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Spring is the ideal season to visit the beauties of Italy, the air smells of flowers, the climate becomes mild and the cities come back to smile.

Spring in Italy smells of freshly bloomed flowers and trees that are colored with new light, the climate becomes mild, the squares of the cities come back to life and the sun reappears to make the landscapes shine. In short, for many this is the best time of year to travel and to enjoy landscapes and locations without the confusion of summer or the cold temperatures of winter. Let's see, then, 5 travel ideas to do in spring in Italy:

5. Tour in the Langhe, among hills, wine and hazelnuts

Barolo, Langhe

With the sun reflecting off the endless hills and the scent of nature blooming once again, the Langhe is the ideal destination for a spring trip. The pearl of Piedmont, home of wine, truffles and hazelnuts, offers a variety of gastronomic wonders, and more, to discover and experience.

Alba is the capital of the Langhe and in 2017 was recognized by UNESCO as "Creative City for Gastronomy". The hills of this vast territory are dotted with numerous villages rich in history and cultural interest. Barbaresco, Barolo, La Morra, Neive, are all ancient medieval towns whose narrow streets are waiting to be explored in long and relaxing walks.

The ideal way to wander among the harmonious hills of the area, in springtime, is surely by bike, in order to fully enjoy the boundless landscapes between one village and another.

And after a long bike ride, what better way to relax than with a glass of the famous wines of the area? The excellent Barbaresco, Barbera, Barolo, Dolcetto, Furmentin, Nebbiolo and Pelaverga (DOC and DOCG wines) are exported all over the world, but the best place to taste them is in the many wine cellars of the area that allow you to taste the local products in a very traditional way.

And finally? In the kingdom of hazelnuts, it is a must to taste the hazelnut cake (typical of the village of Cortemilia) which enhances the taste of this famous local product.

4. Palladian villas, immersed in Unesco World Heritage gardens

Villa La Rotonda

The perfect season to enjoy the wonderful gardens of the Palladian Villas in Veneto (UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1994) is definitely spring. A tour among the historic sixteenth century residences with their imposing neoclassical architecture is the best way to immerse yourself in the history of the area.

Among the villas not to be missed we have Villa Capra, called the Rotonda for its circular shape, Villa Angarano or Villa Pojana, with its striking frescoes. And also Villa Valmarana ai nani (so called because of the statues with which it is decorated), the villa-tempio Chiericati and Villa Porto Godi with its majestic garden.

The Palladian architecture (from the name of Andrea Palladio, architect creator of this kind of construction and of some of the most important residences) is distinguished by elegance and purity of form. The houses, places of leisure and entertainment of the nobles of the time, are all crowned by extensive gardens decorated with plants that create symmetrical patterns and various species of local flowers. Walking in springtime among these wonders takes you back in time, in the quiet of these places surrounded by nature.

3. Ravenna, Bologna and Ferrara among mosaics, towers and castles

Photo by redstallion

A spring travel idea suitable for art lovers is definitely a small tour among the historic cities of Ravenna, Bologna and Ferrara. The three centers of Emilia Romagna are more or less one hour away from each other by car, but they are also well connected by public transportation and easily reachable. This season is perfect to visit these famous cities of art, the mild climate is ideal for walking quietly among the streets and charming views of the typical brick architecture.

Ravenna, the ancient capital of the Western Roman Empire, still bears the traces of its important past: the Byzantine mosaics of the Basilica of San Vitale, the church of Sant'Apollinare Nuovo and Sant'Apollinare in Classe (located outside the city in the harbor area) and those of the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia are among the most beautiful works of art to be admired in the region, the gold and bright colors of the mosaic tiles contrast with the simple architecture of the exteriors of the buildings.

And again, if you want to get to the heart of Emilian architecture, it is impossible not to take a walk in the capital, Bologna, whose historic center is populated by the typical arcades painted with warm colors, ocher, red, yellow and brick color. The city offers many attractions: Piazza Maggiore and the Basilica of San Petronio, Piazza Santo Stefano and the Garisenda Tower and the Asinelli Tower from the top of which you can enjoy the panorama of the entire city and the green surroundings of the hills of Bologna.

Finally, Ferrara, with its famous Este Castle, a symbol of the city and main attraction, offers visitors a full immersion in its past whose alleys are populated by arches and hidden courtyards. The city's cathedral and Palazzo dei Diamanti also deserve a thorough visit before relaxing with a delicious local dinner in one of the area's typical restaurants.

2. Park of the Roman Castles and Garden of Ninfa, a walk on lakes and rivers

Garden of Ninfa

The Park of the Roman Castles offers numerous attractions from the naturalistic point of view and not only. The villages (17) and the views to visit are various and numerous: the famous Castel Gandolfo, ancient papal summer residence famous throughout the world for its beautiful gardens that house the remains of the Villa of Domitian and the Vatican Farm; Ariccia, home of porchetta; Nemi with its lake, the "Mirror of Diana", which housed the ships of Emperor Caligula and, finally, Genzano di Roma, famous for the feast of Infiorata (which takes place precisely in the spring season) during which is set up an immense floral carpet of about 2. 000 square meters! All these villages are located near Lake Albano and Lake Nemi, which, with their shining waters, offer an evocative natural environment ideal for exploring together with the historical centers.

Not far from the Castles is, then, the Garden of Ninfa, an ideal destination to fully enjoy the air and scents of spring. Declared a Natural Monument by the Lazio Region in 2000, this green space that rises along a picturesque river, has a very ancient history: the origin of the fortress, at the center of the garden, dates back to medieval times while in the sixteenth century Cardinal Nicolò III Caetani, a lover of botany, wanted to create in Ninfa a "garden of delights" and made a hortus conclusus, a garden bordered by walls with a regular plant, cultivating valuable varieties of citrus.

1. Bisceglie, Trani, Barletta in the footsteps of Frederick II

Trani's cathedral

Lovers of the Middle Ages cannot miss a visit to these three wonderful cities in the North of Bari. In each of these cities, overlooking the Apulian sea, the footprints of the Norman Swabian past have left their mark in the churches and majestic castles.

Bisceglie looks like a picturesque medieval center: churches, palaces, and monuments are shown in a maze of houses and alleys. Here stands the Cathedral of St. Peter, built in 1295 classic example of Apulian Romanesque.

Trani is also remembered for its splendid cathedral on the sea, the white of the typical stone stands out against the blue of the sea that envelops the entire historical center and exalts the colors of the city port, one of the most experienced places in the city. Here you can taste the local seafood specialties and stroll among the picturesque boats. Not far from both cities, near Andria, stands the famous Castel del Monte, a symbol of the medieval history of the region and ancient residence of Frederick II.

Lastly, Barletta has a huge castle near the sea which dominates the city and has gone down in history for its colossus and the famous "disfida". The historical center is wide and studded with streets that recall the typical urban planning of the North of Bari.

Spring is definitely the perfect time to visit these coastal cities, before the advent of summer tourism and the torrid heat typical of Southern Italy.

From the cities of art that come back to smile with the warm sun to the landscapes of sea, lakes and hills, Italy offers many travel ideas with charming destinations that flourish in the spring season.

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