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AK Monthly Recap: June 2019

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Kate faces away from the camera and stands facing the Duomo in Florence in the distance. She is in a rose garden, surrounded by greenery.

La dolce vita. This was my sweet Italian month. Three weeks in one of my favorite countries in the world (though seriously, it has to be my favorite favorite by now, don’t you think?), followed by a week and change in New York.

And while I will remember all the travel from this month, I got one of my favorite compliments ever from a new friend I made at a conference.

“I’ve met a lot of the big name bloggers,” he said, “and you’re the only one who introduces yourself like you don’t expect people to know who you are.”

That meant so much to me. I needed to hear that.

This crazy career — this crazy life — is so often measured by how much money you make, the cool places you visit, the brands that want to work with you, the press mentions you get.

Sometimes knowing how you make people feel — not you, the character in your blog posts, the limited view of yourself that you project to the world, but you, the actual, real person standing before a stranger — is the most meaningful part of all.

Several people walk across a piazza in Como, Italy. In the background is the lake and several houses built on a green mountainside leading into the lake.

Destinations Visited

Bologna, Florence, Verona, Trento, Riva del Garda, Rovereto, San Cassiano, Longiaru, San Martino del Tor, Como, Stresa, Baveno, Orta San Giulio, Mottorone, Isola San Giulio, and Torino, Italy

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Highlights

Three fantastic weeks in Italy. What a great trip. There’s way too much to include here, but here are some of the highlights:

An excellent Traverse conference in Trento. Traverse is my favorite of the travel content creator conferences — the people are awesome, the sessions are outstanding, and the sponsors are fantastic. This time, Visit Trentino outdid themselves as sponsors, and Trentino is such a great undertouristed region in Italy. The mountains and vineyards are so gorgeous and the TrentoDOC wine is fabulous. And Trento is a sweet little city covered with frescoes.

Giving a talk to a packed room. I was speaking first thing in the morning after the biggest party night of the conference, so I didn’t have high expectations — but the room was nearly full! I talked about the most important things I’ve learned in nine years of professional blogging — the good, like how to develop your creativity and set an example with responsible travel practices, and the bad, like dealing with sexual harassment from male travel bloggers. More importantly, people weren’t in their phones the whole time. They paid attention. That meant a lot to me.

Getting professional photos taken in Florence. I wanted to commemorate 15 years since I studied abroad there. The photos came out great and the photographer Alexandra and I got along so well that we became friends. She splits her time between Bucharest and Florence and you can hire her here.

Kate and Cailin take a selfie wearing sunglasses in the Italian Dolomites. Behind them is a row of jagged mountains in the distance. There is a dramatic cloudy sky.

Experiencing the Dolomites in style. I’ve been yearning to visit the Dolomites for years, and this visit didn’t disappoint. Staying at Ciasa Salares was a dream — a luxurious property with a small and cozy feeling, and the food and wine was exceptional. Plus the owner took the time to show me around the region and we had one of the best meals (and surprises!) ever in the wine cellar. I can’t wait to write more about it.

Discovering the best Italian lake. Lake Orta is a gorgeous lake in Piemonte mostly unknown to foreigners and I liked it much more than Lake Como and Lake Maggiore. I also had one of the best agriturismo meals of my life for a shockingly low price ($62 for 10 courses and three glasses of wine!) at Il Cucchiaio di Legno.

Finally seeing The Last Supper. I’ve wanted to see Leonardo’s painting for so long (and make a joke about it every time I see people sitting on one side of the table). Finally I got my opportunity — while it sells out months in advance, I was able to hop on a tour with Walks of Italy. Seeing the painting (actually a fresco) in real life felt amazing.

Kate and her friends Cailin, Mike, and Steph pose for a selfie at a pizzeria in Bologna, each holding up a slice of pizza.

All the Italian food. I ate my way through plate after plate of Tyrolean speck and consumed a truly obscene amount of stracciatella cheese. Not to mention the fondue in the Dolomites. Piemontese prosciutto and bufala mozzarella with a bottle of Franciacorta on a terrace at Lake Orta. My favorite tagliatelle ragú at Osteria del Orsa in Bologna. All the gelato. Even cooking with Italian groceries was pure joy.

Hanging out with my friends’ awesome kids. I loved staying with my friends Steph and Mike in Bologna, and their 2-year-old daughter is so sweet, funny, and imaginative. I loved seeing Bologna through her eyes. I also got to meet Anna and Matt‘s new baby boy in Verona, and he is an inquisitive, adorable delight. I also snuggled him while drinking a Hugo cocktail, which I think is Peak Kate in Italy.

Introducing some of my favorite people to each other. I have friends from so many different areas of my life, but I LOVE bringing them together. This time it was my blogger bud Kash and his love, Sabrina, with my sister Sarah and her love, Matt. I took Kash and Sabrina out to some of my favorite bars in my neighborhood, but later on we had one of those simple yet perfect New York nights: a slice at Joe’s, a salty pimp at Big Gay Ice Cream, a stroll past Stonewall, a perfect cotton candy sunset, and an evening sitting in Washington Square Park listening to a jazz band. So nice.

Group selfie: Kate with her friends Sabrina and Kash, her sister Sarah, and her sister's partner Matt, all around a bar table topped with twelve Narraganset tallboy beers.

Challenges

Getting sick in Italy. The post-conference flu struck again — too much fun, too little sleep. The worst part was that I arrived at Ciasa Salares, a culinary resort in the Dolomites, with no sense of smell or taste! Thankfully that didn’t last long and I had my senses back by the next morning.

Giving a presentation on ZERO sleep. I usually don’t have trouble sleeping — but in Trento I figured out how much espresso is TOO MUCH ESPRESSO (four in a day, the last at 4 PM). I did not sleep ALL NIGHT. That never happens. Ever. And I had to give a presentation at 9:30 AM on zero sleep. It went very well, but I can’t believe I had to do that!

Losing my Fitbit in the Dolomites. Still upset with myself for that.

Lake Como was a bit of a bust. Our itinerary was a little over-ambitious as is, but due to illness and a tough day we didn’t get to see much of Lake Como beyond the city of Como itself. That’s okay; I feel lucky that I got to experience Lake Maggiore and especially Lake Orta.

Several people sit at a sidewalk cafe in Torino, Italy. There are umbrellas and the building has a balcony on it.

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Kate walks down a side street in Florence wearing a long black midi dress with a flared bottom. There is a bike and a wooden window with iron bars on it behind her.

What I Wore This Month

I had a lot of great dresses from Rent the Runway this month. This first one was a Rachel Zoe dress that I thought would be perfect for Italy. And it was probably the closest thing I found to a simple but elegant, casual but upscale dress for looking put together in a country where most people are well put together.

Kate is sitting down and playing a bright red painted piano in the streets of Trento. She looks at the camera and smiles.

I love Kate Spade, and it felt fitting to wear one of her beautiful dresses on the anniversary of her untimely passing. This one was from Rent the Runway as well — a short knit dress with colorful stitching. It ran a bit smaller than expected, which was kind of weird, as I’ve found that some of her clothing can be huge on me. But this was a good, classic dress for either Italy or New York.

Kate wears a royal blue Pinko dress that goes up to her neck and has a transparent lacy fabric. Her hair is down a curly and she holds a cafe crema (soft serve espresso) in her hand. She is sitting at a sidewalk cafe in Trento.

For my talk in Trento, I wore a bright blue Pinko midi dress from Rent the Runway. I expected it to be a home run but I feel like it was never QUITE the hit I expected. Maybe it was a bit too long.

Kate wears a long red short-sleeved dress covered with white polka dots of various sizes and black sandals. She wears black sunglasses and poses as if about to take them off with one hand. She is standing in front of Milan's Duomo and in the background you can see pigeons and people taking pictures in front of it.

