Best of Lake Como

Top itineraries and travel advice in and around Lake Como
Its name nearly synonymous with luxury, Lake Como attracts plenty of indulgence to its glamorous lakeshore villas. The towns of Como, Varenna, and Bellagio are some of the most popular as a base, and ferries between them are easy to catch—though you can always opt for a private “Venetian limo” as your shuttle instead and skim over the lake in a slim boat that would be equally at home on the canals.

Previous kimkim travelers have been able to soar on a flight over the lake, or slow down on a meandering route through Como, Brunate, and Torno that will take you up a funicular, on a hike past fascinating geological features, and out onto the lake itself. Sample local specialties with food and wine tours, or scout out your next real estate investment at the grandiose villas along the shore.
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Map of 10 Days in Italy - 4 Family-Friendly Itineraries
10 Days in Italy - 4 Family-Friendly Itineraries

With thousands of years of cultural and culinary history, Italy offers plenty to take in. In 10 days, you can choose to go deep on a particular region or hop between the high points. If you prefer the latter, check out our spin through Venice, Florence, and Rome ideal for school-age children, or take babies and toddlers to Rome and Sorrento with the help of private tours. If you'd rather specialize, try a road trip through Tuscany and Lakes Como and Garda or an adventure trip that will see you sailing over Tuscany and Veneto via bike, hot air balloon, and more.

Ice cream on Lake Como
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14 Days in Italy - 4 Family-Friendly Itineraries

Whether you're hiding behind a Carnival mask, crafting your own gelato flavor, or cruising around Lake Como, Italy has a new experience for your family waiting around every corner. With two weeks to explore, you've got plenty of time to design your ideal itinerary. Hit all the highlights, take it easy on a road trip, go for a more active path down the coast, or slow down with a sling-bound baby with these options that will have you gesturing wildly with excitement in no time.

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Map of Beyond Lake Como: 6 Enchanting Alternatives in the Italian Lakes Region
Beyond Lake Como: 6 Enchanting Alternatives in the Italian Lakes Region

Head to the north of Italy and you'll find stunning alpine lakes, the most famous of which is Lago di Como. But there are plenty of lesser-known bodies of water in the region that rival the beauty of Como—let this guide take you to the islands of Maggiore, the crystalline waters of Garda, and beyond.

Beautiful Lake Como
Top Experiences in the Northern Lakes Region: Lake Como & Lake Garda

Italy has its fair share of beautiful lakes, but the most popular area to relax along freshwater is the Northern Lakes District. Here, you'll find the big three: Lake Como, Lake Garda, and Lake Maggiore (amongst others). Of all the scenic pools, Como and Garda steal the show with their dramatic mountainous surroundings, posh grand villas, and elaborate garden terraces. You can explore impressive waterfront castles, charming cobbled streets in historic villages, and even the famed Amarone wine region.

Milan's Impressive Duomo
Best Things to Do in Milan

Known as a global fashion capital, this historic city is much more than high-end shopping. Its reputation sprouts from a fashion heritage dating back generations. You'll find authentic shops honoring the exceptional "Made in Italy" label selling everything from handmade bags to shoes to watches, clothing, and more. But Milan also offers a fascinating history with incredible architecture and the third-largest church globally, the Duomo. Attend an opera, visit the nearby Lakes District, or join the locals by bar-hopping for an evening Apertivo.

Lake Como Itineraries

Bellagio, Lake Como
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Exploring The Villages of Lake Como - 5 Days

Explore three beautiful villages of Lake Como on a quick 5-day trip to Northern Italy. Learn about the history of Como during a guided tour of  Villa Olmo and the Basilica of San Fedele. Take a scenic ferry ride to travel to the traditional village of Varenna. Learn about the significance of iconic villas including Villa Monastero in Varenna, then hop across to Bellagio by boat to visit the botanical gardens of Villa Serbelloni and the neoclassical Villa Melzi.

Villa Carlotta, Lake Como
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Exploring The Villages of Lake Como - 6 Days

This 6-day trip will take you through the beautiful villages of Lake Como in Northern Italy. Learn about the history of Como's cathedral and the silk industry at Museo Didattico della Seta. Stay in the traditional village of Varenna and visit the iconic Villa Monastero. Travel across the lake by boat to wander the cobbled streets of Bellagio and round off the trip with free time to discover Villa Mylius Vigoni in Menaggio.

