If you’re yearning for an Italian experience that goes beyond the usual tourist hotspots, look no further. At Italy Luxury Tours, we specialize in creating unforgettable travel experiences, and our Northern Italy tour is a journey into the heart and soul of Italy’s less-explored but equally captivating region. From Piedmont’s gastronomic delights to the romantic canals of Venice in Veneto, our tour of Northern Italy provides an immersive experience that promises to be as enriching as it is breathtaking.
Known by various names such as Alta Italia, Il Nord, and Settentrione, Northern Italy is a diverse area made up of eight spectacular regions: Piedmont, Lombardy, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Emilia-Romagna, Valle d’Aosta, Trentino Alto-Adige, Veneto, and Liguria. Each of these regions is a treasure trove of culture, history, and natural beauty. We can customize your tour of Northern Italy to include any or all of these places.
Piedmont – The region of wines and hills
A quintessential Northern Italy tour usually includes a visit to Piedmont. Known for its prestigious Barolo and Barbaresco wines, this area is a mecca for wine aficionados. But beyond its vineyards, the region is also renowned for its white truffles, especially in the town of Alba. As if that’s not enough, the region is also framed by the snow-capped Alps, providing hiking and skiing opportunities that afford panoramic views you won’t easily forget.
Lombardy – Milan and the lakes
Lombardy, with Milan at its heart, offers an exciting blend of modernity and nature. Milan is not only a global fashion hub but also a financial powerhouse. You can visit the iconic Cathedral of Milan and take a stroll through the historic Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II for high-end shopping. Outside the bustling city, tranquil lakes like Lake Como and Lake Garda provide a serene escape. These lakes are surrounded by charming towns and villas. They also offer water activities like boating and windsurfing.
Friuli-Venezia Giulia – Where cultures blend
Friuli-Venezia Giulia is an intriguing cocktail of Italian, Austrian, and Slovenian influences. In Trieste, you’ll find historic coffee houses and maritime museums that reflect its Austro-Hungarian past. Beyond the capital, the region is dotted with picturesque beaches like those in Grado, perfect for a sun-soaked afternoon. The region is also famous for its unique white wines, making it a must-visit for wine enthusiasts touring Northern Italy.
Emilia-Romagna – The food capital
Emilia-Romagna is the ultimate foodie destination on a Northern Italy tour. Beyond its gastronomic inventions like balsamic vinegar, Parmesan cheese, and prosciutto di Parma, the region also offers culinary experiences that allow you to delve into the production processes of these Italian staples. Take a guided tour to see how Parmesan is made, or visit a local vineyard to learn the meticulous art of making traditional balsamic vinegar.
The scenic Valle d’Aosta
Valle d’Aosta is a lesser-known gem that offers a pristine Alpine experience. Whether you’re into skiing, snowboarding, or simply enjoying a hot cup of cocoa in a mountain lodge, the region has something to offer year-round. In the summer, the area transforms into a hiking paradise, with trails that lead you through lush meadows and past ancient castles.
Trentino Alto-Adige – The Alpine experience
In Trentino Alto-Adige, the Alps are not just a backdrop but a way of life. The region offers skiing and snowboarding in the winter and hiking and mountain biking in the summer. The blend of Italian and Austrian cultures is evident in everything from the architectural styles to the local cuisine, offering a rich cultural layer to your natural explorations.
Veneto – The charm of Venice and more
A tour of Northern Italy would be incomplete without a visit to Veneto. Most famous for Venice’s romantic canals and historic architecture, it actually offers so much more. It is home to the city of Verona, known for its Roman amphitheater and the legendary tale of Romeo and Juliet. If you’re more inclined toward natural beauty, the Dolomite Mountains provide hiking and skiing opportunities, surrounded by jaw-dropping landscapes.
Liguria – The Italian Riviera
Liguria, often called the Italian Riviera, is another must-see in any Northern Italy tour. Cinque Terre, a collection of five fishing villages perched on rugged cliffs overlooking the sea, offers some of the most Instagrammable views in Italy. Portofino is another must-visit, with its luxurious yachts and colorful buildings. The region is also famous for its pesto, so don’t leave without trying this local specialty.
Our commitment to your experience
Our Northern Italy Tours are not just about showing you the sights—they are about providing you with an enriching cultural experience that you’ll cherish forever. Our private tour guides make sure that you don’t miss out on any hidden gems and offer personalized services with custom itineraries tailored to your interests.
When you embark on a Northern Italy tour with us, rest assured that we’ve got all the essentials covered. Our packages typically encompass comfortable accommodations, convenient transportation, expertly guided tours, and admission fees to key attractions. Some packages even include meals for an all-inclusive experience.
We recognize that every traveler is unique, which is why we offer the flexibility to tailor your tour. If you have specific interests or destinations in mind, we’re more than happy to customize your itinerary for a Northern Italy tour that’s uniquely yours.
The length of your stay is entirely up to you as well. Our tours can be as brief as a few days or as extensive as a couple of weeks, allowing you to delve as deeply as you’d like into the wonders of Northern Italy.
Are you excited yet? Booking your dream journey to tour Northern Italy is a simple process. All you need to do is navigate to our contact page and indicate your details, including the tours you are interested in, your travel dates, and group size. We’ll take it from there!
We can’t wait to help you explore all that Northern Italy has to offer. Get in touch with Italy Luxury Tours today, and let’s start planning the Italian vacation of your dreams!