This red Nicole Miller dress from Rent the Runway was the one I got the most compliments on (and had the highest rating on Instagram, where I love doing fashion shows on Stories.) I love the garnet color, the deep V neck, and the different sizes of polka dots! I probably would have kept it if it didn’t wrinkle so easily — not an ideal dress for travel!

What I Watched This Month

The Handmaid’s Tale is back! I freaking LOVE this show, and season three is excellent so far. Even though it’s getting closer and closer to reality as American politicians enact laws overturning women’s rights. This month, a pregnant woman in Alabama was shot and the fetus died — and she was charged with manslaughter, not the shooter. Absolute insanity.

The One World Trade Center building in New York is illuminated by a pink and blue sunset streaked with clouds. The view is facing straight down Sixth Avenue and there are a few sets of headlights facing the camera.

What I Read This Month

Eek, another month where I fell off the wagon when it comes to reading. I thought I’d get a ton of reading done in Italy, but turns out I only read a ton when I travel solo. I’m up to 48 books in 2019, and I had really hoped to be at more than 50 by now. Still, here we go:

Goodbye to All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving New York, edited by Sari Botton (2013) — This collection features essays by 28 writers (all of them women!) about their lives in New York City and when they realized it was time to leave. Some of them returned; nearly all of them have mixed feelings about their departure. The collection features essays by writers including Roxane Gay, Cheryl Strayed, Ann Hood, Dani Shapiro, Emma Straub, and more. The title is from Joan Didion’s famed essay about her own decision to leave New York; Didion is idolized by many of the writers.

I love living in New York. You know I love living in New York. But to live in New York means that you spend a lot of time hating it — the horrific state of the subway, the ever-skyrocketing cost of living, the gentrification and homogenization of neighborhoods, the fact that it’s harder and harder to be a creative here unless you are independently wealthy. And this book gets at this frustration from SO many different angles. I felt all the love and all the angst from these writers. A few left for Los Angeles; several left for upstate New York. North Carolina; Providence; Paris.

There were two things I couldn’t relate to, though — nearly all of these writers moved to New York in their early twenties and partied, lived in terrible apartments with several roommates, and moved from neighborhood to neighborhood as they worked to make a living at writing. Secondly, most of these writers moved to New York in the pre-9/11 era and moved away in the early 2000s at a time when the internet transformed the publishing and media industries and many writers lost their paid work. It made me a little sad I never had those experiences. It’s a New York that I will never know. Also, while there are some authors of color in this book, none of the essays take place in Harlem, which seems like a big oversight. Still, I really loved this book.

The Dark Heart: A True Story of Greed, Murder, and an Unlikely Investigator by Joakim Palmkvist (2018) — Back in April, Amazon offered several Kindle books written by authors around the world for FREE, no strings attached. I ordered them all (are you surprised?) and this is the first one I’ve read: a true crime book by a Swedish journalist. When Göran Lundblad, a millionaire agricultural entrepreneur, went missing, no clues turned up — but soon it seemed like his daughter and her boyfriend had the greatest motive to kill. The person who finally solved the case was not a detective, but a volunteer with the local Missing People organization — and she used her smarts and intuition to turn the case on its head.

This wasn’t my first book by a Swedish author — I’ve read Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo series — and I appreciate the spare orderliness that Swedish authors bring to their prose. And this one was well translated. The story unfolds slowly — so slowly that it seems obvious, like the killers could be caught any minute — but things really speed up toward the end and I couldn’t put it down. True crime isn’t usually something I enjoy, but this book was a change from the usual stuff I read.

Gaspé Peninsula, Québec — Image via Pixabay

Coming up in July 2019

I’m SO excited for what lies in store this month. I’m doing some seriously cool travels in Canada!

First, I will be doing a 10-day small ship expedition cruise through Atlantic Canada with OneOcean Expeditions. I first approached OneOcean at an industry event wanting to learn more about their Arctic itineraries, but they showed me this Atlantic Canada itinerary and it looked SO COOL that I knew I had to do it.

This expedition goes to some remote and seldom visited parts of Atlantic Canada: Sable Island, Nova Scotia, an extremely hard to reach island where wild horses run on the beach. The Isles de la Madeleine, tiny fishing islands covered with colorful cottages. The Gaspé peninsula of Québec, with its dramatic cliffs. Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland’s spectacular showstopper. And St. Pierre et Miquelon, two islands off Newfoundland that are the last vestige of France in North America. Those are just half of the destinations. And Cailin is coming with me — our third trip in a row!

After the trip, we will be doing a road trip through Cape Breton, the northeast part of Nova Scotia that is home to gorgeous landscapes, tons of lobster and oysters, and Acadian and Gaelic culture. I am going to eat more lobster than humanly possible. I’m also excited to finally visit Halifax, Nova Scotia — Cailin’s hometown! Cailin has visited me so many times in New York, so I’m excited for us to hang out on her home turf for the first time.

It’s crazy — other than a plane-to-bus layover in Toronto in 2012, I haven’t been to Canada since starting this blog in 2010. That’s insane and my visit is long overdue. I’m especially happy to be spending so much time in Atlantic Canada in particular, as seven out of my eight great-grandparents or their ancestors actually migrated from Europe to Atlantic Canada (mostly from France to New Brunswick and from Latvia, Scotland, and Ireland to PEI). Only my great-grandfather from Sicily landed directly in the United States.

Aside from that, I’ll be making a trip home to Massachusetts this month. And at the end of the month I will be landing in my 80th country (!!). Not quite ready to reveal that one yet…but it’s in a region I’ve wanted to visit FOREVER and you shall see when the time comes.

What did you get up to in June? Share away!

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Three Weeks in Northern Italy: a Travel Itinerary

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Kate smiles with her hand behind her head and wears a red dress and stands on top of a tower in Riva del Garda, Italy, overlooking terra cotta roofs, pastel buildings, with jagged mountains and a white and blue streaked sky in the background.

I recently took a three-week trip to northern Italy that blew my socks off. I had an opportunity to attend a conference in Trento in the Trentino region, and I used it as inspiration to plan a trip concentrating solely on the far north of Italy. Concentrating on this part of the country gave me the chance to go more off the beaten path, and I loved my itinerary so much I knew I had to come home and share it with all of you!

If you’re able to spend three weeks in Italy, you’re VERY lucky. As an American, I know how hard it is to get this much time off, but if you’re able to swing a longer trip, you’ll be able to explore Italy so deeply. And if you don’t have quite enough time, I have ways to modify the itinerary to fit your time frame.

I’ve been traveling extensively in Italy for 15 years. It’s one of the countries I know best. When I travel to Italy these days, I’m not looking to travel the well-worn itinerary — I’m looking to go deeper.

That’s what led me to plan this trip, and write this post for you. While some of the locations on this trip are well-touristed, the majority of them don’t get a lot of tourism. As a result, this is an offbeat Italy itinerary that will be full of surprises.

A fountain covered with nymphs spurts out water next to yellow and white buildings in Trento, Italy.

Who is this Italy travel itinerary for?

This itinerary is best for people who have traveled to Italy before and have already been to the major sites. This itinerary could potentially also work for first-time travelers to Italy who would rather get off the beaten path than visit the busiest spots.

This Italy travel itinerary includes in a lot of variety. You’ll visit two of Italy’s best culinary regions, Emilia-Romagna and Piemonte; you’ll marvel at Italy’s most picturesque mountains in Trentino and Alto Adige; and you’ll visit four lakes: Garda, Como, Orta, and Maggiore. You’ll spend time in the quiet but very pretty city of Trento, the busy and modern metropolis of Milan, the warm and fun city of Bologna, and visit two of the more touristy spots, Florence and Verona, on day trips only.

To me, this itinerary is true bliss: everything that I love about northern Italy with few of the drawbacks that plague more touristed areas like Venice, Cinque Terre, and Rome.

Three women stand talking beneath porticoes stretching through the background.

