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10 travel picks across Italy for March

Spring begins in March, the days grow longer and the weather, finally, gets warmer.  This means we want to visit new places. Wouldn’t you agree?

  • 1. Piacenza
  • 2. Vicenza
  • 3. Padua
  • 4. Modena
  • 5. Turin
  • 6. Asti
  • 7. Milan
  • 8. Caltanissetta
  • 9. Parma
  • 10. Bergamo
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In March, it’s springtime in Italy. Days grow longer and the weather finally gets warmer. This means you want to go out more and more and visit new places. Don’t you agree?

To best organize your trip to Italy in March, we have a list of the 10 best provinces for March, selected from thousands of farm holiday goers, just like you!

1. Piacenza

The first place for March goes to Piacenza. Know about it?

Choosing the province of Piacenza means taking a slow trip, with lots of walks among art cities, great food, lovely views with the rivers Tidone, Trebbia, Nure and Arda, typical landscapes in the Po valley.

If you love medieval hamlets we suggest Piacenza and its province. These include medieval hamlets like Bobbio, Castell’Arquato, Grazzano Visconti and Vigoleno, monuments and abbeys, shrines for pilgrims during the Middle Ages along the ancient Via Francigena, like the abbey of Chiaravalle.

The province of Piacenza boasts numerous fortresses: there are over 300 castles, some open to the public while others are private. We should mention the fortresses of Gropparello, of Paderna and of Rivalta. The symbol of the golden age of the ancient Duchy of Parma and Piacenza is the Palazzo Farnese in Piacenza, a city with lots of monuments and palaces.

Don’t forget to include the Aquarium and the Ethnographic Museum of the Po, the archeological area of the Veleia Romana and Villa Verdi at Sant’Agata (Villanova sull’Arda): this was the home that hosted the great maestro Giuseppe Verdi.

Like sports and want to get your adrenaline running, even on vacation? Among the gorges of the Trebbia you can go rafting and kayaking, while skiing – yes, in March! - at Passo Penice and Ceci (Bobbio).

There’s also a Water Park at Rivergaro, and a fairy tale park at the Castello di Gropparello, the first emotional park in Italy. Don’t miss out!

There are also countless food itineraries, which will lead you to new wine cellars and farms where you can savor excellent wines and local dishes.
It’s no coincidence that the province of Piacenza is one of the richest in Italy for wine making: 18 kinds, including the famous Gutturnio. Don’t miss the typical coppa, salami and pancetta, all certified!

Remember that at this time, in March, there’s an important event in Piacenza: it’s the Sorgente del Vino Live, three days to savor natural, traditional local wines.  

Have you chosen Piacenza for your trip in March? Then take a look at the agriturismi in the province of Piacenza for the perfect accommodations!

2. Vicenza

For those who choose the province of Vicenza in March we suggest a stroll among the castles of the Veneto, food tours and an unforgettable event for the month.

Among the vineyards and Palladian villas around Vicenza, a great destination for a vacation with awesome food or art or nature.

In this area the lovely Veneto villas, designed and built in the 1500s by Andrea Palladio, are many. In fact, Vicenza – a UNESCO site – and outlying areas possess 39 locations to visit and admire.

The villas here have amazing architecture with wonderful works of art inside.
The grand artist Giandomenico Tiepolo, for example, contributed in an important way to the beauty of this province, and there are many places that bear his intervention, from the Pinacoteca in Palazzo Chiericati to Villa Cordellina Lombardi in Montecchio Maggiore and many other historic buildings.

If the idea of visiting some of Italy’s loveliest castles is to your liking, then here are some more. At Marostica there are the Castello Superiore and Castello inferiore, in Bassano del Grappa, the Castello degli Ezzelini, while in Montebello Vicentino the Castello dei Maltraverso.

Don’t miss the “natural work of art", the Montagna Spaccata, a deep fissure in the rocks from the erosion of a river. It’s a great destination for nature lovers. Nearby you can relax at Recoaro Terme, while on the plateau of Asiago you can go skiing, snowboarding, ice skating and lots of other sports on the snow in the winter and other things for the summer.

Don’t miss the food tours: here you’ll find the Wine Road to some famous cellars, and the Strade del Gusto, dedicated to local specialties.

You can’t miss the baccalà alla Vicentina, Asiago cheese, prosciutti, soppressa and lots of other products like asparagus, white radicchio, truffles from the Colli Berici. Plus all the great grappa from Bassano and local wines.

If you feel like exploring some local culture, take part in the traditional Carnevaletto, an event held at Camporovere on the first weekend in March offering a ski contest with masks. During the same days at Brendola there’s the Sagra di San Rocco, a traditional event with a procession and entertainment for adults and kids.

Have you chosen Vicenza for your trip in March? Then take a look at the agriturismi in the province of Vicenza for the perfect accommodations!

