10 days in Milan, Lake Como & Bergamo Itinerary

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Milano, and then explore the historical opulence of Castello Sforzesco. On your second day here, admire the masterpieces at Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, take in the spiritual surroundings of Il Cenacolo, then stroll the grounds of Monumental Cemetery, then get engrossed in the history at Galleria 92 - Casa Storica del 1867, and finally make a trip to Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Milan holiday maker tool.

Paris, France to Milan is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. March in Milan sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Como.
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Como — 3 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Como side-trips: Greenway del Lago di Como (in Colonno), Orta San Giulio (San Giulio Island & Lake Orta) and Villa del Balbianello (in Tremezzina). There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Como (Duomo), head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di Sant'Abbondio, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Como vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Milan to Como takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Como can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to drive 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. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Il Giardino Botanico - Hotel Villa Cipressi, admire the landmark architecture of Villa Monastero, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Giorgio, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbazia Cluniacense di Santa Maria di Piona, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Paul DEMARIA - The Open Lake & Landscape Studio d’Arte. Here are some ideas for day two: step into the grandiose world of Castello di Vezio, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lago di Como, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di San Giacomo.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Varenna trip itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Como to Varenna by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in March, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Bergamo.
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Bergamo — 2 nights

City of a Thousand

In the foothills of the Alps, Bergamo is features a wealth of artistic treasures and a charming medieval atmosphere.
On the 30th (Thu), make a trip to Piazza Vecchia, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, admire the striking features of La Citta Alta, then contemplate the long history of Cappella Colleoni, and finally take some stellar pictures from Campanone o Torre Civica. On the 31st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get in on the family fun at Leolandia, then don't miss a visit to Bresciaunderground APS, and then explore the world behind art at Museo di Santa Giulia.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Bergamo trip planner.

Take a train from Varenna to Bergamo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in March, and nighttime lows around 5°C. On the 1st (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.
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Lake Como travel guide

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."