has it all!
A region that does not need any presentation. Here, the striking contrast between the cultural meccas like Florence, Siena and Pisa and the petite countryside villages like San Gimignano, Monteriggioni and Pienza makes this destination one of the most attractive in the world.
The city of water
A collection of 118 islands connected by 400 bridges, Venice is a romantic, historic and gorgeous city, the stuff of dreams for many a traveller. With its Venetian Gothic architecture, Renaissance and Baroque palaces, extraordinary piazzas and narrow canals, Venice is truly one of the most beautiful cities in the world. The San Marco, San Polo and Cannareggio quarters as well as lagoon islands of Murano and Burano are just a taster of the wonderful areas of this city waiting for you to explore them!