Italy is full of small villages lesser known comparing to the big towns but worth a visit, so a stay in Milan can become a chance to learn more about these places so different from a metropolis.
The date is Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th March at Piazza d’Armi at Castello Sforzesco, where the Italian villages awarded with Bandiera Arancione (orange flag) will be presented and will be promoted by Touring Club Italiano waiting for Expo 2015.
The Orange Flag is a quality seal by Touring Club Italiano which selects the small inland towns with less than 15,000 inhabitants, based on rigorous touristic and environmental parameters.
The coveted orange flag is assigned to the small towns that, in addition to offering tourists a historical, cultural and environmental heritage, feature a welcoming atmosphere.
The Touring Club conceived this certification in order to promote eco-sustainable tourism and authentic travel experience in Italy.
This year the small towns awarded with the Orange Flag are 200, so the event Exploring Bandiere Arancioni is a great opportunity to know more about these places, taste the local products, join debates and workshops dedicated to children.
The decision to organize this important event in Milan isn’t accidental: the capital of Lombardy is preparing for the next Expo, dedicated to gastronomical excellence, the city will be the ideal venue to show the authentic side of Italy, including villages and towns rarely mentioned by the guides but full of top manufacturing districts and tourist attractions.
Some of these towns awarded with the orange flag are ideal destinations for a brief itinerary outside Milan.
Among these we suggest Castell’Arquato, located at 32 kilometers from Piacenza, which has a well-preserved medieval historic center and boasts refined urban furnishings; furthermore there is an official website of the town full of suggestions for tourists.
Castellaro Lagusello is another destination easily reachable from Milan, is a romantic small village halfway between Mantua and Lake Garda.
This location was awarded with the orange flag due to its naturalistic landscape, including bike trails and an important historic center.
Castellaro stands on a hill overlooking a heart-shaped lake, the castle that gives name to the town dates back to the XII century.
Visit the Exploring Bandiere Arancioni website, you’ll find all the small towns that are part of the program and all the information about the event in Milan www.bandierearancioni.it.
You can join the event from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm at Piazza d’Armi in Castello Sforzesco on 28th and 29th March; the official hashtag is #exploringabandierearancioni.