Culture Of Northern Italy

Learn a little about Italian fashion, art, geography, and where you’ll find Italians gathering on any given day.

Northern Italy is home to the wealthiest and most industrialized regions in the country. Two of the most important cities in the North are Milan in Lombardy and Venetto's Venice. Milan is the fashion capital of Italy and it, along with New York and Paris, determines the fashion trends throughout the world each year. Built on the water with 150 canals acting as streets, Venice, with its stunning Byzantine, Gothic and Renaissance architecture is considered by many to be the most beautiful city in the world.

For centuries the lakes at the foot of the Alps in Northern Italy have been a destination for royalty and the wealthy, as well as writers and composers who have taken inspiration from their beauty and tranquility. The three largest, Lake Como, Lake Garda and Lake Maggiore are still popular tourist destinations.

Lake Como, in Lombardy, is well known for its elegant villas and fine dining in the upscale towns of Bellagio and Cernobbio. Lake Maggiore, which stretches from Piedmont to Lombardy, was famously featured in A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemmingway, who visited the lake and wrote there often. Lake Garda, the largest and most visited lake in Italy, is located halfway between Venice and Milan.