12 days in Milan & Lake Garda Itinerary

12 days in Milan & Lake Garda Itinerary

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Train to New York JFK, Fly to Milan
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Milan
— 5 nights
Drive
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Castelnuovo del Garda
— 4 nights
Drive
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Arco
— 2 nights
Drive to Verona Villafranca Airport, Fly to Philadelphia

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Milan — 5 nights

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.
Popular historic sites such as Monumental Cemetery and Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore are in your itinerary. Attractions like Chiesa di San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore and Piazza di Santa Maria delle Grazie, 2 make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with these side-trips from Milan: Palazzo Borromeo (in Isola Bella), Parco della Rocca Borromea (in Arona) and Verona (Verona's Cathedral (Duomo) & Torre dei Lamberti). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Vicolo Privato Lavandai, browse the exhibits of Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio, don't miss a visit to Dialogo nel Buio, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica San Lorenzo Maggiore.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Milan trip itinerary builder site.

Philadelphia, USA to Milan is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Philadelphia to Milan is 6 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Milan can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can drive to Castelnuovo del Garda.
Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Nature
Side Trips
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Castelnuovo del Garda — 4 nights

Castelnuovo del Garda is an Italian comune (municipality), in the Province of Verona, in Veneto, on a couple of morainic hills few kilometers south-east from Garda lake. Popular historic sites such as Duomo di Modena and Piazza Grande - World Heritage Site are in your itinerary. Attractions like Lago di Garda and Parco Natura Viva make great kid-friendly stops. Explore Castelnuovo del Garda's surroundings by going to Mantua (Skyline di Mantova, Basilica di Sant'Andrea di Mantova, &more) and Brescia (Piazza Paolo VI & Duomo Vecchio di Brescia).

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Castelnuovo del Garda online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Milan to Castelnuovo del Garda takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. May in Castelnuovo del Garda sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 54°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can go by car to Arco.
Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature
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Arco — 2 nights

Arco is a comune in Trentino-Alto Adige in northern Italy.The town is faced on one side by sheer limestone cliffs jutting up like a wall protecting it and its ancient hilltop castle.Main sightsThe Castello di Arco, medieval castleSanctuary and convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie, built in 1475 - 1492. Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, make a trip to Scaliger Castle in Malcesine, and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Old Ponale Road Path. On the 13th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapel Santa Barbara.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Arco visit planning app.

Drive from Castelnuovo del Garda to Arco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In May in Arco, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 52°F at night. On the 13th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.
Historic Sites · Outdoors · Trails · Parks
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