One could spend years visiting the villas and adjacent gardens around Milan and the lake region in northern Italy and still not see them all. However, where there’s a will, there’s a way. First stop- Villa Arconati!
Let’s face it- the first reason most tourists choose to visit Parma is to experience the food and the culinary charms of the region, and that’s why I devoted an entire entry on our food experience. See Perusing Parma: Food Comes First! But that’s not all Parma has to offer. As with most historic towns in Italy, there are beautiful cathedrals and museums worth a visit. It’s a charming place, especially in the off season when the streets are walkable and everyone is happy to see a visitor.
In our first two months in Italy we’ve had almost no rain, so the intermittent showers and even thunderstorms I experienced in Rome were a welcome change, despite the fact that we dashed from sight to sight between downpours. The cloudy sky created terrific light effects as we took a panoramic guided bus tour of the hills and ancient sights of Rome.