24 pictures that will make you marvel at northern Italy

written by Kiki Deere
updated 1/4/2019
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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

The Reggia di Venaria interior, near Turin

Turin, Piedmont

Mole Antonelliana tower and Alps mountains panorama, Turin, Italy


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The emerald green waters of the Alpine Lake Braies

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

The brightly painted streets of Limone sul Garda

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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

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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

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

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written by Kiki Deere
updated 1/4/2019
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Raised bilingually in London and Turin, Kiki Deere is a travel writer specialising in Italy. She has seen her work published in a number of magazines and UK broadsheets, including The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian and Lonely Planet online. She has completed numerous guidebook writing assignments for Rough Guides that have taken her to far-flung corners of the globe, from the Brazilian Amazon to the remotest province of the Philippines. Follow her @kikideere on Instagram and Twitter.

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