As the centuries passed, this region continued to develop, and in the 15th century, it became one of the centers of the Renaissance whose culture and works of art were highly appreciated.

The rise continued until the late 19th century, when the economic boom of the 1950s-1960s occurred, which allowed Northern Italy to sharpen its status as the richest and most industrialized part of Italy.

 Northern Italy is one of the geographical regions of Italy, consisting of eight administrative regions: Aosta Valley, Piedmont, Liguria, Lombardy, Emilia-Romagna, Veneto, Friuli-Venezia Giulia and Trentino-Alto Adige / Südtirol.

Just as the name itself says geographically, this region is located in the north of Italy, with the Alps as the northern and western boundaries and the Apennine Mountains as the southern one.
Almost throughout the whole of Northern Italy, between the two mountain ranges, stretches the plain made of the Venetian plain and the valley of Po, the largest river in Italy.

As far as the climate goes, hot and humid summers and mild winters are typical of Northern Italy, which is one of the reasons why tourism in this region is so developed.

Determining the peculiarities of Northern Italy would be difficult and time-consuming because even the tiny and hidden Italian villages sparkle with a special charm of the past times.
However, we will acquaint you with some of the most interesting and most bizarre destinations in the region.

We will start with its easternmost part, more precisely, with the city of Trieste.
This port and shopping center will enchant you with the beautiful scenes of the city and the Adriatic Sea.
 Historical wealth is reflected in castles such as Miramare Castle, as well as beautiful squares like the central square called Piazza Unità d'Italia.

 By leaving from Trieste, we arrive very quickly to a city that is famous for canals, gondolas and rich history and culture. Here, of course, we are talking about Venice. 

Buildings such as the Basilica of St Mark and Palazzo Ducale, and the rich squares such as St. Mark's Square are just a part of the creations that decorate this, according to many, the most beautiful city in the world.
Your taste buds will also enjoy Venice and its seafood delicacies and afterward, you can wash it all down with Veneto’s signature bubbly, prosecco.

 Still, in awe and with a full belly we continue towards Padova which is just 40 km away from Venice.

Here, a fascinating mix of art, culture, flavors, and traditions occurs.
Having been surrounded by various natural and cultural attractions such as the Euganean Springs, the Euganean Hills, the medieval defensive walls, castles, villas and many more, it shows how rich with treasures this land is.

 Right next to the Padua is where we find Vicenza. 

Vicenza is a cosmopolitan city, with a rich history and culture, and many museums, piazzas, churches, and elegant Renaissance palazzi.
Also known as the ''City of Palladio'', it houses twenty-three buildings designed by Andrea Palladio.
When it comes to food and drinks, you won't find here anything but good wine and a variety of food from cheese to fish and cold cuts.

 If we continue to drive towards the central part of Northern Italy, for about 45 minutes we reach the romantic city of Verona.

From the Veronese arena to the home of the world's most famous lovers, Romeo and Juliet, Verona is filled with many attractions throughout the city.

If you need a dose of adrenaline, near the beautiful Verona, there is Gardaland, one of the most popular amusement parks.

After the crazy rollercoaster rides, you can relax at one of the resorts along the coast of the largest lake in Italy, Lake Garda.

 We leave the beautiful scenes of Lake Garda and descend to the south towards Parma.

Famous for its fine cheese(parmigiano) and ham, this attractive historic town, houses the impressive cathedral square called Piazza Duomo, which is surrounded by historic buildings, of which are the Duomo, the adjoining Campanile (bell tower) and the striking Baptistery ), the most notable.

From Parma, we go lower towards Modena.

This ancient town is known for its automotive industry since the factories of the famous Italian sports car makers Ferrari, De Tomaso, Lamborghini, Pagani, and Maserati are, or were, located here.
The historic part of the town is its main square called the Piazza Grande with several monuments including the cathedral, town hall, the picturesque 15h century clock tower and more.
For those hungry, Modena offers a variety of traditional dishes such as Zampone, a stuffed pig's foot, or Cotechino Modena (pork sausage), both often served with lentils but also stuffed pasta such as ravioli and tortellini, for those less inclined to pork.
If you like fine-dining than you'll definitely love Modena's most famous, 3-star Michelin restaurant, the Osteria Francescana.

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