Cultural centers in the Po Plain (Padana)

We have brought together the cultural cities of Lombardy, Veneto and Emilia Romagna for you. According to our experience, several of these beautiful places are visited during a trip to Italy. In each of these cities there are valuable art objects and a lot of history to discover. It is worth visiting not only the famous metropolises, but also the smaller towns with their medieval and Renaissance buildings.
The city centers are now all traffic limited and there are excellent restaurants of traditional cuisine in addition to the many sights and not too expensive.
We are happy to create a visit program that is tailored to your needs in terms of content and cuisine and can be completed with a boat trip or a visit to a Palladio villa.

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Discover the small towns

1 - Vigevano

Vigevano, northwest of Pavia, is small and tranquil and still an insider’s tip away from tourism. The place is full of beautiful Renaissance buildings and a Castel of the Visconti family. The footwear industry, to which a museum is dedicated, is still very strong. The city is surrounded by rice paddies. It grows the best risotto rice in Lomellina, as this stretch of land is called.

2 - Pavia

An active monastery and a covered bridge over the Ticino River-in between a very beautiful university town with pedestrian zone. The small university town has something special to offer: The Charterhouse with the precious church and the monastery with the monk cells, which is cultivated by Carthusian monks.

3 - Monza

Better known is Monza’s fast slope as the venue for Formula One. But also the beautiful old town of Monza is worth a visit with the Villa Reale in the park of Monza, which was built in 1777 by Maria Teresa of Austria. Milanese come to Monza to buy furniture. The showrooms of the well-known Italian brands can be found all over the city.

4 - Bergamo

In Bergamo there is the modern lower city and on the hill, surrounded by the Venetian city walls, the historic upper city, accessible by the city cable car. The neighborhood village of Crespi is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A magnificent workers’ settlement with a textile factory in the centre. It was the first village in Italy to get electric light. The hydroelectric power plant on the River Adda is still in operation today. The settlement is beautifully cleaned out and inhabited.

5 - Cremona

In the new Museo del Violino you will learn from five centuries of violin making and Cremona’s most famous masters Amati, Stradivari, Guarneri. Cremona is known to all music lovers for famous violin makers such as Stradivari and Guarneri. The newly built museum of violins is definitely worth a trip.

6 - Parma

Parma is not only the city of famous musicians such as Arturo Toscanini and Giuseppe Verdi, but also the headquarters of the European Food Authority. The most famous products for tasting are the Parma ham and the Parmesan cheese. We are happy to provide you with a complete tasting programme with visits.

7 - Brescia

Brescia is one of the most beautiful and oldest coastal towns in Lombardy. Great are the well-preserved excavations from Roman times with the Capitoline Temple in the Roman Forum as well as the mosaic footbents of the Roman villas in the museum of the monastery complex Santa Giulia and San Salvatore.

8 - Mantua

Mantua is located south of Lake Garda on the Mincio River. Mantua is definitely worth seeing with its medieval old town around Piazza Sordello and Piazza delle Erbe. A very special experience is the visit of the “Camera degli Sposi” to the Doge’s Palace and the former amusement palast Palazzo Té of the Gonzaga.

9 - Modena

Modena is best known for the Aceto Balsamico di Modena, as well as a motorsport resort and the Maserati plant. The Ferrari plant is also nearby.

10 - Ferrara

The medieval town centre of Ferrara within the well-preserved city wall with the narrow and picturesque streets of the Jewish quarter has been included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

11 - Vicenza

In Vicenza you should not miss the Villa Rotonda Capra, a masterpiece by Palladio and the Villa Valmarana ai Nani with frescoes by Tiepolo. From the hill of Vicenza you have a great view and visit the church of S. Corona, Piazza Signori, Palladio Basilica and the Cathedral.

12 - Padua

The most important attraction in Padova is the chapel of the Scrovegni family, which was painted in blue and gold by Giotto at the beginning. Another treasure in Padua is the Basilica of San Antonio with four cloisters and many works of art.

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Arrival

The towns of culture of the Po Plain can be easily reached from Milan by train or car. If you want to visit more than one city, then we recommend staying in one of the places. In the smaller towns, the nightlife is rather tranquil and in addition to a nice dinner followed by an evening walk, there is rather peace and quiet. So you can escape the rather hectic hustle and bustle in Milan.

We are happy to offer a tailor-made round trip with hotels, local guided tours, tickets and transfers. Please send us if necessary Your request.

Our hotel recommendation

  • Bergamo Upper Town: Relais San Lorenzo (Hotel 5 stars)
  • Brescia: Hotel Vittoria (5 stars)
  • Monza: Hotel de la Ville (4 stars)
  • Mantua: Hotel Casa Poli (4 stars)
  • Cremona: Hotel Villa Belussi (4 stars)
  • Cremona Centre: Hotel Impero (4 stars)
  • Vicenza: Hotel Palladio (4 stars)
  • Padua: La Camp Suite & Spa (Hotel 4 stars)
  • Ferrara: Hotel Ducessa Isabella (Hotel 4 stars)
  • Parma: Grand Hotel de la Ville (Hotel 5 stars)
  • Modena: Hotel Rua Frati 48 in San Francesco (Hotel 5 stars)

Themed trips through the Po Plain

It is worth visiting several cultural cities on a trip to Italy. We like to put together themed trips for groups. Here are some ideas:

Theme Music

  • In the footsteps of Giuseppe Verdi in Parma and his birthplace Busseto/Roncole and
  • Visit to the city of violin makers Cremona with the new violin museum

Subject of gastronomy

  • Visit to the city of the European Food Authority Parma
  • Visit to a museum to choose from: Parma ham, Parmigiano Reggiano, pasta, wine, salami, of course connected with a tasting
  • Pasta demonstration in Bologna with a visit to the historic market and tasting

Art Theme

  • Visit to the “Camera degli Sposi” in Mantua
  • Visit to the Lombard Benedictine monastery of Santa Giulia in Brescia
  • Visit one or more Castelli to Modena

Subject Motorsport

Modena is also called the “Land of Engines.” The industrial and cultural heritage of the Modena region bears names such as Ferrari, Maserati, Pagani Automobili, B.G.Engineering, De Tomaso, Bugatti. Museums and works can be visited.

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Mantua

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Modena

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