Day 1: Arrive in Milan, train to Bologna

If you’re flying overnight to get to Milan, chances are you’ll be a zombie. Don’t set super-high expectations for yourself for the first day. I spent my first day hanging out with my friends and taking it easy. You may want to take a nap; you may want to push through. Either way, I recommend taking melatonin at bedtime to help you get on the right time zone.

When you arrive in Milan, take a bus or train to Milano Centrale, the main train station. (If you’re arriving at Milan Malpensa, the bus and train take the same amount of time but the bus runs more often and is cheaper.) From there you can book and hop on a train to Bologna. The Frecciarossa train is an engineering marvel that only takes one hour.

In Piazza Maggiore in Bologna, the statue of Neptune gesticulates as if he's about to kick something. Behind him are rose-colored brick buildings.

Days 2-5: Bologna

Bologna is a fantastic, underrated Italian city — and it happens to be my favorite city in Italy. Bologna is a city that comes with a lot of nicknames — la rossa, or the red, because of the red colors of the city (and its politically liberal history), la dotta, or the learned, because of its long history as a university city; and la grossa, or the fat, because it’s one of the best food cities in both Italy and the world.

Bologna is a beautiful, culture-filled city that doesn’t get nearly the number of tourists of Rome, Florence, or Venice. As a result, it feels like a lived-in city devoid of tourist traps. The cuisine is outstanding, so much that many Italians grudgingly admit that Bologna has the best food in the country. It also helps that Bologna is surrounded by lots of great cities for day trips.

My Favorite Thing to Do in Bologna: Eat, eat, eat. Check out my 25 Best Food Experiences in Emilia-Romagna, Italy for 25 ideas. At the very least, go to Osteria dell’Orsa for a cheap and delicious tagliatelle ragú and hit up the aperitivi near the city center.

Where to Stay in Bologna: Palazzo Trevi Charming House is a welcoming B&B with gorgeous, light-filled rooms in the center of town (rates from $123). Almarossa is a simpler, cheaper option in a great location near the university (rates from $76). Find deals on more Bologna hotels here.

At dusk, Florence's Duomo and Palazzo Vecchio rise underneath a deepening blue sky and darker blue cloud. In the foreground are rose bushes from the rose garden.

Day Trip from Bologna: Florence

Florence is one of the all-time great cities of Italy. It’s one of the most beautiful cities in the world; the art is unparalleled. Unfortunately, Florence is also one of the most touristed cities in Europe, and if you visit during high season, the crowds will be particularly intense.

My advice? Plan this day trip extremely carefully. If you want to visit the Uffizi or see David at the Accademia (I recommend one but not both in the same day unless you’re a hardcore art appreciator), BUY TICKETS IN ADVANCE. That is vital. If not, you’ll spend most of your day waiting in line. Beyond that, choose a few sites you want to see and roughly plan your route.

Choose your priorities in Florence without scheduling every moment of the day — you need to allow for a bit of serendipity, even if it’s just a gelato break (my favorite is Gelateria Dei Neri). But having a few sightseeing goals will help you navigate this city much more easily.

My Favorite Thing to Do in Florence: Enjoy the sunset from the Giardino Rosato, pictured above. This is very close to the much more popular Piazzale Michelangelo but with far fewer tourists, and the roses add to the ambiance.

Where to Stay in Florence: If you choose to stay overnight in Florence, Hotel Torre Guelfa Palazzo Acciaiuoli has colorful, central rooms and an unreal rooftop terrace. If you’re on a budget, Plus Florence has value-for-money rooms with amenities like a rooftop pool. Find deals on more Florence hotels here.

In Verona, you see the tower of a church rising in between residential buildings painted gold and yellow.

Day Trip from Bologna: Verona

Verona is most famous for being the setting of Romeo and Juliet — but today’s visitors admire the ancient amphitheater, the calm riverside setting, and the pristine city center, clad in the soft colors of the Veneto. Verona is a major transportation hub and a growing tourist attraction, but it’s much calmer and low-key than other Italian cities. The amphitheater, for one, only gets a fraction of the tourists Rome’s Colosseum gets.

Plenty of Romeo and Juliet tourists make their way here and set up shop at the Casa di Giulietta, where you can go out on Juliet’s balcony (built long after the play was written) or pose with the statue of Juliet. It’s a running gag for tourists to pose with a hand on Juliet’s breast. (Creepy. She’s barely pubescent in the play, you know.)

My Favorite Thing to Do in Verona: The one activity I didn’t do that I wish I did was to climb to the best view in town: Piazzale Castel San Pietro. Go up during sunset for especially good photos overlooking the city skyline.

Where to Stay in Verona: If you choose to stay overnight in Verona, Escalus Luxury Suites has gorgeous, modern suites in the heart of the city for surprisingly low rates starting from $101. Find deals on more hotels in Verona here.

In the city of Modena, a nun wearing a black habit rides by on a bicycle while looking into the open door of a wine shop.

Alternate Day Trips from Bologna: Parma, Modena, Ravenna, Ferrara, Rimini, San Marino

Bologna makes a great base for lots of reasons, including that there are several great cities in Emilia-Romagna. You can easily visit several on day trips. Parma and Modena are located close together on the same train line and you could visit Parma in the morning and Modena in the afternoon.

Ravenna and Ferrara are two other great cities easily day-trippable from Bologna. Ravenna has outstanding mosaics; Ferrara is a gorgeous medieval town.

You could even visit a new country — San Marino! Take the train to Rimini, then the bus to San Marino from there. Rimini is a terrific beach destination and it’s a nice city to explore, too.

READ MORE:
San Marino: The Tiny Nation Surrounded by Italy

A view of the terra cotta roofs in the old town of Trento, Italy, with green mountains in the background underneath a blue sky with white spotted clouds.

Days 6-9: Trento

Trento and the surrounding Trentino region aren’t often on travel itineraries — but it’s worth it. I visited Trento for a conference, which is why I spent a few days here in the first place, but I was surprised by how hard I fell for this little city. Trento is immaculate yet unpretentious, covered with frescoes and surrounded by mountains. Tourists here are very few, and many are cyclists and hikers exploring the mountains.

I encourage you to base in Trento and spend some time exploring this incredibly and underrated region, filled with spectacular mountains, beautiful towns, and sensational wine. Riva del Garda and Rovereto make great day trips, and there are tons of mountain hikes available too.

My Favorite Thing to Do in Trento: See the frescoes inside Buonconsiglio Palace. Far from your average frescoes, my favorites are in a tower where a portion of the wall represents each month of the year. Each panel is so detailed and full of interesting symbols.

Where to Stay in Trento: I highly recommend the Grand Hotel Trento. Beautiful rooms, nice bedding, super quiet, and in an ideal location just a four-minute walk from the train station and on the edge of the city center, with easy access to everywhere. Rates from $107. Find deals on more hotels in Trento here.

Four adults and a baby carriage stand on a jetty jutting out into the blue Lake Garda, where a windy day is stirring up white caps in the waves. The mountains are jagged in the background and seem to be falling into the lake.

Day Trip from Trento: Riva del Garda

Lake Garda is the largest lake in Italy and is split between the regions of Trentino, Lombardia, and the Veneto. I visited the most popular destination on the Trentino portion: the town of Riva del Garda.

Other Italian lakes may be more about the beauty or luxury. Lake Garda made me feel humbled by its nature — the waves seemed more intense; the mountains seemed more foreboding. Even so, it felt so Italian and refined.

Riva del Garda is a pastel-colored little town that felt more like Liguria to me than Trentino. You could lounge in a cafe on the edge of the lake while sipping an aperol spritz, or you could waltz among the sherbet-colored buildings with a cup of artisanal gelato.

My Favorite Thing to Do in Riva del Garda: Climb the Torre Apponale, the tower that dominates the landscape. You’ll have amazing views of the lake, the town, and the mountains. The top photo in this post is from the tower!

