Travel Reviews and Information
by People who Visit Italy
The Dolomites of Northern
Northern Italy is an area of
outstanding beauty with
its dramatic Alps and the beautiful Dolomites. It is in the Dolomites
and the Alps where hordes of winter-sport worshipers flock to enjoy the
skiers, snowboarders and toboggonists. In the spring and early summer,
the same area is thickly carpeted with wild flowers and is the perfect
place to explore, hike and camp.
ruins, fairy-tale castles, Medieval palaces and
villas dot the landscape. Castles and fortresses cling to the sides
that dip down to crystal clear lakes.
cities emerged and have remained important today as vibrant commercial
Milan, and Turin. Undoubtedly, it is Venice that gets the
tourists, year round, as they flock to the Grand Canal.
Northern Italy is also the center of
industry and home to icons of the wealthy; Armani, Versace, Prada,
Valentino, Dolce & Gabanna, Lamborghini,
Maserati and the Bugatti.
For those who have come to Italy to
enjoy the food and wine you will not be disappointed. Piedmont
is a well-known region of fine
wines. Others may be surprised to learn that it is
also a region which produces large amounts of rice which is grown in
the Po Valley.
This is an area of gastronomic delight, for not only does it produce
fine wines, but it also produces fine truffles and has very distinct regional
If you are looking for dramatic
seascapes, hilltop villages, a warm climate, good olive oil and plenty
of citrus fruit, then Liguria
beckons. Liguria is the "Italian Riviera". It's an area that is popular
and locals alike and during the summer they flock to the beaches and
enjoy the warmth of the summer sun. Visit villages here like Apricale,
Ceriana that are tucked away from the coast, high up in lofty
Northern Italy is an area that beckons
people of all ages and suits both those who seek adventure, and those
who just want to meander and savor the local fare.
High Definition Travel Video of Northern Italy in Spring
Geographic Areas of Northern Italy
Northern Italy extends across the
include both the North-Western and the North-Eastern regions.
a number of small towns in Northern Italy that you really don't want to
miss if you are in area. Some of you may not even know about these
towns, but we have included them here because they are beautiful. It is
as simple as that. So enjoy the list, and hopefully you will get the
time to visit one or two of them yourselves.
Region of Northern Italy:
5 Best Towns in Valle d' Aosta
5 Best Towns in Liguria
3) Cinque Terre and Porto Venere
4) San Remo
major airport for Northern Italy is Milan's Linate International
Airport, with connections to North America and throughout Europe. There
are other airports in Venice and Genoa, so travelers wanting to fly
directly to a particular destination in Northern Italy can usually do
so, or at least fly to an airport in the near vicinity. The region is
well-connected by intercity buses and trains.
By Car: Traveling
by car means that you will be able to see far more than you would using
pubic transport. Crossing the Alps is very scenic. From Milan you can
travel to Switzerland and Austria, and France and Germany are not too
far away either. From Milan you have good roads to Florence, Rome and
beyond. My only advice here would be to keep to the speed limit. You
don't want to spoil your vacation by getting a speeding fine at the end
By Plane: There
are 3 airports servicing Northern Italy which can be confusing
for the new traveler to Italy.
Malpensa Airport is the largest and busiest airport which is more than
40 km north
of Milan. Malpensa services long-haul International flights and budget
carriers. Travelers from North America fly into this airport.
The first is Milan's Linate International Airport which services mostly
domestic travelers and short-haul European travelers.
al Serio Airport is 45 km out of Milan and is used mainly by low-cost
carriers from Eastern European countries, Turkey and other
By Train: Milan
Central station is beautiful. It was built in 1864 and is well placed
to visit the town's center. All trains cease running between
a.m. and 5 a.m.
Milan services all the major European cities as well as servicing other
cities throughout Italy.
From Milan Central you
can take the Malpensa Shuttle to the Malpensa Airport. It
runs ever 30 -60 minutes and the journey takes the hour.