15 days in Lombardy Itinerary

15 days in Lombardy Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Lombardy route planner

Make it your trip
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Milan
— 6 nights
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Varenna
— 4 nights
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Mantua
— 4 nights
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Milan

— 6 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.
Bring the kids along to Duomo di Milano and Pinacoteca di Brera. Change things up with these side-trips from Milan: Leolandia (in Capriate San Gervasio), Parco Faunistico Le Cornelle (in Valbrembo) and Santuario Beata Vergine Delle Lacrime (in Treviglio). Next up on the itinerary: shop like a local with Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, admire the masterpieces at Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, stroll the grounds of Monumental Cemetery, and see La Casa Maledetta.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Milan travel website.

Brussels, Belgium to Milan is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Brussels in April, with highs in Milan at 22°C and lows at 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to drive to Varenna.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Varenna

— 4 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. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Varenna: Tremezzina (Villa del Balbianello & Villa Carlotta), Greenway del Lago di Como (in Colonno) and Bellagio (I Giardini di Villa Melzi, Basilica di San Giacomo, &more). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbazia Cluniacense di Santa Maria di Piona, go for a walk through Green Way dei Patriarchi, don't miss a visit to Forte Montecchio Nord, and get a taste of the local shopping with Paul DEMARIA - The Open Lake & Landscape Studio d’Arte.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Varenna online trip builder.

Drive from Milan to Varenna in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can go by car to Mantua.

Things to do in Varenna

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Trails

Side Trips

Mantua

— 4 nights

Sleeping Beauty

Often overlooked in favor of nearby Lake Garda, Mantua is one of northern Italy's Renaissance gems.
Attractions like Palazzo Ducale and Parco del Mincio make great kid-friendly stops. Get out of town with these interesting Mantua side-trips: Sirmione (Castello Scaligero, Grotte di Catullo, &more), Cathedral of Cremona (in Cremona) and MAST - Castel Goffredo (in Castel Goffredo). The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Palazzo Te, stop by La Corte Dei Gonzaga, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di Sant'Andrea di Mantova, and don't miss a visit to Piazza delle Erbe.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Mantua day trip app.

Traveling by car from Varenna to Mantua takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. April in Mantua sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mantua

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Baths

Side Trips

Lombardy travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Architectural Buildings · Landmarks
In the northern part of the country and sharing a border with Switzerland, Lombardy is one Italy's largest regions. It stretches from the Alps all the way to the fertile lowlands of the Po Valley. An ideal holiday destination for winter sports enthusiasts, the region is home to some of the continent's most popular resorts. If you get tired of the mountain views, skiing, and winter clothes, explore the attractions of the southern part of the Lombardy, which is famous for its sprawling vineyards and booming wine production. A region of outstanding cuisine, fashion, history, and culture, Lombardy is dotted with lakes that are surrounded by places to visit, including villas, villages, and nature preserves.