Sunrise at Bellagio, Lake Como, Italy

Milan and the Lakes of Northern Italy Itinerary

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Places Visited

Milan, Lake Maggiore, Lake Como, Lake Orta...

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Suggested Duration

9 Days

Follow in the footsteps of European nobility to find inspiring fashion, aristocratic wonder, and captivating historical architecture during your custom tailored itinerary of Northern Italy. The snow-capped peaks of the Italian Alps create a perfect backdrop to your mornings as the waters of Italy’s largest lake shimmer against the window of your elegant hotel room. Lavish castles continue to guard canals, lakeshores, and cliffs as fascinating paintings adorn the ceilings and walls with unique...

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Trip Highlights

  • Appreciate the artistic aesthetic on one of the world’s most renowned works of art, da Vinci’s Last Supper
  • Traverse the captivating cobbled streets of Stresa in the Italian Alps before wandering the elaborate halls, galleries, and gardens of Isola Bella
  • Taste an array of traditional Italian cheeses near Lake Orta during a private pairing of cheese and wine at a local celebrated cellar
  • Enjoy an immersive experience in Verona with a private guided tour of the Roman architecture, grand castles, and the home of Shakespeare’s Juliet
  • Discern the layers of flavor found in traditional balsamic vinegar while touring the antique lanes of Modena and surrounding countryside
  • Relish the fairytale architecture of the preserved 13th-century Scaliger Castle grounds in Sirmione
  • Embrace the splendor of the former families that controlled the regions of Northern Italy while touring Villa Carlotta on Lake Como’s Shores

Detailed Description

Cathedral spires decorate the skyline of Milan as the walls of rural castles rise to meet the cliffs that overlook Northern Italy’s shimmering lakes. Your 9-day tour of Northern Italy will encompass the vibrant culture, enchanting history, and marvelous artistry that have been collected over more than two millennia.  You will discover ancient marvels, taste the delicate flavors, and witness unfathomable luxury beginning with your arrival in Milan. Your private transfer will greet you upon arrival at Milan-Malpensa Airport, and you will then venture into the heart of the fashionable city to enjoy the comforts of your luxurious hotel.

The remainder of the day will be yours to enjoy the beauty and the bustle of the fascinating city as you wander the arcades of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele or visit the galleries of the Pinacoteca di Brera. Wake the next morning, and your guide will lead you on a private tour of Milan for a view of the Last Supper and to explore the grounds of Sforza Castle and the Museum of the La Scala Opera House. The next day, your private transfer will escort you into the Italian Alps to reach Lake Maggiore. En route, you can stop at Lake Como to stroll along the lakeside promenades and visit the lush gardens of Villa Carlotta.

The next day, follow your guide along the shoreline to reach Stresa and enjoy the tranquil streets of town before visiting the Borromean Islands, beginning with Isola Bella. Your private transfer will greet you at your hotel the next morning and bring you to Lake Orta to visit the town off the beaten tourist path. Revel in the quiet charm and visit a local cheese cellar to taste the locally produced cheeses paired with delectable wines. Continue to the city of Bergamo before reaching the luxurious view of your grand hotel room in Garda. The next day, wander the streets of Verona with your private guide and explore the medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque architecture inspired by the remaining Roman arena, and then visit the home of Juliet Capulet from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.

The following day, your guide will lead you on a fantastic tour of Modena. Visit a balsamic vinegar factory on the outskirts of the city to learn about the process of the flavorful condiment before enjoying a private tasting. The next day will be at your leisure to indulge in the beauty of Lake Garda. Spend time wandering along the cobbled lanes of Sirmione or visit the collection of castles scattered across the lakeshores and into the hills. Your private transfer will meet you the next day and escort you to Verona Villafranca Airport for your flight home.

Starting Price

$3,217 per person (excluding international flights)

Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.

What's Included

  • Accommodations
  • In-country transportation
  • Some or all activities and tours
  • Expert trip planning
  • 24x7 support during your trip

Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.

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