Lake Como
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Exploring The Villages of Lake Como - 8 Days

Spend 8 days exploring the villages of Lake Como, at the heart of the Lake District. Begin in the main town of Como with a guided tour of the 14th-century Cathedral of Como and Villa Olmo park. Travel by boat to Tremezzina and walk through charming villages along the Greenway of Lake Como. Discover the elegance and history of villas and botanical gardens in Varenna, Bellagio, and Menaggio.

Villa Cernobbio, Lake Como
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Exploring The Villages of Lake Como - 7 Days

Enjoy 7 days exploring romantic Lake Como in Italy's Lake District. Take a guided tour of Como, visit Villa Olmo park, and ride up to Brunate on the funicular railway for unrivaled views across the lake. Walk the Greenway of Lake Como, a 6-mile route along the lakeside, and stop at Villa Balbianello in Lenno. Hop across the lake by boat to wander the cobbled streets and botanical gardens in Varenna and Bellagio.

Como, Lake Como
Map of Historic Milan & Romantic Lake Como - 6 Days
Historic Milan & Romantic Lake Como - 6 Days

This 6-day trip will immerse you in the bustling local life of Milan and the beauty of one of the grandest lakes in Northern Italy, Lake Como. Visit the villages of Como and Bellagio and be charmed by grand villas, romantic sunsets, and scenic boat rides. In Milan, explore the history of art at the Gothic Cathedral and see Da Vinci's Renaissance masterpiece "The Last Supper", and enjoy apertivos in vibrant neighborhoods.

Colorful Cinque Terre
Nature in Italy: Lake Como and Cinque Terre - 5 Days

Explore Northern Italy's natural charm starting with Lake Como, where you'll take a boat tour of its extravagant shore lined with mansions. Ride the funicular to the scenic vista in Brunate where you'll catch a panoramic view of Como and the stunning surrounding nature. Transfer to colorful Cinque Terre, where you'll hike from one seaside village to another while enjoying breathtaking sunsets and views of the Ligurian Sea.

Isola Bella, Lake Maggiore
Map of Historic Milan & Romantic Lake Como - 5 Days
Historic Milan & Romantic Lake Como - 5 Days

With this quick 5-day trip, discover Milan and the grandeur of Lake Como. Experience elegant villas, charming cobblestone lanes, and romantic gardens in Bellagio, explore the historic center of the town of Como, and take in the views from a funicular at sunset. Delve into centuries of Italian history at Milan's Duomo, admire Da Vinci's masterpiece "The Last Supper", and get a feel for local life in the capital of Italian culture.

Lake Maggiore
Map of Historic Milan, Romantic Lake Como & Charming Lake Maggiore - 10 Days
Historic Milan, Romantic Lake Como & Charming Lake Maggiore - 10 Days

During this 10-day trip, you'll experience the best of Milan and visit two of the most beautiful lakes in Northern Italy. Admire the mix of Gothic and Renaissance art and architecture in Milan, and taste local street food. On Lake Como, enjoy a guided tour of the traditional lakeside villages of Varenna and Bellagio, and take the scenic route by boat to the town of Como and visit its cathedral. On Lake Maggiore, discover the picturesque town of Stresa and the island of Isola Bella, and take a cable car ride for views out over the lake at sunset.

Bellagio lakeshore
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Discover Milan and the Italian Lakes - 8 Days

If spending eight days soaking in the sunshine and views of Italy's Lakes district sounds like a dream come true, this relaxed trip is for you. Explore the fashion & cultural capital of Milan, with time to go shopping and to enjoy the buzzing nightlife. Spend five days on the lake, enjoying leisurely afternoons by the water, trips to the spectacular Dolomite mountains, and touring Napoleon-era villas of Italy's rich and famous.

