Drive Around Northern Italy and Italian Lakes

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The scenic masterpiece of northern Italy’s lakes and mountains, taking in the Renaissance splendor of Venice and Florence, and the glamorous resort towns of the Italian Riviera, with suggested driving tours.

Thomas Cook Drive Around Guides are designed to provide you with a comprehensive but flexible reference source to guide you as you tour a country or region by car. This guide divides Italian Lakes and Mountains with Venice and Florence ...

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Overview

The scenic masterpiece of northern Italy’s lakes and mountains, taking in the Renaissance splendor of Venice and Florence, and the glamorous resort towns of the Italian Riviera, with suggested driving tours.

Thomas Cook Drive Around Guides are designed to provide you with a comprehensive but flexible reference source to guide you as you tour a country or region by car. This guide divides Italian Lakes and Mountains with Venice and Florence into touring areas – one per chapter. Major cultural centers or cities form chapters in their own right. Each chapter provides at least a day’s worth of activities – often more.


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781841577807
  • Publisher: Cook, Thomas Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/1/2007
  • Series: Drive Around - Thomas Cook
  • Edition description: Second
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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"Yet Northern Italy offers so much more than castles, canals, art and dramatic scenery. Hidden in its valleys and dotting its lagoons and craggy coast are stunning gardens, prehistoric carvings, Celtic and Longobard sites, medieval villages, fresco-painted buildings, towns devoted to a single variety of wine and tiny regions with their own unique cultures and even languages."

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Table of Contents


About Drive Around Guides     8
Northern Italy at a glance     10
Introduction     12
Travel facts     14
Driver's guide     24
Getting to northern Italy     30
Setting the scene     32
Touring itineraries     40
The Valle d'Aosta and Turin: Spectacular Alps and green valleys     42
Lake Maggiore: A lake shared with Switzerland     54
Lake Como: Europe's playground since the Romans     64
Milan: Smart, urbane and fast-paced capital of the North     76
Bergamo and Lake Iseo: A charming old city with a secret lake     86
Brescia to Mantua: Small cities most tourists never see     104
Lake Garda: Castles, wine, watersports and fun in the sun     118
Verona: Roman to Renaissance, Shakespeare to sopranos     118
Valpolicella and Pasubio Valley: Visiting the vineyards     128
The Alto Adige: Historic cities with a German accent     136
The Dolomite Road: Dramatic mountain peaks and world-class skiing     146
Eastern Dolomites: Tiny Alpine villages with big views     154
The Borderlands: Longobards, Romans and Austrians all left their mark     162
Venice: The world's most romantic city     172
Eastern Alpine foothills: A land of little Venices     188
Western Alpine foothills: Castles crown hilltop towns     200
Vicenza and the Euganean Hills: The city Palladio designed and springs where Romans bathed     210
Padua and the Brenta Canal: St Anthony's shrine and Venetian summer palaces     222
Bologna to Florence via the Adriatic Coast: Along the Adriatic and across the high spine of Italy     228
Florence: The undisputed queen of the Renaissance     236
Florence to Pisa: Tuscany's other gems     248
The southern Riviera di Levante: Holiday beaches and cliff-hung towns     256
The northern Riviera di Levante: Smart resorts and quiet harbours     264
Genoa to the French border: the Riviera di Ponente: Sand and scenery on the Mediterranean     272
Language     282
Index     283
Feedback form     287
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