What are the 10 most visited cities in Northern Italy?
Before we start, let me tell you which regions are part of northern Italy: Emilia, Friulia, Liguria, Lombardy, Piedmont, Trentino, Aosta and Veneto. That Italy is one of the most visited countries in the world, we have no doubts, but what are the 10 most visited cities in Northern Italy? Italy is a nation of extraordinary beauty, for various reasons, food, monuments, but, above all, for history.
It is difficult to say which are the most beautiful cities, since from north to south, each city has something magical and attractive. Stay tuned and find out: What are the 10 most visited cities in Northern Italy? Here at Your Travel to Italy with Ana Patricia you make the trip of your dreams! ALSO: see our “Accommodation in Italy – Tips for your holidays!”
In this post we will know which are the ten most visited cities in northern Italy, starting from the city of Turin, and then going to Venice, Padua, Verona, the fascinating Cinque Terre, Portofino, Genoa, Milan, Bologna and Ferrara. Just a note: the order of cities is organized randomly!
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1) What are the 10 most visited cities in Northern Italy? TURIN
We started with the mysterious Turin, city of a thousand faces and old Italy’s capital. Turin has more than forty museums, art galleries, events of international fame, such as the Turim Film Festival and the Book Fair. The riches of this city are as many as the Basilica of Superga with its panorama, the Mole Antonelliana, the National Cinema Museum, the Egyptian Museum and the Shroud of Turin. TIPS ON TURIN!
In addition, Turin is an elegant and refined city characterized by a mix of luxury typical of the 1800s and the youthful liveliness of bars and wineries. It is linked to its past, reminiscent of mansions and buildings that bring to mind the Savoy Kingdom, but Turin is constantly projected into the future, with a great capacity to know how to reinvent itself and renew itself.
The tree-lined avenues, the historic cafes, the art nouveau buildings, the second most important Egyptian museum in the world, the cinema, the museums, the wines and the gastronomy are just some of the reasons why it is worth spending a few days in the Piedmontese capital. See also the Torino Piemonte Card: 2 Days.
Good to know…
Many believe that the Italian capital, Rome, is located in the north of the country, however, our beloved Eternal City, is located in the south center of the Italian map and, therefore, is not part of this list.
2) What are the 10 most visited cities in Northern Italy? VENICE
The second city is Venice, the most romantic city in the world that attracts, every year, thousands of lovers, who fall in love getting lost among Venice’s mysterious and wonderful streets. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Venice, with its famous gondolas, canals, monuments and the magnificent St Mark’s Square, is certainly one of the pearls of Italy, and deserves every last drop of fame it has throughout part of the world. Anyone who has been to Venice knows that there is nothing better than getting lost in the streets of the city. For more information on accommodation in Venice, check Where to stay in Venice?
Of course, at first you may feel a little out of place, but soon you will discover that the best places in Venice are discovered when you take a stroll around. It will be easy to find squares that are not frequented by tourists, to discover buildings and hidden beauties. The classic tourist spots that are worth visiting among all the historic buildings and ancient palaces are the St Mark’s Basilica, located in the central part, colored in gold and covered with mosaics and the Doge’s Palace, home of the Doge and symbol of the city. TIPS ON VENICE!
Fun fact… Is Venice sinking?
Well, as we know, the sea is increasing its level due to climate change in the world and, unfortunately, this affects, above all, maritime cities. Venice is an archipelago in a lagoon, that is, the rise in sea level can indeed ‘submerge’ the city. The good news is that the Commune of Venice is looking for solutions to the problem and is already studying the installation of barriers to contain the water.
Everything, of course, is still speculation, but it is known that Venice will not ‘disappear’ overnight, and Venetians coexist very well with the Acqua Alta (high tide) phenomenon, which is the moment of the tide that floods some areas of the city at certain times of the day. To know everything about it, you can read What is the high tide in Venice?
3) What are the 10 most visited cities in Northern Italy? PADUA
The third city is Padua. History, art, nature and religion come together in Padua to create a center full of special attractions, often unique. It is not in all cities that it is possible to observe a canal that flows in a circular way in a square, we are in Prato della Valle, architectural work of absolute importance, also due to its size. Get the Padua Hop-on Hop-off Tour here: 24-hour Ticket.
An imposing air is also found in the Basilica of Saint Anthony, the Saint of the city, very felt in the city and helps to draw the outlines of the mystical Padua. The heart of Padua is in the squares, which are close to each other, in the center the Palazzo della Regione (Regione Pallace). We start from Piazze delle Erbe (“Herbs Square”), formerly called Biade and after Wine, due to the type of market that is in place. Another important square is Piazza Duomo (Duomo Square), one of the splendid squares that open in the heart of Padua, it is characterized by the presence of the Basilica of the Cathedral, the splendid Baptistery and the Bishop’s Palace. TIPS ON PADUA!
