Northern Italy has spectacular mountain vistas in the Dolomites and the Alps, vast crystalline lakes, undulating, vineyard-covered hills, dramatic coastlines, and enchanting historical cities and architecture is the most breathtaking destinations. Get inspired by this introductory list of some of the region’s most beautiful locations.
This national park in the Aosta Valley is a walker’s paradise in all seasons, with 724km (450mi) of marked trails and mule tracks. Hike the pristine snowy peaks in the winter, and watch the biodiversity of the landscape bloom in the spring and summer. You may also see horned goats grazing peacefully on alpine pastures or rare birds flying overhead.
The grand boulevards and squares of this refined and cosmopolitan city are lined with Baroque buildings and art nouveau cafes. The elegant townhouses and dreamy villas on the Po River are decorated with geometric stained glass windows, plasterwork with floral motifs, and curvaceous ironwork. The cityscape is frequently shrouded in mist, set against the dramatic outline of the Alps.
The Langhe wine region’s rolling, vineyard-covered hills give way to views of the snow-covered Alps. Beautiful Piedmont villages appear in clusters along small winding roads throughout the region, with striking contemporary architecture and sculptures on many vineyard estates.
Turin’s Versaille is a magnificent royal estate built in the 17th century for Duke Carlo Emanuele II of Savoy. Amedeo di Castellamonte’s famous Hall of Diana is a fairytale Baroque masterpiece.
This coastal region in Liguria consists of five fishing and wine-producing villages perched dramatically on rocky cliff fronts: Monterosso al Mare to Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. Steep terraces of brightly colored houses dangle over inlets and bustling harbors, while olive groves and vineyards stretch inland. Cinque Terre is a walker’s paradise, and you can enjoy an unforgettable guided hike as part of Culture Trip’s 10-day small-group Northern Italy trip.
Enjoy fresh seafood on this picturesque fishing village’s azure pebble beaches. The main beach is lined with sherbert-colored buildings, while others are nestled in secluded coves surrounded by lush greenery. The ancient Abbazia San Fruttuoso provides a unique backdrop for a small bay beneath a steep wooded hill; its cloisters lead directly onto the beach, which can only be reached on foot.
Bormio is a small commune in the Valtellina region of the Alps near Switzerland, built around ancient hot springs. People have traveled to Bormio for centuries in search of wellness from the thermal spa and fresh mountain air. Relax in the Bagni Vecchi, Roman baths built into the mouths of mountain caves, or soak in a thermal pool or hot tub at the Bagni Nuova.
Livigno is well-known as a ski resort, but it is also located within the prestigious Parco Nazionale dello Stelvio. The stunning Alps panoramas are peppered with traditional baita (chalets), and the town comes alive in February with a famous snow polo tournament.