8 days in Lake Como Itinerary

8 days in Lake Como Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Lake Como travel route planner

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Make it your trip
Fly to Malpensa International Airport, Drive to Varenna
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Varenna
— 3 nights
Drive
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Como
— 4 nights
Fly

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Varenna

— 3 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. Explore hidden gems such as Sentiero del Viandante and Chiesa Santa Maria del Tiglio. Venture out of the city with trips to Castello di Corenno Plinio (in Dervio), Forte Montecchio Nord (in Colico) and Bellagio (Azalea - Silk of Como, La Punta Spartivento, &more). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Il Giardino Botanico - Hotel Villa Cipressi, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Giorgio, step into the grandiose world of Castello di Vezio, and take in breathtaking views at Orrido di Bellano.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Varenna trip planner.

Porto, Portugal to Varenna is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Porto to Varenna due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Porto in July, with highs in Varenna at 34°C and lows at 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Como.

Things to do in Varenna

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Trails

Side Trips

Como

— 4 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Centro Storico and Villa Olmo. Venture out of the city with trips to Il Sentiero delle Espressioni (in Schignano), Kayaking & Canoeing (in Bellagio) and Magreglio (Santuario Del Ghisallo & Madonna del Ghisallo). There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di San Fedele, don't miss a visit to Faro voltiano, take an in-depth tour of Civico Museo Archeologico Paolo Giovio, and stop by Mr. Savethewall.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Como road trip planning website.

Drive from Varenna to Como in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in July, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Como

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

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."