We’re all familiar with the beautiful region of northern Italy. A strip of land sandwiched between the Alps mountain range and the balmy Mediterranean Sea. Historical cities such as Turin, Milan, Verona, and Venice are scattered across the famous regions of Piemonte, Lombardy, and Veneto. Herds of tourists flock to these fabulous cities while stopping off for a refreshing dip at the famous Lake Garda. Numerous tourists choose to visit these cities in one trip, and why would you not? They’re close to one another, they’re directly linked through the same railway line, and they’re connected through the A4 Autostrada.

A map of Italy's A4 Autostrada
A map of the A4 Autostrada

But these days, lesser-known cities are promoting themselves more and more to entice tourists through their gates. This is great for modern-day tourists. Many thrive on seeking out hidden gems and exploring new territories. That’s why this hidden trail is so enticing for tourists. Travel along the same route, but instead of falling into the dark pit of overtourism, explore new and exciting cities before everyone else! Indulge in the true Italian lifestyle and culture and even save yourself quite a bit of your hard-earned cash.

Lets find out what this new ‘hidden trail’ is all about.

NOVARA (Piemonte)

Novara is the capital city of its province in the Piedmont region in northwest Italy, to the west of Milan. Its spans across an area of 103 km². With 104,268 inhabitants, it is the second-most populous city in Piedmont after Turin. Novara sees average highs of 29° celsius in July, while in January, the region sees average lows of just -2° celsius.

A view overlooking Novara city in Italy
A view overlooking Novara

Once you step foot in Novara, you get the impression that you’re in a smaller and calmer version of Turin. The snow-covered Alp mountain range in the background. The calm and neutral colors of the building in the middle ground. Finally, the stone paved streets in the foreground. This is the city’s character and charm. Although the unique atmosphere throughout the city is fantastic, there is something even more impressive. Its Italian cuisine. There are no tourist scams or traps. It’s all authentic Italian meals.

For more information on visiting Novara, click on the link down below.
https://www.turismonovara.it/en/home

MONZA (Lombardy)

Monza is a city just northeast of Milan, in northern Italy. It has a population of around 123,000 inhabitants and sprawls across an area of around 33 km². In July, Monza sees average highs of 30° celsius. January is its coldest month with average lows of 2° celsius. All Formula 1 supporters will be well aware of this city. In 1922 the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza was built in the suburbs of the city.

The Monza Cathedral in Italy
Monza Cathedral

Monza is Milan’s little brother. The city is a scaled-down version of Milan. It even has its own smaller version of the iconic Milan Cathedral. Get lost in the historic streets and witness some of Europe’s greatest neoclassical architecture, picture-perfect squares, and indulge in its food and drink scene. If peace and tranquillity are what you are after, then head to the 688 hectares of Parco di Monza.

For more information on visiting Monza, click on the link down below.
https://turismo.monza.it/en

BRESCIA (Lombardy)

Brescia is a small city in the northern Italian region of Lombardy. The city has a population of just under 200,000 inhabitants, spread across an area of 90.3 km². Brescia’s hottest month is July, with average highs of 29° celsius. Its coldest month is January, with average lows of just -2° celsius.

A view overlooking the city of Brescia
A view overlooking Brescia

Countless tourists bypass this wonderful city, while only a handful stay and visit. If you come to experience Italian culture, look no further than Brescia. This is a classical Italian city with a typical Italian attitude. All of this will make perfect sense when you’re sipping a local coffee in the charming Piazza della Loggia. There are no crowds of tourists, no hustle and bustle, but still a beautiful spectacle.

For more information on visiting Brescia, click on the link down below.
https://www.bresciatourism.it/en/

PADUA (Veneto)

Brescia is a small city in the northern Italian region of Lombardy. The city has a population of just under 200,000 inhabitants. It spreads across an area of 90.3 km². Brescia’s hottest month is July, with average highs of 29° celsius. Its coldest month is January, with average lows of just -2° celsius.

The main square in Padua, Italy
Padua main square

Padua is mostly known for the frescoes by Giotto in the Scrovegni Chapel from the 13th-century. What most people don’t know is that it’s one of the best-preserved walled cities on the planet. When inside these historic walls, it feels like a different world, compared to its close-by neighbor of Venice. A standout example of this is the high student population filling up the seats of stylish cafes housed in medieval buildings.

For more information on visiting Padua, click on the link down below.
http://www.turismopadova.it/en

TREVISO (Veneto)

Treviso is a city in northeastern Italy with many canals. The city has an area of 55.5 km² and a population of just 84,000 inhabitants. Unlike every city on this route, Treviso’s warmest month is August, with average highs of 29°. Its coldest month is January, with average lows of -1° celsius.

A quiet canal in Treviso city
A canal in Treviso

As we all know, Venice is suffering from chronic overtourism. Treviso is the key to fixing that. Venice is famed all over the world for its canals and waterways. Well, Treviso has canals and waterways too. In fact, Treviso has canals that are just as beautiful as the ones in Venice and are free from large groups of tourists. Once you finished exploring this stunning city, you can always take a day trip to Venice by train.

For more information on visiting Treviso, click on the link down below.
https://visittreviso.it/index.php/en/

If you wish to encounter traditional Italian cities without the tourists, be sure to travel along this hidden route. Not only will you be experiencing Italy’s true cultures and flavors, but you’ll be assisting smaller businesses and saving a lot of cash while doing so. For more information on visiting Italy, click on the link down below.
https://www.visititaly.eu/

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