A Northern Italy Guide: Must-See Cities in North Italy

Torino Italy

Best Places to Visit in Northern Italy

Guest post by Barbara of Crabintheair.com

Lush landscapes and winding rivers, Northern Italy is all it’s cracked up to be and more.  And, if you are taking a trip to Northern Italy soon (or dreaming of one) you need to know all the right places to go! Hit all of the best spots for food, wine, sightseeing, and attractions when you visit the cities on this list. Tour one, or stay a night or two in each, either way, your trip will be amazing!

Venice Italy Must-See Cities in North Italy
Venice Italy – Must-See Cities in North Italy

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Verona Italy
Verona Italy


Situated right along the Adige River, Verona is a picturesque place filled with charm and fun.  If you love the hustle and bustle of a big city, Verona will make a great first stop on your trip.  During your stay, you can stroll through the streets meeting the over 700,000 locals who call it home.

As one of the biggest cities in the region and in the country, Verona is a top tourist destination.  Its size coupled with the fact that it was the scene for two of Shakespeare’s most popular plays is enticing for everyone. Therefore, when you are in town, you have to splurge for a performance at Arena di Verona. The ancient, Roman-built colosseum is beautiful and there’s nothing like the ambiance of seeing a show, outdoors, in Italy.  Then, after the show venture over to Piazza Del Erbe for dinner in the ancient square. Or, see Castelvecchio, an ancient palace filled with sculptures, art, and weapons on display. However, Verona isn’t all city and tourist destinations, the city boasts wonderful, natural attractions as well such as Lake Garda. The crystal clear water makes for a relaxing, laid-back afternoon.

Bottom line, Verona is a magical place. So, whether you just tour the city for the day or stay a few nights and see it all, you won’t regret it.

Gondola Tour In Canal Grande Venice Italy
Gondola Tour In Canal Grande Venice Italy


Venice is one of the most unique cities in the world, let alone Northern Italy. So, if you are planning a trip to the region you need to make it one of your “must-see” spots.  Instead of one piece of land, Venice is actually made up of 1000 tiny islands strung together by bridges and boats. And, on top of being incredibly unique, it is also incredibly rich in architecture and culture, making one of the top places to visit when you are in Italy.

Venice in Italy
Venice in Italy

First on the list, St. Mark’s Basilica.  Incredible stonework and a cavernous interior take your breath away the moment you walk in the big, heavy doors. And, as you wander through you will see incredible art, mosaics, and even have the opportunity to visit an on-site museum. You can follow-up your visit to this breathtaking cathedral with a stop right outside at Piazza San Marco.  Dating back to the 12th Century, this spot is perfect for taking photos.

As much as you will enjoy St. Mark’s Basilica and Piazza San Marco, when you visit Venice, there is one stop that you just can’t miss—the grand canal. Stop here for your Gondola ride, or just take in all of the public water transportation the city has to offer. Truly an experience you will never forget.

Pordenone Italy
Pordenone Italy


One of the more quaint stops along your tour of Northern Italy, Pordenone is a beautiful, historical town that will take your breath away.  Nestled in along the Noncello River, Pordenone has evolved many times in its purpose since the 1200s, which makes everything about it interesting.

Because of its rich history, one of the best things you can do with your time in Pordenone takes a historic architecture tour.  On tours of the city, you can see the many cathedrals and churches that have contributed to the rich history of the city, as well as the Campanile di San Marco.  However, if you have already seen the outside of the buildings, be sure to stop in at a few including the Museo Civico d’Arte and the Silvia Zenari Civic Museum of Natural History.

If you want to spend a little bit of time outside, visit Parco San Valentino. This lush, green spot in the middle of the city is perfect for an Italian picnic of meats, artisan cheeses, and wine. No matter where you go in Pordenone, enjoy your time. Sit back, relish in the historical beauty and disconnect.

Milan Italy
Milan Italy


Everyone knows Milan. One of the best-known cities in Italy, and the largest Metropolis in the Northern region, Milan has a lot to offer tourists and locals alike.  Milan is known for its bustling, city atmosphere, top financial districts, adventurous shopping, and exquisite fashion.  Everywhere you go in Milan there is a sight to be seen, a restaurant to stay in, and a luxurious hotel to lay your head.

Yet, if you are looking for an exact itinerary for your trip and a checklist of things to do in Milan, we’ve got you covered.  Make the first box on your list the Duomo Cathedral.  Like a picture right out of a painting, this architectural beauty will literally take your breath away.  For an art fix, make a spot in your schedule for the Sforza Castle as well.  Filled with historical museums and art by Michelangelo and DaVinci, you will feel like you’re stepping back in time. Then, to top it all off make a day out of strolling through the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele. Even if your budget can’t handle the high-end shopping there, it’s a sight you certainly have to see.

Torino Italy
Torino Italy


Last on our list of must-sees, but certainly, not least is the city of Torino Italy.  If you are looking for a place to fill your belly and delight in cuisine, then this is a place you need to be.  An urban center of Italy, and the fourth largest city in the entire country, Torino offers everything you need for a great day trip or a five-day stay.

The most notable attraction in Torino is the Mole Antonelliana. Soaring high above the city, this spire is certainly a sight to be seen. But, Torino offers many, fun attractions as well.  Take a tour through the local FIAT, Ferrero (chocolate), or Martini and Rossi factories to keep you entertained. Then, spend a night out on the town dining on local cuisine! Yum! A great way to begin or end your Italian trip!

So, now that you know where to go, what are you waiting for? Book your tickets and pack your bags—Northern Italy is calling your name!

About Barbara

Barbara is the founder of CrabInTheAir.com, a travel blog where she shares her passion for exploring the world. She loves writing about all the hotels visited, the wonderful cities discovered and the unique people met along the way.

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