6 days in Italy & Lugano Itinerary

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Milan, Italy
— 1 night
Lugano, Switzerland
— 1 night
Varenna, Italy
— 2 nights
Bergamo, Italy
— 1 night


Milan, Italy — 1 night

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 16th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore, don't miss a visit to Piazza del Duomo, then pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Milano, then get engrossed in the history at Galleria 92 - Casa Storica del 1867, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. On the 17th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll the grounds of Monumental Cemetery, explore the historical opulence of Castello Sforzesco, then take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio, and finally get engrossed in the history at Pinacoteca Ambrosiana.

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Florence to Milan is an approximately 2.5-hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. In March in Milan, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Lugano.
Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
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Lugano, Switzerland — 1 night

Monte Carlo of Switzerland

Located in the popular holiday region of Ticino, Lugano is the largest Italian-speaking town in Switzerland.
On the 18th (Sat), explore the ancient world of Monte San Giorgio, then explore the activities along Lake Lugano, then stroll around Parco Ciani, and finally stop by Baba J.

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Traveling by car from Milan to Lugano takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in March, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Varenna.
Parks · Nature · Shopping · Historic Sites
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Varenna, Italy — 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 19th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbazia Cluniacense di Santa Maria di Piona, then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, then get curious at Museo Ornitologico Luigi Scanagatta, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Paul DEMARIA - The Open Lake & Landscape Studio d’Arte. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the historical opulence of Castello di Vezio, then go for a walk through La Passeggiata Degli Innamorati, then take in nature's colorful creations at Il Giardino Botanico - Hotel Villa Cipressi, and finally view the masterpieces at Il Tornio.

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Drive from Lugano to Varenna in 1.5 hours. In March, daytime highs in Varenna are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can take a train to Bergamo.
Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Outdoors
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Bergamo, Italy — 1 night

City of a Thousand

In the foothills of the Alps, Bergamo is features a wealth of artistic treasures and a charming medieval atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di San Salvatore, steep yourself in history at La Citta Alta, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, and finally take some stellar pictures from Campanone o Torre Civica.

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Getting from Varenna to Bergamo by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In March, daytime highs in Bergamo are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to go by car back home.
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Italy travel guide

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.

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."