The pace moves a bit faster in Northern Italy, the capital of high fashion and the home of "island city." But travelers needn't feel rushed when it comes to uncovering this region's many treasures.
In Venice, all signs point to St. Mark's Square, making it almost impossible to get hopelessly lost. So wander without fear through this big tourist destination with a wonderful small-town charm. Make your way to Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica via the Grand Canal, which winds its way through the heart of the city and is the best way to admire the Venetian Gothic architecture and palaces (palazzi).
Away from Venice, the Veneto region has much more to discover. Made famous by Shakespeare, Padua is the home of Giotto's frescos, and is a must-see for many travelers. For a special treat, take a boat trip along the river from Padua to Venice admiring the Palladian villas. Little-known Friuli produces some of the best white wines in Italy, and Trieste provides a fascinating multicultural history, as much Austrian as Italian, with a little of the former Yugoslavian, to make sure you are never bored.
Milan is the epicenter of the fashion industry, and as such, a bit of window shopping, at least, along the Via Montenapoleone is essential.
Lake Garda and Lake Maggiore are some of the most popular vacation spots for Italians themselves. Golfers know that some of Italy's most beautiful courses are in the Veneto, as well, and certainly one of the most special can be found on the Lido of Venice. For relaxation, take in the thermal spas of the Colle Euganee.
We offer a large selection of Italian villas, cottages, apartments, resort condos - even boats - throughout Northern Italy, each decidedly unique, but each with the comforts you expect in a home away from home.
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