Places not to miss in Northern Italy

Here are some of the places I’ve selected thanks to the stories of the other Momondo Ambassadors to guide you towards the choice of cities and places to visit in northern Italy! 

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VAL D’ORCIA

What too see in Val d’Orcia

Val d’orcia is a part of Tuscany so beauty to seem fake. Standing still like memories draw by a painter. His history is a mix of ancient church, medieval cities and smooth hills that changes colours by seasons. It was also nominate a world heritage by UNESCO.
The first thing you have to see in Val d’orcia is the borough of Pienza. Also UNESCO heritage, Pienza is the ideal city wanted by Enea Silvia Piccolomini. His beautiful street scent of flower and cheese. The famous Pecorino well known all over the world.
Next to Pienza you have to explore the hills looking for “Cappella della Madonna di Vitaleta” for a postcard kind of Val d’Orcia.
Your trip should continue to the medieval cities of San Quirico d’Orcia and Bagno Vignoni. This last one is famous far having a thermal bath, in which you can’t swim, just in the middle of the main square. If you want to enjoy the thermal bath you just have to walk 5 minutes and you will find the free therms of Parco dei Mulini. Hot spa for free!
You can’t appreciate Val d’orcia without exploring his beautiful landscapes and also go searching for his famous Cypresses for a pics that will fit perfectly on your Instagram!

Written by Matteo – Vagabondi Squattrinati

VENICE

Venice, which happens to be also our home. We live near it and we fall in love with the city since the first day. The buildings, the little streets and the story of the city give ah incredible atmosphere that you can not find anywhere else in the world. The best way to appreciate the city is definitely by walking through its streets, the so called ‘calli’, and get lost in them to find new view of the city that you would have not expected. An absolute must is stopping by a ‘bacaro’, a typical Venetian bar where you can have a drink and taste some typical Venetian food. To finish off your night you can not miss the view, from the bell tower in San Marco square, of the lagoon and the light of the city reflecting on it.

Written by Junglebag

TURIN

Hi everyone!
This is my personal advice to find some wonderful and alternative spots in Turin. Discovering some perfect and astonishing “Liberty style” buildings near the center.
Take the metro from Porta Nuova or Porta Susa station, have a short trip on the first carriage because is a fully automated train. Exit at “Principi d’Acaja” station and go straight ahead you’ll easly find “Casa Fenoglio La-Fleur” witch is a perfect Liberty’s Maison. Just close the house you can find “Villino Raby”. Just turn 180° and discover “Palazzo della Vittoria”, located in Corso Francia 23, a stunning gothic-Liberty style private mansion.
You can also find by yourself some classic liberty houses between “Corso Francia”, “via Le Chiuse” and “via Cibrario” streets with many buildings designed by the Architect Pietro Fenoglio (a little secret: if you are in via Cibrario in lunch time do not miss a little china bar at number 3, hand Made dumplings in nothern china style, cheap and delicious).
After a little break simply go in “Piazza Statuto” and admire pedestrian street of “via Garibaldi”, a must for every shop-a-holic. You can end your mini-tour visiting “Piazza Castello ” with his unique castle-mansion and check for spectacular “Galleria Subalpina “, bombed in WWII and completely restored.
Hope you’ll enjoy discovering some hidden treasure in Turin.

Written by gattosandroviaggiatore

CINQUE TERRE (Liguria)

An unmissable destination during a trip to Italy are the villages of the Cinque Terre, in Liguria.
Located a short distance from large cities as Pisa, Genoa, Florence and Milan, they can be included in an itinerary to discover the typical italian villages.
The ancient fishing villages have become a holiday destination for many who come here to admire the beauty of the caruggi, the narrow streets, to enjoy a beautiful weather even in winter and to walk among the vineyards, observing the dry stone walls.
The Cinque Terre are recommended from autumn to spring, when the influx of tourists is less and you can better enjoy the visit of these small villages.
The train is the recommended way to get around due to the shortage of parking, in summer it’s very nice to arrive from the sea on the ferries that leave from La Spezia, a city often chosen for overnight stays.
Starting from the closest to La Spezia, you arrive in Riomaggiore and here you cannot miss the visit to the Marina to take beautiful pictures of the boats pulled ashore and a walk up to the beautiful Church of San Giovanni Battista.

With a few minutes by train you reach Manarola, perched on a rocky spur. Going up a little along the main street you come to the Church of San Lorenzo from where you can enjoy a beautiful panoramic view.
Going down towards the sea you arrive at the ideal point to take beautiful photos of this Cinque Terre village.
People who love trekking can go up the path that leads to Volastra, passing between the vineyards, and then go down to Corniglia, it takes about 2 hours, or you can safely take the train to reach the only village that does not overlook the sea.
From the panoramic terrace of the Cornglia you have an excellent view of the coast and appreciate the special beauty of these small villages.
Vernazza is a pearl and its marina enchants with its beauty. Here the houses painted in pastel colors contrast with the Church of Santa Margherita which rises from the rocks. To take good pictures, I suggest you set off along the path to Monterosso to see Vernazza in its entirely.
Monterosso al Mare is the largest village in the Cinque Terre and the one with a wide sandy beach, but very crowded in summer.
Leaving the modern area next to the station, go left to wander through the streets of the historic center and find the typical caruggi and houses painted in the typical Ligurian colors. Going up towards the convent of the Capuchin Friars you can admire the town from above and find traces of the ancient defensive walls of the castle that once stood here.

Written by Girovagando con Stefania

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