Where to Stay in Riva del Garda: If you choose to stay overnight in Riva del Garda, I highly recommend the city center. The outskirts are home to campgrounds and cheap motels — probably not what you’re looking for on this particular Italy trip. Hotel Canarino is an option just off the city center with rates from $126. Find deals on more hotels in Riva del Garda here.

A worn path leads through the grass in the Dolomites. Ion the background are pine trees, huge blue and gray mountains, and a blue sky with puffy white clouds above all.

Days 10-13: Dolomites

The Dolomites, in the Alto Adige region of Italy (also known as South Tyrol), are home to some of the most dramatic landscapes in Italy. This is also the region least like the rest of Italy — it feels more like Austria or Switzerland!

Before you plan your trip, make sure you’re timing it correctly. Summer is hiking season and winter is ski season — but many resorts, Ciasa Salares included, are closed during the shoulder seasons. Keep this in mind before your trip. Also keep in mind that snow can last a long time here — 2019 was particularly intense and some of the last snow didn’t melt until June!

The summer is all about hiking, and the winter is all about skiing. Either way, the Dolomites are center stage — they’re jagged, pointy, and absolutely stunning.

My Favorite Thing to Do in the Dolomites: Hike, hike, hike! There are so many great hikes in the mountains, and there are hikes available for all levels of fitness. Talk to your local accommodation about a hike that is close to you. Oh, and eat plenty of soft, feathery speck.

Where to Stay in the Dolomites: Ciasa Salares is a fantastic high-end resort that I highly recommend. I loved this place and it’s a must if you want outstanding cuisine in addition to your mountain adventure. Find deals on more hotels in the Dolomites here.

People walk on a piazza in front of buildings nestled into the hills of Lake Como.

Day 14-15: Lake Como

Lake Como is famous for its beauty, its mountains, its palazzi, its Las Vegas namesakes. Oh, um, and George Clooney, easily the lake’s most famous resident. Here you’ll fine palatial residences, picture-perfect towns, flowering gardens and palm trees, and mountains leading straight down into the lake.

Lake Como is enormous and the biggest transit hub is the city of Como, home to an attractive city center. An hour away by bus are the cities of Bellagio, Varenna, and Menaggio, three of the prettiest cities in the area and easy to explore by ferry.

Do know that it took us so long to get to Lake Como on the first day that this was essentially a lost transit day — bus from La Vila to Brunico (Bruneck), train to Bressanone (Brixen), train to Verona, train to Milan, train to Como. Looking back, I think things would have been easier if we had rented a car from Trento or Verona and driven into the Dolomites and back.

My Favorite Thing to Do in Lake Como: While I didn’t get to explore much in Lake Como due to illness, I’ve been told that Bellagio is the prettiest city of all. There’s a reason why it inspired a Las Vegas casino!

Where to Stay in Como: I highly recommend two places: Ostello Bello is one of the nicest hostels I’ve stayed in lately with excellent amenities like laundry, breakfast, and free activities; and they have gorgeous private ensuite rooms (though the shower was so shockingly small that average-sized people will struggle to fit inside; there are shared showers that are a bit larger if you need them). Dorm rates from $28; private rates from $136. Alessia’s Place is a quiet, well-decorated B&B with perhaps the most comfortable bed and pillows I’ve ever enjoyed in Italy. Rates from $151. Both are centrally located near the old town of Como. Find deals on more hotels in Como here.

A bright blue Lake Orta with a tiny island in the lake, green mountains on the other side, and a glacier-covered white mountains in the distance,  all underneath a bright blue sky.

Day 16-17: Lake Orta

Lake Orta is one of the lesser-known lakes in northern Italy — and after visiting four of the lakes, Orta is my favorite. Lake Orta is much smaller than Como, Maggiore or Garda; it’s much less developed, and it has far fewer tourists. Most of Lake Orta’s visitors are Milanese looking for a nearby getaway, which gives it a much more local feel than the other lakes.

Orta San Giulio is the main hub of Lake Orta and home to a very pretty old town. You can take a boat to the island in the lake: Isola San Giulio, a spooky place filled with signs encouraging you to be silent. You can head up to Mottarone, a local mountain where on a clear day you can see 360-degree views of all the lakes in the region. But I think Lake Orta is best experienced by enjoying the peace and quiet.

My Favorite Thing to Do in Lake Orta: I had the best meal of my trip at Il Cucchiaio di Legno, an agriturismo in Orta San Giulio. 10 courses of astoundingly fresh, local, inventively prepared dishes. And I only paid 32 EUR ($36) for the food and 23 EUR ($26) for three glasses of wine, including a fine Barolo. One of the best value for money meals I have had anywhere in the world.

Where to Stay in Lake Orta: You can actually stay at Il Cucchiaio di Legno if you’d like, though it’s a bit of a ways out of town (rates from $94). While there are lots of towns around Lake Orta, I recommend basing in Orta San Giulio as it’s a beautiful, centrally located town with lots to do. Hotel la Bussola is a great option close to town (rates from $127). Find deals on more hotels in Lake Orta here.

A man and a woman sunbathe on a gray rocky beach overlooking Lake Maggiore, which has an island in the distance and mountains rising up behind it underneath a cloudy sky.

Day Trip from Lake Orta or Lake Como: Lake Maggiore

Lake Maggiore is very close to Lake Como, but a world away in lots of ways. It has a lot of elegance, but a vintage kind of elegance, the kind that you could see lighting up the lake in the 1950s but fading a bit into the present day. It doesn’t get a lot of the first-time-to-Italy travelers that dominate Lake Como; instead, people visiting here tend to be regular Italy visitors. And it doesn’t have quite the panache of Lake Como, but does it even need it?

Stresa is one of the transit hubs of Lake Maggiore and it’s a great base from which to explore the lake. It also gives you access to the pretty little islands in the lake: Isola Bella and Isola Superiore o delle Pescatori.

My Favorite Thing to Do in Lake Maggiore: Enjoy the architecture of Stresa and the surrounding towns while walking along the lake, pretending you’re in a Wes Anderson film.

Where to Stay in Lake Maggiore: If you choose to stay overnight in Lake Maggiore, Stresa is a good, well-connected base. Hotel Elena Stresa is in the heart of town — highly rated with rates from $94 per night. Find deals on more hotels in Stresa here.

View from Milan's Duomo: A nude statue looks over the city from behind; the city is a mix of old Renaissance towers and modern buildings underneath a periwinkle blue and white striped sky.

Day 18-21: Milan

By this point, you’ll probably be feeling tired from such a long trip, and it’s nice to have a place to crash for a few days near the end. Milan makes a great spot to base for the tail end of your trip to Italy, especially if you’re flying out of Milan.

Milan is arguably the most cosmopolitan city in Italy — only Rome comes close. You’ll be surrounded by incredibly well-dressed people sitting cocktails on piazzas, as well as some great attractions like the Duomo and The Last Supper. Take this time to soak up the best of Italy: the aperitivi, the gelato, the people-watching. Be sure to get some risotto with saffron, too.

My Favorite Thing to Do in Milan: Seeing Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper. There are limited slots to see the painting and it books out months in advance, so I joined a tour with Walks of Italy, who comped my tickets. Seeing the painting was a moving experience and after I got to tour a bit of Milan and go up to the roof of the cathedral! Get your tickets here.

Where to Stay in Milan: Most recently, I loved staying in an apartment in the Zona Risorgimento — an up and coming place with great transportation access and tons of cool bars and restaurants. One great hotel in this neighborhood is Bianca Maria Palace Hotel, with huge rooms and bathrooms, a great gym, and rates from $124. Find deals on more hotels in Milan here.

At a cafe in Torino people sit outside underneath umbrellas, enjoying bicerin cocktails.

