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Your guide to getaways in Northern Italy

Tracy E. Hopkins is an accomplished writer, blogger and editor living in New York City. She has expertise covering travel, fashion, health and entertainment.

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Looking for an ideal European vacation this summer? Let Northern Italy be your destination! Here, landscapes range from small cities in the lush, sunflower-washed Tuscan countrysides to bustling big cities and sunny seaside villages.
Pisa

Pisa

The Leaning Tower is as awe-inspiring as it looks in photos. For a breath taking view of the city, don't miss the chance to climb to the top of this bell tower, which began leaning soon after its construction began due to a poorly laid foundation.

After you've exhausted yourself sightseeing, take a break at the luxury Bagni di Pisa Natural Spa Resort, known for holistic spa treatments, indoor and outdoor thermal pools, and a cavernous sauna. You'll then be refreshed and ready for a hometown foccacia.

Lucca

This charming walled-city was composer Giacomo Puccini's hometown. Several times a year Lucca hosts performances celebrating his greatest operas (La Boheme, Tosca, and Madame Butterfly) at the Church of San Giovanni.

From July 22 - August 22, Lucca hosts the Puccini Festival di Torre del Lago where world famous musicians perform in an open-air arena overlooking the Massacciuccoli.

 

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