5 days in Cinque Terre, Milan & Lake Como Itinerary

5 days in Cinque Terre, Milan & Lake Como Itinerary

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Cinque Terre
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Cinque Terre

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Italian Riviera

Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
On the 26th (Tue), see some colorful creatures with Enjoy Cinqueterre Boat Tours and then trek along Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Cinque Terre online tour itinerary maker.

Bucharest, Romania to Cinque Terre is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Bucharest to Cinque Terre. Traveling from Bucharest in October, things will get a bit warmer in Cinque Terre: highs are around 25°C and lows about 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to drive to Milan.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks
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Fashion Capital of World

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): browse the different shops at Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, then explore the historical opulence of Castello Sforzesco, and finally get engrossed in the history at Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Pinacoteca di Brera, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Monumental Cemetery, and then take an in-depth tour of Pinacoteca Ambrosiana.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Milan trip planner.

You can drive from Cinque Terre to Milan in 3 hours. Another option is to take a train. While traveling from Cinque Terre, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Milan, ranging from highs of 21°C to lows of 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can go by car to Como.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
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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.
On the 29th (Fri), admire the striking features of Villa del Balbianello, then admire the landmark architecture of Villa Carlotta, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di San Giacomo. On the 30th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Sant'Abbondio and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Como (Duomo).

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Como online driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Milan to Como in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Como

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

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Lake Como travel guide

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."