Day Trip from Milan: Torino

The Italian city of Torino, also known as Turin, is perhaps best known for hosting the Winter Olympics in 2006. But there is plenty more to explore in this city: the Egypt Museum, the endless elegant squares. THE BICERIN, a hot beverage made from chocolate and coffee. And all the wonderful food and wine from the surrounding Piemonte region.

Torino feels much more international than other cities in Italy — at times I felt like I was in Switzerland, or maybe France. It felt more quiet, more refined, more cultured. And absolutely beautiful.

My Favorite Thing to Do in Torino: Head to Cafe Al Bicerin to try the bicerin, either outside at one of the tables or inside in the cafe that has been open since 1763. Afterward, walk across the street to Santuario al Consolata and marvel at the collection of paintings depicting the church’s parishioners at the moments they narrowly escaped death. The paintings were commissioned to say thanks to God.

Where to Stay in Torino: If you choose to stay overnight in Torino, stay in the city center for the maximum convenience. Townhouse 70 has huge, gorgeous, well-appointed rooms a stone’s throw from most of the city’s attractions. Find deals on more hotels in Torino here.

Kate stands wearing a black shirt and black and white patterned pants, holding a black purse, in front of a modern Frecciarossa train at Milan train station. The train is sleek and is silver and red with a long angled nose in front.

How to Get Around Italy: by Train with an Italia Rail Pass

On this trip, I traveled Italy by train with an eight-day pass from Italia Rail Pass. I love traveling in Italy by train and having this pass saved me a lot of money, especially because I did a lot of day trips by train.

There are two kinds of trains in Italy: local and express. If it’s a local train, you can hop on any train, show your pass, and be covered. But if it’s an express train, like one of the high-speed Freccia trains, you need to make a reservation in advance or you’ll be charged extra on board. You do this at any train station that has a station employee.

It costs 10 EUR ($11) for each Freccia reservation, no matter how far it goes (even on the 11-hour train across the country from Torino to Lecce!). And while it may seem annoying to pay for trains, they save you a ton of time. Milan to Bologna is just one hour, and it often travels at 300 kilometers per hour (186 miles per hour)!

On several of my day trips, including Florence, Verona, and Torino, I paid the 10 EUR for the fast train in one direction and took a “free” local train on the way back. Sometimes there isn’t even that much of a difference; at other times, I didn’t mind taking a two-hour local train instead of a one-hour fast train.

To get the most out of your pass, I highly recommend doing day trips by train. Because the pass charges you by the day, using a day of rail pass will cover you for unlimited rail journeys on that day. It’s even more worth it if you do a few trips in one day — say, if you’re staying in Bologna and take the train first to Parma in the morning, then to Modena in the afternoon, then back to Bologna.

There is only one place where taking the train was a bit of a pain: the Dolomites. We made it work, but it was complicated taking several trains and a bus, including trains that didn’t run often and had to be timed precisely. It would have made more sense to rent a car in Trento or Verona to get to the Dolomites and back, then resume our train travels from there.

But overall, I loved having a pass from Italia Rail Pass and I would absolutely get another on my next trip. I adore traveling Italy by train and I see more rail passes in my future.

The riverbank in Verona, Italy, with cream-colored buildings and tall cypress trees.

Three weeks is too long! What about a two-week northern Italy itinerary?

You can absolutely shave this itinerary down to two weeks if you’d like. Believe me, a two-week trip to northern Italy is absolutely wonderful. Just go through the itinerary and take off a day here and there, or axe a few destinations altogether.

If you’re not visiting during the summer, you may want to omit the Dolomites, as much as I loved them, as the winter is all about skiing and many places are closed during the spring and fall.

What are other destinations you can easily axe? Milan was lovely but I don’t consider it as essential as the other cities. Cut down on the day trips and definitely skip Florence or Verona if you’ve been before. Choose between Lake Como and Lake Orta.

If you only have 7-10 days to travel northern Italy, I recommend you base in two cities, three at the absolute max. Choose your favorites.

Yellow and pink flowers blooming from a blow in the foreground; a tiny church and river in the background. In Trento, Italy.

Italy Travel Tips

Italy is a very popular country to travel, and northern Italy in particular has excellent tourism infrastructure. It’s a relatively easy place to travel, but there there are lots of ways you can make your Italy trip even better.

Never eat right in front of a monument. Walk a few blocks away and take a few turns and you’ll find restaurants that don’t pander to tourists.

Remember to validate your ticket on the train. If you don’t have a rail pass or are not using it for a particular journey, you must validate your train ticket by putting it into the machine and stamping it.

It helps to dress to blend in with Italian women. Italians tend to be well dressed and groomed, especially in the cities; dressing this way will help you keep a low profile. Don’t wear athletic wear, shorts, baseball caps, or torn jeans unless they’re fashion items. Don’t wear sneakers or flip-flops; instead, bring nice flats, boots, or sandals. The Walking Company is my go-to for comfortable shoes that are cute; I strongly recommend black ABEO flats, which have fantastic arch support.

Italians tend to wear a lot of black, but you don’t have to restrict yourself to dark colors. In summer, I wear tailored dresses; in other seasons, I wear tall boots, nice jeans or pants, and a leather jacket. Italians tend to wear designer sunglasses; some solid black frames at any price range should do you well.

Consider bringing a Speakeasy Travel Supply scarf. These beautiful scarves are designed and sewed by my friend have a hidden passport pocket in them. I love these scarves (I even designed my own!) and they are so good at keeping your valuables hidden. They’re also extremely chic, enough to work in a fashion-conscious country like Italy.

Men can be aggressive with street harassment; the best thing that you can do is ignore it. Don’t react to the “Ciao Bellas”; if he grabs your arm, shake it off and keep walking. Italian men are used to local women ignoring them. 95% of the time, their behavior does not escalate if you do not give them a reaction.

In the event that the behavior continues without abatement or escalates, go into a shop or restaurant. Ask for help. Locals are familiar with this behavior and know how to defuse it.

Get travel insurance for your Italy trip. This is nothing to mess around with. I’ve been sick and injured in the EU before, and an emergency room visit cost me 300 euros — which was refunded by my travel insurance company. I use and recommend World Nomads for trips to Italy.

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Three Weeks in Northern Italy Itinerary (Pinterest graphic)

Most of this trip was paid for out of pocket for me, but there were a few exceptions: I received two eight-day rail passes from ItaliaRail; I had a comped four-night stay at the Grand Hotel Trento, as well as several meals and activities in Trento, and my flights to and from Italy as part of my speaking engagement at Traverse; I had a comped three-night stay at Ciasa Salares in the Dolomites; I got two comped tickets on Walks of Italy Best of Milan and Last Supper tour. The rest of this three-week trip was at my own expense. Many thanks also to my friends in Italy who welcomed me into their homes, neighborhoods, and cities!

Have you traveled in northern Italy? Have any tips? Share away!

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Kate smiles with her hand behind her head and wears a red dress and stands on top of a tower in Riva del Garda, Italy, overlooking terra cotta roofs, pastel buildings, with jagged mountains and a white and blue streaked sky in the background.

I recently took a three-week trip to northern Italy that blew my socks off. I had an opportunity to attend a conference in Trento in the Trentino region, and I used it as inspiration to plan a trip concentrating solely on the far north of Italy. Concentrating on this part of the country gave me the chance to go more off the beaten path, and I loved my itinerary so much I knew I had to come home and share it with all of you!

If you’re able to spend three weeks in Italy, you’re VERY lucky. As an American, I know how hard it is to get this much time off, but if you’re able to swing a longer trip, you’ll be able to explore Italy so deeply. And if you don’t have quite enough time, I have ways to modify the itinerary to fit your time frame.

I’ve been traveling extensively in Italy for 15 years. It’s one of the countries I know best. When I travel to Italy these days, I’m not looking to travel the well-worn itinerary — I’m looking to go deeper.

