Italy – Knowing all 20 regions
|Northern||Emilia-Romagna||Bologna||Rimini, San Marino, Parma|
|Northern||Lombardy||Milan||Three lakes: Como, Lake Maggiore& Lake Garda|
- 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.
— 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
— 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
|Central||Lazio||Rome||Frosinone, Latina, Rieti, Viterbo , Aventine
|Central||Tuscany||Florence||Pisa, Lucca, Siena, Versilia, Maremma, Chianti.|
- Travel in this order Rome –> Sienna —> Florence –> Pisa, Lucca
- Urbino will take a long time from Florence
- Map of Rome
|Southern||Apulia||Bari||Map, Foggia, Lecce|
|southern||Calabria||Catanzaro||Paestum , Crotone,|
|Southern||Abruzzo||L’Aquila||Gran Sasso d’Italia|
- 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
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 http://www.italotreno.it/EN