4) What are the 10 most visited cities in Northern Italy? VERONA
We continue in Veneto to see another unmissable city, Verona. It is a comfortable city that keeps its cultural liveliness intact. Over the years it has attracted distinguished visitors such as Dante, Mozart and Goethe, an international tourist destination is the ideal place for a peaceful weekend out of season. “There is no world beyond the walls of Verona …” wrote William Shakespeare at the end of the 17th century, when he told the love story that ended in tragedy. Do the Classic and the Unknown: Verona Bike Tour!
Verona has a history that begins two thousand years ago and that is told through its places. So each angle of the city shows the traces of different times. The remains of one of the most important political and commercial centers of Roman times give way to medieval footprints. The testimonies of the Lordship degli Scaligeri open signs of successive Venetian domination to end the expressions of the Habsburg government and the emotions that affect the visitor are the result of this set of different influences.
Located in Piazza Bra (Bra Square), it is the symbol of the city, the Arena that shows all its splendor. Stage of opera concerts and theatrical performances. Nearby is Piazza Erbe (“Herb Square”), which was and still is the focus of the city’s political and economic life, its vital center.
You cannot visit Verona without knowing the overwhelmed unhappy love involving the two most famous lovers in history. Capulet House is a mandatory stop, here attention is captured from the famous balcony that saw the love between the two young people born. The atmosphere that is breathed in the places of this intense and worried love is worth a visit to this romantic city. TIPS ON VERONA!
Fun fact: Did Romeo and Juliet really exist?
Not really! Romeo and Juliet were characters created by Shakespeare, but it is known that this story may have been inspired, and adapted, by another couple: Mariotto and Ganozza. The story tells the saga of two lovers who lived an impossible love, however, it was not in Verona but in Siena. In other words, William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” would not have been entirely the product of the imagination of the well-known English playwright.
Furthermore, there are some stories published in Italy long before him, around 1300 and 1400, and the first one portrays a love like that of the famous characters mentioned above, was written by Luigi da Porto, a noble knight of the Republic of San Marco who was paralyzed during the Cambrai wars.
5) What are the 10 most visited cities in Northern Italy? CINQUE TERRE
A unique and magical place to visit in any season of the year to marvel at the splendid panorama, with nature, the sea and the historical sites present is represented by Cinque Terre. It is a stretch of the Ligurian coast, a spectacular rocky coast that stretches for five miles, between two promontories.
Cinque Terre offers a unique landscape in the world. Rock spur overlooking the sea, small coves and beaches hidden between the rocks are the ideal places to escape the daily stress. The Cinque Terre Park shelters the villages of Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore and it is usually in that order that it is recommended to visit them. TIPS ON CINQUE TERRE!
About Cinque Terre
A particular territory is protected with the establishment of a National Park that comprises the hills, the sea and the terraces that contributed so much to render this Ligurian area unique. The Park, in fact, offers numerous itineraries to tourists who wish to take long walks, breathing fresh air and admiring the beauties of nature, alongside those created by men, since the balconies and walls are also true works of art. For this reason, Cinque Terre is one of the biggest attractions in the Liguria region. Make La Spezia: Cinque Terre One-day Trip by Boat.
- During the summer the region of the cities of the Five Lands is VERY busy and if you are driving be careful as there is a lot of vehicle traffic going up and down constantly. It is also worth remembering that the roads that lead us to the region are very winding, which can affect the stomach of the most sensitive, so if you are more ‘delicate’ and tend to get sick in car trips with almost endless curves: take some motion sickness medicine BEFORE you leave, ok?
6) What are the 10 most visited cities in Northern Italy? PORTOFINO
Continuing in Liguria, there is another location that you cannot miss, it is Portofino, a small town in the province of Genoa, and it is considered one of the most beautiful Italian tourist attractions, in addition to being one of the most characteristic maritime villages in Italy. TIPS ON PORTOFINO!
Its promontory and its pure nature among forest concentrations, varieties of birds and invertebrates, important architectural constructions make Portofino one of the most celebrated landscapes in the world. This wonderful pearl of the Ligure Sea, in addition to offering numerous naturalistic jewels of great prestige and fascination thanks to its well-kept and signposted park, allows you to contemplate wide and magnificent panoramas.
Portofino is undoubtedly one of the most exclusive places, visited annually by tourists from all over the world, it is that of the famous marina, which with the square is Portofino’s real beating heart.
The small center of Portofino offers visitors small jewels of art, thanks to the various monuments, both civil and religious, such as the Church of Saint Martin, where we will find artistic works such as paintings, frescoes and sculptures. Click here for an easy kayak tour to Portofino with optional snorkeling.
7) What are the 10 most visited cities in Northern Italy? GENOA
Genoa is the capital of Liguria, in addition to the city that saw the birth of the navigator Christopher Columbus. It is the place to discover, full of fascination, often hidden and mysterious. Whoever goes to Genoa, will always carry it in the heart. To discover, in the best way, the attractions of this graceful city by the sea, you must stay for a few days. Tradicional Food tour in Genoa.