That’s what led me to plan this trip, and write this post for you. While some of the locations on this trip are well-touristed, the majority of them don’t get a lot of tourism. As a result, this is an offbeat Italy itinerary that will be full of surprises.

A fountain covered with nymphs spurts out water next to yellow and white buildings in Trento, Italy.

Who is this Italy travel itinerary for?

This itinerary is best for people who have traveled to Italy before and have already been to the major sites. This itinerary could potentially also work for first-time travelers to Italy who would rather get off the beaten path than visit the busiest spots.

This Italy travel itinerary includes in a lot of variety. You’ll visit two of Italy’s best culinary regions, Emilia-Romagna and Piemonte; you’ll marvel at Italy’s most picturesque mountains in Trentino and Alto Adige; and you’ll visit four lakes: Garda, Como, Orta, and Maggiore. You’ll spend time in the quiet but very pretty city of Trento, the busy and modern metropolis of Milan, the warm and fun city of Bologna, and visit two of the more touristy spots, Florence and Verona, on day trips only.

To me, this itinerary is true bliss: everything that I love about northern Italy with few of the drawbacks that plague more touristed areas like Venice, Cinque Terre, and Rome.

Three women stand talking beneath porticoes stretching through the background.

Day 1: Arrive in Milan, train to Bologna

If you’re flying overnight to get to Milan, chances are you’ll be a zombie. Don’t set super-high expectations for yourself for the first day. I spent my first day hanging out with my friends and taking it easy. You may want to take a nap; you may want to push through. Either way, I recommend taking melatonin at bedtime to help you get on the right time zone.

When you arrive in Milan, take a bus or train to Milano Centrale, the main train station. (If you’re arriving at Milan Malpensa, the bus and train take the same amount of time but the bus runs more often and is cheaper.) From there you can book and hop on a train to Bologna. The Frecciarossa train is an engineering marvel that only takes one hour.

In Piazza Maggiore in Bologna, the statue of Neptune gesticulates as if he's about to kick something. Behind him are rose-colored brick buildings.

Days 2-5: Bologna

Bologna is a fantastic, underrated Italian city — and it happens to be my favorite city in Italy. Bologna is a city that comes with a lot of nicknames — la rossa, or the red, because of the red colors of the city (and its politically liberal history), la dotta, or the learned, because of its long history as a university city; and la grossa, or the fat, because it’s one of the best food cities in both Italy and the world.

Bologna is a beautiful, culture-filled city that doesn’t get nearly the number of tourists of Rome, Florence, or Venice. As a result, it feels like a lived-in city devoid of tourist traps. The cuisine is outstanding, so much that many Italians grudgingly admit that Bologna has the best food in the country. It also helps that Bologna is surrounded by lots of great cities for day trips.

My Favorite Thing to Do in Bologna: Eat, eat, eat. Check out my 25 Best Food Experiences in Emilia-Romagna, Italy for 25 ideas. At the very least, go to Osteria dell’Orsa for a cheap and delicious tagliatelle ragú and hit up the aperitivi near the city center.

Where to Stay in Bologna: Palazzo Trevi Charming House is a welcoming B&B with gorgeous, light-filled rooms in the center of town (rates from $123). Almarossa is a simpler, cheaper option in a great location near the university (rates from $76). Find deals on more Bologna hotels here.

At dusk, Florence's Duomo and Palazzo Vecchio rise underneath a deepening blue sky and darker blue cloud. In the foreground are rose bushes from the rose garden.

Day Trip from Bologna: Florence

Florence is one of the all-time great cities of Italy. It’s one of the most beautiful cities in the world; the art is unparalleled. Unfortunately, Florence is also one of the most touristed cities in Europe, and if you visit during high season, the crowds will be particularly intense.

My advice? Plan this day trip extremely carefully. If you want to visit the Uffizi or see David at the Accademia (I recommend one but not both in the same day unless you’re a hardcore art appreciator), BUY TICKETS IN ADVANCE. That is vital. If not, you’ll spend most of your day waiting in line. Beyond that, choose a few sites you want to see and roughly plan your route.

Choose your priorities in Florence without scheduling every moment of the day — you need to allow for a bit of serendipity, even if it’s just a gelato break (my favorite is Gelateria Dei Neri). But having a few sightseeing goals will help you navigate this city much more easily.

My Favorite Thing to Do in Florence: Enjoy the sunset from the Giardino Rosato, pictured above. This is very close to the much more popular Piazzale Michelangelo but with far fewer tourists, and the roses add to the ambiance.

Where to Stay in Florence: If you choose to stay overnight in Florence, Hotel Torre Guelfa Palazzo Acciaiuoli has colorful, central rooms and an unreal rooftop terrace. If you’re on a budget, Plus Florence has value-for-money rooms with amenities like a rooftop pool. Find deals on more Florence hotels here.

In Verona, you see the tower of a church rising in between residential buildings painted gold and yellow.

Day Trip from Bologna: Verona

Verona is most famous for being the setting of Romeo and Juliet — but today’s visitors admire the ancient amphitheater, the calm riverside setting, and the pristine city center, clad in the soft colors of the Veneto. Verona is a major transportation hub and a growing tourist attraction, but it’s much calmer and low-key than other Italian cities. The amphitheater, for one, only gets a fraction of the tourists Rome’s Colosseum gets.

Plenty of Romeo and Juliet tourists make their way here and set up shop at the Casa di Giulietta, where you can go out on Juliet’s balcony (built long after the play was written) or pose with the statue of Juliet. It’s a running gag for tourists to pose with a hand on Juliet’s breast. (Creepy. She’s barely pubescent in the play, you know.)

My Favorite Thing to Do in Verona: The one activity I didn’t do that I wish I did was to climb to the best view in town: Piazzale Castel San Pietro. Go up during sunset for especially good photos overlooking the city skyline.

Where to Stay in Verona: If you choose to stay overnight in Verona, Escalus Luxury Suites has gorgeous, modern suites in the heart of the city for surprisingly low rates starting from $101. Find deals on more hotels in Verona here.

In the city of Modena, a nun wearing a black habit rides by on a bicycle while looking into the open door of a wine shop.

Alternate Day Trips from Bologna: Parma, Modena, Ravenna, Ferrara, Rimini, San Marino

Bologna makes a great base for lots of reasons, including that there are several great cities in Emilia-Romagna. You can easily visit several on day trips. Parma and Modena are located close together on the same train line and you could visit Parma in the morning and Modena in the afternoon.

Ravenna and Ferrara are two other great cities easily day-trippable from Bologna. Ravenna has outstanding mosaics; Ferrara is a gorgeous medieval town.

You could even visit a new country — San Marino! Take the train to Rimini, then the bus to San Marino from there. Rimini is a terrific beach destination and it’s a nice city to explore, too.

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A view of the terra cotta roofs in the old town of Trento, Italy, with green mountains in the background underneath a blue sky with white spotted clouds.

Days 6-9: Trento

Trento and the surrounding Trentino region aren’t often on travel itineraries — but it’s worth it. I visited Trento for a conference, which is why I spent a few days here in the first place, but I was surprised by how hard I fell for this little city. Trento is immaculate yet unpretentious, covered with frescoes and surrounded by mountains. Tourists here are very few, and many are cyclists and hikers exploring the mountains.

I encourage you to base in Trento and spend some time exploring this incredibly and underrated region, filled with spectacular mountains, beautiful towns, and sensational wine. Riva del Garda and Rovereto make great day trips, and there are tons of mountain hikes available too.

My Favorite Thing to Do in Trento: See the frescoes inside Buonconsiglio Palace. Far from your average frescoes, my favorites are in a tower where a portion of the wall represents each month of the year. Each panel is so detailed and full of interesting symbols.

Where to Stay in Trento: I highly recommend the Grand Hotel Trento. Beautiful rooms, nice bedding, super quiet, and in an ideal location just a four-minute walk from the train station and on the edge of the city center, with easy access to everywhere. Rates from $107. Find deals on more hotels in Trento here.

