Milan, Verona, Bergamo – 3 must-see cities in the North of Italy

I am going to start from the fact that I love Italy for several reasons, but I mainly go there because of its sights. There is  (to me) no other country that offers the same amount of beautiful views within a short distance from one another. Apart from discovering the coast (not the longest one in Europe – Norway has the crown), people focus on the exploration of the most astonishing cities.

When you think of the north you probably think of Turin, Milano, Verona, Venice.

Unfortunately you won’t find anything about Torino or Venezia here. I have been to Venice quite a while ago, and instead of going to Turin we went to Grenoble two years ago in winter, and I will regret this decision until the very next opportunity to go there.

 

Where to go? The most appropriate airport is : Bergamo.

  • the easiest way is to book a ticket to Bergamo Airport, for example we got ours for around 20€ return in June!
  • from Bergamo Airport you can either rent a car (highly recommended!) or travel by bus/train
  • from Bergamo Airport to Verona : it takes 1 hr by car and about the same by train ( train tickets = 10 €), the distance is 100 km
  • from Bergamo Airport to Milan : it takes 40 minutes by car, around 1 hr by train ( train tickets = 5 €), the distance is around 40 km
  • from Bergamo Airport to Bergamo city : it takes around 15 minutes to the old town and there are multiple shuttles, such as buses for around 2/3€

 

BERGAMO

We saved ourselves one day to visit Bergamo. I figured a day trip to the old quarter is enough, as it remains tiny in compare to Rome or Venice. One afternoon would allow you to explore the hill (old town), but I admit you would not have enough time to explore the surroundings, which apparently are the view points. La Citta Alta is a charming place to just stroll around – again, this is what I do and this is how I explore the majority of places. We managed to walk inside the Basilica de Santa Maria, and we had an espresso time at Piazza Vecchia. It was quite a lovely city break, and I definitely recommend it to every person seeking for an historical adventure.

BERGAMO – LAKE ISEO

What I feel is importnat to mention – there is a very short drive ( 40 minutes) from Bergamo to less famous ( than Como and Garda) Lake Iseo, also located on the edge of Alps. Lago Iseo (also called Sebino) is less popular and less ‘mainstream’ than Garda and Como, but it offers peace and quiet in return. I think it’s worth visiting! There are several boat rentals available – I recommend to take a boat for 2 hrs in order to fully enjoy this place.

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Straw Hat with a bow stripe – get similar here

MILANO

I will try to keep it as positive as I can, because I don’t like a negative approach to the whole travelling idea. I think I must have expected something more from this fashion mekka. I guess I expected more of an ‘Italian’ spirit, while Milano remains just another well-kept and, let’s face it, grey city with a lot of ice cream shops (thankfully!) and the most beautiful shopping mall in the world. Apart from the famous Duomo di Milano ( I will book my tickets to go inside for Milan Fashion Week for sure) and Galleria Vittorio Emanuele there is not much to see, and it is not exactly a place to stroll around. BUT I have never had a better gelato in my life! Taking pictures on the iconic Piazza del Duomo is a must-do when in the north of Italy. Don’t forget to get your copy of Vogue Italia in the local news agent once you are there!

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VERONA

We visited Verona in June 2015, and I immediately fell for the vibe of the city. It appeared exactly how I imagined it to be! Apart from Juliette’s Balcony there are multiple sights, such as Arena di Verona, The Ponte Scaligero or Porta Borsari. We just took a long walk though the beautiful alleyways and did what we like the most in such medieval cities – got lost in it! Verona has got a charm I can not stop thinking about! After a long day of exploring we stopped for an Aperol and pizza on the beautiful Piazza di Verona, facing  Arena di Verona.

What is very important to mention is that the beautiful Lake Garda is located only around 20 minutes from Verona. I would recommend to go to Sirmione for a day trip and rent a boat from the locals.

VERONA – LAGO DI GARDA

We drove for around 20/30 minutes and got to Sirmione. Such a beautiul place! After exploring the 13th century castle of Sirmione, we rented a boat and enjoyed the view of the beautiful mountains. I mentioned more about it here.

47 Comments

  • Claudia July 22, 2017 at 8:16 am

    these cities are sooo gorgeous! I just love italy which may be the reason why I’m now in the hotel kaltern which is located in south tyrol, too 🙂 so beautiful streets, so much culture ans things to see 🙂
    Greetings from Claudia

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    • Claudia July 22, 2017 at 7:26 pm

      Thank yo Claudia <3

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  • Daria July 23, 2017 at 12:45 pm

    The pictures are so beautiful! I love Italy!

    XO

    Daria

    http://www.dbkstylez.com

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    • Claudia July 24, 2017 at 8:44 pm

      Thanks Daria <3

      Reply
  • Nada July 23, 2017 at 4:51 pm

    wonderful photos 🙂

    Follow? :): THE COLORFUL THOUGHTS

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    • Claudia July 24, 2017 at 8:44 pm

      <3

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  • Carmen July 23, 2017 at 7:45 pm

    Oh I absolutely love Milano and Verona, both of those cities are so unique! Now I also have to go to Bergamo after I read this post 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing your lovely experiences <3
    xx, Carmen – http://www.carmitive.com

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    • Claudia July 24, 2017 at 8:44 pm

      You will LOVE Bergamo <3 so close to the airport!

