Northern Italy

The south of Italy is something of a draw for tourists as it boasts a mild Mediterranean climate, idyllic beaches and fantastic food, such as fresh seafood and creamy gelato. However, there are several cities and resorts in the north of the country that are not to missed, including the popular cities of Verona and Venice, as well as alpine ski resorts such as Bolzano and Aosta Valley, and the epic Dolomites.

The north of Italy is a fantastic choice if you’re looking for a winter getaway or a skiing holiday and there are a multitude of beautiful resorts to choose from. Here are a few of our favourites.

Venice

We couldn’t talk about holidays in the north of Italy without mentioning Venice! This floating city is purely magical and well worth a visit if you have not yet been. The city actually stretches across 117 small islands in the marshy Venetian Lagoon along the Adriatic Sea and so there is a network of canals connecting the different parts of the cities, which are navigated by boats and gondolas. Popular activities in the city include romantic gondola tours, tours of San Marco Basilica, which is the city’s famous cathedral, and theatre shows.

Being a popular destination with many exclusive hotels and restaurants, Venice can be a pricey destination but it can be incorporated into a multi-centre holiday with other cities, meaning you can enjoy a week or two away, including the delights of Venice, without breaking the bank

Madonna di Campiglio

Madonna di Campiglio in Trentino-Alto Adige is a good choice for young couples or groups as it is known for its vibrant atmosphere and has a wide range of bars and cafes that cater to tourists. The resort sits in a valley between the Brenta Dolomites and the glaciers of Adamello and Presanella. It is a prime choice for ski or snowboard enthusiasts as it is regarded as Italy’s number one ski resort, with many kilometres of runs at varying levels of difficulty. There are also 57 ski lifts and the resort covers 50,000 m2 of snow park.

Popular hotels in Madonna di Campiglio include Hotel Crozzon, Hotel Chalet all'Imperatore and, if luxury is what you’re looking for, Hotel Chalet del Sogno. However, there are many others to choose from, with options to suit a range of budgets.

While you’re in Madonna di Campiglio, check out Ristorante Chalet Fogajard, which is decked out in an Alpine style and has an outdoor eating area that is perfect for a spot of lunch. Nearly everything on the menu, including the bread, pastries, jams, meats and cheeses, are made on-site or sourced from local farms, making it a good choice for authentic cuisine.

Lake Como

Lake Como sits north of Milan and has gained notoriety as a number of celebrities, including George Clooney, famously have houses on the lake. Along with Lake Garda and Lake Maggiore, it is one of the big three Italian Lakes and while Lake Garda is popular with tourists, Lake Como is more peaceful, with a scenic wooded backdrop that provides an atmosphere of calm. Popular destinations in the area include Colico, Como, Lecco, Bellagio, Menaggio and Varenna. Lake Como combines particularly well with cities in north and middle Italy, such as Milan, Venice or Rome.

Verona

The city of Verona is notable as the backdrop of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, and it is certainly a romantic city, with quiet walkways, pretty buildings and several romantic restaurants. It is also famous for its opera, such as the lyrical season in the Arena, which is the ancient amphitheatre built by the Romans. It also boasts a number of impressive monuments, including Castlevecchio, Domus Mercatorum, Scaliger Tombs, Torre dei Lamberti, Palzzo Canossa, Arco dei Gavi and Ponte Pietra.

Aosta Valley

Notable destinations in the Aosta Valley are Aosta and Courmayeur, which sit within the Italian Alps close to Mont Blanc. Courmayeur in particular is a good choice for those looking for a weekend ski break as it can be easily reached from Turin Caselle airport and has good transport links.

The Aosta Valley is bordered by France and Switzerland, giving the region a multicultural feel, including the cuisine and you’ll find unexpected dishes on the menu at popular restaurants, including cabbage flan, wild boar with polenta, and lamb chops with mustard sauce. Chiecco, Christiana and The Cadran Solaire in Courmayeur are particularly popular eateries that are well worth a visit.

For active enthusiasts, we would also like to recommend the Courmayeur four day mountain tour, which takes place in the spring and is suitable for groups of about four to six.

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