Four adults and a baby carriage stand on a jetty jutting out into the blue Lake Garda, where a windy day is stirring up white caps in the waves. The mountains are jagged in the background and seem to be falling into the lake.

Day Trip from Trento: Riva del Garda

Lake Garda is the largest lake in Italy and is split between the regions of Trentino, Lombardia, and the Veneto. I visited the most popular destination on the Trentino portion: the town of Riva del Garda.

Other Italian lakes may be more about the beauty or luxury. Lake Garda made me feel humbled by its nature — the waves seemed more intense; the mountains seemed more foreboding. Even so, it felt so Italian and refined.

Riva del Garda is a pastel-colored little town that felt more like Liguria to me than Trentino. You could lounge in a cafe on the edge of the lake while sipping an aperol spritz, or you could waltz among the sherbet-colored buildings with a cup of artisanal gelato.

My Favorite Thing to Do in Riva del Garda: Climb the Torre Apponale, the tower that dominates the landscape. You’ll have amazing views of the lake, the town, and the mountains. The top photo in this post is from the tower!

Where to Stay in Riva del Garda: If you choose to stay overnight in Riva del Garda, I highly recommend the city center. The outskirts are home to campgrounds and cheap motels — probably not what you’re looking for on this particular Italy trip. Hotel Canarino is an option just off the city center with rates from $126. Find deals on more hotels in Riva del Garda here.

A worn path leads through the grass in the Dolomites. Ion the background are pine trees, huge blue and gray mountains, and a blue sky with puffy white clouds above all.

Days 10-13: Dolomites

The Dolomites, in the Alto Adige region of Italy (also known as South Tyrol), are home to some of the most dramatic landscapes in Italy. This is also the region least like the rest of Italy — it feels more like Austria or Switzerland!

Before you plan your trip, make sure you’re timing it correctly. Summer is hiking season and winter is ski season — but many resorts, Ciasa Salares included, are closed during the shoulder seasons. Keep this in mind before your trip. Also keep in mind that snow can last a long time here — 2019 was particularly intense and some of the last snow didn’t melt until June!

The summer is all about hiking, and the winter is all about skiing. Either way, the Dolomites are center stage — they’re jagged, pointy, and absolutely stunning.

My Favorite Thing to Do in the Dolomites: Hike, hike, hike! There are so many great hikes in the mountains, and there are hikes available for all levels of fitness. Talk to your local accommodation about a hike that is close to you. Oh, and eat plenty of soft, feathery speck.

Where to Stay in the Dolomites: Ciasa Salares is a fantastic high-end resort that I highly recommend. I loved this place and it’s a must if you want outstanding cuisine in addition to your mountain adventure. Find deals on more hotels in the Dolomites here.

People walk on a piazza in front of buildings nestled into the hills of Lake Como.

Day 14-15: Lake Como

Lake Como is famous for its beauty, its mountains, its palazzi, its Las Vegas namesakes. Oh, um, and George Clooney, easily the lake’s most famous resident. Here you’ll fine palatial residences, picture-perfect towns, flowering gardens and palm trees, and mountains leading straight down into the lake.

Lake Como is enormous and the biggest transit hub is the city of Como, home to an attractive city center. An hour away by bus are the cities of Bellagio, Varenna, and Menaggio, three of the prettiest cities in the area and easy to explore by ferry.

Do know that it took us so long to get to Lake Como on the first day that this was essentially a lost transit day — bus from La Vila to Brunico (Bruneck), train to Bressanone (Brixen), train to Verona, train to Milan, train to Como. Looking back, I think things would have been easier if we had rented a car from Trento or Verona and driven into the Dolomites and back.

My Favorite Thing to Do in Lake Como: While I didn’t get to explore much in Lake Como due to illness, I’ve been told that Bellagio is the prettiest city of all. There’s a reason why it inspired a Las Vegas casino!

Where to Stay in Como: I highly recommend two places: Ostello Bello is one of the nicest hostels I’ve stayed in lately with excellent amenities like laundry, breakfast, and free activities; and they have gorgeous private ensuite rooms (though the shower was so shockingly small that average-sized people will struggle to fit inside; there are shared showers that are a bit larger if you need them). Dorm rates from $28; private rates from $136. Alessia’s Place is a quiet, well-decorated B&B with perhaps the most comfortable bed and pillows I’ve ever enjoyed in Italy. Rates from $151. Both are centrally located near the old town of Como. Find deals on more hotels in Como here.

A bright blue Lake Orta with a tiny island in the lake, green mountains on the other side, and a glacier-covered white mountains in the distance,  all underneath a bright blue sky.

Day 16-17: Lake Orta

Lake Orta is one of the lesser-known lakes in northern Italy — and after visiting four of the lakes, Orta is my favorite. Lake Orta is much smaller than Como, Maggiore or Garda; it’s much less developed, and it has far fewer tourists. Most of Lake Orta’s visitors are Milanese looking for a nearby getaway, which gives it a much more local feel than the other lakes.

Orta San Giulio is the main hub of Lake Orta and home to a very pretty old town. You can take a boat to the island in the lake: Isola San Giulio, a spooky place filled with signs encouraging you to be silent. You can head up to Mottarone, a local mountain where on a clear day you can see 360-degree views of all the lakes in the region. But I think Lake Orta is best experienced by enjoying the peace and quiet.

My Favorite Thing to Do in Lake Orta: I had the best meal of my trip at Il Cucchiaio di Legno, an agriturismo in Orta San Giulio. 10 courses of astoundingly fresh, local, inventively prepared dishes. And I only paid 32 EUR ($36) for the food and 23 EUR ($26) for three glasses of wine, including a fine Barolo. One of the best value for money meals I have had anywhere in the world.

Where to Stay in Lake Orta: You can actually stay at Il Cucchiaio di Legno if you’d like, though it’s a bit of a ways out of town (rates from $94). While there are lots of towns around Lake Orta, I recommend basing in Orta San Giulio as it’s a beautiful, centrally located town with lots to do. Hotel la Bussola is a great option close to town (rates from $127). Find deals on more hotels in Lake Orta here.

A man and a woman sunbathe on a gray rocky beach overlooking Lake Maggiore, which has an island in the distance and mountains rising up behind it underneath a cloudy sky.

Day Trip from Lake Orta or Lake Como: Lake Maggiore

Lake Maggiore is very close to Lake Como, but a world away in lots of ways. It has a lot of elegance, but a vintage kind of elegance, the kind that you could see lighting up the lake in the 1950s but fading a bit into the present day. It doesn’t get a lot of the first-time-to-Italy travelers that dominate Lake Como; instead, people visiting here tend to be regular Italy visitors. And it doesn’t have quite the panache of Lake Como, but does it even need it?

Stresa is one of the transit hubs of Lake Maggiore and it’s a great base from which to explore the lake. It also gives you access to the pretty little islands in the lake: Isola Bella and Isola Superiore o delle Pescatori.

My Favorite Thing to Do in Lake Maggiore: Enjoy the architecture of Stresa and the surrounding towns while walking along the lake, pretending you’re in a Wes Anderson film.

Where to Stay in Lake Maggiore: If you choose to stay overnight in Lake Maggiore, Stresa is a good, well-connected base. Hotel Elena Stresa is in the heart of town — highly rated with rates from $94 per night. Find deals on more hotels in Stresa here.

View from Milan's Duomo: A nude statue looks over the city from behind; the city is a mix of old Renaissance towers and modern buildings underneath a periwinkle blue and white striped sky.

Day 18-21: Milan

By this point, you’ll probably be feeling tired from such a long trip, and it’s nice to have a place to crash for a few days near the end. Milan makes a great spot to base for the tail end of your trip to Italy, especially if you’re flying out of Milan.