Lake Maggiore
Map of Historic Milan, Romantic Lake Como & Charming Lake Maggiore - 8 Days
Historic Milan, Romantic Lake Como & Charming Lake Maggiore - 8 Days

On this 8-day trip, you'll get to explore the cultural capital of Milan as well as two of the most beautiful lakes in Northern Italy. Discover Milan's Renaissance art and Gothic architecture with visits to the Duomo and Da Vinci's "The Last Supper" painting. Explore the villages of Lake Como and Lake Maggiore by boat. Visit the magnificent villas in Bellagio and learn how to make fresh pasta in Como. On Lake Maggiore, hop from the charming town of Stresa to Isola Bella, "the beautiful island". Ride a cable car and enjoy panoramic views over the lake at sunset.

Dramatic Skies over Lake Maggiore
Map of Discover Milan and Italy's Lakes Region - 11 Days
Discover Milan and Italy's Lakes Region - 11 Days

Spend eleven days visiting the fashion and culture capital of Milan and relaxing on Italy's northern lakes. See world-famous art by da Vinci and shop for luxury items in the city, then head to the countryside for 8 days of sunshine. Explore sprawling summer villas and take a pasta-making class on Lake Como, then tour medieval castles and see Juliet's balcony in Verona near Lake Garda.

Ancient City of Florence, Italy
Nature in Italy: Lake Como, Cinque, Terre Florence - 6 Days

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.

Riva del Garda
Luxury Italian & Swiss Lakes by Train - 6 Days

Spend six days savoring the luxury of northern Italy and Switzerland on this trip. Whether you're wandering lakeside streets, hiking up the mountain trails, or taking in the views from outside your train window, you're sure to find something to delight you.

Beautiful gardens in Bellagio
Map of Discover Milan and Italy's Lakes Region - 9 Days
Discover Milan and Italy's Lakes Region - 9 Days

This packed 9-day itinerary is the perfect blend of metropolitan culture and a relaxed lake vibe. Start in Milan, the fashion capital, to see world-famous art and medieval churches. Head to the countryside for a week of exploring lakeside villages and villas, swimming, and market shopping for picnic lunches. From wine tasting to paragliding, Italy's Lakes are waiting to be explored.

Lake Maggiore
Map of Historic Milan, Romantic Lake Como & Charming Lake Maggiore - 9 Days
Historic Milan, Romantic Lake Como & Charming Lake Maggiore - 9 Days

On this 9-day trip starting and ending in Milan, discover two of the most beautiful lakes in Northern Italy. Explore Lake Como by boat, and visit the elegant villas in the villages of Como and Bellagio. On Lake Maggiore, be charmed by the picturesque town of Stresa and the island of Isola Bella, and enjoy panoramic views over the lake with a cable car ride. While in Milan, hit all the highlights including the Duomo and Da Vinci's "The Last Supper" painting.

Romantic town of Verona
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Discover Milan and Italy's Lakes Region - 10 Days

From sophisticated Milan to leisurely Bellagio, this 10-day itinerary of Northern Italy is the perfect getaway. See da Vinci's "The Last Supper" and take in the buzzing Milan nightlife, then visit Lakes Como and Garda for a spectacular week on the water. Rent a kayak, go for an afternoon stroll through a sprawling lakeside estate and garden, and take a day trip to the Dolomite Mountains with a visit to the charming Tyrolian village of Ortisei.

 Lake Carezza in the Dolomites
Map of Discover Milan and Italy's Lakes Region - 7 Days
Discover Milan and Italy's Lakes Region - 7 Days

Explore Northern Italy's Lakes district on this weeklong getaway trip. Tour the Royal Palace, see art in the Castello Sforzesco, and enjoy the nightlife on Milan's Navigli canals. See da Vinci's The Last Supper, then head to Lake Como and Lake Garda to enjoy small lakeside villages, sprawling summer villas, and a day trip to the Dolomite Mountains.

Bellagio, Lake Como
Map of The Best of Milan, Parma, & Lake Como - 7 Days
The Best of Milan, Parma, & Lake Como - 7 Days

Explore the best of Northern Italy on this 7-day trip to Milan and Lake Como. Discover Rennaissance art in Milan, learn how to cook your own homemade pasta, and mix a classic Italian aperitivo. Taste your way through Parma's famous food scene and relax on Lake Como as you visit magnificent villas and the villages of Bellagio and Varenna.

