Northern Italy

Renaissance art, romantic cities, high-end shopping

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Italy's love of the finer things in life is apparent in every small town and big city up and down the boot. But, to really get a sense of La Dolce Vita, make sure your group takes in the country's high-end centers for fashions, art, wine, food and luxury with a trip to the northern region.

In Milan you'll experience Italian culture through high-end shopping for top fashions and couture in one-of-a-kind shops. Or, relax in Lake Como and Bellagio while browsing silks and chocolates getting a peek at how well-to-do Europeans live and holiday.

Move on to Venice to take in Piazza San Marco, romantic canals, architecture and the luxurious Veneto lifestyle.

No trip to Northern Italy would be complete without visiting Florence to experience her richness of art; Mona Lisa at the Uffizi, Michelangelo's David in the Academy of Fine Arts, the Duomo in Santa Maria del Fiore to name just a few.

After immersing yourselves in the paintings, sculptures, and architecture, take in the Florentine markets, cooking, and gelato, because in Italy, dining is an art form too.

For even more luxury in Tuscany, visit the Chianti region for full bodied wines, happy locals, and rolling hills. Take the time to stop and enjoy the fruit of the vine against the backdrop of fields of bright red poppies.

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