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Journeys in SlowMotion to Italy's Cities

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  • discover a wealth of cultural treasures
  • great art, Renaissance and Baroque architecture
  • centrally located hotels of character
  • discover the essence of each city with our self-guided walking tours

 

The list of Italy’s northern cities resembles the roll call for a beauty pageant. There’s Venice, of course, who needs no introduction, as her very name conjures up images of unspeakable beauty. On the opposite side of the country, Genova promises more than meets the eye: behind her bustling seafront, the Old Town’s numerous palazzi have been granted UNESCO World Heritage status, and there’s her interesting seafaring past to discover, too. The same can be said of Turin, whose penchant for cars and football (the city is home to Fiat and Juventus) belies her graceful Baroque architecture and wide boulevards. Bologna – all red-brick buildings and medieval towers – has two personae: there’s Bologna the learned (it boasts the world’s oldest university), and Bologna the fat (for which read ‘gourmet’), who has been crowned Italy’s gastronomic capital. Verona’s claim to fame, meanwhile, lies in her wealth of Roman monuments, second only to the capital itself. Last, but by no means least, there’s Lucca, often kept out of the limelight by other, more famous Tuscan cities, but nevertheless a city of great charm and Renaissance elegance, protected by her superbly preserved medieval walls.

Read on to discover more of what Italy’s cities have to offer...

Elegant, Tasteful Turin

Torino and its wily president, the Count of Cavour, instigated the Italian state – no less – back in the latter half of the 19th century, and although no longer the country’s capital, the Risorgimento (‘resurgence’) of this elegant and stylish city, home to Fiat and football fanatics alike, has continued to this day. Wander the tree-lined boulevards, and choose a stately, Art Nouveau café for a Bicerin – this traditional, layered combination of espresso, drinking chocolate and hot milk is served in the small, rounded glass that gives the drink its name, and is older than Italy itself.

In Fair Verona

In fair Verona where we lay our scene, and long before any star-cross'd lovers met their tragic end, the Romans built a great city which has flourished for over 2,000 years. In fact, only Rome boasts more Roman monuments than Verona: the great arches of the Porta Borsari are impressive, but it's the Arena, the immense amphitheatre, that takes the breath away, especially during the summer-long opera season. The site of the old Forum, Piazza delle Erbe, is now a people-watcher’s paradise with its 14th-century fountain and palaces of Baroque splendour – centrepiece of a fair city indeed.

'La Serenissima'

Venice – or ‘La Serenissima’ – is the jewel in Italy’s crown. During centuries when much of the mainland was in a state of turbulence, the Venetians were left alone to build their floating city, and what a unique and fabulous creation you can now behold. From the architectural glories of the Grand Canal to the colourful food market by the Rialto and a never-ending maze of canals, bridges, campi (squares) and calli (lanes), mercurial Venice – with its rising tides, atmospheric mist and mysterious masks – never fails to surprise, intrigue, and above all delight.

The Glass-Blowers of Murano

Banished to the island of Murano in the Venetian lagoon in 1291, their art considered a fire hazard to the city’s predominantly wooden housing, the glass-blowers of Murano set about perfecting their art over the ensuing decades and centuries. They developed crystal glass, threaded gold into their designs, and created exquisite rainbow millefiori (multi-coloured) glassware that is highly prized – and synonymous with Venetian artistry – across the globe.
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