Travel through Lombardy, discovering beautiful lakes, castles and ancient villas and of course, Milan.
The Lake District, as this area is known, contains some of the greatest places of Italy, with Milan in the centre of the region and the two most popular lakes: Lake Como and Lake Maggiore to the north-west of the region. Starting from Como you will visit Maggiore Lake, Bergamo and you will stay some days in Milan,the world fashion and design capital. Wonderful and exclusive places are waiting for you! Thanks to this diversifeid program you can enjoy for daily trips boat or, for mountain lovers, try out every kind of experience that this natural setting can offer. Also lake cuisine offer you a fantastic mix of lake fish, cheese from mountains, meats and traditional Italian cooking.
Duration: 6 days (5 nights)
Recommended group size: 20/30 people
Day 1 – Arrival in Milan / Como
Arrival at Milan airport. Meet your tour leader and transfer by private coach to Como area. Hotel accommodation, dinner and overnight stay.
Day 2 – Excursion to Como Lake
In the morning meet your guide and board the ferry for a delightful cruise on the lower part of the lake, full of important ancient villas (George Clooney’s Villa Oleandra). Stop in Bellagio, visit to the Villa Serbelloni and to the romantic Botanical Gardens of Villa Melzi, . In the afternoon, stop in Tremezzo for a guided visit to Villa Carlotta with masterpieces by Canova and other important masters. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 3 – Como: excursion to Maggiore Lake
Full day excursion to Maggiore Lake. Arrival in Angera and guided visit to Rocca Borromeo, an imposing castle of very ancient origin, unique example of well-maintained medieval fortified building. The area offers good wines and lovely panoramas over the Lake. In the afternoon enjoy a cruise to the Borromeo Islands: Isola Bella and Isola Madre. Return to hotel in Como for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 4 – Como / Bergamo / Milan
In the morning transfer to Bergamo for a guided visit to the upper pedestrian town, with its XIV century. Venetian perimeter wall, the strategically-placed castle, and the winding alleyways lined with old houses. Piazza del Duomo is an attractive square lined with fine buildings, the Colleoni chapel, a gem of Lombard-Renaissance architecture, the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, St. Alessandro Cathedral and the Fortress. Transfer to Milan and visit to the fashion district, known as the Quadrilatero della moda, where many well-known fashion designers have their high-end boutiques and stores from Italian designers to all the world famous brands. Dinner in hotel and overnight stay.
Day 5 – Milan
Full day guided visit of the city. In the morning meet your guide for Leonardo’s tour discovering the masterpieces he left in Milan during his stay here from 1482 till 1513. Visit the Sforza Castle, to see the room of the Axes in the Falconiera Tower decorated by Leonardo and the permanent Exhibition the Pietà Rondanini sculptured by Michelangelo. The tour goes on whit the view of Santa Maria delle Grazie Church and the world-wide famous Last Supper fresco by Leonardo. In the afternoon visit to the Gothic Cathedral, take a walk through the Vittorio Emanuele Gallery and reach the Scala Opera House. Possibility to spend the evening at the Scala Opera House, enjoying a Ballet, an Opera, a Concert or a Recital (not included). Return to the hotel, dinner and overnight stay.
Day 6 – Departure
Breakfast, free time and transfer to the airport in accordance with flight departure.
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