28 Feb Best Places to Visit in Northern Italy
Northern Italy is a fabulous place to explore and there are so many things to do and see, here are the best places to visit.
Staying in a villa overlooking Lake Garda and surrounded by the stunning mountains is one of the most peaceful ways to spend a holiday. You can visit the Gardaland, an amusement park that is adjacent to Lake Garda. Visit the Monte Baldo for outdoor activities such as trekking, paragliding and enjoy the views of the lake from the top of the mountain. Take a trip to the Park Bay of Sirens and you will find private beaches and picnic areas to relax in. Be sure to visit the Château Scaliger de Torri del Benaco a waterfront museum with boats, olive presses and other exhibits of local interests.
Milan lies in the northern Lombardy region in Italy and is also considered the global capital of fashion and design. It has many beautiful examples of architecture like the Milan Cathedral which took 600 years to complete. You can also visit the Sforza Castle which was built by Francesco Sforza, Duke of Milan. Visit the spectacular Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, the oldest shopping mall, that also contains the first seven star hotel in Milan, the Town House Galleria.
You can visit the Cimitero Monumentale di Milano and Cimitero Maggiore which are the largest cemeteries in Milan and are known for their artistic tombs and monuments. A few other places to visit are Biblioteca Ambrosiana, Museo Teatrale alla Scala, Civic Aquarium of Milan and San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore.
Venice is the capital of the Veneto region in northern Italy. Venice is built on more than 100 small islands in a lagoon in the Adriatic Sea. It is a city without roads and everything is accessed only through canals. Be sure to take a tour of Venice to see all of the spectacular renaissance art and architecture.
You can visit Piazza San Marco, also known as St Mark’s Square, where you can also see the stunning architecture of Saint Mark’s Basilica, Teatro La Fenice, Museo Correr, Scuola Grande di San Rocco and Santa Maria della Salute. Be sure to visit the Rialto Bridge which is one of the four oldest bridges spanning the Grand Canal. Don’t forget to take a romantic gondola ride on the Grand Canal at sunset.
Genoa is a capital of Liguria region in northern Italy and is also a port city. It has played a central role in the maritime trade over many centuries. Visit the Aquarium of Genoa which is the largest aquarium in Italy and is located in the old harbour area of Genoa. There are many fine examples architecture so be sure to visit Palazzo Ducale, Palazzo Rosso, Palazzo Reale, Palazzo Doria Tursi and Palazzo Spinola National Gallery.
You can also visit the Piazza De Ferrari which is located in the heart of the city and is known for its spectacular fountain. Visit the waterfront zone of Porto Antico with outdoor cafes, restaurants and shops. Take a ride on the Bigo which is a sculptural crane which offers short rides with panoramic city and harbour views.