Want to know how you can cover some of the major cities of Northern Italy? well, you are in the right place, my friend. In this article, we will look at some of the best cities that you must visit while you are on a road trip to Northern Italy. Here we go! 

Northern Italy: A Place You Need To Visit Once.

Northern Italy

Northern Italy is one of the most beautiful places on this planet, with some of the best eateries, mosaics, and tombs of literary icons. The northern part of Italy is certainly one of the best places that you and your loved ones can visit. However, if you are planning to cover a vast area of Northern Italy, you cannot do it without proper planning and itinerary. This is something we are here to help you with. Here we will talk about a brisk 10-day Northern Italy itinerary that will cover the best places to visit in Northern Italy, Northern Italy cities, and the best Northern Italy weather that is perfect for exploring. 

Road Trip Itinerary:

Before we can even start our journey, we need to have a fixed and extensive plan of action. This will ensure that we do not get detoured and lose opportunities to explore everything that Northern Italy has to offer. Think of this itinerary as a mental map of Northern Italy that you need to follow at all times without failure. Otherwise, you might end up losing yourself in the vast expanse of this diverse country. Here is the itinerary you can follow:

  • Milan
  • Quick stop in Lago di Garda
  • Verona
  • Venice
  • Florence

Stage 1: Milan

Stage 1_ Milan

The reason behind choosing Milan as the first stage of our visit is because of the amount of things this city offers. Milan is not just the fashion capital of the world but is a traveler’s paradise as well. The city is like a living, breathing arts and fashion installation. 

The city of Milan offers quite a number of things to do. However, I felt that Sforzesco Castle, Galleria Vittorio Emmanuele, and Duomo di Milano were the best places to visit at least once. I also enjoyed the city’s gastronomic tour. In this guided tour, we are taken to some of the famous eateries and wineries. 

Stage 2: Lago Di Garda & Verona

We are ready to head out after spending two nights in Milan. But before we could find our way to Verona, let us take a small detour and visit the Lago di Garda. This is a small town that is adorned with beautiful scenery and great food. This will serve as a great spot to shed the vestiges of the Italian urban lifestyle. 

Lago Di Garda & Verona northern Italy

Our next stop will be the town of Verona. Sources suggest that the town of Verona is the actual hometown of Romeo And Juliet. If you start early from Milan, you will reach Verona by the afternoon. This is a town for slow travelers. You can practically explore the whole town on foot. Do not forget to visit Juliet’s House or Casa di Giulietta to reminisce about the famed love story by Shakespeare. 

Stage 3: Venice

The next city on our itinerary is the idyllic city of Venice. Okay, exploring Venice while being on a road trip is not the easiest thing to do. The city is literally riddled with canals that serve as only traveling pathways at times. As a result, the local population calls it the ‘Floating City.’

Stage 3_ Venice

Take a gondola ride on the meandering canals of the city and visit places like Rialto Bridge, one of the most famous bridges on this planet. Or eat at one of the oldest cafes in the world, Caffe Florian. The charm of Venice lies in its ancient aesthetics and narrow corridors. Therefore, try to explore the city on foot while having food from some of the oldest eateries. 

Stage 4: Florence

Florence is the final city that we will be including in our road trip. The city is located in the heart of Tuscany and is famous for some of the best arts and architecture. For all the historical buffs out there, This place was the actual birthplace of the famous arts and culture movement called the Renaissance. The city is also very famous for its culinary and gastronomic delights. 

Florence northern Italy

UNESCO has recently termed this city as a World Heritage Site. This is because the city boasts some of the oldest and best architecture of modern history. Some of the best and most prominent places that you can visit include the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Galleria Uffici, Ponte Vecchio, David statue, etc. This is also where you can experience Botticelli’s work, known as “The Birth of Venus,” and da Vinci’s  famous painting called the “Annunciation.” 

Honorable Mention: Ravenna

Even though we did not mention the beautiful city of Ravenna, we can still not stop ourselves from mentioning it. The city of Ravenna is not as popular as all the other places that we talked about, but it is one of my favorite places to visit.

Ravenna northern Italy

The city of Ravenna lies in the Emilia Romagna region of Northern Italy. There are many things to do in Ravenna. This place is home to eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites and is one of the cultural and arts capital of the world. In fact, reaching Ravenna is also an easy task, as it can be reached by sea, by air as well as via roads. 

If you want to know things that you can do in Ravenna in a day, then you will be surprised to know that the list is diverse and extensive. We suggest that you visit this city with your friends at least once if you have time to spare. 

The Journey Ends

And with that, you are all set with an extensive itinerary of a road trip across Northern Italy. We suggest that you get yourself a car and some friends who are crazy enough to go on a road trip across Italy. This will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience that you must not let go, no matter what. 


samik ghoshal

Samik has been a literature student all along and uses his fluidity to write about multi-niche topics. Aspiring to be a professional writer, he tries to analyze his topic from a critical standpoint but still adds a hint of personal perspective to the end product. Being a person having a general inclination toward global politics and documentary filmmaking, he also wishes to write and document more about numerous conflicts that are brewing in the different corners of the globe.

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