This 6-day tour is perfect for those wanting to relax on the peaceful shores of Lake Como while still tackling Italy's impressive history. You'll hike the villages of Cinque Terre and enjoy the ancient cities of Parma and Florence, where you'll discover endless monuments, art galleries, and museums, including the Accadmia Gallery to see the David. After reveling in the scenic vistas of Levanto on the Ligurian Sea, explore vibrant neighborhoods in Florence, where you'll eat late into the night in buzzy neighborhoods.

Highlights

  • Hike from one colorful, seaside village to another in Cinque Terre
  • Wander the streets of Florence and see the David at the Accademia Gallery
  • Eat traditional food and gelato along Ponte Vecchio in Florence
  • Discover the secrets of prosciutto curing in Parma
  • Cruise the extravagant shores of Lake Como

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Milan - Private Transfer to Lake Como Como
Day 2 Private Boat Tour of Lake Como - Explore Bellagio Como
Day 3 Transfer to Cinque Terre - Prosciutto Excursion in Parma Levanto
Day 4 Hike the Villages of Cinque Terre Levanto
Day 5 Transfer to Florence - City Tour of Uffizi and Accademia Galleries Florence
Day 6 Depart Florence  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Milan - Private Transfer to Lake Como

Lake Como, Italy
Lake Como, Italy

Welcome to Italy!

Upon arrival at the airport in Milan, your private concierge and driver will meet you and transfer you to Lake Como where you'll spend your first night. 

You'll start in the city of Como, which is set on the southern shores of the lake. Settle into your accommodation, then go and explore the quaint streets. Stroll along the waterfront promenade, where you'll find plenty of restaurants and cafes to sit and enjoy an espresso or a meal. If you have time, ride the funicular up to Brunate for amazing views of the lake. You can also enjoy the gothic Cattedrale di S.Maria Assunta di Como or the Educational Silk Museum.

Day 2: Private Boat Tour of Lake Como - Explore Bellagio

Beautiful Lake Como, Italy
Beautiful Lake Como, Italy

Famous for its turquoise waters, there's no better way of seeing magical Lake Como than by boat. From the water, you'll get a much better view of some of the extravagant villas that border the lake (including one owned by George Clooney), as well as the lush gardens that surround them.

Between Torno and Blevio, your private guide will show you the pretty little villages that line the shore, many with beautiful bell towers reflected in the water. Pass by the island of Comacina, the only island in the lake. Largely abandoned now—apart from a handful of artists and a restaurant—Comacina is, in fact, one of the earliest inhabited parts of the lake. There was already an established settlement on the island when it was taken over by the Romans.

At the town of Bellagio, known as the pearl of the lake, you can stop and wander its quaint little lanes. Explore the many wonderful craft shops filled with local goods. Towering above the town is the impressive Villa Serbelloni, an extravagant hotel built in the late 19th century. Stop here for lunch or find a quiet cafe in the town's center.

After lunch, you'll return to Como for the night.

Day 3: Transfer to Cinque Terre - Prosciutto Excursion in Parma

Pisa, Italy
Traditional Prosciutto in Parma

After breakfast at your hotel, enjoy a quick stroll along Lake Como's edge. Then, meet your private driver in the lobby for your transfer to the hilly region of Cinque Terre.

Along the way, your driver will stop in Parma, a city renowned for the Parma Ham farm. Here you'll discover the secrets of this world-famous prosciutto, starting with the cooling, salting and “resting” rooms, each emulating the traditional winter-to-spring curing seasons.

End your experience by visiting the company's “Naso” (or master nose). The Naso deciphers the scent of the products, ensuring the quality of the prosciutto and preparing it for top restaurants in Parma, Italy, and the world.

After lunch—which includes delicious prosciutto, of course—your driver will take you to Cinque Terre. You'll stay the night in the town of Levanto, one of the quieter villages on the coast. Enjoy a stroll along the town's large public beach and grab dinner at one of the many seaside restaurants.

Day 4: Hike the Villages of Cinque Terre

Colorful Cinque Terre
Colorful Cinque Terre

Today you'll explore the beauty of 'Cinque Terre' (the five lands), quickly discovering its appeal and popularity. The five villages that constitute Cinque Terre are the highlight of any trip to the Ligurian coastline. They include Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore, together creating a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

These unique villages can only be accessed by foot, boat, or train. Steep terraces plunge down to the tiny harbors with colorful little houses, huddled together until you reach the sea. You will feel that you have stepped into a painting with such picturesque scenery! 

In the morning, you'll meet your private hiking guide in the lobby of your hotel. After receiving your Cinque Terre National Park Cards, you'll start your hiking experience. Your guide will help you choose which path to follow, based on your interests, the weather conditions, and your training.

Your hiking options include:

  • Monterosso – Vernazza. Difficulty: medium. Time: about two hours.
    This walking tour starts in Monterosso and will take you along a scenic path with amazing views. After an initial climb up a steep cliffside stairway of one hundred steps, the trail winds up and down through scrubby Mediterranean vegetation bordered by dry-stone walls.

  • Corniglia – Vernazza. Difficulty: medium. Time: about 2 hours.
    This walk starts in Corniglia. After winding your way through vineyards, olive groves, and along terraces dotted with scrubby Mediterranean bushes, you will end in Vernazza, probably the most photogenic of all the Cinque Terre villages.

  • Riomaggiore – Madonna di Montenero. Difficulty: medium. Time: about 1.5 hours.
    This trail takes you along the cliffs of Cinque Terre and brings you to the Sanctuary of Montenero. For centuries, it housed the only religious center for the whole area; now it operates as a youth hostel.After enjoying lunch at your destination, your guide will transfer you to the charming village of Manarola, one of the official Cinque Terre villages. Enjoy dinner at a hilltop restaurant overlooking the sea, then stroll down to the small, rocky marina for sunset views.

After enjoying lunch at your destination, your guide will transfer you back to Levanto for the night.

Day 5: Transfer to Florence - City Tour of Uffizi and Accademia Galleries

The Charming Streets of Florence
Charming Streets in Florence

Enjoy your final morning on the coast of Cinque Terre with a leisurely breakfast. Then meet your driver for a private transfer to Florence. Although it's a large city, the best way to explore Florence is by foot so you can capture as much of its impressive museums, art galleries, architecture, and history as possible.

Start your visit with a stroll through the narrow streets of the city with your guide. Your main focus of the day is the legendary Uffizi Gallery where you can admire masterpieces like the Botticelli’s Birth of Venues and Leonardo da Vinci's Annunciation. The Uffizi Gallery is set in the Palazzo degli Uffizi, which was originally designed to hold the uffizi (administrative offices) of the Medici Grand Duke Cosimo. The Medici housed their art collections here and, in 1591, created what was then Europe’s first modern museum, opening it to the public.

Next you'll visit the Accademia Gallery to see Michelangelo’s famous masterpiece, The David. After the tour, you'll have the rest of the evening to explore the city at your own pace. There are many more museums and galleries to peruse, and don't forget to see the impressive duomo of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore . Grab dinner at Sant'Ambrogio Market or in the buzzy Piazza della Signoria.

Day 6: Depart Florence

Florence
Ponte Vecchio in Florence

It's time to say goodbye to beautiful Italy! After breakfast, enjoy a final stroll through gorgeous Florence before meeting your private driver. Depending on your next destination, your driver can transfer you to the airport or to the train station.