Serenading Gondaliers, picture-perfect ski runs, elegant centres of high fashion, grand architecture, Renaissance cities which provided the setting for Shakespeare’s plays. These are just some of the attractions which entice visitors for there is so much to experience in Venice, the Alps and Northern Italy. In the region of Friuli Venezia Giulia you will find a diverse landscape, from the frosty Alpine slopes of Carina to sun drenched beaches around Grado. Here you can explore Roman ruins at Aquileia, medieval castles in Miramare, and art treasures at Udine. Ligura’s capital, Genoa is also known as La Superba . The region boasts an uninterrupted string of beaches at La Riviera di Levante and the breathtaking cliffside villages of Cinque Terre. In Lombardy is the sleek and stylish city of Milan - vibrant fashion capital of Italy. A short distance from here you will find the relative quiet of the lakes of Garda, Como, Maggiore and Orta. Trentino encompasses part of the stunning Dolomites range and it is here you will find some of the best hiking trails in northern Italy. Some excellent skiing venues, like Val Gardena are also located here. Piemonte’s capital, Turin, is renowned for its magnificent Baroque architecture. The region is also one of great natural beauty, reflected in the ski slopes of Valle di Susa and Valle di Chesone. The region of Valle D’ Aosta guarded by some of tallest Alpine peaks - the Matterhorn and Mont Blanc, boasts world class ski resorts like Courmayeur. In Veneto, visitors can enjoy a romantic gondola ride along the waterways of Venice, experience the history of Verona, the city of Romeo and Juliet or the halls of learning in Padua, Europe’s second oldest university city.