I spent two months in northern Italy where I strolled through Turin in Piedmont and sampled wines in Langhe . I explored historic Valle d’Aosta , gazed at Mont Blanc and cruised on Lake Como to admire the Casino Royale villa.
Then, after visiting Lake Garda , I went on to marvel at the Dolomites and discover Trentino-Alto Adige . Along the way I photographed Friuli Venezia Giulia , documented the Carso and World Heritage Aquileia. Did I like northern Italy? Here are 24 photographs that say it all.
Lake Braies is considered to be one of Italy's loveliest lakes. Famous for its bright blue-green waters, it sits right at the heart of the Dolomites. If you want to visit, think about doing a Dolomites in a day tour from Bolzano .
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Limone sul Garda is said to be the prettiest town on Lake Garda where the competition for charming lakeside communities is fierce. If you want to linger in lovely Limone sul Garda, stay at Hotel Castell.
The River Po flows through several northern Italian cities, but catch it in Turin for riverside walks, beautiful bridges and grand squares like Piazza Vittorio de Veneto. If you're inclined to hang out and explore beyond the river, stay at B&B Piazza Vittorio in Turin.
Wandering the quaint and colourful streets of Limone sul Garda is delightful. But if you really want to appreciate the town and its spectacular setting, take a boattour of Lake Garda and see it from the water.
For the experience of waking up to Lake Garda stay at Borgo Al Tempo Perduto in the time-stood-still medieval village of Muslone. Elevated above the lake, it offers wonderful views and an air of absolute tranquillity.
If you want to enjoy the spring or summer weather in northern Italy, take it easy on a Lake Como electric bike tour.
Tucked between Bellagio and Como, Nesso might not be as famous as the neighbours but it's one of the most enchanting towns on Lake Como . Visit for a gentle atmosphere, medieval architecture, stepped streets and spectacular lake views.
Put your head for heights to the test by soaring over the Dolomites on Bolzano's cable car .
Visit both the old and new Castello di Duino on the Gulf of Trieste . The castles are near neighbours, surrounded by beautiful gardens and set on a clifftop which commands incredible, wide-open sea views.
Book Pìcola Cèsa de Sèn Nicolò. It's close to the Sass Pordoi cable car which gives you access to amazing, long-range views over the Dolomites.
Visit Trentino in northern Italy and discover Castel Tirolo. This impressive 12th century castle gave South Tyrol its name and is now home to the South Tyrolean Museum of Cultural and Provincial History.
The Dolomite's loveliest alpine lake Lago di Carezza is renowned for its vivid green waters and stunning mountain backdrop.
High drama in northern Italy doesn't come more lofty than the mighty, jagged peaks of the world famous Dolomites. These magnificent mountains are eternally enthralling, but if you're short on time, try the Dolomites in a day guided tour.
Known for its mild climate and lush vegetation, Lake Toblino is lovely. But its 12th century Castel Toblino that's the real attraction here. Once the summer residence of Prince-Bishop Madruzzo, the fairy-tale castle is now a restaurant, so think about booking dinner on the lake.
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Raised bilingually in London and Turin,