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A trip in spring is the best choice to enjoy the favourable climate and see the charming Italian villages bloom

In Spring, we witness the awakening of nature capable of transforming places and landscapes. One of the simplest pleasures is to explore the area and capture the surrounding sights and sounds. When you choose where to go in spring in Italy, get ready to be amazed by the incredible colours, scents and scenes, fully experience the fresh season of rebirth.
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Lake Como

Lake Como

On Lake Como between dreamy villas and villages to discover. The landscape of Lake Como combines mountains, forests, flower-filled parks and clear waters overlooked by dreamy villas and villages to explore. The best way to visit? By boat. A boat taxi system connects all the main resorts on the two branches of the lake. In the centre is Bellagio, the pearl of the Lario, but it is not the only jewel on these shores. In Lecco with Alessandro Manzoni You will see the most beautiful panorama here, because Lecco is surrounded by mountains. Don't miss the Basilica di San Nicolò whose 96-metre-high bell tower can be seen from every point in the city and the Torre Viscontea, the only remnant of a vanished castle. In Lecco you’ll find Villa Manzoni, which belonged to the writer's family until 1818 and houses the Museo Manzoniano. And speaking of Promessi Sposi (The Betrothed): from Lucia's house in Lecco, a route starts along Manzoni's places that reaches the castle of the Innominato above Vercurago. The villas of Bellagio Bellagio stands on the central promontory of the lake and has been considered a fascinating place for centuries by visitors from all countries. Here stand some of the most beautiful villas overlooking the water, such as Villa Serbelloni, which dates back to the 16th century and over time has welcomed guests such as Leonardo da Vinci or Queen Victoria. Also worth a visit is the neoclassical Villa Melzi d'Eril, whose park was much loved by the composer Franz Liszt. Varenna Lovers' Promenade In Varenna, you arrive by boat to take the Lovers' Promenade that connects the shore to the village. The centre is a labyrinth of stairs and alleyways offering romantic views of the lake. To visit: Villa Monastero and Vezio Castle, which dominates the village from above and offers an incomparable view. While you are in Varenna, make a trip to Bellano to visit the Orrido, a gorge you can walk through on footbridges suspended between water and rock. In Colico among forts, abbeys and water sports At the foot of Mount Legnone, the highest peak in the Lario region, lies the village of Colico, inhabited since pre-Roman times. Thanks to the gentle wind blowing on this part of the coast, it is the perfect place for water sports on the lake. But don't forget to visit the 17th century Fort of Fuentes built on the hill of Monteggiolo and, not far from the village, the 7th century Abbey of Piona. Here the monks prepare honey and liqueurs. From Menaggio to the Isola Comacina Menaggio's lakeside promenade overlooks a beautiful panorama of the opposite shore. A 20-minute walk from the centre takes you to Villa Mylius Vigoni while an uphill road leads to the fortified castle. Also stop at Villa Carlotta, which preserves and enhances a unique historical, artistic and botanical heritage. On the way down to Isola Comacina, stop at Lenno on the Gulf of Venus to visit Villadel Balbianello built in the 18th century on a promontory that once housed an older Franciscan monastery. The best view of Isola Comacina you will get when walking around Santa Maria Maddalena di Ossuccio: it is the photo spot not to be missed for those who love to shoot. If you are in the area on 24 June, stop until it gets dark for the Lumaghitt, the fireworks on the water for St John's Day. Como, Cernobbio and Laglio One cannot say one has visited Lake Como without a tour of the town that gives it its name. Personalities such as the two Plinii in Roman times and Alessandro Volta, to whom the Volta Temple is dedicated, were born here. Worth visiting: the Duomo, the last Gothic cathedral in Lombardy, the Broletto and the city tower, the Basilica of Sant'Abbondio outside the ancient walls and the Ermo di San Donato founded by the Benedictines in the 15th century. Not to be missed are the Baradello Castle in a panoramic position and Villa Olmo, one of the most beautiful on the lake. Cernobbio is home to other splendid villas: Villa Erba, Villa Bernasconi and Villa Pizzo. But the star of this side of the lake is Villa Oleandra, frequented by Hollywood celebrities since George Clooney bought it in 2002. The village that hosts it, called Laglio, is quite delightful. Many paths lead from here to the Colmegnone mountain. The most beautiful is the one that leads to the Buca dell'Orso Cave, a karstic cavity with an underground lake. Villa Pliniana, a story of love and ghosts Among the villas overlooking Lake Como, this is the one with the most fascinating history. If the walls of Villa Pliniana could talk, they would tell of the forbidden love between the Prince of Belgiojoso and Princess Anne-Marie Berthier, both already married. They escaped and found refuge on this shore where they lived in complete isolation for nine years. It is said that every night the two lovers would dive naked into the lake, wrapped only in a sheet. Those who saw them from the other side were convinced that the villa was inhabited by a ghost.
Cycling tourism
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Following the footsteps of the Giro d'Italia 2022: Sanremo - Cuneo