3. Padua

Now we’ve reached the third on our list: Padua.

Land of spas, art, great food, landscapes, and art/culture traditions, the province of Padua boasts over 3,000 years of history, which have left behind countless monuments of great value. The city of Padua is a culturally active city year round and offers lots of unforgettable events. From art to music, theatre to cinema, sports to folklore: there are many opportunities to live this land, lots of moments to explore past and present as you discover rituals, stories and cultures in this city.

Surrounded by the lush nature of the Colli Euganei, the farms at Abano, Montegrotto and Galzignano are ideal for relaxing and wellness. At the Terme Euganee you’ll find beneficial waters that are of great renown in Europe. The Terme Euganee are located on the foothills of the Colli Euganei, a splendid natural setting, where lush nature alternates with Mediterranean brush and many trails for walking, biking, even horse riding.

A true natural oasis in the heart of the plains, the Colli Euganei offer fantastic landscapes and settings if you love nature. Forests, vineyards, olive groves with extraordinary monuments including villas, castles, abbeys, historic hamlets.

If you’re in the area, don’t miss a visit to: Monselice, Este and Montagnana, which can be easily reached from Padua. 

At Monselice you’ll find a romantic trail along the slopes of the Monte della Rocca overlooking 7 delightful churches from the 1600s, a castle from the 1000s and a traditional city market. 
The home of the poet Petrarch, the Duomo di Santa Tecla and the Castello Carrarese are instead 3 great attractions at Este and Arquà Petrarca, elegant cities near the Colli Euganei.
Finally, Montagnana with its Museo dei Castelli, the Rocca degli Alberi and medieval atmospheres you’ll find everywhere.

Have you chosen Padua for your trip in March? Then take a look at the agriturismi in the province of Padua for the perfect accommodations!

4. Modena

Welcome to the heart of Emilia-Romagna, in the province of Modena, with its splendid sights, hills, ancient farms, rustic homes, bucolic views. Along the paths of this magical area of Italy you’ll discover castles, towers, fortresses and hamlets.

The province of Modena is rich in history, famous for food and cars! Modena boasts a very rich architectural and artistic heritage like the Romanesque Cathedral in white marble, which with the Piazza Grande and the Ghirlandina (bell tower) are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

So March heralds the beginning of spring. You should know that in Modena this is celebrated with an important event called Modena in Fiore. On March 17 and 18 visit the famous city in Emilia Romagna. Florists from across Italy display their flowers and plants.

Once you’re in Modena don’t forget you’re in one of Italy’s greatest food capitals. Don’t go home without having tasted, at least, the tortellini, lasagne, and lard! Here you’ll also find zampone, cotechino and traditional balsamic vinegar plus tigelle and so much more, along with delicious local wines like Lambrusco. How can you resist!

Have you chosen Modena for your trip in March? Then take a look at the agriturismi in the province of Modena for the perfect accommodations!

5. Turin

Take a different trip, to the province of Turin, with its special atmospheres and environments, including ski resorts on the Alps and ancient Savoy residences, with their vineyards and forests.

Among the many protected areas present in the province of Turin, you’ll find the Riserva Naturale del Sacro Monte di Belmonte and the Parco Nazionale del Gran Paradiso. This land boasts traces of the Savoy family: the most famous monuments are their aristocratic residences, UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Turin, the capital, is a true outdoor museum, with its amazing palazzos and monuments in a perfect mix of contemporary and ancient architecture. Among its porticos and elegant cafes, visit the Egyptian Museum and the Museo Nazionale del Cinema, located near the Mole Antonelliana, a landmark of the city.

In the province you can admire fortresses like the Forte Fenestrelle and the Forte Exille and abbeys along the Via Francigena. The Sacra di San Michele, one of the most evocative churches in Piedmont, is nestled in nature and a must.

A hypothetical itinerary in the province of Turin offers you a chance to explore lovely historic towns: Ivrea, Susa, Chivasso, and small hamlets, like Mélezet. Have fun with winter sports in the mountains, at Sestriere, Bardonecchia, Oulx, Sauze d’Oulx, Cesana Torinese, Pragelato.

The local food is spectacular: traditional recipes, excellent wines, even the famous chocolate gianduia. The Gran Paradiso park has recently certified a series of typical product and some recipes.

We don’t want to reveal too much… You should visit this place and experience rare beauty!

Have you chosen Turin for your trip in March? Then take a look at the agriturismi in the province of Turin for the perfect accommodations!

6. Asti

If you plan on visiting Asti and its province in March, you should know that this land in Piedmont is truly amazing for its landscape, architecture, and culture. Come with your car and head straight for Monferrato.

Among the hamlets we have to mention are Nizza Monferrato, today a famous wine center, Montiglio Monferrato and Cortazzone, two lovely towns where you can admire  two interesting Romantic churches: Albugnano, known as the roof of Monferrato – in fact, from here you can get a splendid view of the surrounding hills.

