Northern Italy is home to the wealthiest and most industrialized regions in the country. Two of the most important cities here are Milan (Lombardia) and the Venice (Veneto). Milan is the fashion capital of Italy and, along with NYC and Paris, determines the world’s fashion trends. Built on the water with 150 canals acting as streets, Venice, with its stunning Byzantine, Gothic, and Renaissance architecture is considered by many the most beautiful city in the world. For centuries the lakes at the foot of the Alps in Northern Italy have been a destination for royalty and the wealthy as well as writers and composers who have taken inspiration from local beauty and tranquility. The 3 largest lakes are still popular tourist destinations. Lake Como (Lombardy), is well known for its elegant villas and fine dining in the towns of Bellagio and Cernobbio. Lake Maggiore, which stretches from Piedmont to Lombardy, was famously featured in A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemmingway, who visited the lake and wrote there often. Lake Garda, the largest and most-visited lake in Italy, is located halfway between Venice and Milan with stunning views.