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June 1, 2010

Traditionally regarded as the hotbed of Italian golf, there is plenty to like about playing in the north of Italy which makes it the perfect destination for a golfing break.

More than a third of Italy's courses can be found in the regions of Lombardy and Piedmont while great golf is also available in Valle d'Aosta and on the north-west coast in the Liguria area.

And, as you would expect from an area that includes the spectacular Italian Lakes, the standard of golf courses more than matches the rich history and culture to be found off the fairways.

Valerio Scoyni, director of ENIT, Italy's national tourist board, said: "With seven airports serving these two regions we have a golfing product that is ideal for the UK golfer. Add to that the fine and cuisine along with great courses, I feel that Lombardy and Piedmont offer a great destination for a golfing break."

One sixth of the Italian population live in Lombardy - around 10 million people and mainly around Milan - while a third of Italy's golfers play on the 67 courses that are spread over the region.

Lombardy's courses have been handed the honour of hosting 36 out of 66 editions of the Italian Open and it's easy to see why with its range of excellent venues that will satisfy the appetites of all standards of golfers.

Among them and set in the Como hills, Villa d'Este is a woodland gem that regularly ranks among the best courses in the country while Monticello is regarded as one of the great classic venues which has staged the Italian Open seven times.

Menaggio and Cadenabbia Golf Club, which boasts American film star George Clooney among its members, is the second oldest in Italy having celebrated its centenary in 2007 and golfers will revel in the golf on offer around Lake Garda including Gardagolf, Colombaro and the luxurious Palazzo Arzaga resort.

Just as impressive is Piedmont with more than 40 clubs, including five of the top ten in Italy, located across the whole of the region.

Designed by Robert von Hagge, the two 18-hole courses at Bogogno are typical of the highly-regarded designer and are not to be missed,

Biella Le Betulle has been regarded as the best course in Italy by the Italian edition of Golf Digest for ten years in a row, Castelconturbia offers three impressive nine-hole layouts created by Robert Trent Jones Snr while Royal Park, on the outskirts of Turin, hosted last week's Italian Open.

Valle D'Aosta's courses offer golf in the magnificent setting of the Italian Alps while one hour south of Milan and Turin, Liguria belongs to one of the most beautiful coastlines in Europe with Garlenda Golf Club a must for any golfing enthusiast.

"We are proud of our golfing background in Italy and it's now time for our visitors to taste the experience of staying here and enjoying our courses and embracing what Italian golf is all about. There is a uniqueness to our golfing product because we are Italians," added Scoyni.

For further information on golf in Italy or to enquire about a golf break, please phone 020 7399 3550/7 or visit www.italiantouristboard.co.uk .

 











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