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  • Sophia July 24, 2017 at 11:41 am

    The pictures are so cute!

    http://www.sophiaston.de

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    • Claudia July 24, 2017 at 8:43 pm

      Thank you xoxo

      Reply
  • Alina July 24, 2017 at 7:12 pm

    Verona is an amazing city <3 I've been there once, but Milan is definitly on my bucket list 🙂
    Alina // alinacorona.de

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  • Boho Slage July 25, 2017 at 11:04 am

    Thank you for sharing. Besides the sights, I am also in love with the Italian Food. <3

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    • Claudia July 25, 2017 at 1:04 pm

      Because it’s soo delicious <3

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  • Sarah-Allegra July 25, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    Love your impressions from Italy! Especially from Milan! Love that City although I haven’t been there yet! But it’s definitely on my travel bucket list!

    xx Sarah-Allegra
    http://www.fashionequalsscience.com/

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    • Claudia July 25, 2017 at 2:34 pm

      You should definitely go, and don’t forget to visit Bergamo <3

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  • Violette July 25, 2017 at 5:00 pm

    These cities are so cute! I would love to go to all of them!

    http://violettedaily.com

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    • Claudia July 25, 2017 at 9:30 pm

      I definitely recommend <3

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  • Ellie July 25, 2017 at 5:27 pm

    I’ve been to Milano and Verano but never to Bergamo!<3
    http://carmelatte.co

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    • Claudia July 25, 2017 at 9:30 pm

      You should definitely go!

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  • Kathrine Eldridge July 26, 2017 at 2:46 am

    All of these places look amazing! Italy is on my bucket list. Thanks for sharing these beautiful pics.

    http://www.kathrineeldridge.com

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    • Claudia July 26, 2017 at 7:04 pm

      <3

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  • Carrie July 26, 2017 at 5:11 am

    wow those pics are amazing. i really Need to see Bergamo!
    http://carrieslifestyle.com

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    • Claudia July 26, 2017 at 7:04 pm

      Thanks Carrie <3

      Reply
  • Patricia July 26, 2017 at 7:09 am

    Love the outftits and the pics! Italy is amazing!
    xoxo
    http://www.donkeycool.es

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    • Claudia July 26, 2017 at 7:04 pm

      Thanks Patricia <3

      Reply
  • Simone July 26, 2017 at 11:35 am

    Your pictures are absolutely gorgeous! Would love to jump on a train and visit Italy. Have a lovely day

    xx Simone
    Little Glittery Box
    Instagram: littleglitterybox

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    • Claudia July 26, 2017 at 7:05 pm

      Thanks so much Simone <3

      Reply
  • Aleeha July 26, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    Ooh, these photos are gorgeous! Looks like a great place to take instagram photos!
    Aleeha xXx
    http://www.halesaaw.co.uk/

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    • Claudia July 26, 2017 at 7:06 pm

      Thanks Aleeha :*

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  • Anna July 27, 2017 at 12:13 pm

    Italy is a magnificent country. I adore her)

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  • DEMELER July 27, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    So beautiful! love these photos
    xx
    http://thedemeler.com

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    • Claudia July 27, 2017 at 9:08 pm

      Thank you xoxo

      Reply
  • allie July 27, 2017 at 5:12 pm

    These pictures are STUNNING! I have been dying to go to Italy – next September I”m planning a Europ Trip and Italy is definitely on the list 🙂

    Allie

    http://www.champagne-tuesdays.com

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    • Claudia July 27, 2017 at 9:08 pm

      Thanks Allie <3

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  • Shaira July 28, 2017 at 6:14 am

    Wow, Italy is always a good idea! This is one of the countries I’d love to visit someday <3

    xoxo,
    SHAIRA
    http://www.missdream-girl.blogspot.com

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    • Claudia July 28, 2017 at 6:38 am

      True <3

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  • TOUCHOFGS July 28, 2017 at 8:59 am

    Such gorgeous photos! I’m so sad I didn’t get to see Milan, Verona or Bergamo when I went to Italy! But they’re deffs on the must visit place list for next time! x

    TOUCHOFGS // BLOGLOVIN 

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  • Sophia July 28, 2017 at 12:05 pm

    Wow – tolle Bilder! 🙂

    http://www.sophiaston.de

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    • Claudia July 28, 2017 at 5:03 pm

      Danke <3

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  • Amy feller July 31, 2017 at 7:52 am

    Nice photos.
    Milan looks a gorgeous city on photos.

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    • Claudia July 31, 2017 at 8:33 am

      Thank you xoxo

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  • Tabea July 31, 2017 at 8:11 am

    Beautiful Pictures! Thanks a lot for the Inspiration! I have been in Milano but all other cities – specially Verona – are still on my “wishlist”.

    Have a nice day,

    Tabea
    http://tabsstyle.com

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    • Claudia July 31, 2017 at 8:33 am

      You would love them 🙂

      Reply
  • Saida - She talks Glam August 1, 2017 at 11:22 pm

    Really enjoyed this little Italian tour and once again the pictures capture the essence of each city beautifully Claudia! I have friends that are from Verona so I am intrigued by this city, although my next Italian trip will be Tuscany for the first time – so excited!! Hope you are having the best week

    Saida | She talks Glam

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    • Claudia August 2, 2017 at 1:01 pm

      Oh, I would love to go to Tuscany! I think it might appear quite similar to Liguria, but I would still love to go. Have fun Saida <3

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