13 days in Italy & Lugano Itinerary

13 days in Italy & Lugano Itinerary

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13 days in Italy & Lugano Itinerary

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


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3
nights
Padua, Italy

Padua ©
Padua is a picturesque city with a dense network of arcaded streets opening into large communal piazze (squares).
Basilica di Sant’Antonio and Battistero del Duomo are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Scrovegni Chapel and MUSME - Museum of the History of Medicine of Padova. Get out of town with these interesting Padua side-trips: La Cinta Muraria - Camminamento di Ronda (in Cittadella), Villa Contarini (in Piazzola sul Brenta) and Piazza Castello (in Marostica). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Piazza dei Signori, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa degli Eremitani, admire the masterpieces at Castello del Catajo, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di San Pietro Apostolo.

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Manila, Philippines to Padua is an approximately 25-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Philippines Time (PHT) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a -7 hour difference. Traveling from Manila in September, things will get a bit cooler in Padua: highs are around 25°C and lows about 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Bologna.

Things to do in Padua

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Villa Contarini, La Cinta Muraria - Camminamento di Ronda, Fondazione Bisazza, Santuario della Madonna di Monte Berico, Piazza Castello
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Scrovegni Chapel ©
Scrovegni Chapel
Basilica di Sant’Antonio ©
Basilica di Sant’Antonio

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano and Santuario di Madonna di San Luca. Museum-lovers will get to explore Palazzo Te and Museo Ducati. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bologna: Basilica San Vitale (in Ravenna) and Duomo di Modena (in Modena). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Basilica di San Petronio, examine the collection at La Macchina del Tempo, get to know the fascinating history of Genus Bononiae, percorso culturale, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Bologna War Cemetery.

To find more things to do and tourist information, read our Bologna trip planner.

You can take a train from Padua to Bologna in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Padua in September: highs in Bologna hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Lugano.

Things to do in Bologna

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Duomo di Modena, Palazzo Te, Museo Ducati, Basilica San Vitale
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Basilica di San Domenico ©
Basilica di San Domenico
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, get to know the fascinating history of Centro storico Gandria, then see the interesting displays at Museo e Fondazione Hermann Hesse, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa Santa Maria di Loreto. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Museo Vincenzo Vela, get a new perspective on nature at Fossil Museum of Monte San Giorgio, contemplate the long history of Castle of Sasso Corbaro, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di Santa Maria delle Grazie, then admire the striking features of Chiesa Collegiata dei SS Pietro e Stefano, and finally steep yourself in history at Palazzo della Societa Bancaria Ticinese.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Lugano trip planner .

You can take a train from Bologna to Lugano in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Bologna, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Lugano, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Colico.

Things to do in Lugano

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

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

1
night
Colico, Italy

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

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Colico trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by car from Lugano to Colico takes 1.5 hours. September in Colico sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Como.

Things to do in Colico

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Gravedona, Castello di Vezio, Chiesa di San Giorgio
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Chiesa Santa Maria del Tiglio ©
Chiesa Santa Maria del Tiglio
Castello di Vezio ©
Castello di Vezio
Molino Maufet ©
Molino Maufet

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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.
On the 12th (Thu), browse the exhibits of Madonna del Ghisallo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di San Giacomo, appreciate the extensive heritage 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 13th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di San Fedele, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Sant'Abbondio, then examine the collection at Museo Didattico della Seta, then take a stroll around Broletto, and finally take an in-depth tour of Civico Museo Archeologico Paolo Giovio.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Como trip itinerary maker site .

You can drive from Colico to Como in 1.5 hours. In September in Como, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 16°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough 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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