The 10 Most Beautiful Towns to Visit in Northern Italy: Underrated Italy

Welcome back, folks, to a brand new blog. From the Alpine Mountains and the glacial lakes to even the sunny shorelines of the Riviera and Adriatic, the complete diversity of Northern Italy is just as striking as the South.

So I’ve already done the South of Italy Blog, so let’s take a look at 10 beautiful places to visit in Northern Italy.

1. MILAN: (Northern Italy)

The church is situated in the center of city.


So let’s start this list with Milan, as you can fly there and base yourself in this city to visit some of the places on this list in the north of Italy, so the first monument to check out in this city is the Milan Cathedral The symbol of the city is located in Piazza del Historic Centro, the best starting point for a stay in Milan. It started in 1386, and the construction of the cathedral took nearly 500 years, so it’s such a sight to behold. You also have the Galleria, which was constructed in the late 1800s.

the construction of the cathedral took nearly 500 years

The Galleria is one of the oldest enclosed shopping malls in the world, and there’s one amazing place that has some gelato, but you can check that out in the Milan video I’ve already made in the description below. It’s a great way to immerse yourself in the hustle and bustle of Milan as you walk around the Galleria.

2. LAKE COMO:

Lake como surrounded by the colorful city


You can head straight to Lake Como, which brings me to the next one. Como is the Lakeside Village on the southern end of its namesake Lake Como, around an hour’s train ride from Milan, far from the buzz of the city. Como is where you can take in the immersive beauty of the Alps, elegant 19th century villas, and majestic church buildings. But another one of my favourites is Bellagio. It’s a small jewel of a town, and it’s one of the most glamorous and romantic destinations in Lombardy.

In fact, the well-known pearl of Lake Como is home to a colourful historic centre with four gardens. Charming neighbourhoods such as Pescalo and its central location in Mace Bellagio are really perfect, in my opinion, especially for visiting other surrounding towns like Farina and Menagio, where you can easily arrive by boat. (Northern Italy)

3. ORTS SAN GIULIO:

ORTS SAN GIULIO is located in the center of water lake


The smallest of the Italian Lakes, narrow Lago daughter, has a big colic air and is far less touristy than Como and the majority. It’s set on a little high point on the southeastern shore. The retro-mediaeval town is an assembly of ancient stone buildings and plenty of cobbled lanes built around the lakeside. It’s filled with pavement cafes where you can relax and just take in the atmosphere. There are plenty of lovely walks in the surrounding hills,

So a visit to this mystical island of San Julio is an absolute must.

4. LAKE GARDA:

Lake Garda is too clear lake


The largest of the glacial lakes of the Lombardi province, Lake Garda, is bordered by Alpine Peaks to the north and flat plains to the south, with gardens, orchards, and forests all along the shore, providing that scenic backdrop for those of you who are looking for rest and a bit of recreation. The southernmost town is Simeone, which features natural hot springs, a small castle, and the Grotto de Katullo, the largest collection of Roman ruins in northern Italy.

Lake Garda is a most loving for surfers

So that’s a good town to check out, and on the northern shore of the lake Place Riva Delgado is the destination of choice for those of you who are interested in just outdoor activities, including sailing, windsurfing, or even kayaking. As you can see, there’s a contrast between the two, but it’s very well worth a holiday trip and very well worth putting on your list.

5. BERGAMO:

Bergamo, a city in the Lombardi region of Italy


Bergamo, a city in the Lombardi region of Italy located in the far north of the country, comprises a walled historic center known as the upper town. It’s steeped in mediaeval history, so much so that some parts seem untouched since they were first built. In the 16th century, Venetian defensive walls and gates were so impenetrable that the town was never conquered, so the highlights here are Piazza Vecchia and the upper city itself, Lachita Alta, perfect for walking around and checking out the town.

Of course, don’t miss out on visiting the Basilica de Santa Maria. Overall, Bergamo is famous for its wealth of artistic treasures, very mediaeval town, and atmosphere. (Northern Italy)

6. BOLOGNA: (Northern Italy)

Bologna is beautiful architecture city


A Real Tale of Two Cities In Emilio Romania, in a region as overwhelmingly foodie as Amelia Romania, it’s only natural that its capital, Bologna, is dubbed la grasa The fat one: this is the ultimate foodie destination where you can organise a whole gourmet tour around artisan producers of, let’s say, prosciutto, mortadella, some intense balsamic vinegar, and Italy’s king of cheeses, Amazon. But in between the eating and the drinking, you have the magnificent cities of Bologna, Ferreira, and Ravenna.

7. GENOA:

Genoa is colorful city in Milan


Sometimes overshadowed by the popularity of other Italian cities like Rome and Venice, you think, “Why would I need to go to General, especially as an hour and 15 minutes away is Cinque Terre Genoa is nevertheless still one of Italy’s true hidden gems. As the capital city of the Ligurian region on the northwest coast of Italy, it’s most associated with being the birthplace of Christopher Columbus, but the city’s shining crown is clearly its historic center, with narrow winding streets that reveal surprising gems at every turn.

So you really need to just walk around a very compact city because you can see a lot of things and get a lot of attractions out of the way in a very short space of time. Give it a go.

8. PORTOFINO:

Portofino is surrounded by the lake


A picture perfect harbour with beautiful scenery and rows upon rows of hilltop and waterfront homes Portofino is just one of those prettiest towns on the Italian Riviera, and it’s only a short drive south of Genoa, which is why I said that you should base yourself in that city. The little village has been a very popular day trip destination for centuries.

So it is a favourite stopping point for cruises that go along the Italian Riviera. There is a beautiful view of the lighthouse at Portofino, which offers photographic views of the charming town Choose the time that you visit wisely. I find that April, the start of May, and right at the end of September are the perfect times to visit, where it’s still sunny and you still get to enjoy the town.

9. VERONA: (Northern Italy)

The 10 Most Beautiful Towns to Visit in Northern Italy: Underrated Italy


Verona is an ancient city with a history stretching back to Roman times, and it’s best known as the setting for Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet. It’s a very picturesque city filled with Renaissance palaces.

Roman ruins and mediaeval buildings at the heart of the city lie the mini Roman Amphitheatre, and as you walk around on the banks of the river Adagi, you will find Castel Vecchio, which was built in 1354 or 1355 and is a very impressive defensive fortress. You do get some stunning views, and there’s another special place just a stone’s throw away from Verona 50 minutes by car, just off Lago de Garda, you will find the century of Madonna del Carono, which means Our Lady of the Crown. Being located between Milan and Venice.

The 10 Most Beautiful Towns to Visit in Northern Italy: Underrated Italy

The city does receive a bit less attention compared to those two, so really take advantage of being located on the Adriatic and almost surrounded by Slovenia, which for much of its history was controlled by different powers and formerly ruled by the Habsburgs.

10. TRIESTE: (Northern Italy)

Verona city is surrounded by the lake.


It has a lot of different cultural influences. There’s also a little bit of Vienna in his beautiful cafes. You see, the Coffee Bean folks are hugely important to Italy’s coffee capital. There are plenty of beautiful Viennese style coffee houses. One you should check out is Cafe Tomasio. It’s a very elegant spot for you to sit back, relax, and enjoy the atmosphere. Above the old town and next to the castle, the same name is San Justo, a hilltop cathedral, parts of which date back to the 6th century.

So there are plenty of places to visit, and I highly recommend you stay here for more than just a weekend, folks. That was a taste of Northern Italy, so do you prefer South Italy or North Italy? Let me know in the comments below. Thanks for reading, and I will see you all on the next one. As always, be good, be kind, and be careful.

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