Florence, the cradle of the Renaissance. One of the most visited cities worldwide, a city that is often ‘synonymous’ with Italy. But what about some other maybe less known cities that are also brimming over with great art and monuments, amazing food and breathtaking scenery?
A combination of superb elegance with down-to-earth grit in one beautifully colonnaded medieval grid, Bologna is a city divided into two intriguing halves. On one side the hard-working, hi-tech city located in the super-rich Po valley where opera-goers waltz out of regal theatres and gather in restaurants and trattorias, on the other it hosts the world’s oldest university.
Home of Italy‘s stock exchange, an industrial powerhouse and the internationally accepted arbiter of taste in fashion and design, Milan is a seething metropolis. Art collections, unparalleled shopping, one of Europe‘s biggest trade-fair complexes, a sparkling LGBTQ+ nightlife, the prestige of opera at La Scala, the mark of Leonardo da Vinci’s genius and endless opportunities to eat the best of Lombardy and Italian food, all make Milan much more than the work-obsessed city it is often portrayed as.