After a two-and-a-half-month research trip for the next edition of the Rough Guide to Italy, Kiki Deere shares some of her stunning pictures of northern Italy

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

Barolo, northern italy, europe – Kiki Deere

The Reggia di Venaria interior, near Turin

Reggia di Venaria, Turin, Italy - Kiki Deere

Turin, Piedmont

Turin, Italy – Kiki Deere

The emerald green waters of the Alpine Lake Braies

Lake Braies, Italian Alps – Kiki Deere

Pordoi Pass (2239m) located between the Sella and Marmolada mountains

Mountain pass, Dolomites, Italy - Kiki Deere

The brightly painted streets of Limone sul Garda

Limone sul Garda, Italy – Kiki Deere

Piazza Vittorio Veneto near the River Po, Turin

Piazza Vittorio Veneto, Turin, Italy - Kiki Deere

The little village of Limone sul Garda clinging onto rugged mountains

Limone sul Garda, Italy – Kiki Deere

Views of Muslone di Gargnano on Lake Garda

Lake Garda, Italy – Kiki Deere

Views from the town of Domaso in northern Lake Como

Lake Como, Italy - Kiki Deere

The fairy-tale town of Nesso on Lake Como

Kiki Deere

The crystal-clear western shore of Lake Garda

Lake Garda, Italy - Kiki Deere

Villa del Balbianello, setting for the James Bond classic Casino Royale

Villa del Balbianello, Italy

Lunar landscape on the Sass Pordoi, the Dolomites

Dolomites, Italy – Kiki Deere

Views of the Dolomites from the Renon cable car above Bolzano

Dolomites, Bolzano, Italy - Kiki Deere

Locals in Trieste

Locals in Trieste, Italy – Kiki Deere

Views of Lake Como from the small hilltop resort of Brunate

Aerial Lake Como – Kiki Deere

The Castello di Duino overlooking the Gulf of Trieste

Castle, Trieste, Italy – Kiki Deere

Birds-eye view of the Dolomites from Sass Pordoi (2950m)

Bird's eye view of Dolomites, Italy – Kiki Deere

Trekking in the area of Madonna di Campiglio

Madonna di Campiglio, Italy – Kiki Deere

Castel Tirolo high above the city of Merano

Castle in Merano, Italy – Kiki Deere

Lago di Carezza (Karersee) at the foot of Latemar mountain

Latemar, Lago di Carezza, Italy - Kiki Deere

The jagged peaks of the Dolomites

Dolomites peaks, Italy - Kiki Deere

The sixteenth-century Castel Toblino reflecting in the waters of Lake Toblino

Castle on Lake Toblino, Italy - Kiki Deere

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