3 days in Orta San Giulio, Stresa & Lake Como Itinerary

3 days in Orta San Giulio, Stresa & Lake Como Itinerary

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Orta San Giulio
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Stresa
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Como
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Varenna
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Orta San Giulio

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Orta San Giulio is a town and comune (municipality) in the Province of Novara in the Italian region of Piedmont, located about 100km northeast of Turin and about 40km northwest of Novara.The town itself is built on a promontory which juts out from the eastern bank of Lake Orta close to Isola San Giulio, an island which also falls within the municipal boundaries. On the 19th (Fri), contemplate the waterfront views at San Giulio Island, then explore the activities along Lake Orta, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sacro Monte di Orta, and finally learn about winemaking at Azienda Vitivinicola Fontechiara.

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Milan to Orta San Giulio is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Milan in March since evenings lows in Orta San Giulio dip to 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Stresa.

Things to do in Orta San Giulio

Nature · Parks · Wineries · Historic Sites

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Stresa

Stresa is a town and comune of about 5,000 residents on the shores of Lake Maggiore in the province of Verbano-Cusio-Ossola in the Piedmont region of northern Italy, about 90km northwest of Milan. Plan trip to Stresa with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from Orta San Giulio to Stresa by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in March, and nighttime lows around 1°C. You will leave for Como on the 19th (Fri).

Things to do in Stresa

Historic Sites · Nightlife · Parks · Outdoors
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Como

— 1 night

City of Silk

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 20th (Sat): make a trip to Piazza Cavour, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di Sant'Abbondio, then appreciate the history behind Life Electric, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Como (Duomo), and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di San Fedele.

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Traveling by car from Stresa to Como takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. March in Como sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can go by car to Varenna.

Things to do in Como

Historic Sites
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Varenna

— 1 night
Varenna is a comune (municipality) on Lake Como in the Province of Lecco in the Italian region Lombardy, located about 60km north of Milan and about 20km northwest of Lecco.Varenna was founded by local fishermen in 769, and was later allied of the commune of Milan. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Lago di Como, admire the landmark architecture of Villa Monastero, then admire the natural beauty at Il Giardino Botanico - Hotel Villa Cipressi, and finally view the masterpieces at Paul DEMARIA - The Open Lake & Landscape Studio d’Arte.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Varenna trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Como to Varenna takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in March, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Varenna

Parks · Nature · Museums · Shopping

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Lake Como travel guide

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Gardens · Architectural Buildings · Churches
A favorite vacation spot for more than a century, Lake Como was once an exclusive retreat for local aristocrats and wealthy people. It is not only one of Europe's most beautiful lakes, but also one of the deepest at more than 400 m (1,300 ft). Surrounded by elegant villas, the lake has become a popular holiday destination for tourists because of its range of attractions, from landscapes, wildlife, and spas, to activities like sailing, windsurfing, and kite-surfing. The area has been an inspiration for artists since Roman times. English poet Percy Bysshe Shelley wrote, "This lake exceeds anything I ever beheld in beauty…It is long and narrow and has the appearance of a mighty river winding among the mountains and the forests."