My trip took me across northern Italy, from the Western Alps to the Slovenian border. In Piedmont I strolled the pretty Baroque streets of Turin, and sampled some of the world’s finest wines from the rolling hills of the Langhe.
From there I travelled northwest to Italy’s smallest region, Valle d’Aosta, peppered with ancient forts and castles and home to Europe’s highest mountain, Mont Blanc. I later took to the shores of Lake Como, which are lined with magnificent villas including the setting for the James Bond classic Casino Royale, while Lake Garda is a haven for sports-enthusiasts with excellent kite and wind surfing.
I marvelled at the Dolomites, with their jagged peaks and spectacular Alpine lakes with emerald-green waters, and visited the Trentino-Alto Adige region, only annexed to Italy in 1919, where it’s common to hear German rather than Italian on the streets.
On the northeastern border I photographed Friuli Venezia Giulia, with its elegant Habsburg capital of Trieste surrounded by varied landscapes, and then the Carso – a limestone plateau that extends into Slovenia, while the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Aquileia harbours some of Italy’s most spectacular Roman remains lies nearby. Here are 24 photographs I took across the gorgeous landscapes that make up northern Italy.
The wine-producing town of Barolo nestled among rolling vineyards
The Reggia di Venaria interior, near Turin
Mole Antonelliana tower and Alps mountains panorama, Turin, Italy © Boris Stroujko/Shutterstock
The emerald green waters of the Alpine Lake Braies
Pordoi Pass (2239m) located between the Sella and Marmolada mountains
The brightly painted streets of Limone sul Garda
Piazza Vittorio Veneto near the River Po, Turin
The little village of Limone sul Garda clinging onto rugged mountains
Views of Muslone di Gargnano on Lake Garda
Views from the town of Domaso in northern Lake Como
The fairy-tale town of Nesso on Lake Como
The crystal-clear western shore of Lake Garda
Villa del Balbianello, setting for the James Bond classic Casino Royale
Lunar landscape on the Sass Pordoi, the Dolomites
Views of the Dolomites from the Renon cable car above Bolzano
Locals in Trieste
Views of Lake Como from the small hilltop resort of Brunate
The Castello di Duino overlooking the Gulf of Trieste
Birds-eye view of the Dolomites from Sass Pordoi (2950m)
Trekking in the area of Madonna di Campiglio
Castel Tirolo high above the city of Merano
Lago di Carezza (Karersee) at the foot of Latemar mountain
The jagged peaks of the Dolomites
Tall towers of Cadini di Misurina at sunset, Dolomite Alps, Italy © Inu/Shutterstock
The sixteenth-century Castel Toblino reflecting in the waters of Lake Toblino