10 days in Venice, Lake Como & Turin Itinerary

10 days in Venice, Lake Como & Turin Itinerary

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Venice — 3 nights

City of Romance

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Venice: Padua (Basilica of St. Anthony, Scrovegni Chapel, &more). There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, admire the striking features of Doge's Palace, and contemplate the long history of Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo (San Zanipolo).

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Venice online journey planner.

Toronto, Canada to Venice is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. September in Venice sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Varenna.
Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Outdoors
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Varenna — 2 nights

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 5th (Sun): stroll through Villa Carlotta, then admire the striking features of Villa del Balbianello, and then take in nature's colorful creations at I Giardini di Villa Melzi. On the next day, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di San Giacomo, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, admire the landmark architecture of Villa Monastero, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di San Giorgio, then view the masterpieces at Paul DEMARIA - The Open Lake & Landscape Studio d’Arte, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at S. Giovanni Battista.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Varenna trip planner.

You can fly from Venice to Varenna in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Varenna are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Turin.
Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Adventure
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Turin — 4 nights

City of Magic

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Turin: Milan (Piazza del Duomo, Duomo di Milano, &more), Ravera Cioccolato (in Cherasco) and Barolo (Food Tours & Cantina Francesco Borgogno). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Museo Egizio, don't miss a visit to Piazza San Carlo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Torino e Cappella della Sacra Sindone, and see the interesting displays at Museo Fratelli Cozzi Alfa Romeo.

For reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Turin travel planning website.

You can take a train from Varenna to Turin in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. When traveling from Varenna in September, plan for little chillier days in Turin, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to fly back home.
Museums · Historic Sites · Wineries · Tours
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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."