Discover the enchanting beauty of Italy's pristine lakes on a journey that promises serenity, stunning landscapes, and a touch of Italian charm. From the famous shores of Lake Como, where elegant villas and picturesque villages line the water's edge, to the romantic ambiance of Lake Maggiore with its lush gardens and historic islands. Whether you're seeking relaxation or adventure, Italy's lakes are a treasure trove waiting to be discovered. Dive into a world of natural wonders, cultural richness, and unforgettable moments on your Italian lake adventure.
This itinerary offers a wonderful balance of natural beauty, historical exploration, and delightful lakeside dining as you experience the Northern Italy lakes. Adjust the duration of your stay at each location to suit your interests and available time.
Arrival in Milan
Upon your arrival at Milan Malpensa Airport, you'll transfer to your hotel in Milan, where you can begin your Italian adventure. Depending on your arrival time, you can explore Milan's iconic landmarks, such as the impressive Duomo and the stunning Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. In the evening, enjoy a traditional Italian dinner at a local restaurant in the city.
Milan to Lake Como
After breakfast, you'll embark on a scenic journey to Lake Como, specifically the town of Como. Upon reaching your lakeside destination, check in to your hotel and take a moment to appreciate the serene beauty of Lake Como. The afternoon is yours to explore the charming town of Como, where you can stroll along the picturesque lakefront promenade and immerse yourself in its delightful atmosphere. For dinner, savor the flavors of the region at a local lakeside restaurant.
Lake Como (Bellagio)
Today, you'll set off on a ferry ride across Lake Como to reach the enchanting town of Bellagio, often referred to as the "Pearl of Lake Como." Here, you'll have the opportunity to explore Bellagio's captivating gardens, historic villas, and meandering cobblestone streets. As you soak in the beauty of Bellagio, don't forget to enjoy a leisurely lunch with panoramic views of the lake. In the late afternoon, return to Como, where you can indulge in another delightful lakeside dinner.
Continuing your exploration of Lake Como, today you'll take a ferry to the charming town of Varenna. Varenna offers a unique blend of natural beauty and historic attractions, including botanical gardens, the picturesque Vezio Castle, and a lovely waterfront promenade. During your visit, be sure to savor a delicious lakeside lunch. In the evening, return to Como and dine at a local restaurant to conclude your day.
Lake Como to Lake Maggiore (Stresa)
Bid farewell to Lake Como as you check out of your hotel and embark on your journey to Lake Maggiore, specifically the town of Stresa. Upon your arrival, check in to your hotel overlooking Lake Maggiore and the captivating Borromean Islands. Spend the afternoon exploring Stresa, known for its charming parks and lakeside promenade. For dinner, enjoy a delightful meal at a lakeside restaurant.
Lake Maggiore (Borromean Islands)
Today's adventure will take you to the Borromean Islands. A boat tour will allow you to explore Isola Bella with its magnificent palace and lush gardens, as well as Isola dei Pescatori, a picturesque fishing village with unique character. Lunch on one of the islands will provide a memorable experience. In the late afternoon, return to Stresa to relax by the lake and enjoy another flavorful dinner.
Lake Maggiore to Lake Garda (Sirmione)
Check out from your hotel in Stresa as you prepare to journey to Lake Garda, specifically the charming town of Sirmione. Whether by train or car, your arrival in Sirmione will be met with the enchanting views of Lake Garda. Check in to your hotel, located on a narrow peninsula extending into the lake. Spend the afternoon exploring Sirmione's historic center, including the Scaliger Castle and the archaeological site of Grotte di Catullo. Your evening can be concluded with dinner at a lakeside restaurant.
Lake Garda (Riva del Garda)
Take a scenic drive or a leisurely ferry ride to the northern tip of Lake Garda, where you'll find the town of Riva del Garda. Explore Riva's charming streets, its waterfront, and the stunning Varone Waterfall. A delightful lunch at a local eatery will provide the energy needed for your exploration. As the sun sets, return to Sirmione for dinner.
Lake Garda (Gardone Riviera)
Today's journey takes you to Gardone Riviera on the western shore of Lake Garda. Here, you can explore the historic Vittoriale degli Italiani estate and its impressive gardens. Enjoy a leisurely lakeside lunch at a charming restaurant. Return to Sirmione for an evening of relaxation by the lake or further exploration of its quaint streets. Conclude your day with a delicious lakeside dinner.
Departure from Milan
As your adventure through the Northern Italy lakes region comes to an end, check out from your hotel in Sirmione. You'll then travel back to Milan, either by train or car. Depending on your flight schedule, you may have some free time in Milan for last-minute shopping or additional sightseeing before departing from Milan Malpensa Airport.