Map of the Italy North Central showing the cities and towns. Shown on the map:
In the northern part of central Italy there are historical cities to visit including Bologna, Florence, Ravenna and Livorno and the beautiful coastlines are both a delight and sometimes a challenge to drive. However the many tours on offer seem to have drivers that take it all in stride.
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The region around the city of Bologna has been known to be settled before 1000 B.C. With its long history, it also one of the wealthiest cities in the country and has a carefully restored historical centre. There are medieval structures, palaces and the many portical lined streets (such as the Piazza Cavour) keep one shaded and cool on hot summer days.
Historical monuments, churches and leaning medieval towers also adorn the city, including the Torri degli Asinelli e Garisenda, the Fontana di Nettuno (designed by Laureti) and the church of San Giacomo Maggiore.
At the busy University district (Bologna University is the oldest in the world) you will find an excellent collection of bars, restaurants and other eateries to try. Located here is also the Pinocoteca Nazionale, home to works from famous artists including Vitale da Bologna, Raphael, Reni and Garraci.
The beautiful city of Renaissance Florence is also a very popular place to visit in this part of Italy. See more about Florence.
In the north of Italy, Livorno is a city in the province of the same name. With a long history, it is a favourite stop off for the many Mediterranean cruise ships that visit Livorno.
Ravenna also has a long history, being an important city under the rule of Ceasar Augustus, then becoming the centre of the Western Empire during the time of the Byzantines. Dante lived and eventually died here, his tomb is located in the church of San Francesca. San Vitale, with its beautiful mosaic inlaid dome and the Sant’Apollinare Nuevo, with its mosaics are well worth a visit.
In Italy you can find places to stay for almost all budgets and tastes. Chalets, luxury resorts and hotels, bed and breakfasts, villas and serviced apartments are just some of the options available. In the warmer months, particularly in the more popular places to visit, it is strongly advised to book ahead.
Description: Map of North Central Italy - Click to Zoom Out.