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Exploring Northeast Italy: Must-Visit Cities for Your Trip

Best cities north east Italy

The Italian peninsula is very large and has many interesting attractions spread all over the country.
The best way to explore this country and see its wonders is to divide it into regions and dedicate a whole holiday to one or multiple provinces.

Venice Italy Grand Canal cities north east Italy

Venice Italy Grand Canal cities in north east Italy

Today’s article is about northeastern cities of Italy, what to see in there and where to sleep.


Bologna is renowned for its food, wealth as well as elegance.
Its narrow roads with vibrant and beautiful architecture make you feel like home!

The very best method to discover this remarkable city is on foot! Take your time as well as explore this city walking! Admire its architecture as well as shades and let yourself shed on its interesting streets!

Bologna Italy City cities north east Italy

Bologna Italy City cities north east Italy

Bologna, among the most effective cities in Italy, is the house of one of the earliest colleges in Europe, Universita di Bologna established in 1088.

Bologna is considered to be the national capital of food. Don’t you ever leave Bologna without tasting some pasta bolognese with a glass of Italian glass of wine!

Where to sleep: Located close to the city centre and the main attractions of the city, Hotel Corona Oro Bologna is our suggestion for this city.
The rooms are clean and well maintained and some of them offer a wonderful view of the city.

2.Ravenna, one of the most interesting cities north east Italy

Ravena is located strategically between the Adriatic Sea, Bologna and Florence and is known for the colourful mosaics from the buildings and the cross shape Mausoleo di Galla Placidia.

It has a very rich history being known as the capital of the Kingdom of the Ostrogoths and the capital of the Western Roman Empire.
The city is full of ancient ruins and buildings most of them being categorised as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Neonian Baptistery, Sant’Apollinare Nuovo, Marina di Ravenna, Tomb of Dante Alighieri and Piazza del Popolo are just some of the places which should be visited when in Ravena.

Where to sleep: Palazzo Bezzi Hotel is one of the most beautiful hotels in the city. It is located just 400 metres from the city centre and has an amazing sun terrace, a great spa and a gym.

3.Padova or Padua

Padua is a beautiful city located in northeastern Italy famous for its old University which was established in 1222.

Padova Italy Piazza Trieste Cities in North East Italy

Padova Italy Piazza Trieste Cities in North East Italy

Scrovegni Chapel with its amazing frescoes made by Giotto, The Basilica of St Anthony and Ragione Palace, a beautiful building with food shops dating from medieval times are just some of the places which should be visited when in Padua.

Padova Italy Canal Bologna Italy cities in north east Italy

Padova Italy Canal Bologna Italy cities in north east Italy

The Old Town is characterised by arcaded streets and stylish cafes, where to stop and have a drink with your beloved ones.

Where to sleep: Padua, one of the most interesting cities north east Italy has some very beautiful hotels. Our choice for this city is Hotel Patavium Bw Signature Collection Padua a 3 stars hotel located 1 kilometre away from the city centre, very close to the train station.

Start your day with a delicious breakfast served in the interior garden and rent a bike from the hotel reception to explore the city.

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The city port of Trieste is just one of the best places to check out in northeastern Italy. Situated right near the Slovenia boundary, Trieste is a multicultural city with lots of Greek, Austro-Hungarian, German and Croat impacts.

Stroll along with the city and also uncover its appeal! Piazza dell’Unità d’Italia which is the centre of the Old Town, Castello di San Giusto as well as Trieste Cathedral must be on your checklist when you check out Trieste.

Trieste Italy Town Hall Piazza Architecture Cities North East Italy

Trieste Italy Town Hall Piazza Architecture Cities of North East Italy

From the terrace of Castello di San Giusto, you will have a remarkable panoramic sight over the city.

Where to sleep: One of the best options when in Trieste is Hotel Coppe Trieste . This elegant 4-star hotel is located just 10 minutes walk from the railway station, right in the heart of the city.

Trieste Italy beautiful canal Cities in North East Italy

Trieste Italy beautiful canal Cities in North East Italy

Featuring modern and clean rooms with a wonderful view of the city, Hotel Coppe is open to the public for many years.


Verona, one of the best cities north east Italy is the setting place of Romeo and Juliette.
The city is divided in two by Adive River and impresses with its remarkable structures, abundant background and inviting residents.

Verona Italy Piazza Erbe North East Italy cities

Verona Italy Piazza Erbe North East Italy cities

Verona Arena, a huge Roman amphitheatre which was developed 2000 years ago is the work of art of Verona, one of the most effective areas to go to northern Italy.
Take the funicular as much as Castel San Pietro or the elevator to Torre dei Lamberti for some remarkable sights over the city.

Where to sleep: The beautiful Hotel Milano Spas Verona  is our option for this magnificent place. The hotel is located in the historical part of the city and offers an incredible rooftop bar from where you can admire the whole region.


A distinct city in Europe and also among one of the most charming locations to be in Italy, Venice draws in several visitors throughout the year.

Venice maintains interesting visitors with its canals and also narrow streets, with its gondola rides as well as attractive structures.

It is the biggest city in Europe without roads. The only way to move around the city is by water and also on foot. There are water taxis, water buses, gondolas and also several watercrafts roaming around every moment.

Venice Italy Grand Canal

Venice Italy Grand Canal

Take a walk along the slim as well as winding roads of Venice and also take a gondola ride along the canals at sundown. It is among the things you should do when in Venice!

Venice is residence to Doge’s Royal residence and Basilica Saint Mark. It is an amazing and also special city which will attract you from the first blush, one of the best cities north east Italy!

Where to sleep: Hotel Dona Palace Venice is our recommendation for accommodation in Venice. This hotel is located in an old building, dating from the XIV century just 2 minutes walk from St Mark’s Square.
What I liked the most at this hotel are the interiors which are all in Venetian style.

Italian tasty food city of Venice Aperol Italy

Italian tasty food city of Venice Aperol Italy

The hotel has a cosy interior garden where you can drink a glass of local wine and chat with your friends.
All these cities are different and beautiful and all of them are part of the Italian culture.

Besides the many beautiful attractions, you should see when visiting these cities, there is also the local food, which is one of the best in the world!

Explore the area and let yourself be lost in this magnificent country!


Logistical tips and tricks for your trip

Book your accommodation
We always use as they have the best price-quality ratio and they offer a wide range of hotels, guesthouses, apartments, and villas to choose from.

You will find here all types of accommodations, from the cheapest ones to the most luxurious.

Don't forget travel insurance
We never leave home without HeyMondo Insurance or Safety Wings Insurance as they offer the best services and a good value for money.

When we go for longer trips around the world we get Globelink Insurance as it offers a good cover for an affordable price.

Travel insurance will always protect you against unexpected costs caused by medical events like illness, injury, theft, or travel cancellation.

We never go on any trip without travel insurance and there were many cases when we had to use it.

Renting a car
We like to explore a country on our own and a car gives us the mobility and freedom to do that.

We always rent our car from Discovercars as they have free cancellation 48 hours prior to starting date and a wide range of car rental companies and options to choose from all over the world.

Tours and attractions
When we are looking for some adventure or we simply want to break up the monotony and discover new places, we always use GetYourGuide.

We love it because we always find the most amazing experiences, with free cancellation and a large variety of activities and tours to choose from.

Airplane tickets and holiday packages
Expedia is our ally when searching for the best price for airplane tickets as it works as an aggregator for a huge number of airlines and we always find the best price for our flights.

Travel tip: use Expedia when you are searching for holiday packages as they have many last-minute offers and great discounts for hotels, flights, and even the whole holiday packages.