Balance your travels between the city and countryside with this week-long itinerary. In between the art and history found on the busy streets of Milan and Florence, you'll also visit the peaceful villas of Lake Como, seaside towns of Cinque Terre, and vineyards of Chianti.
You'll meet your guide in Milan and take the train together to Lake Como. When you arrive, begin your walking tour in Varenna. As you stroll along the quaint cobbled streets, stop at Piazza San Giorgio square in the center. Here you'll see the Church of San Giorgio and its locally sourced marble paving. Next, follow some of the narrow passageways just off the square, lined with small artisan shops selling leather and other local products.
Varenna has many beautiful and extravagant villas built by wealthy families. Villa Monastero and Villa Cipressi attract visitors each year, and the latter is now a luxury hotel. Both villas are famed for their botanical gardens containing many rare plant species, including cypress trees.
Next, enjoy a scenic 20-minute boat trip across the lake to Bellagio, a town renowned for its beautiful villas and picturesque shoreline. Stroll through the village to admire grand buildings and picture-perfect cobblestone lanes lined with cafes and shops. Explore the rare and exotic plants in the botanical gardens of Villa Serbelloni, and discover the neoclassical Villa Melzi, built for Francesco Melzi d’Eril, vice president of the Italian Republic during Napoleon's time.
At your leisure, you'll have time to stop for lunch. Then, when ready, return to Milan.
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Itineraries with Lake Como Day Trip From Milan
An excellent combination of nature and history, this tour starts on the shores of picturesque Lake Como before heading to the colorful hills of Cinque Terre. Enjoy relaxing on the waterfront and hiking from one colorful village to another. End the tour in the ancient cities of Florence and Rome, where private guides will take you through the historical streets to the best art galleries, museums, and monuments, including the Vatican Museums, the Roman Forum, and the Accademia Gallery to see the David.
One of Italy's biggest attractions has always been its food, and you can sample plenty of it over the course of these two weeks. You'll relax by the seaside, walk through former Roman cities, and hike over mountains as you make your way to various tasting and art experiences to satisfy all of your sense.