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Northern Italy Travel Notes

Aosta Valley (Valle d'Aosta), Trentino - Alto Adige, Veneto, Piedmont (Piemonte), Emilia-Romagna, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Lombardy (Lombardia) - includes the lakes and Milan. See topics listed below. Venice travel notes are in a separate section.


Looking for Northern Italy: The exact boundaries for Northern Italy are a mystery.


The Wines of Friuli: A tale of three grape varieties, Tocai Friulano, Schioppettino and Picolit.

Trentino-Alto Adige

Day Hikes in the Dolomites: suggestions for hiking this mountainous area using Val Gardena as a base.

The Day I Saw The Iceman: Viewing this prehistoric man at the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology in Bolzano.


The Discovery of a Lush Town of Veneto, Conegliano: suggestions on things to do in this town along the Prosecco road.

The Eastern Dolomites - Cortina d'Ampezzo: Using this town to visit the Dolomites in the "off-season", summer.

Things to Do in the Northern Veneto: Exploring the Veneto region near Bassano del Grappa.

Opera - Arena di Verona: The famous outdoor opera in Verona.

Venice: Many pages of travel notes for Venice: things to do and see, how to save money, boating lessons, where to stay.


Bergamo, Lake Iseo, Val Camonica: Travel guide for this mountain and lake area north of Milan.

Sagra della Rana: Journal and photos about the local sagra near Milan (Festival of the Frog).

Lake Como Travel Guide: Favorite restaurants, shops and things to do on Lake Como.

Dispelling Myths about Milan: What there is to love about Milan and the Bagatti Valsecchi Museum.


Nizza Monferrato: Travel Guide for this small town in northern Italy.

Turin, City of Surprises: Ten Things You Don't Know About Turin.

Turin, Simple Elegance: Art and Architecture, Chocolate and Cafes.

Acqui Terme: The nicest city in Italy.

Tre Belle Cose: Three Distinctly Different Vineyards in Southwestern Piemonte.

Two Wine Regions of Piemonte: Comparisons and recommendations of the Langhe and Monferrato wine regions.

Mondovì - Where Wine Meets Cheese: a bit of history with things to do and see in this oft overlooked Piemontese city.

Emilia Romagna

One-Day Tour of Bologna: Make the most of a one-day visit to Bologna and visit its historical, architectural and present-day treats.

Everything Bologna: Things to do, restaurants, nightlife.

Ravenna: Notes about the mosaics in Ravenna.

Ravenna and Faenza: An overnight trip from Todi to Ravenna to see the mosaics and Faenza for the ceramics museum.

Aosta Valley

Glorious Fatigue on Monte Rosa: Impressions of a trek to the second highest peak in Europe.

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