You should certainly admire the grandeur of Via XX Setembro, the frescoes of the neighboring palaces, the liveliness of a beautiful pedestrian zone and the convenience of being two steps from the sea, the historic center, the aquarium, museums and all the buildings of the historic center, but also the Gulf with its splendid panorama. TIPS ON GENOA!
Genoa has always been one of the main ports in all of Europe. Ships of all types have been arriving and departing there for centuries, both for the rest of Italy and for other parts of the world.
The port area was completely revitalized a few years ago and the port was divided between Porto Antico (Old Port) and Passenger Terminal. The Old Port receives, for the most part, commercial ships, while the Passenger Terminal, of course, receives tourist ships, ferries, speedboats, among other means of passenger transport.
The port area is very rich in attractions and, if you are passing by, coming with a cruise, it is possible to know the main points of the city, as they are close to the port; you can reach the main tourist attractions with a short walk and, rest assured, Genoa will surprise you!
8) What are the 10 most visited cities in Northern Italy? MILAN
Now we will visit the symbol of Italian fashion and design that, with its streets full of life, modernity and beauty, enchant and fascinate tourists! Contemporary, full of color and vitality, unparalleled elegance and impressive historic buildings, this is Milan.
Looking beyond the city’s fame, Milan hides rare beauties such as art, rich angles of history, courtyards capable of retelling incredible stories and a lot of vitality! The elegant and open city offers visiting occasions for all ages, at any time of the year. A trip to Milan will never be complete if you don’t take a moment to visit the iconic Duomo, which is the symbol of the city and, of course, its incredible historic center, which houses famous monuments around the world. ALSO READ: Best of Milan Tour with Skip-the-Line to Duomo & Last Supper?
In addition to the Duomo, there is the La Scala Theater, which saw universally known protagonists, composers and orchestra directors, tenors and sopranos. The two homonymous squares are linked by the Vittorio Emanuele II Gallery, the “Salotto di Milano”, with the most elegant restaurants in the city and the stores of some famous designers. TIPS ON MILAN!
The center is easy to visit on foot and gives the possibility to discover numerous churches and basilicas, among them Santa Maria delle Grazie (“Holy Mary og Grace”), with Leonardo da Vinci’s painting of the Last Supper.
It’s almost impossible to not get involved with Milan Fashion Week which has so much to offer in terms of acquisitions and not by chance is considered the Italian capital of fashion, do not miss the opportunity to spend some time in the city, stroll in the elegant neighborhoods and feel attracted by the elegance and pomp of high fashion boutiques.
9) What are the 10 most visited cities in Northern Italy? BOLOGNA
Now is the time to visit Bologna, capital of Emilia Romagna, located on the Padana plain, an ancient city, in fact, at the beginning of its history it was inhabited by Etruscans.
Very famous for its porticos that cover much of the historic center and which were built to give more hospitality to the illustrious scholars and literaries who came from all over Europe, comfortable to walk calmly when it rains. This city is capable of giving tourists a real dip in history.
The greatest peoples of all time have passed through its territory: the Etruscans, the Celts and the Romans, soon becoming the center of culture, not by chance one of its nicknames is “La Dotta“. This is thanks to its University, one of the oldest at all, which still hosts thousands of students today. TIPS ON BOLOGNA!
Certainly, the most representative part of Bologna is the offer of its historic center. Here are the great monuments present in the city, such as the beautiful Fountain of Neptune, located in the square that bears the same name. In this square you can always visit the King Enzo Palace, moving a little we arrive at Piazza Maggiore (“Major Square”), where the Basilica dedicated to Saint Petronius, who is the patron of the city, dominates. Also worth noting is the Palazzo del Podestà (Podestà Square), today home to the highest municipal offices. Let yourself be surprised by Piazza Santo Stefano (St Stephen Squre), you will find that the church in front of you is not one, but seven. Bologna: City Center Walking Tour
10) What are the 10 most visited cities in Northern Italy? FERRARA
We stayed in Emilia Romagna to visit another beautiful city, we talked about Ferrara, one of Italy’s historic-artistic gems. A splendid city that has preserved its medieval fascination intact in time, today a city of art and culture among the largest in Italy, it is one of the most renowned tourist goals both for its artistic heritage and for the possibility of spending pleasant days. TIPS ON FERRARA!
Walking through the streets of the historic center you can find true wonders at every angle. One of these is the Palazzo Comunale (Town Hall), home of the Este, with a facade of typical medieval architecture. Just as fascinating are the nine kilometers of unchanged walls of the city of Ferrara, which allow tourists to feel themselves transported in time.
The symbolic monument of the city is Estense Castle. This castle deserves a very thorough visit, which requires several hours, as it brings together all aspects of the 15th century to the present day, great artists have worked over the years to embellish this majestic structure, as Mantegna, Piero della Francesca, R. Van Der Weyden and Pisanello, who were also the greatest representatives of the Ferrarese school. Here you do 3 hours Ferrara Segway PT Authorized Post.
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