From the foot of the Alps that border France, Switzerland and Austria, the Italian Peninsular pokes out into the Mediterranean even past the northernmost tips of Africa, but here in the north of Italy you’ll find a very different world. A proudly diverse country - and relatively young as a republic (reunited in 1871 by Garibaldi), guests to the north, its great lakes, luscious rolling hills and of course, snow capped mountains, will find a side to Italy more organised, more placid, more efficient and in many ways, more sophisticated.
Consider a break in Lombardy, by Lakes Garda or Como, or even as far west as Veneto.
Our pick of Hotels in Northern Italy:
4 Star ****
Hotel Touring Carpi (www.hoteltouringcarpi.it)
This 4 star business hotel is located in the historical centre of Carpi only a few minutes walk from the train station... everyone seems to use a byclycle in this picture postcard town in norther italy - located very close to Modena. the hotel is owned by Blumarine the clothing label. Emilia Romagna is considered the culinary capital of Italy and it is no surprise that there is top class restaurant located in the hotel and even the locals come to eat here, the Balsamic Vinegar is of course from Modena and makes the salads melt in the mouth !
Grand Hotel Billia (www.grandhotelbillia.com)
The Grand Hotel Billia has been a top hotel for guests in Val D'Aosta for over 100 years. Now refurbished and with an undergound passage to the largest casino in Italy the Casino della Valle the Billia hotel is in large demand so make sure you book well in advance. Large gardens surround the hotel and there is no shortage of things to do in the Summer months with a large heated swimming pool to the front and tennis courts to the rear. In the Winter months the hotel is primarily a hotel for skiiers coming to St. Vincent for the excellent skiiing afforded to them by the Alps which are on the hotel's doorstep!
Hotel delle Arti Cremona (www.hoteldellearti.com)
For those looking for something new and refreshing and ready to push the boat out a little, the Hotel delle Arti is a boutique hotel located in the Lombard town of Cremona - a designer hotel created in a sublime and elegant minimalist style that betrays the medieval surroundings and stunning natural beauty of the region.
3 Star ***
Hotel Metropole Lake Como (www.albergometropole.it)
In the quaint and beautiful village of Bellagio on Lake Como, the family run 3 star Hotel Metropole offers a sublime taste of the simple life, to which these lucky people are accustomed. In house restaurant also overlooking the lake.
2 Star **
Hotel al Castello Lake Garda (www.alcastellohotel.com)
Slightly further east, the aptly named Hotel at the Castle is a smart and comfortable 2 star that shines way beyond how much its classification suggests. Right on the sublime Lake Garda and equidistant between the historical cities of Brescia and Verona, this accommodation offers a great value for money break.
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