Italy is a diverse country, packed with stunning destinations for city breaks & sun holidays. Rich in history, sightseeing & tasty cuisine, it’s easy to see why millions of travellers flock to Italy, year in, year out! So, in this week’s destination guide, we’re focusing on three North Italian city break hotspots: Venice, Milan & Verona.
The buzzing metropolis of Milan is full of colourful streets, world-class sightseeing, fine dining, contemporary cocktail bars and high-end stores. So, get yourself ready to immerse yourself in traditional Italian culture, fine arts, fashion & years of history in this beautiful Italian city. During your trip, some must-visit sights include:
- The Last Supper (Crso Magenta & Sant Ambrogio)
- Pinacotexa Di Brera
- Teatro Alla Scala
- Duomo & San Babia
Also, Milan is a city that is recognised worldwide for fashion & design. So, if you’re into art, fashion and culture, Milan is the perfect destination to tick all the boxes!
Great eats in the city
Contraste – TripAdvisor rating: 4.5/5 from 701 reviews
Glittering red silicon chandeliers hover above diners at this restaurant, which is decorated with touches of Art Nouveau here and there. The cuisine is traditional yet reinterpreted in presentation and appearance, offering contrasting flavours that leave guests impressed and delighted.
Shaolin State of Harmony – TripAdvisor rating: 5/5 from 217 reviews
Rated number 1 restaurant in Milan. The cultural vegan restaurant offers tasty, healthy & contemporary to guests. All food is served fresh.
A street food eatery serving up classic Italian Cuisine at a fantastic price! And, if you check out the reviews you’ll see why this place is rated number 3 in Milan!
The best times to visit Milan are April and May, and September and October. Falling in spring & autumn, these months straddle the peak tourism season. During these months the weather is comfortable, accommodation is reasonably priced. But, not only that, visiting outside of peak season means for a less manic trip for you!
Famous across the Globe for its Shakespeare associations, Verona attracts tourists from all walks of life. But, beyond the tales of romance and tragedy, Verona is a bustling centre full of gorgeous piazzas and labyrinths of lanes. It’s also home to countless churches, some architecturally fascinating bridges over the Adige and some incredible art.
Must-see sights include:
- Roman Arena
- Museo Di Castelvecchio
- Giardino Giusti
- Piazza dei Signori
- Galleria d’Arte Moderna Achille Forti
- Casa di Giulietta
- Sunday Flea Market
Add all of this to the local wine and food from the Veneto region and Verona becomes one of most attractive cities in Northern Italy. Plus, it’s only a short hop from the stunning Lake Garda.
June throughout August marks the Verona Arena Opera season, So, if you want to visit the city to experience an evening performance, this is the perfect time to go! Also, during summer you can make the most of the outside dining & drinking establishments located by the river.
Great eats in the city
Trattoria dal Taio – TripAdvisor rating: 4.5/5 from 797 reviews
Rated Number 4 restaurant In Verona, Trattoria serves up stunning Italian classics, complemented by an extensive wine menu.
Archivio – TripAdvisor rating: 4/5/4 from 225 reviews
This fusion cocktail bar & restaurant serves up handcrafted drinks that have crowds spilling out the doorway each night.
Formaggi e Salumi Gironda – TripAdvisor rating 5/5 from 136 reviews
Sat on the river, this budget-friendly eatery serves up tasty Italian and Mediterranean foods complimented by a great view. But, all of this comes without a huge price tag.
Home to beautiful canals, narrow backstreets, priceless marbles & neighbourhood churches, Venice is the perfect destination for an Italian city break. So, if you enjoy architecture, history, incredible cuisine & world class shopping, then Venice is the place to be!
Must see sights include:
- Basilica Di San Marco,
- Gallerie Dell’Accademia
- Palazzo Ducale
However, if you are keen to explore more of Italy during your time in Venice, jump on the train to Verona, it can be reached in just over an hour on the fast train service. Or, continue another 15 minutes to visit the small town of Desenzano del Garda for a view of Lake Garda.
Each year, travellers come from far and wide to join in the city’s biggest part of the year. Venice carnival packs the cities winding streets with elaborately costumed people & colourful sights! The carnival kicks off in February and continues until Shrove Tuesday. So, if you’re looking for a great time to immerse yourself in traditional Italian culture, then February is the month for you!
Great eats in the city
Ristorante Alle Corone – TripAdvisor rating: 4.5/5 from 1,245 reviews
In the heart of Venice, this restaurant serves up Italian, seafood & Mediterranean delights. Plus, diners can opt for a tasting menu, with great drinks to go alongside.
Impronta Café – TripAdvisor rating: 4.5/5 from 1,466 reviews
This small & intimate restaurant brings diners tasty & affordable classic Italian menu with a Mediterranean twist.
Café Filermo – TripAdvisor rating: 4.5/5 reviews from 1,014 reviews
Rated Number 2 out of 1,257 dining options in the city, this cheap eatery is definitely worth a visit for an affordable, but memorable dining experience.
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