If you have the opportunity to rent a car, then consider this 90% success. In this article I will tell you what to see in Northern Italy, about the most beautiful cities and lakes in this region, I will show a map and a photo.

You can rent a car both in Italy and in any other country (we rented in Prague , the entire travel route in Europe is here ). This is not the first time I have rented through rentalcars.com , I paid 230 € for 12 days (+ 170 € for full insurance) and we had at our disposal Skoda Fabia with parking sensors, distance monitoring systems, etc.


If you rent a car in Italy, then check out this article here .


As a navigator, we used Maps.Me app and preloaded Google maps in advance. If you use mobile Internet, then there will be no problems at all. I will publish a map of the most beautiful places in Northern Italy below.

So what to see in the North Italy?

I will start with those places that we managed to visit ourselves.

  • Lake Braies (Lago di Braies, Pragser Wildsee) is an amazingly beautiful mountain lake in the Dolomites. It became popular thanks to the instagram ( detailed article ). 1-2 hours if you do not hike around the lake 🙂

lake braies in northern italy

  • The city of Bressanone (Bressanone, Brixen), founded already in 901 with its colorful houses, cozy streets and fairytale gnomes. 1.5-2 hours, if you do not visit cafes or restaurants.

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  • Bolzano and Soprabolzano (Bolzano, Bozen) – the capital of the province of Bolzano. An interesting “upper city”, which can be reached by funicular, admiring the mountains, alpine meadows and vineyards. And in Soprabolzano you can ride an alpine train (all details in this article ) 3-3.5 hours.

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We spent 1.5 days visiting these places, there are separate blog articles about all places.


These and other beautiful places of the North of Italy, which are worth visiting, I noted on the map:


Where you can also to go in the north of Italy?

  • Lake Dobbiacco (Lago di Dobbiacco, Toblacher See)
  • Lake Antorno (Lago d’Antorno) overlooking the famous peak of the Three Sisters (Tre Cime di Lavaredo)

  • Misurina Lake (Lago di Misurina), also known thanks to these Instagram photos:

  • Carezza Lake (Lago di Carezza) with emerald blue water

  • The city of Ortisei between Bolzano and Bressanone is a ski resort and just a fabulous town



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Christmas tale in Ortisei (photo by Daria Sirotina darsik.com)


  • Not far from Ortisei is Castelrotto, where all houses are at least 500 years old!





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Castelrotto (photo by Daria Sirotina darsik.com)


  • Merano city with mountain views and thermal complexes


  • Tirolo is a small village with a view of Merano, the Alps (of course, as without them!), Castles, vineyards and apple fields
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Tirolo (photo by Daria Sirotina darsik.com)

I will not connect all the cities in a single route, since everyone chooses for himself the places that are most interesting to him, someone calls from Austria, someone from Italy, therefore, it is very difficult to choose the starting point. Therefore, the preparation of the route I will leave you 🙂


Read also my author’s  “Italy Travel Guide”


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