16 days in Italy & Lake Maggiore (Italy & Switzerland) Itinerary

16 days in Italy & Lake Maggiore (Italy & Switzerland) Itinerary

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Milan
— 2 nights
Drive
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Lake Maggiore
— 2 nights
Drive
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Como
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bellagio
— 1 night
Ferry
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Varenna
— 2 nights
Drive
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Canazei
— 1 night
Drive
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Cortina d'Ampezzo
— 2 nights
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San Candido
— 1 night
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Milan
— 2 nights
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Milan — 2 nights

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 19th (Fri): test the waters at QC Termemilano, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore, then get engrossed in the history at Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio, then admire the masterpieces at Pinacoteca di Brera, and finally get the lay of the land with Walking tours. On the next day, find something for the whole family at Leolandia, get outside with Outdoor Activities, then get curious at Museo Della Scienza E Della Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci, then don't miss a visit to I Navigli, and finally visit Quadrilatero del Silenzio.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Milan trip planner.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Milan is an approximately 7-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Israel Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Expect little chillier evenings in Milan when traveling from Tel Aviv in August, with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can drive to Lake Maggiore.
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Lake Maggiore — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia Camping Lago Azzurro, do a tasting at Cantina Fontechiara, make a trip to Piazza Motta, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Orta, then contemplate the waterfront views at San Giulio Island, and finally steep yourself in history at Sacro Monte di Orta. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Riserva Naturale Speciale del Sacro Monte della SS. Trinita, shop like a local with Palazzo Borromeo, tour the pleasant surroundings at Isola Bella, step off the mainland to explore Isola Madre, then head off the coast to Isole Borromee, and finally step off the mainland to explore Island of the Fishermen (Isola dei Pescatori).

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Lake Maggiore vacation builder app.

Getting from Milan to Lake Maggiore by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in August, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Como.
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Como — 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): stroll through Sentee di Sort, admire the striking features of Villa del Balbianello, appreciate the extensive heritage of Greenway del Lago di Como, then hike along Il Sentiero delle Espressioni, and finally get outside with Orrido di Nesso. On the next day, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, see the world from above with Aero Club Como, kick back and relax at Lido Villa Olmo, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of Pusiano, then indulge in some personalized pampering at Monticello Spa, and finally make a trip to Faro voltiano.

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You can drive from Lake Maggiore to Como in 1.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Bellagio.
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Bellagio — 1 night

Pearl of Lake Como

Known as the pearl of Lake Como for its luxury accommodations, high-end shops, and fine dining options, Bellagio serves as the lake's premiere resort town.
On the 25th (Thu), admire the landmark architecture of I Giardini di Villa Melzi, stroll around Parco di Villa Serbelloni, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, then stop by Azalea - Silk of Como, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di San Giacomo, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di S. Leonardo.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Bellagio day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Como to Bellagio takes an hour. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Bellagio are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Varenna.
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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. On the 26th (Fri), pause for some serene contemplation at Parrocchia di S. Abbondio, play a few rounds at Menaggio & Cadenabbia Golf Club, admire the natural beauty at Villa Carlotta, kick back and relax at Lido di Menaggio, then take a stroll through Menaggio, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Spiaggia Tranquilla. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Sat): take in nature's colorful creations at Il Giardino Botanico - Hotel Villa Cipressi, hike along Sentiero del Viandante, ride a horse along Saba Ranch, then explore the stunning scenery at Orrido di Bellano, then explore the historical opulence of Castello di Vezio, and finally admire the striking features of Villa Monastero.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Varenna trip itinerary builder.

You can ride a ferry from Bellagio to Varenna in an hour. In August, daily temperatures in Varenna can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can drive to Canazei.
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Canazei — 1 night

Canazei is a comune (municipality) in Trentino in the northern Italian region Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol, located in the upper part of the Val di Fassa, about 110km northeast of Trento. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): get great views at Sentiero Viel del Pan, hike along Sass Pordoi, don't miss a visit to Funivia Pass Pordoi, don't miss a visit to Lago di Fedaia, then take in the awesome beauty at Marmolada, and finally boost your wellbeing at QC Terme Dolomiti.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Canazei online itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Varenna to Canazei takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Canazei can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can go by car to Cortina d'Ampezzo.
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Cortina d'Ampezzo — 2 nights

Cortina d'Ampezzo, commonly referred to as Cortina, is a town and comune in the heart of the southern (Dolomitic) Alps in the Veneto region of Northern Italy. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): immerse yourself in nature at Riserva Naturale Orientata Somadida, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Misurina, contemplate the waterfront views at Lago di Sorapiss, then stroll around Il Regno Di Thor, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa dei Santi Vito, Modesto e Crescenzia. Here are some ideas for day two: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, take in the awesome beauty at Passo Giau, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cinque Torri, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di San Francesco in P.tta S.Francesco, and finally make a trip to Centro Storico.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Cortina d'Ampezzo trip planner.

Getting from Canazei to Cortina d'Ampezzo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In August in Cortina d'Ampezzo, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to go by car to San Candido.
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San Candido — 1 night

Innichen is a market town and comune (municipality) in South Tyrol in northern Italy.It is located in the Puster Valley on the Drava River, about 80km northeast of Bolzano, on Italy's border with Austria. Start off your visit on the 31st (Wed): take in the awesome beauty at Valle di Casies, head outdoors with Passo Stalle, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monte Elmo, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Pista Ciclabile Val Pusteria Pusterbike, then stroll through Drau Cycle Route, and finally make a trip to Duomo di San Candido ''La Collegiata''. On your second day here, stroll around Parco Naturale Tre Cime (Dolomiti Patrimonio dell’Umanita - UNESCO), indulge in some personalized pampering at Caravan Park Sexten, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Tre Cime di Lavaredo, and finally explore the activities along Lago Di Landro.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our San Candido route planning website.

Traveling by car from Cortina d'Ampezzo to San Candido takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Cortina d'Ampezzo in August: high temperatures in San Candido hover around 25°C and lows are around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to drive to Milan.
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Milan — 2 nights

Fashion Capital of World

Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, step into the grandiose world of Castello Sforzesco, then see La Casa Maledetta, and finally shop like a local with Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Milan online tour planner.

Drive from San Candido to Milan in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from San Candido in September, expect Milan to be a bit warmer, temps between 28°C and 16°C. On the 3rd (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.
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Italy travel guide

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Landmarks · Ruins · Beaches
Italy is a land of high fashion, fine art, exquisite architecture, luxury sports cars, outstanding cuisine--and an insatiable taste for "la dolce vita." It's also home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites in the world, making it an ideal place for your next holiday. The country boasts a varied landscape of mountain ranges, alpine lakes, and coastal towns, so it's no wonder travelers often refer to it as the bel paese (beautiful country). With so many places to visit, visitors often have a difficult time planning their itinerary. The smaller villages each feature a distinct character and a blend of architecture, art, and cuisine. In the country, you'll find countless archeological sites dating back to Roman times and beyond. The country's cities and seaside resorts are cosmopolitan powerhouses with museums, galleries, restaurants, shops, open-air markets, and pedestrian-friendly historic areas.
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Lake Como travel guide

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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."
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