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Italy – Knowing all 20 regions

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Northern Italy

Region Capital Other cities
Northern Aosta Aosta
Northern Emilia-Romagna Bologna Rimini, San Marino, Parma
Northern Friuli-Venezia Giulia Trieste
Northern Liguria Genoa
Northern Lombardy Milan Three lakes: Como,  Lake Maggiore& Lake Garda
Northern Marche Ancona
Northern Piedmontt Turin Valle d’Aosta
Northern Trentino-South Tyrol Trento
Northern Veneto Venice Verona,


  • Look at the  map of Veneto
  • Do a trip in this order: Venice –> Padua –> Verona –> Lake Garda
  • Or Milan –> Lake Garda –> Verona –> Padua –> Venice
  • Milan is bustling, has newer constructions, of course more contemporary fashions and trends and a wider range of accommodation choices. Plus, more and possibly better public transportation. But if scenic means ‘trees and fields’ – it’s not a likely option.
  • Padua is not ‘scenic’ – but, there are several notable pieces of architecture and urban scenes worth seeing. You can use up a whole day nicely walking about from one major location to the next. Other than the large open ‘square’ – the city’s parks are nice, but not so elaborate. Its relatively famous Botanical Gardens being worth a visit if you’re into horticulture and its history. Between 5 and 8 p.m., try to join the students and young office workers as they take their daily ‘Spritz’ in the city’s centre. Any three star hotel between the train station and the ‘downtown’ will do, before leaving for Venice.
  •  Verona is quaint, has two or three popular tourist locations – which don’t offer much to do once you’ve seen them – is more tranquil than Milan, relatively good public transportation and the parks and open spaces on its periphery are easy to access. But, I doubt you’d fill a day with activities worth more than a couple of selfies.
  • Two of William Shakespeare‘s plays are set in Verona: Romeo and Juliet and The Two Gentlemen of Verona. see the balcony of Juliet’s house. Verona is 2 hours by train from Venice. Make a stop at Padua on the way from Venice. Padua is 30 minutes from Venice.
  • Bologna University is the oldest academic institution of the world, founded in AD 1088.
  • Milan
    — Duomo
    — Santa Maria delle Grazie
    — The grand, pedestrianized Via Dante leads from the Sforza Castle toward the town center and the cathedral.
    — The Last Supper, housed by the refectory of the Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie
  • Venice
    Map of the Grand Canal ( from Santa Croce to Rialto to San Marco )
    — Basilica di San Marco
    — Palazzo Ducale
    — Santa Maria Gloriosa Dei Frari
    — Rialto District
  • Lake Como’s Grand Hotel Tremezzo 

Central Italy

Central Region Capital Other cities
Central Marche Urbino
Central Lazio Rome Frosinone, Latina, Rieti,   Viterbo , Aventine
Trastevere, Caracalla
Central Tuscany Florence PisaLuccaSienaVersiliaMaremma, Chianti.
Central Umbria Perugia


  • Travel in this order   Rome –> Sienna —> Florence –> Pisa, Lucca
  • Urbino will take a long time from Florence
  • Map of Romeunknown (1)

Southern Italy

Location Region Capital Other Cities
Southern Molise Campobasso
Southern Campania Naples Amalfi
Southern Apulia Bari Map, Foggia, Lecce
Southern Basilicata Potenza Metaponto
southern Calabria Catanzaro  Paestum , Crotone,
Southern Abruzzo L’Aquila Gran Sasso d’Italia 
Southern Sicily Palermo Akragas, Syracuse


  • Magna Graecia: Southern Italy in the present-day regions of Campania, Apulia, Basilicata, Calabria and Sicily;
  • The Roman poet Ovid referred to the south of Italy as Magna Graecia in his poem Fasti.

Traveling in Northern Italy from Milan (Milan Central Railway Station)

Milan to Bologna
Parma in the middle
1 hours by train
Milan to Turin 2 hours by train
Milan to Venice 2.5 hours by train
Milan to Geneva (Swtzln) 5 Hr by train
Milan to Como 40 Mins by train
Milan to Genoa 1.5 hours by train

Travelling from Genoa (Northern Italy)  to Southern France. Note: Travel from Genoa, not from Milan to save time

Genoa to Monte Carlo
Monte Carlo to Nice, France
Nice to Cannes
Cannes to Marseille
3 Hrs 30 Mins by train
36 Minutes by train
37 minutes
2 Hrs and 15 mins

Milan to Como
Milan and Lake Como By Rick steves
Train Rides: Milan – Lake Como – Tirano, Italy
Stay in Varenna, a municipality on Lake Como.

Places to visit in Southern Italy

  • Greek temples of Paestum, Campania
  • Temple of Hera in Metaponto, Basilicata
  • The Cathedral of Siena
  • Piazza del Campo & the Mangia Tower, Siena


  • The government train operator, Trenitalia, runs high speed trains.
  • There is also a new operator serving Milan, Turin, Bologna, Venice, Florence, Rome, Naples and Salerno


  1. Rome
  2. Florence
  3. Venice
    1. Pictures of Venice
    2. San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice
  4. 2-Day Southern Italy Tour from Rome
    1. Day 1: Naples with the Vesuvius, Pompeii and night at Sorrento
    2. Day 2: Boat ride to Capri. Or to Amalfi. Back to Rome

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