Along Lake Garda
Luxury Italian & Swiss Lakes by Train - 7 Days

Wander through a week of luxury with this seven-day itinerary. You'll take two panoramic train routes, cable cars, and boat rides across some of the best of what the region has to offer with ruins, mountain views, and culinary experiences along the way.

Lake Maggiore
Map of Discover Milan and the Italian Lakes - 13 Days
Discover Milan and the Italian Lakes - 13 Days

Thirteen is considered a lucky number in Italy, so take time off and explore Northern Italy for thirteen days. Take in the history and amazing street food in Milan, then head to beautiful Lake Como for a week of sunshine, sprawling lakeside gardens, and wine tasting. Continue to Lakes Maggiore and Garda for Sunday mornings at the market, Napoleon-era villas, and the stunning Dolomite Mountains.

Enjoy views of Lake Como
Map of Northern Italy Family Road Trip: Milan, Lake Como & Lake Garda  - 7 Days
Northern Italy Family Road Trip: Milan, Lake Como & Lake Garda - 7 Days

Load the family into the car and hit the road for this trip through lovely Northern Italy, ideal for school-age children and families who want to manage their own budget and schedule. You'll start in fashionable Milan for a culture and history lesson before cruising around the glittering shores and garden villas of Lake Como. Then head to the park-filled shores of Lake Garda, Italy's most family-friendly lake, before heading back to Milan for your departure.

Overlooking Isola Bella, Lake Maggiore
Map of Historic Milan, Romantic Lake Como & Charming Lake Maggiore - 7 Days
Historic Milan, Romantic Lake Como & Charming Lake Maggiore - 7 Days

During this 7-day trip, you'll experience the best of Milan and explore two of the most amazing lakes in Northern Italy, Lake Como and Lake Maggiore. Discover the picturesque villages of Bellagio and Como, and visit elegant villas, historic churches, and ride a funicular to mountaintop Brunate at sunset. On Lake Maggiore, stay in the charming town of Stresa, and enjoy a boat ride to Isola Bella, "the beautiful island". In Milan, delve into Italian culture, history, and art when visiting the Gothic Duomo and hip neighborhoods.

Lake Garda
Map of Discover Milan and Italy's Lakes Region - 14 Days
Discover Milan and Italy's Lakes Region - 14 Days

Spend two relaxing weeks enjoying art, culture, and food. Shop for treasures at the Quadrilatero della Moda district and join the locals at the Navigli canals for high-energy nightlife in Milan. Spend four days on peaceful Lake Como, touring sleepy fishing harbors and learning to make the perfect pasta dish. Visit serene lakeside estates on Lake Maggiore, then end on Lake Garda for award-winning wine tasting and Tyrolean charm.

Interlaken rooftops
Luxury Italian & Swiss Lakes by Train - 11 Days

Enjoy 11 days' worth of picture-perfect scenery on this itinerary. Whether you're posing in front of a lakeside villa, Roman castle, or mountain panorama, you'll be surrounded by sights that you want to save for repeat viewings.

Town of Varenna on Lake Como
Map of Discover Milan and Italy's Lakes Region - 15 Days
Discover Milan and Italy's Lakes Region - 15 Days

Get away from the hustle and bustle on this 15-day Lakes District itinerary. See da Vinci's "The Last Supper" and catch a football game in Milan, then enjoy the city's buzzing nightlife. Tour resplendent summer villas on Lake Como, shop flea markets on Lake Maggiore, then end your trip on Lake Garda, where sunny beaches, charming Tyrolean villages, and the Valpolicella wine region await.

Gotthard train
Luxury Italian & Swiss Lakes by Train - 8 Days

Enjoy eight days of indulgence through Italy and Switzerland on this itinerary. You'll go from the lakes into the mountains, then back down to lakes and back up to more mountains, taking in countless viewpoints and historic landmarks before you end with a day in the city of Zurich.

