Tag Archives: Northern Italy

Alpine Views: Bolzano In South Tyrol, North Italy

Bolzano is a city in the South Tyrol province of north Italy, set in a valley amid hilly vineyards. It’s a gateway to the Dolomites mountain range in the Italian Alps. In the medieval city center, the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology features the Neolithic mummy called Ötzi the Iceman. Nearby is the imposing 13th-century Mareccio Castle, and the Duomo di Bolzano cathedral with its Romanesque and Gothic architecture. 

Italy Views: A 36-Mile Bike Ride Around Lake Como

Lake Como, in Northern Italy’s Lombardy region, is an upscale resort area known for its dramatic scenery, set against the foothills of the Alps. The lake is shaped like an upside-down Y, with three slender branches that meet at the resort town of Bellagio.

Video timeline: 0:00 Intro and Map 1:25 Tremezzo 3:25 Villa Carlotta 4:32 Cadenabbia 6:07 Griante 14:07 Menaggio 22:08 Nobiallo 32:18 Acquaseria 34:03 Sant’Abbondio 36:19 Santa Maria 38:47 Santa Maria Rezzonico 40:02 Castello di Rezzonico 44:46 Prato 46:02 San Vito 50:36 Calozzo 53:46 Bellera 54:16 Musso 58:50 Dongo 1:04:32 San Gregorio 1:07:19 Gravedona ed Uniti 1:11:40 Domaso 1:18:07 Vercana 1:19:58 Cinque Case 1:23:27 Gera Lario 1:25:17 Sorico 1:30:30 Ponte del Passo 1:38:32 Adda River 1:40:26 Colico 2:05:45 Dorio 2:09:59 Corenno Plinio 2:11:42 Dervio 2:19:30 Bellano 2:29:35 Perledo 2:33:48 Varenna

At the bottom of the southwest branch lies the city of Como, home to Renaissance architecture and a funicular that travels up to the mountain town of Brunate.

Village Walks: Varenna On Lake Como, Northern Italy

Varenna is a very romantic and suggestive place, overlooking the waters of the Lario. In Lombardy, it is perhaps the most suitable destination if you want to treat yourself to an alternative weekend. Varenna, just over 700 inhabitants, is a village located in the province of Lecco, about 20 minutes from the city.

The beating heart of the village is its central square, overlooked by the Church of San Giorgio. The building, dating back to the thirteenth century, was built on the foundations of an ancient Roman temple and is a splendid example of medieval Lombard architecture. A few steps away, on the opposite side of the square, we can admire the Church of San Giovanni Battista, dating back to the 11th century. Both religious buildings preserve, inside them, precious frescoes and some pictorial fragments of ancient origins.

Classic Cars: 1934 Bugatti Type 59 Grand Prix Racer

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Racing towards Villa d’Este in a rather royal Bugatti 59

One of the absolute stars of this year’s Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este will be the Bugatti 59 once owned by King Leopold III of Belgium. We met the remarkable car and its owner for a last shakedown in the Swiss Alps.

There is no doubt that this will be the star of the next Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, taking place on the shores of Lake Como from 20 to 22 May 2022. But what is it? The car before you is nothing less than the very first of the six Type 59 Bugatti Grand Prix cars, and the one that’s considered the most desirable of all, due to its remarkable race records, its captivating history, and its extraordinary condition. 

Driving Tours: Passo di Zambla In Northern Italy

A drive across the 1,264 meters high Passo di Zambla in the Lombardei region of Northern Italy. The drive starts in Lovere and ends in San Pellegrino Terme after a drive time of 1 Hour 49 Minutes.

San Pellegrino Terme is a town in the province of Bergamo, Italy. Located in the Val Brembana, it is the location of the well known beverage company San Pellegrino, where its carbonated mineral water drinks are produced.

Passo di Zambla from Ponte Nossa is a climb in the region Lombardy. It is 13.9km long and bridges 814 vertical meters with an average gradient of 5.8%, resulting in a difficulty score of 592. The top of the ascent is located at 1264 meters above sea level.

Road Tour: Sella Carnizza Pass, Northern Italy (4K)

The Sella Carnizza is a pass in the far east of Italy, close to the Slovenian border. The area gave a deserted feeling, with the road in poor condition and broken trees everywhere from a landslide. However the area is full of great nature, mountains, and roads, so well worth the visit!

Views: Merano In South Tyrol, Northern Italy (4K)

Meran or Merano is a city and comune in South Tyrol, northern Italy. Generally best known for its spa resorts, it is located within a basin, surrounded by mountains standing up to 3,335 metres (10,942 feet) above sea level, at the entrance to the Passeier Valley and the Vinschgau.

In the past, the city has been a popular place of residence for several scientists, literary people, and artists, including Franz Kafka, Ezra Pound, Paul Lazarsfeld, and also Empress Elisabeth of Austria, who appreciated its mild climate. Meran is on the borderline between several climates. Officially, it has an oceanic climate. However, it is close to being humid subtropical due to the mean temperature in July being just under 22 °C; even on those terms, the overnight lows in the winter bring the mean temperatures low enough for the city as a whole to have continental influences with more distinct seasons.

The area is well known for its wines, both white and red, and vineyards extend right into the city. The local wine, Meraner Leiten (Meranese di collina), is a light red wine, best drunk young. There are also extensive orchards, and apples are exported throughout Europe. The Forst Brewery on the edge of the city produces a popular range of beers, sold throughout northern Italy.

Aerial Views: ‘In Lombardia’ Of Northern Italy (4K)

Lombardy is a region in Northern Italy. Its capital, Milan, is a global hub of fashion and finance, with many high-end shops and restaurants. Its Gothic Duomo di Milano cathedral and Santa Maria delle Grazie convent, housing Leonardo da Vinci’s painting of “The Last Supper,” testify to centuries of art and culture. North of Milan, Lake Como is an upscale alpine resort with dramatic scenery. 

Christmas 2021 Walks: Milan In Northern Italy

Milan, a metropolis in Italy’s northern Lombardy region, is a global capital of fashion and design. Home to the national stock exchange, it’s a financial hub also known for its high-end restaurants and shops. The Gothic Duomo di Milano cathedral and the Santa Maria delle Grazie convent, housing Leonardo da Vinci’s mural “The Last Supper,” testify to centuries of art and culture. 

Views: A Video Postcard From Florence, Italy

Travel to Northern Italy instantly and inhale the beauty and ancient culture of Florence with our latest Postcard video. Follow as we begin with the gothic architecture of Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral, before taking in sky-high views from the Campanile di Giotto bell tower attached to the vast complex.

Move on to see the unique handmade craftwork being created at the Antico Setificio Fiorentino – one of the only remaining silk manufacturing workshops in the world – then stop off for a traditional aperitivo of bread, cured meats and crisp, cool white wine. We also venture to the iconic Boboli Gardens and Uffizi Galleries and many other insider places. Watch now and travel through the capital of Italy’s Tuscany region from afar.

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