With its 212.5 square kilometres, lies on the border between Italy and Switzerland. Its west bank is part of the Italian region of Piemont, the eastern shore lies in the Lombardy region and the north part in the Swiss canton of Ticino.
The second largest lake in Italy, at its deepest point 372 m, extends from the Southern Alps to the edge of the Po valley. The shore of Lake Maggiore is lined with a number of well-known locations – Stresa, Verbania, Ascona and Locarno, to name a few. Dream destinations are also the Borromean Islands in the Gulf of Stresa and the Brissago islands southwest of Ascona.
As one of the leading economic centers in Northern Italy, Parma focuses primarily on food production. World-famous examples of Parma's cuisine include the Parmesan cheese, Parmigiano Reggiano, the Parma ham, Prosciutto di Parma and last but not least the company Barilla , a leading, world-famous company Italian pasta maker. Founded as a Roman colony, the city's history began as early as 184 BC. After frequent changes of power and feuds between different institutions and families, the Duchy of Ducato di Parma, founded in the middle of the 16th century, brought stability to Parma. Today the city, which is located in the southwestern Po Valley, is part of the Emilia-Romagna region. Parma's sights include the neoclassical Teatro Regio and the octagonal baptistery, a Christian baptismal font.
The northern Italian university and industrial city of Modena is the seat of numerous ceramic, cement, leather and food companies as well as one of the centers of Italian engine and vehicle construction technology. Luxury brands such as Maserati, Ferrari and Lamborghini are located in and around Modena, with museums and test tracks on their company premises. Driving pleasure is breathtaking in Modena! In addition to the history of the automobile, the Modenese are especially proud of the Piazza Grande with its Romanesque cathedral San Geminiano and the 88 m high campanile (Torre Ghirlandia). The latter is also considered the city's landmark. The architectural ensemble has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997. Also worth mentioning is the Lambrusco , which is known worldwide. The ruby red, slightly foaming wine (frizzante) is pressed in Modena and exported from there all over the world.
Tuscany is one of the most charming regions in Italy. It impresses with its unique, multi-faceted landscape. Vineyards mix with olive groves and alternate with the very original landscape. Again and again, cypress avenues with slender trees protruding into the blue sky determine the landscape. The "strada bianca" called unpaved access roads to farms and wineries, hotels and restaurants are characteristic of Tuscany. Many of the side streets that repeatedly lead through sleepy villages are hardly used. A backdrop that the Italian film of the 1950s couldn't do better.
Southern Tuscany is also something for culture lovers: cities like Siena and San Gimignano, fortresses such as the citadel of Dante Alighieri already mentioned in his "Divine Comedy". Monteriggioni, to name but a few. Believe us, there are few better places to live in a historic city. Alfa Romeo classics on Tuscan Dream Roads to glide along. Enjoy the wind in your hair and the sun in your heart!
It has also attracted culture lovers with cities like Siena and San Gimignano, as well as sights such as the Monteriggioni Fortress has a lot to offer. Already in the weeks before the world-famous horse race, the “Palio” in Siena, you may see the teams rehearsing and preparing for the big race. They parade through the city in their historical costumes and practise on their drums for the perfect entry into Piazza Il Campo.
With its impressive medieval skyline San Gimignano ranks high on Tuscany's must-see list. The picturesque town, located at 324m above sea level, is characterized by the economic boom in the Middle Ages, which made the remarkable architecture and art development possible. It is therefore no coincidence that the historic city center is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The vineyards bordering the city walls round off the perfect Tuscan flair and give an idea of the flourishing viticulture.
Everything important about the Mille Miglia
Useful information about the Mille Miglia and fascinating stories from the history can be read here. The myth of the Mille Miglia.