Don’t forget to visit Asti and its center. As you leave Asti and take SP58 you’ll quickly reach San Daminao d’Asti, in the Valle del Borbone. Here you can admire the City Hall, dating to the 1700s, and the Church of San Giuseppe, a lovely example of Baroque style. Nearby there’s the Cisterna d’Asti and the Museo Arti e Mestieri di un tempo, a museum with 21 rooms and circa 6,000 work tools.

Towards Monferrato we suggest you stop by Costigliole d’Asti. As you reach the town you’ll notice the rolling hills, with their vineyards and lush nature. Then head to Calosso and its medieval castle.

Have you chosen Asti for your trip in March? Then take a look at the agriturismi in the province of Asti for the perfect accommodations!

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7. Milan

Would you like to spend a few days in Milan, visiting shops and admiring the Duomo and Castello Sforzesco? Then come here in March. Milan is the seventh on our list for the month!

After exploring the city, savor the saffron risotto and cutlets, then head out to the province. We suggest the Abbazia di Chiaravalle and Viboldone. These abbeys are set in a spectacular nature and can be reached by bike.

The monastery of Chiaravalle dates to the 12th century and bears traces of every century since then. Inside you’ll find delicious products made by the monks. Instead, Viboldone is one of the oldest medieval complexes in Lombardy. Some of the frescoes in the rooms were made by Giotto’s followers.

In March 2018 in Milan there are numerous exhibitions: Eva Kot’átková. The Dream Machine is Asleep at the Hangar Bicocca and an exhibit on Frida Kahlo at Mudec. Don’t miss out!

If you want to extend your visit to the province of Milan, we suggest you organize a stroll to one of the six regional parks: Parco Adda Nord, Parco Agricolo sud Milano, Parco delle Groane, Parco Nord Milano, Parco della Valle del Lambro and Parco Lombardo della Valle del Ticino. Even Monza, with its Duomo and Villa Reale, are a great destination for a visit!

Have you chosen Milan for your trip in March? Then take a look at the agriturismi in the province of Milan for the perfect accommodations!

8. Caltanissetta

A trip to Sicily in March? Why not! March is one of the best months to visit Sicily which is still not overrun by tourists. If you want to organize something special, choose the province of Catanissetta as your destination.

Caltanissetta and its province hide amazing treasures like Butera, a town famous in the Middle Ages. The fortress is sensational just like the castle. From Butera head down to the sea, and if you’re lucky and it’s a sun-filled day, you can stroll along the calm shores.

In addition to Butera, Niscemi and Gela there are lots of other things to do. Niscemi is known for its artichokes, while Gela offers many trails where you can explore archeological treasures.

Interesting lakes and natural landscapes distinguish this province, perfect for walks, trekking and bird watching.
If you’re in company don’t forget that in the province of Caltanissetta there’s the Riserva Naturale Orientata del Monte Capodarso and the Valle dell'Imera meridionale which are excellent for a romantic outing!

Have you chosen Caltanissetta for your trip in March? Then take a look at the agriturismi in the province of Caltanissetta for the perfect accommodations!

9. Parma

Parma is a foodie capital. Choosing it as a destination with the hope of not gaining weight is impossible! But if you want to organize a food tour, Parma is super!

Nature has made this land perfect where some of Italy’s best and most delicious products. Like parmigiano reggiano, prosciutto and coppa.

If you don’t want to limit your trip to a simple taste, remember that in Parma there are 4 museums dedicated to food – the one dedicated to parmigiano and prosciutto, but also tomatoes and salami – interesting to discover the culture of flavors and learn how to savor things, without rushing, and to pair them with other scrumptious food.

But the province of Parma is also the perfect destination for anyone who wants to go shopping. What about Fidenza Village? This is an outlet with over 100 designer shops!

Have you chosen Parma for your trip in March? Then take a look at the  agriturismi in the province of Parma for the perfect accommodations!

If you love sports, the province of Bergamo is perfect: right outside Bergamo, you’ll find the Val Seriana, great for biking.
Taken from an abandoned railway track, the bike path in Val Seriana allows you to enjoy the beauty of numerous landscapes like Clusone, Val Verde and Sombreno. The trails vary according to difficulty but the majority are suited to all. So what about it, you feel like taking on this trail?

If you love adrenaline, try one of the many adventure parks around the province: there are some on Monte Purito, Clusone, Gromo, Gandosso and Roncola and each has its own level.

What to relax? Then we suggest a vacation at the mountain spas at Sant’Omobono or in Valle Imagna or at the spas in Trescore.

Have you chosen Bergamo for your trip in March? Then take a look at the agriturismi in the province of Bergamo for the perfect accommodations!

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