12 days in Italy & Lugano Itinerary

12 days in Italy & Lugano Itinerary

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12 days in Italy & Lugano Itinerary

Turin, Italy
train:  1​h
Milan, Italy
— 1 night
train:  2​h 45​min
Venice, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
Como, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
Lugano, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
Milan, Italy
— 1 night
train:  1​h
Turin, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Cinque Terre, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Florence, Italy
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
Turin, Italy

1
day
Milan, Italy

In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
On the 23rd (Sun), admire the landmark architecture of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, look for gifts at La Rinascente, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Milano.

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Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Milan. Traveling from Riyadh to Milan, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In October, Milan is cooler than Riyadh - with highs of 21°C and lows of 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Venice.

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La Rinascente
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Duomo di Milano

1
day
Venice, Italy

Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
On the 24th (Mon), look for gifts at Venezia Oro & Occhiali, then explore the activities along Grand Canal, then look for gifts at Myosotis Karima Arte, and finally stop by Artigianato d'Arte di Vianello Mauro.

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Traveling by train from Milan to Venice takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Venice are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to drive to Como.

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Venezia Oro & Occhiali
Canal Grande

1
day
Como, Italy

Known for its idyllic location on the shores of Lake Como and at the foot of the Alps, Como is one of northern Italy's most popular tourist destinations.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Como Cathedral, stop by dep design store, and then explore the activities along Lake Como.

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Drive from Venice to Como in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Lugano.

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Nature Parks Shopping

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Lake Como
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Lake Como
Dep Design Store
Cathedral of Como

2
days
Lugano, Switzerland

Located in the popular holiday region of Ticino, Lugano is the largest Italian-speaking town in Switzerland.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): look for gifts at Laderach Chocolaterie Suisse, then browse the different shops at Gucci - Foxtown Outlet, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lugano, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monte San Salvatore. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Castelgrande and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Parco Civico.

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Explore your travel options from Como to Lugano with the Route module. In October in Lugano, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Milan.

Things to do in Lugano

Parks Nature Shopping

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Gucci - Foxtown Outlet, Castelgrande
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Lake Lugano
Monte San Salvatore
Gucci - Foxtown Outlet

1
day
Milan, Italy

On the 28th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, stop by La Rinascente, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, and finally stop by Peck.

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The Route module can help you plan travel from Lugano to Milan. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Turin.

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La Rinascente
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Peck

1
day
Turin, Italy

A city of technology and industry, Turin is in northwestern Italy, a one-hour drive from the French border and slightly more than that from the Mediterranean Sea.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Basilica di Superga, trek along Colline di Torino, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral & the Holy Shroud.

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Traveling by train from Milan to Turin takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Cinque Terre.

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Nature Scenic Drive Outdoors
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Basilica di Superga

1
day
Cinque Terre, Italy

Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Oratorio della Confraternita dei Neri Mortis et Orationis, then stop by Cantina du Sciacchetra, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza, and finally look for gifts at Cinque Terre Trekking Gear Shop.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Cinque Terre vacation trip planner.

Traveling by car from Turin to Cinque Terre takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Turin in October; daily highs in Cinque Terre reach 24°C and lows reach 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Florence.

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Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza
Cinque Terre Trekking
Cantina du Sciacchetra'

1
day
Florence, Italy

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Mon): look for gifts at Jean Saade, look for gifts at Quoio, then look for gifts at Davide Cerasi Leather Boutique, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Arno.

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Drive from Cinque Terre to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In October, daytime highs in Florence are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can take a train to Rome.

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Nature Shopping Parks
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Arno
Jean Saade
Davide Cerasi Leather Boutique

3
days
Rome, Italy

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Get outdoors at Sabbianera Super Beach and Isola Tiberina. Head to Elena Kihlman Designer and Antica Caciarafor plenty of shopping. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Pantheon, see the interesting displays at St. Peter's Basilica, look for gifts at Castroni, and steep yourself in history at Colosseum.

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You can take a train from Florence to Rome in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in November, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Parks Outdoors Shopping

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Sabbianera Super Beach, Basilica di San Pietro
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Sabbianera Super Beach
Porta Portese
Antica Caciara

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