Stay 32 : A nice travel tour in Italian tourist cities

Stay 32 : A nice travel tour in Italian tourist cities.

Occidental Route

Stage 32/35 - 279 kms

0 km Belluno

108 kms Trento

100 kms Verona

71 kms Brescia

carte Belluno a Brescia

Belluno : one of charming Italian tourist cities

Belluno - Italy

Belluno - Italy - © picture10 -

Belluno is one of charming italien tourist cities, with its own microclimate, protected by the mountains against the cold northern winds. From the ancient times, it has been a major hub on the trade route between the Republic of Venice and Northern Europe. Belluno’s fortified towers were strategically important to Venice, acting as a kind of early warning system for the permanently endangered Republic. Today, Belluno is a lovely, clean and peaceful friendly small town with hidden romantic spots, good restaurants, an exciting “corso” with a footbridge where young people have a chat and meet in the piazzas with outdoor cafés and beautiful pallazzi built in the Venetian style. Belluno is also a great starting point to explore the region and participate in a broad range of outdoor activities and to practice sports.

Trento : "Renaissance" buildings

Brentonico, Trentino Alto Adige - Italy

Brentonico, Trentino Alto Adige - Italy - © Richard -

It is a welcoming city, at the crossroads of the contrasting cultures of Italy and Northern Europe. Trento is a city of art which has a strong imprint of the Renaissance that characterises it through its colours, buildings and make it unique in the whole Alpine Arc. It is not far from the Dolomites and many lakes and forests are found nearby. With its small number of inhabitants and its rich cultural life, it is always at the highest ranks in terms of quality of life in Italy. Trento lies at the heart of the Dolomite Alps, near the Garde Lake. The city has a strong stamp of Renaissance with several beautiful buildings decorated with frescos, and some were built to host the delegates to the Council of Trento. The surroundings of Trento offer beautiful naturalistic trails, around many lakes or old castles in the vicinity.

Adamello-Brenta National Park : Extraordinary fauna

National Park of Adamello Brenta - Italy

National Park of Adamello Brenta - Italy - © Alberto Masnovo -

The Adamello-Brenta National Park is the largest national park in the Trentino region.  The variety of fauna is one of the richest in the Alps mountain range. It is home to all mountain living species, and particularly, the brown bear, which was recently reintroduced in these areas. The park has an area of 618 square kilometres and includes two large regions divided by the Rendena Valley. A great part of the Adamello-Presanella mountain group towards the West and the entire Brenta Group towards the East. Both the Adamello-Presanella and the Brenta granite formations feature peaks of over 3000 metres above sea level. The glaciers give way to rivers flowing down the valleys, forming majestic waterfalls.  Lakes are not rare, and one in particular, Lake Tovel, is known worldwide for the colour of its water during the summer months.

Verona : "The Little Rome"

Verona - Italy

Verona - Italy - © rh2010 -

Due to its importance for the northern region of Italy, Verona was called “The Little Rome” in the Roman Empire. This is probably one of the reasons for the city’s imposing Roman amphitheatre. In medieval times the king of the Ostrogoths, Theodoric, made Verona as his royal residence. Verona is one of Italy’s popular tourist cities. Located between Milan and Venice, Verona is known as the town of Romeo and Juliet and for its Roman arena. There are many places of interest in Verona. The Piazza delle Erbe is a good place to start visiting Verona. Originally the Roman Forum, the rectangular piazza is in the heart of Verona’s historic centre and is surrounded by beautiful medieval buildings and towers. A 14th century fountain with a Roman statue stands in the centre. Although formerly filled with market stalls, today the stalls mostly sell souvenirs. 

Verona : Madonna di Lourdes, rest and peace

At the beginning of the 19th century, in a fervour which seemed miraculous, various religious families arose in Verona; one of them, called the Stigmatines, was founded by St. Gasper Bertoni on 4 November 1816. The special devotion to Mary drove Father Louis Fantozzi, in 1908, to build a shrine dedicated to Our Lady of Lourdes, in the very heart of Verona, Piazza Cittadella. Inside, we can admire the precious paintings of the Roman painter Aronne Del Vecchio, representing the Crucifix, the Sacred Heart, the Holy spouses Mary and Joseph, and St. Bernadette. The side-chapel on the right is dedicated to St. Caspar Bertoni, founder of the Stigmatines. Today the shrine is regarded as a blessing sign, as a place for rest, piece and prayer for all.

Brescia : An antique city to be absolutely discovered

Brescia - Iseo lake Italy

Brescia - Iseo lake Italy - © UMB-O

Brescia is an Italian city in the region of Lombardy in northern Italy. It is located at the foot of the Alps, between the Mella and the Naviglio. It is Lombardy’s second largest city, after the capital, Milan. The antique city of Brixia, Brescia, has been an important regional centre since pre-Roman times. A number of Roman and medieval monuments are preserved here, among these the prominent castle. The city is at the centre of the third largest Italian industrial zone, focusing on mechanical and automotive engineering and machine tools, as well as Beretta and Fabarm, firearm manufacturers. The city’s businesses are usually small or medium-sized enterprises, often managed by families. Brescia is Lombardy’s fourth most visited city after Milan, Bergamo and Como.

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