10 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

10 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Italy route maker

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Milan
— 2 nights
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Como
— 2 nights
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Verona
— 2 nights
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Venice
— 3 nights
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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 2nd (Fri): admire the striking features of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, then indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Milano, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo. On the 3rd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Castello Sforzesco, then stroll the grounds of Monumental Cemetery, and then contemplate the long history of Il Cenacolo.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Milan day trip planning tool.

Manchester, UK to Milan is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Manchester in July, things will get a bit warmer in Milan: highs are around 34°C and lows about 21°C. On the 4th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Como.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites · Tours · Shopping · Museums

Como

— 2 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.
On the 4th (Sun), admire the landmark architecture of Villa del Balbianello, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di San Fedele, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Como (Duomo). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di San Giacomo, then admire the landmark architecture of I Giardini di Villa Melzi, then explore the galleries of Villa Carlotta, and finally stop by Mr. Savethewall.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Como road trip tool.

Getting from Milan to Como by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. July in Como sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Verona.

Things to do in Como

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Verona

— 2 nights

City of Romeo and Juliet

The famous setting for Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet, Verona is one of northern Italy's main tourist destinations, largely owing to its incredibly rich artistic heritage.
On the 6th (Tue), contemplate the long history of Museo di Castelvecchio, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore, examine the collection at Casa di Giulietta, make a trip to Torre dei Lamberti, then make a trip to Piazza delle Erbe, and finally experience the emotional art of opera at Arena di Verona. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Wed): learn about winemaking at Brunelli Winery, contemplate the waterfront views at Lago di Garda, then do a tasting at Villa Calicantus, and finally make a trip to Mura di Lazise.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Verona trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Como to Verona takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Verona can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. You'll have a few hours on the 8th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Venice.

Things to do in Verona

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Wineries

Side Trips

Venice

— 3 nights

City of Romance

Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
Get out of town with these interesting Venice side-trips: Padua (Casa Ezzelino, Scrovegni Chapel, &more). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza San Marco, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di San Marco.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Venice trip itinerary builder site.

Getting from Verona to Venice by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 22°C. You will have some time to spend on the 11th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Lake Como travel guide

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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."