The Colorful Village of Vernazza, Cinque Terre
History and Nature in Italy: From Lake Como to Rome - 8 days

Explore the historical heritage of Italy combined with its natural splendor, starting with the scenic areas of Lake Como and Cinque Terre, where you'll cruise the shore by boat and hike from village to village. Stop in Parma to learn the secrets of world-famous prosciutto curing and discover the hidden side of Pisa beyond its leaning tower. End your trip in the ancient cities of Florence and Rome, where private tours will guide you to all the best monuments, museums, and art galleries, including the Accademia Gallery, the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, and the Roman Forum.

Town of Bellagio
Map of Discover Milan and Italy's Lakes Region - 12 Days
Discover Milan and Italy's Lakes Region - 12 Days

This twelve-day itinerary in Northern Italy is perfect for adventurous travelers with some time to spare. Start in Milan, the fashion and cultural capital, to see world-famous art and shop for luxury and designer items. Explore botanical gardens and family restaurants in Bellagio, then tour the Borromean Islands and browse the lakeside market in Lake Maggiore. End at Lake Garda for a Dolomite day excursion and wine tasting.

Beautiful Lake Como, Italy
History and Nature in Italy: Venice to Rome - 12 Days

From a romantic gondola ride in Venice to exploring ancient ruins in Rome, this 12-day tour is the perfect harmony of history and nature. Aside from Venice and Rome, you'll also discover the ancient cities of Pisa, Florence, and Parma by sampling the region's famed prosciutto, visiting monuments and museums, eating traditional dishes in hip neighborhoods, and encountering some of Italy's most treasured art. Enjoy the country's natural charm with boat rides and scenic hikes in Lake Como, and walking from one colorful village to another in beautiful Cinque Terre.

Interlaken at night
Luxury Italian & Swiss Lakes by Train - 12 Days

Take the time to traverse northern Italy and Switzerland at a slower pace over the course of 12 days. Traveling by train means that you can truly take in the views and lifestyle of the lakes, mountains, and towns that you'll encounter on your route.

Scaliger Castle in Sirmione
Luxury Italian & Swiss Lakes by Train - 5 Days

Take a five-day frolic through Italy and Switzerland with this itinerary. You'll split your time between lakes and mountains, often enjoying views of both simultaneously, as you take in waterfront historic sites, luxurious villas, and more.

Panoramic View of Como, Italy
History and Nature in Italy: From Lake Como to Rome - 9 Days

Find the perfect balance of Italy's history and natural beauty on this tour, starting with boat rides and scenic vistas on Lake Como before heading to the scenic hills of Cinque Terre, where you'll hike from one colorful village to another. Transfer to Pisa and Florence, meandering the cobblestone streets in search of endless monuments, museums, and art galleries, including the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa and The David. End your trip with a private tour of Vatican City and Ancient Rome, all while enjoying traditional dishes in Rome's hip and buzzy neighborhoods. 

Grazing atop Monte Baldo
Luxury Italian & Swiss Lakes by Train - 9 Days

Go from lakes to mountains and back again with this nine-day itinerary. Wander the shores of Lake Garda, take a cable car up to the top of Monte Baldo, ride some of the most famous Swiss train routes, and more as you enjoy the views, history, and more along the way.

Beautiful Florence by Night
History and Nature in Italy: Venice to Rome - 13 Days

Your exploration of Italy's historical and natural charm starts in the streets of Venice and continues through the ancient cities of Parma, Pisa, Florence, and Rome, where you'll discover museums, art galleries, monuments, and more. Enjoy a sunset gondola ride, a private food tour, traditional dishes in hip neighborhoods, and a guided visit to Vatican City and the Roman Forum. Trade bustling city centers for outdoor experiences like boat tours and day hikes in Lake Como, as well as the unforgettable memory of traversing colorful villages in Cinque Terre.

Lake Garda Harbor
Map of Venice to Milan via the Lakes Region - 9 Days
Venice to Milan via the Lakes Region - 9 Days

On this 9-day trip, head from Venice to Milan with time to relax along two of Italy's top lakes. Venice's canal network, gondolas, and grand piazzas are iconic. Take a tour with a local guide and learn about the significance of St Mark's Square and Basilica. Explore Lake Garda and Lake Como by boat as you visit Bellagio's villas and Lake Garda's castles, and admire the views from Monte Baldo mountain. Immerse yourself in Milan's history and art as you spend a day walking through the city from Piazza del Duomo to the Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie, where "The Last Supper" painting awaits you.

