13 days in Italy & Lugano Itinerary

13 days in Italy & Lugano Itinerary

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Start: Manila, Philippines
+2
Fly + Bus + Train:  25 h
1
Padua, Italy
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h
2
Bologna, Italy
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
3
Lugano, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
4
Colico, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Como, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  20 h
End: Manila, Philippines

3
nights
Padua, Italy

Padua ©
Padua is a picturesque city with a dense network of arcaded streets opening into large communal piazze (squares).
Step off the beaten path and head to La Cinta Muraria - Camminamento di Ronda and Santuario della Madonna di Monte Berico. Let the collections at MUSME - Museum of the History of Medicine of Padova and Castello del Catajo capture your imagination. Change things up with these side-trips from Padua: Villa Contarini (in Piazzola sul Brenta), Piazza Castello (in Marostica) and Fondazione Bisazza (in Montecchio Maggiore). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Battistero del Duomo, pause for some serene contemplation at Scrovegni Chapel, contemplate the long history of Piazza dei Signori, and make a trip to Piazza della Frutta.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Padua trip itinerary planner.

Manila, Philippines to Padua is an approximately 20.5- hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone changes from Philippine Standard Time (PST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -7 hour difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Manila in September: high temperatures in Padua hover around 25°C and lows are around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Bologna.

Things to do in Padua

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Villa Contarini, Santuario della Madonna di Monte Berico, La Cinta Muraria - Camminamento di Ronda, Piazza Castello, Castello del Catajo
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La Cinta Muraria - Camminamento di Ronda ©
La Cinta Muraria - Camminamento di Ronda
Santuario della Madonna di Monte Berico ©
Santuario della Madonna di Monte Berico
Scrovegni Chapel ©
Scrovegni Chapel

3
nights
Bologna, Italy

Bologna ©
A city famous for its cuisine, Bologna is the seat of the oldest university in the world, founded in 1088.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Palazzo Te and La Macchina del Tempo. Get a sense of the local culture at Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano and Duomo di Modena. Take a break from Bologna with a short trip to Basilica San Vitale in Ravenna, about 58 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di Santa Maria della Vita, examine the collection at Museo Ducati, stroll the grounds of Bologna War Cemetery, and steep yourself in history at Basilica di San Petronio.

To find where to stay and more tourist information, read our Bologna online visit planner.

You can take a train from Padua to Bologna in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. When traveling from Padua in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Bologna: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Lugano.

Things to do in Bologna

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Palazzo Te, Museo Ducati, Duomo di Modena, Basilica San Vitale
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Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano ©
Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano
Palazzo Te ©
Palazzo Te
Basilica San Vitale ©
Basilica San Vitale

2
nights
Lugano, Switzerland

Lugano ©
Located in the popular holiday region of Ticino, Lugano is the largest Italian-speaking town in Switzerland.
On the 9th (Mon), take a stroll through Santa Petronilla, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro storico Gandria, then examine the collection at Museo e Fondazione Hermann Hesse, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di Santa Maria di Loreto. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Museo Vincenzo Vela, engage your brain at Fossil Museum of Monte San Giorgio, contemplate the long history of Castle of Sasso Corbaro, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di Santa Maria delle Grazie, then admire the striking features of Chiesa Collegiata dei SS Pietro e Stefano, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Palazzo della Societa Bancaria Ticinese.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Lugano trip planner.

Take a train from Bologna to Lugano in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Bologna in September: highs in Lugano hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Colico.

Things to do in Lugano

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Bellinzona, Museo e Fondazione Hermann Hesse, Fossil Museum of Monte San Giorgio, Museo Vincenzo Vela, Santa Petronilla
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Castle of Sasso Corbaro ©
Castle of Sasso Corbaro
Museo Vincenzo Vela ©
Museo Vincenzo Vela
Museo e Fondazione Hermann Hesse ©
Museo e Fondazione Hermann Hesse

1
night
Colico, Italy

Colico ©
Colico is a city in the province of Lecco, Lombardy, Italy. Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Vincenzo, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa Santa Maria del Tiglio, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa S.Maria delle Grazie, then pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Giorgio, then step into the grandiose world of Castello di Vezio, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbazia Cluniacense di Santa Maria di Piona.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Colico itinerary builder site.

Drive from Lugano to Colico in 1.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Colico are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Como.

Things to do in Colico

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Gravedona, Chiesa di San Giorgio, Castello di Vezio
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Castello di Vezio ©
Castello di Vezio
Molino Maufet ©
Molino Maufet
Abbazia Cluniacense di Santa Maria di Piona ©
Abbazia Cluniacense di Santa Maria di Piona

2
nights
Como, Italy

Como ©
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 12th (Thu): examine the collection at Madonna del Ghisallo, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di San Giacomo, then get to know the fascinating history of Greenway del Lago di Como, then admire the striking features of Villa Olmo, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Como (Duomo). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di San Fedele, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di Sant'Abbondio, examine the collection at Museo Didattico della Seta, then get into the urban bustle at Broletto, and finally get engrossed in the history at Civico Museo Archeologico Paolo Giovio.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Como day trip website.

Drive from Colico to Como in 1.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Como are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Como

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Greenway del Lago di Como, Basilica di San Giacomo, Madonna del Ghisallo
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Cathedral of Como (Duomo) ©
Cathedral of Como (Duomo)
Greenway del Lago di Como ©
Greenway del Lago di Como
Madonna del Ghisallo ©
Madonna del Ghisallo

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