Experience Guides — Northern Italy

This is the third guide in the Experience series.
We capture the personality and the underlying cultural and historical significance of the cities, regions and holiday destinations. Each is put into context by chapters on Essential Experiences in Northern Italy and the country’s History.

For the purposes of this book, we have defined Northern Italy as comprising the regions of:

Liguria with Genoa as its capital; Veneto with Venice as its capital; Northern Tuscany with Florence as its capital; Lombardy with Milan as its capital; Piedmont with Turin as its capital; Aosta Valley with Aosta as its capital; Emilia-Romagna with Bologna as its capital; Friuli-Venezia Giulia with Trieste as its capital; and Trentino-Alto Adige with Trento as its capital.

Northern Italy has a wide variety of topography and climate. The higher areas can be very cold in winter when snow covers everything and ski resorts do a roaring trade. In contrast the Mediterranean coast can be very hot in summer.

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Point to Ponder.

Otto von Bismarck, the German statesman who dominated European affairs from the 1860s to 1890 had wide diplomatic experience. He once said, “When you say that you agree to a thing in principle you mean that you have not the slightest intention of carrying it out.”

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