On the approach to Lauterbrunnen
Luxury Italian & Swiss Lakes by Train - 13 Days

Go from lakes to mountains and back again over the course of this 13-day journey. You'll start off in the Italian lake region before riding the classic Bernina Express train through the Alps across the border, where you can sample a range of Swiss favorites from hiking to chocolate. Return to Italy to lounge by Lake Como, then back to Switzerland once more for the valleys of Bernese Oberland before you depart.

Cinque Terre, Italy
Map of History and Nature in Italy: Venice to Rome - 14 Days
History and Nature in Italy: Venice to Rome - 14 Days

Combine the historical splendor of Italy with its natural charm in this 14-day tour, highlighting the ancient cities of Venice, Pisa, Florence, and Rome with sunset gondola rides, regional dishes in local neighborhoods, and guided walking tours, plus visits to many museums, art galleries, and monuments. Enjoy tasting wine in the picturesque hills of Tuscany, plus guided tours of Siena, Vatican City, and the Roman Forum. Swap lively city centers for outdoor experiences in Lake Como and Cinque Terre, like boat tours, day hikes, and traversing the seaside in search of colorful villages.

Villa del Balbianello
Luxury Italian & Swiss Lakes by Train - 14 Days

There's no need to choose between water or mountains on this two-week trip. You'll visit both the lakes and peaks of northern Italy and Switzerland, scouting out real estate that ranges from luxurious villas on the shores of Lake Como to Alpine hiking huts over the course of your trip.

Cable car on top of Monte Baldo
Luxury Italian & Swiss Lakes by Train - 10 Days

Savor the slower-paced, scenic world of train travel with this 10-day trip plan. You'll ride panoramic train routes, cable cars, and boats as well as using your own two feet to traverse the mountains and lakes of northern Italy and Switzerland.

Florence from San Miniato al Monte Church
Map of Northern Italy Family Road Trip: Florence, Chianti, Italian Riviera, Lake Como & Lake Garda - 10 Days
Northern Italy Family Road Trip: Florence, Chianti, Italian Riviera, Lake Como & Lake Garda - 10 Days

Wheel your way through northern Italy on this road trip with stops that school-aged children and parents can enjoy, with timing adjustable to your own preferences. You'll start amid the Renaissance influences of Florence, then set out into the Tuscan countryside and Chianti Valley on winding olive- and vineyard-lined roads. From there, head to the coast to wander the beaches of the Italian Riviera and then up to Lake Como to explore its luxurious shores. Wrap up your Italian sojourn on the playful shores of Lake Garda before you return to Florence.

Bellagio, Lake Como
Map of Venice to Turin via the Lakes Region - 10 Days
Venice to Turin via the Lakes Region - 10 Days

With this 10 day trip, you'll travel across Northern Italy, connecting its top cities and the Lakes region. Beginning in Venice, explore the grand Doge's Palace with a local guide on a walking tour and experience the city's charming canals. Relax on Lake Garda and visit the charming village of Malcesine. Explore the beautiful villas and botanical gardens around Lake Como and admire the views from the water as you travel by boat. Finally, discover the cities of Milan and Turin, steeped in history, with tours of palaces, castles, and cathedrals.

Streets of Rome and Vatican City
History and Nature in Italy: Venice to Rome - 15 Days

Spend two weeks exploring the historical and natural charm of Italy, focusing on the highlights of ancient cities like Venice, Pisa, Florence, and Rome, where you'll enjoy sunset gondola rides, guided tours, traditional meals in hip neighborhoods, and endless visits to museums, art galleries, and monuments. Travel in style with private, guided tours of the medieval city of Siena, the Chianti Wine Region, Vatican City, and the Roman Forum. Swap the bustle of city life for solitude in Lake Como and Cinque Terre, enjoying boat tours, day hikes, and traversing the seaside in search of colorful villages.