Milan is arguably the most cosmopolitan city in Italy — only Rome comes close. You’ll be surrounded by incredibly well-dressed people sitting cocktails on piazzas, as well as some great attractions like the Duomo and The Last Supper. Take this time to soak up the best of Italy: the aperitivi, the gelato, the people-watching. Be sure to get some risotto with saffron, too.

My Favorite Thing to Do in Milan: Seeing Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper. There are limited slots to see the painting and it books out months in advance, so I joined a tour with Walks of Italy, who comped my tickets. Seeing the painting was a moving experience and after I got to tour a bit of Milan and go up to the roof of the cathedral! Get your tickets here.

Where to Stay in Milan: Most recently, I loved staying in an apartment in the Zona Risorgimento — an up and coming place with great transportation access and tons of cool bars and restaurants. One great hotel in this neighborhood is Bianca Maria Palace Hotel, with huge rooms and bathrooms, a great gym, and rates from $124. Find deals on more hotels in Milan here.

At a cafe in Torino people sit outside underneath umbrellas, enjoying bicerin cocktails.

Day Trip from Milan: Torino

The Italian city of Torino, also known as Turin, is perhaps best known for hosting the Winter Olympics in 2006. But there is plenty more to explore in this city: the Egypt Museum, the endless elegant squares. THE BICERIN, a hot beverage made from chocolate and coffee. And all the wonderful food and wine from the surrounding Piemonte region.

Torino feels much more international than other cities in Italy — at times I felt like I was in Switzerland, or maybe France. It felt more quiet, more refined, more cultured. And absolutely beautiful.

My Favorite Thing to Do in Torino: Head to Cafe Al Bicerin to try the bicerin, either outside at one of the tables or inside in the cafe that has been open since 1763. Afterward, walk across the street to Santuario al Consolata and marvel at the collection of paintings depicting the church’s parishioners at the moments they narrowly escaped death. The paintings were commissioned to say thanks to God.

Where to Stay in Torino: If you choose to stay overnight in Torino, stay in the city center for the maximum convenience. Townhouse 70 has huge, gorgeous, well-appointed rooms a stone’s throw from most of the city’s attractions. Find deals on more hotels in Torino here.

Kate stands wearing a black shirt and black and white patterned pants, holding a black purse, in front of a modern Frecciarossa train at Milan train station. The train is sleek and is silver and red with a long angled nose in front.

How to Get Around Italy: by Train with an Italia Rail Pass

On this trip, I traveled Italy by train with an eight-day pass from Italia Rail Pass. I love traveling in Italy by train and having this pass saved me a lot of money, especially because I did a lot of day trips by train.

There are two kinds of trains in Italy: local and express. If it’s a local train, you can hop on any train, show your pass, and be covered. But if it’s an express train, like one of the high-speed Freccia trains, you need to make a reservation in advance or you’ll be charged extra on board. You do this at any train station that has a station employee.

It costs 10 EUR ($11) for each Freccia reservation, no matter how far it goes (even on the 11-hour train across the country from Torino to Lecce!). And while it may seem annoying to pay for trains, they save you a ton of time. Milan to Bologna is just one hour, and it often travels at 300 kilometers per hour (186 miles per hour)!

On several of my day trips, including Florence, Verona, and Torino, I paid the 10 EUR for the fast train in one direction and took a “free” local train on the way back. Sometimes there isn’t even that much of a difference; at other times, I didn’t mind taking a two-hour local train instead of a one-hour fast train.

To get the most out of your pass, I highly recommend doing day trips by train. Because the pass charges you by the day, using a day of rail pass will cover you for unlimited rail journeys on that day. It’s even more worth it if you do a few trips in one day — say, if you’re staying in Bologna and take the train first to Parma in the morning, then to Modena in the afternoon, then back to Bologna.

There is only one place where taking the train was a bit of a pain: the Dolomites. We made it work, but it was complicated taking several trains and a bus, including trains that didn’t run often and had to be timed precisely. It would have made more sense to rent a car in Trento or Verona to get to the Dolomites and back, then resume our train travels from there.

But overall, I loved having a pass from Italia Rail Pass and I would absolutely get another on my next trip. I adore traveling Italy by train and I see more rail passes in my future.

The riverbank in Verona, Italy, with cream-colored buildings and tall cypress trees.

Three weeks is too long! What about a two-week northern Italy itinerary?

You can absolutely shave this itinerary down to two weeks if you’d like. Believe me, a two-week trip to northern Italy is absolutely wonderful. Just go through the itinerary and take off a day here and there, or axe a few destinations altogether.

If you’re not visiting during the summer, you may want to omit the Dolomites, as much as I loved them, as the winter is all about skiing and many places are closed during the spring and fall.

What are other destinations you can easily axe? Milan was lovely but I don’t consider it as essential as the other cities. Cut down on the day trips and definitely skip Florence or Verona if you’ve been before. Choose between Lake Como and Lake Orta.

If you only have 7-10 days to travel northern Italy, I recommend you base in two cities, three at the absolute max. Choose your favorites.

Yellow and pink flowers blooming from a blow in the foreground; a tiny church and river in the background. In Trento, Italy.

Italy Travel Tips

Italy is a very popular country to travel, and northern Italy in particular has excellent tourism infrastructure. It’s a relatively easy place to travel, but there there are lots of ways you can make your Italy trip even better.

Never eat right in front of a monument. Walk a few blocks away and take a few turns and you’ll find restaurants that don’t pander to tourists.

Remember to validate your ticket on the train. If you don’t have a rail pass or are not using it for a particular journey, you must validate your train ticket by putting it into the machine and stamping it.

It helps to dress to blend in with Italian women. Italians tend to be well dressed and groomed, especially in the cities; dressing this way will help you keep a low profile. Don’t wear athletic wear, shorts, baseball caps, or torn jeans unless they’re fashion items. Don’t wear sneakers or flip-flops; instead, bring nice flats, boots, or sandals. The Walking Company is my go-to for comfortable shoes that are cute; I strongly recommend black ABEO flats, which have fantastic arch support.

Italians tend to wear a lot of black, but you don’t have to restrict yourself to dark colors. In summer, I wear tailored dresses; in other seasons, I wear tall boots, nice jeans or pants, and a leather jacket. Italians tend to wear designer sunglasses; some solid black frames at any price range should do you well.

Consider bringing a Speakeasy Travel Supply scarf. These beautiful scarves are designed and sewed by my friend have a hidden passport pocket in them. I love these scarves (I even designed my own!) and they are so good at keeping your valuables hidden. They’re also extremely chic, enough to work in a fashion-conscious country like Italy.

Men can be aggressive with street harassment; the best thing that you can do is ignore it. Don’t react to the “Ciao Bellas”; if he grabs your arm, shake it off and keep walking. Italian men are used to local women ignoring them. 95% of the time, their behavior does not escalate if you do not give them a reaction.

In the event that the behavior continues without abatement or escalates, go into a shop or restaurant. Ask for help. Locals are familiar with this behavior and know how to defuse it.

Get travel insurance for your Italy trip. This is nothing to mess around with. I’ve been sick and injured in the EU before, and an emergency room visit cost me 300 euros — which was refunded by my travel insurance company. I use and recommend World Nomads for trips to Italy.

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Three Weeks in Northern Italy Itinerary (Pinterest graphic)

Most of this trip was paid for out of pocket for me, but there were a few exceptions: I received two eight-day rail passes from ItaliaRail; I had a comped four-night stay at the Grand Hotel Trento, as well as several meals and activities in Trento, and my flights to and from Italy as part of my speaking engagement at Traverse; I had a comped three-night stay at Ciasa Salares in the Dolomites; I got two comped tickets on Walks of Italy Best of Milan and Last Supper tour. The rest of this three-week trip was at my own expense. Many thanks also to my friends in Italy who welcomed me into their homes, neighborhoods, and cities!

Have you traveled in northern Italy? Have any tips? Share away!

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