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In Milan, all you need is a day to experience the highlights, whether it's visiting the Gothic Cathedral or shopping the high streets of the Quadrilatero della Moda. With more time, however, you can venture outside the city for a hike around famous Lake Como. And with close to a week there's the added adventure of visiting Turin and the wine-producing region of Piedmont, too.

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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.

 Lake Carezza in the Dolomites
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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 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.

Beautiful gardens in Bellagio
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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.

Grado Lagoon
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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.

Lake Garda
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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.

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.

Town of Varenna on Lake Como
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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.

Dramatic Skies over Lake Maggiore
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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.

Town of Bellagio
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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.

Lake Maggiore
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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.

Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta in Aquileia
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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.

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.

Selection in a Local Gelateria
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Food & Wine in Italy: Venice, Bologna, Florence, Rome, & More - 15 Days

This 15-day itinerary is our most comprehensive culinary tour through Italy, from a Venice street food excursion to wine tasting in Tuscany's medieval vineyards. You'll visit Bologna for medieval churches, aged cheese, and cured Parma ham, spend four days relaxing on the sunny Amalfi Coast, and end your trip in Rome, where the Vatican City, Colosseum, and the perfect cappuccino await.

Traditional Buranelli Cookies
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Food & Wine in Italy: Venice, Bologna, Florence, Rome, & More - 14 Days

Rome wasn't built in a day, but you can spend fourteen days eating and drinking your way through Italy's top culinary destinations! Go for a gondola ride in Venice, try the decadent tiramisu, and sample the local Cicchetti. Head to Bologna to see 11th-century architecture and try the Parmeggiano, then head to Florence to see Michelangelo's David and Leonardo's top works. Pair a bottle of Tuscan Chianti with a farm-to-table charcuterie board, then head west for four days on the sunny Amalfi Coast. Explore medieval fishing villages and learn to make the perfect Neopolitan pizza before capping your trip off with visits to the Sistine Chapel, Colosseum, and local gelateria in Rome. 

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.

Cinque Terre, Italy
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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.

Mont Blanc in the Alps
Luxury Northwest Italy: Alps, Cinque Terre, Riviera, Lake Maggiore & More - 15 Days

Find your inspiration on this 15-day luxury trip through northwest Italy. Bask in the sun-baked hues of Portofino, rich culinary scene of Piedmont, and churches of Turin. Then, continue high into the Alps and down to the indulgent villas of Lake Maggiore and its Borromean Islands, where carefully cultivated beauty can be found around every corner.

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.

Cinque Terre, Italy
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Taste of Italy: Florence, Pisa, Venice, Cinque Terre - 12 days

From Tuscany to Veneto to the Italian Riviera, this 12-day itinerary is perfect for indulgent travelers who want to see and taste the best of Italy. You'll start in Northern Italy, with a  tour of Verona and then see romantic Venice. You'll visit the birthplace of the Renaissance in Florence, then tourTuscan vineyards, and visit Pisa's 'leaning tower.' Your adventure will end with the former fishing villages of the Cinque Terre where you'll sample the foods of Liguria — the Italian Riviera — including seafood, pesto, and focaccia.

Portofino harbor
Luxury Northwest Italy: Alps, Cinque Terre, Riviera, Lake Maggiore & More - 14 Day

The city of Alba is best known for its white truffles, sometimes referred to as the "diamonds of Alba" for how prized they are. Sample these truffles and other delights of Northwest Italy on this two-week trip which takes you from the shores of Portofino into the wine- and truffle-rich of the Piedmont. Continue to the medieval streets of Turin, up into the Alps, and back down to the shores of Lake Maggiore before you depart.

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.

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.

Along Portofino
Luxury Northwest Italy: Turin, Cinque Terre, Riviera - 7 Days

Take a full week to treat yourself on this trip. Stroll the seaside streets of Portofino and trails of Cinque Terre, taste the slow food scene in the Langhe region (where the movement began), and explore the historic highlights of Turin, including a trip to a mountaintop monastery that sits alongside a popular pilgrimage 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.

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.

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.

Park garden on Isola Bella
Luxury Northwest Italy: Alps, Cinque Terre, Riviera & More - 10 Days

Travel indulgently back in time for 10 days with this trip. Whether you're riding a private boat along the coast of Portofino to a medieval abbey only accessible by sea, learning to make one of Italy's oldest cheeses in the original home of the slow food movement, or going behind the scenes of the normally closed Library of the Academy of Sciences in Turin, there's a new castle or work of art around every corner.

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.

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. 

Sacra di San Michele
Luxury Northwest Italy: Alps, Cinque Terre, Riviera, & More - 8 Days

The Sacra di Michele sits alongside a pilgrimage route from France to Italy and boasts features like the Doorway of the Zodiac, Great Staircase of the Dead, and Tower of the Beautiful Alda. Hear some its stories, and many others, on this eight-day itinerary which takes you from the seaside resorts of the coast to the Piedmont countryside to the mountains of Turin.

Sunset over Turin
Luxury Northwest Italy: Turin, Cinque Terre, Riviera - 6 Days

Six days will take you on a sweep through some of Northwest Italy's most indulgent spots. Split your time between the coasts in Portofino and Cinque Terre; the rolling hills of the Piedmont region, home to wine, cheese, and truffles; and the medieval streets of Turin with a history tour.

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.

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.

Portofino coastline
Luxury Northwest Italy: Turin, Cinque Terre, Riviera - 5 Days

Catch a glimpse of luxuries of Northwest Italy with this five-day itinerary. You'll spin through seaside towns of Portofino and Cinque Terre, then go inland to hunt for truffles in the Langhe region. End in the city of Turin with an insider tour of its most historic spots.

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.

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.

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.

Alba's historic center
Luxury Northwest Italy: Alps, Cinque Terre, Riviera, & More - 9 Days

Sample some of the finest flavors of Northwest Italy on this nine-day journey. Whether it's fresh seafood along the waterfronts of Portofino and Cinque Terre, rare truffles and wines of the Piedmont region where the slow food movement was born, or city cafes in Turin, your trip is sure to leave a good taste behind.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Isola Bella on Lake Maggiore
Luxury Northwest Italy: Alps, Cinque Terre, Riviera, Lake Maggiore & More - 13 Days

Take 13 days to travel in style through Northwest Italy. You'll get insider access to spots like a secluded monastery accessible only by boat, the classic wineries of Barolo, truffles of Alba, and Library of Turin. Head to the mountains, where you'll pass through the Doorway of the Zodiac to the Sacra di San Michele and into the ruins of a former Roman settlement before winding down on the shores of Lake Maggiore.

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.

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.

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.

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