All aboard
Luxury Italian & Swiss Lakes by Train - 15 Days

Enjoy the famously punctual trains of Italy and Switzerland on this 15-day itinerary that will take you through the beautiful Alpine lakes via a relaxed scenic route. In addition to the many lakes themselves, you'll experience historic castles, Alpine peaks and passes, and culinary creations on your journey.

Charming Streets of Rome, Italy
History and Nature in Italy: Venice to Rome - 11 Days

Perfect for those looking to explore Northern Italy's range of historical and natural charm, this 11-day trip visits important sites in Venice, Pisa, Florence, and Rome, plus Lake Como and Cinque Terre. Enjoy your trip in style with private guides and transportations ensuring your discovery of museums, art galleries, and monuments, as well as the region's famous prosciutto. Satisfy your bucket list with a gondola ride at sunset, authentic meals in hip neighborhoods, a boat tour of Lake Como's famed mansions, and an incredible hike from one Cinque Terre village to another.

Local market by Lake Garda
Map of Venice to Turin via the Lakes Region - 11 Days
Venice to Turin via the Lakes Region - 11 Days

This 11-day trip will take you through some of the highlights of Northern Italy, from Veneto in the east to Piedmont in the west. Start your trip in Venice, with a guided walking tour of the major highlights beginning at St. Mark's Square. Then, head to Lake Garda and Lake Como, two of the most beautiful areas in Italy surrounded by picturesque villages and magnificent villas. Explore the lakes by boat and take a cable car ride to enjoy the sunset over Lake Garda. Explore Milan's Cathedral and see Da Vinci's "The Last Supper", then make your way to Turin to indulge in chocolate and street food at Porta Palazzo market.

Santa Lucia Archway in Bologna
Discover Northern Italy, From Florence to Milan - 12 Days

Discover the best of Italy's northern regions, starting in the medieval city of Florence, with guided walking tours and wine tastings in Tuscany. Make your way through San Marino and the coastal cities of Riccione and Ravena before heading into Emilia-Romagna for a culinary exploration through Bologna and Parma. Take a cooking class and learn how to identify wine with a sommelier, then enjoy exploring the extravagant shores of Lake Como and the fashion-focused streets of Milan.

Monte Baldo Cablecar, Lake Garda
Map of Venice to Turin via the Lakes Region - 12 Days
Venice to Turin via the Lakes Region - 12 Days

Take a 12-day trip across Northern Italy and the Lakes region with this itinerary. Start your trip in Venice with a guided walking tour of Piazza San Marco and the canals of the 'Floating City'. Visit two Italian lakes rich in natural beauty, Lake Garda and Lake Como, and enjoy a cable car ride to the top of Monte Baldo for panoramic views and walking trails. Take a day trip to the romantic city of Verona, and tour elegant villas in the villages of Varenna and Bellagio. Explore history and art at Milan's Cathedral and eat your way through Turin's street food scene.

Florence at Sunset
History and Nature in Italy: From Lake Como to Rome - 7 Days

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.

Exploring Cinque Terre
Map of Family Road Trip: Northern Lakes, Tuscany & Italian Riviera - 14 Days
Family Road Trip: Northern Lakes, Tuscany & Italian Riviera - 14 Days

Spend two weeks exploring northern Italy at your own speed with this self-drive itinerary that allows you to choose the stops. You'll start off in the northern lakes, with Lake Como and Lake Garda offering boat tours past villas and amusement parks alike. Then make your way into Tuscany, where you'll ride a horse-drawn wagon through the countryside and explore the medieval walled city of Siena and famous art of Florence. Finish your trip in the Italian Riviera and colorful five villages of Cinque Terre.

The Evening Glow of Ancient Rome
History and Nature in Italy: Venice to Rome - 10 Days

Combing nature, history, and culture, this Italian tour takes you through the ancient cities of Venice, Pisa, Florence, and Rome, plus Lake Como and Cinque Terre, all with luxury private transfers and guides. Enjoy meandering through museums, art galleries, and monuments, as well as trying the regions famous prosciutto, riding a gondola at sunset, and discovering hip neighborhoods. Relax on the shores of Lake Como before settling in Cinque Terre, where you'll hike from one village to another.