To pedal along this itinerary is to experience a duel between your head and your heart. The former requires you to keep your eyes on the tarmac, the latter to lift your gaze; towards the hills, the fortifications and the terraces that will enchant you. Three sceneries in one Wide and sandy beaches, interspersed with cliffs and long stretches of rock: we are on the Riviera dei Fiori, in western Liguria, where the hills covered by Mediterranean scrub run down to the sea. The scenery changes radically in the Alte Langhe, the Piedmont hills on the border with Liguria devoted to viticulture. Here the slopes are harsher, but always enchanting in their changing dress each season: green in spring-summer, snow-white in winter, yellow-orange with the autumn foliage. Lastly, the province of Cuneo, lying in the Upper Tanaro Valley, a natural environment that is still uncontaminated, with dense forests of oak, chestnut, beech and pine trees, where the lines on the horizon become more vertical. These are the walls of the Ligurian Alps and, further in the distance, those of the Alpine Arc. Riding your bike from Western Liguria to Piedmont The Riviera dei Fiori and the Piedmont hills. The Tyrrhenian Sea and the Alpine Arc that enraptures the eye and soothes the mind. It is hard to imagine a richer itinerary than this, winding along the roads of the 13th stage of the Giro d’Italia 2022. In addition to the natural heritage, there are historical, artistic and spiritual highlights; as well as an invitation to all cyclists: look up. Don’t limit yourself to the climbs (one actually) on your bike, but also take advantage of the towers, aerostats and domes. From above, this area will appear even more marvellous.
Cycling tourism
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Following the footsteps of the Giro d'Italia 2022: Borgo Valsugana - Treviso

Along this route from Trentino to Veneto everything is shaped by nature: the landscape, art, trades, and city planning; even the pace of your pedal strokes – brisk but easy– is dictated by it, so as to let you feel the breeze from the hills and the scent of wine cellars All the shades of green Enclosed between the Lagorai chain to the north and the Vicentine Pre-Alps to the south, Valsugana is a paradise of centuries-old forests, thermal springs, hills planted with vineyards and meadows dotted with farmsteads. Here, eco-sustainability is the first commandment: at the centre of the tourism model are the health of the environment and the wellbeing of the people inhabiting the area. It is a philosophy that extends to the Prosecco Hills of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene, a Unesco World Heritage Site: impervious hills, embroidered with parallel rows of vines, a symbol of the perfect symbiosis between man – with his wealth of knowledge – and nature with its resources. Finally, the lower Veneto plain, an area rich in water resources, including the Piave, Sile and Livenza rivers. A cycling route through Valdobbiadene From Valsugana, a valley-model of eco-sustainability, to Treviso, rolling through the hills of Valdobbiadene with its fine vineyards. Here we tell you about an easy-to-ride wavy itinerary, inspired by stage 18 of the Giro d’Italia 2022. What can you expect? A land in which the climbs are not impressive, but other special effects are. It turns into works of art, leaves room to man and his agricultural tools, and heat puffs from its belly. In short, it becomes a friend, even for you who are about to ride across it
Cycling tourism
Hillside cycling in Upper Monferrato

Hillside cycling in Upper Monferrato

Upper Monferrato, entirely contained within the province of Alessandria, is border country. A geographical border passes here which, within the space a few kilometres, touches on Piedmont, Liguria, Lombardy and Emilia Romagna. There is also a morphological barrier because, as you pass through Upper Monferrato, the gentle and picturesque vineyards of the Tanaro River plain gradually increase in altitude to become the majestic wooded mountains of the Ligurian Apennines. In this marvellous region, however, there is also another type of border, less distinct and perhaps less known: a historical and cultural border. The Republic of Genoa ruled over this area for a long time: from the late Middle Ages until 1815, when the Congress of Vienna sanctioned the transfer of the southern part of today's province of Alexandria to the Piedmontese house of Savoy. The Genoese called present-day Upper Monferrato by another name, Oltregiogo, which defined the geographical limit of Genoa's domain. It is therefore not surprising that in the different municipalities that retained the Ligurian term in their name, fortresses and defensive systems sprang up. The influences of Genoese tradition on local culture are still evident. For example, the local dialect has a typically Ligurian cadence and the colourful old buildings in Serravalle Scrivia, Gavi and Ovada are embellished with trompe l'oeil, a typically Ligurian decorative technique. The gastronomy of Alto Monferrato also often reflects that of Liguria: Savoy specialties, such as agnolotti, bagna cauda and tajarin share the table with chickpea farinata and an abundance of excellent pesto Genovese. The province of Alessandria is also famous for giving cycling fans two great former champions, Costante Girardengo and Fausto Coppi. There is therefore no better way to visit these places than on a bike, along winding roads and slopes covered with vineyards, which traverse the hillsides of Upper Monferrato.
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