Italy is one of those destinations that never disappoints a visitor. Architectural and cultural richness, beautiful landscapes, world-renowned gastronomy, unbeatable hospitality, makes it one of the favourite countries of European travellers. The northern part of the country is often the first stop on a trip to Italy.
One week is clearly too short to discover just one side of the country. So here’s your guide to spend 4 amazing days in Italy!
Day 1: Milan
Take advantage of this first day to visit Milan, capital of the Lombardy region and Italian fashion capital. The economic heart of the country, Milan is a city that is sometimes ignored by travellers who prefer other more “cultural” destinations. This is a pity because Milan is a very pleasant and dynamic city, with an important architectural heritage and where aperitivo is the favorite dish.
Day 2: Bergamo
After a busy day in Milan, it’s time to head for Bergamo! Located about 60 kilometres from Milan, this pretty city is divided into two parts: the medieval città alta and the more modern città bassa. If it’s the former that interests travellers, you’ll have to climb the cobbled streets or take the funicular to get there.
Day 3: Lake Garda
From Bergamo, take the road towards Sirmione, a small town situated on a peninsula protruding into Lake Garda. Very touristic, it is nevertheless worth a visit because of the beauty of the surrounding countryside and its beautiful castle.
If you want to see Lake Garda from a different angle, don’t hesitate to go to Riva del Garda, located on the north side of the lake. Very pretty, this town is particularly appreciated for its Palazzo Pretorio, its castle on the edge of the lake, as well as its ancient medieval gates.
Day 4: Verona
Situated halfway between Lake Garda and Venice, Verona is a beautiful city that deserves a day’s visit. Made famous by Shakespeare and his famous tragedy Romeo and Juliet, it is home to the House of Juliet, a beautiful 13th century building. Beyond Romeo and Juliet, Verona is a very pleasant city to take a walk in, discovering the Piazza delle Erbe, the Duomo di Verona, the Roman Arena, or the “Giardino Giusti” gardens.