Evening in downtown
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Explore Northern Italy from Milan - 5 Days

Explore Northern Italy's cities and landscapes in this packed 5-day trip. Start in Milan, the fashion, culture, and business capital of Italy, to see the 16th-century Royal Palace-turned-art-museum and enjoy buzzing nightlife at the Navigli canals. Continue to Lake Como to enjoy a day on the lake and a trip on the funicular to see views of the snow-capped Alps. End in Bologna and Turin to explore medieval churches, the National Cinema Museum, and endless cafes and aperitivo bars.

Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta in Aquileia
Map of Explore Northern Italy: Trieste, Venice, Milan, Bologna, & More - 14 Days
Explore Northern Italy: Trieste, Venice, Milan, Bologna, & More - 14 Days

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.

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II shopping mall
Map of The Best of Milan & Lake Como - 5 Days
The Best of Milan & Lake Como - 5 Days

Explore the best of Northern Italy on this 5-day trip to Milan and Lake Como. Milan is a city full of Rennaissance art and historic architecture, as you'll experience as you visit its famous Gothic Duomo and other highlights. Learn how to make fresh pasta and Italian cocktails during a cooking class, and take a day trip to Lake Como and visit the beautiful villages of Bellagio, Varenna, and Como.

Grado Lagoon
Map of Explore Northern Italy: Trieste, Venice, Milan, & More - 13 Days
Explore Northern Italy: Trieste, Venice, Milan, & More - 13 Days

The Friuli Venezia Giulia region and its neighbors are a work of art in themselves, but you can explore some of its smaller properties as well on this 13-day trip. Study the art of mosaic-making, visit  Roman ruins at Aquileia, and hike the mountain scenery of the Carso Ridge before you leave the region for its neighbors. Then seek out Da Vinci's works in Milan and handmade traditions in Venice before you return home.

Oak Barrels, Bologna
Map of Food & Wine in Bologna & Milan - 7 Days
Food & Wine in Bologna & Milan - 7 Days

Italians are deservedly proud of their food and wine culture- discover why on this 7-day trip. Taste Parma prosciutto and Parmigiano Reggiano cheese. Wander the markets and drink full-bodied red wines in Bologna. Enjoy aperitivo time in Milan as you learn how to mix classic cocktails from local experts, and explore the city on your own from Piazza Duomo. Escape the city (but not incredible cuisine) for a day, and visit the beautiful Lake Como with a local guide.

Piazza Duomo, Milan
Map of The Best of Milan, Parma, & Lake Como - 6 Days
The Best of Milan, Parma, & Lake Como - 6 Days

Explore the best of Northern Italy on this 6-day trip to Milan and Lake Como. Start your trip in Milan to learn about Rennaissance art and history, and discover the secrets of making your own homemade pasta and classic cocktails from a local expert. Spend a day in Parma eating prosciutto and Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, then escape the city with a day trip to the villages of Bellagio and Varenna on Lake Como, before heading home from Milan.

Bologna Cafés
Map of Food & Wine in Bologna, Milan & Turin - 9 Days
Food & Wine in Bologna, Milan & Turin - 9 Days

On this 9-day food and wine itinerary, indulge in Italy's best regional produce. You'll start in Bologna and Parma sampling the high-quality cured meats and cheeses sold in bustling markets, as well as exploring iconic buildings and piazzas. Move on to the foodie-friendly city of Mila and, wander the Navigli District, enjoying aperitivos with locals along the canals. Take a day trip out to Lake Como for a relaxing tour of the villages and a boat ride. End your trip in the Piedmont region, origin of the Slow Food movement, and go on a full-day wine tasting experience in the Langhe Hills.

Milan Duomo
Map of Venice to Milan via the Lakes Region - 8 Days
Venice to Milan via the Lakes Region - 8 Days

Travel across Italy from Venice to Milan with this 8-day itinerary. Discover why so many people fall in love with Venice as you take a tour of the canal network and St Mark's Square and explore the Cannaregio district. Experience the Italian lakes district as you stay on Lake Garda and enjoy day trips to the village of Malcesine and a guided tour of two of Lake Como's most spectacular villages. In Milan, learn about the history of the Gothic Duomo and Renaissance art on a city tour led by a local expert.