15 days in Lake Como, Milan & Biella Itinerary

15 days in Lake Como, Milan & Biella Itinerary

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Fly to Malpensa International Airport, Drive to Tremezzina
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Tremezzina
— 1 night
Ferry
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Varenna
— 3 nights
Drive
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Milan
— 5 nights
Drive
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Biella
— 5 nights
Drive to Malpensa International Airport, Fly to Jacksonville

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Tremezzina

— 1 night
The majestic Villa Carlotta is among the most popular places to visit in Tremezzina, its neoclassical architecture complimenting the lush, neatly maintained gardens and charming walkways.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Villa Carlotta, admire the striking features of Villa del Balbianello, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuario Della Madonna delle Grazie di San Martino, and finally examine the collection at Casa dei Presepi.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Tremezzina trip planner.

Jacksonville, USA to Tremezzina is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Jacksonville to Tremezzina is 6 hours. In April, Tremezzina is a bit cooler than Jacksonville - with highs of 66°F and lows of 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Varenna.

Things to do in Tremezzina

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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. Get in touch with nature at Sentiero del Viandante and Orrido di Bellano. Your inner history buff will appreciate Castello di Vezio and Greenway del Lago di Como. Explore Varenna's surroundings by going to Abbazia Cluniacense di Santa Maria di Piona (in Colico) and Bellagio (I Giardini di Villa Melzi & Basilica di San Giacomo). There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Villa Monastero, get curious at Civic Museum of Ornithology and Natural Sciences, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di S. Giorgio, and appreciate the views at Valchiavenna.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Varenna trip builder app.

You can ride a ferry from Tremezzina to Varenna in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. In May, daily temperatures in Varenna can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Milan.

Things to do in Varenna

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Milan

— 5 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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio and Grande Museo del Duomo di Milano. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Duomo di Milano and Monumental Cemetery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Milan: Turin (Colline di Torino, Chiesa di Santa Maria del Monte dei Cappuccini, &more). There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Sant'Eustorgio, contemplate the long history of Chiesa di San Bernardino alle Ossa, admire the masterpieces at Casa Museo Boschi Di Stefano, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Piazza di Santa Maria delle Grazie, 2.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Milan trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Varenna to Milan takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Milan can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to drive to Biella.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Biella

— 5 nights
Biella is a town and comune in the northern Italian region of Piedmont, the capital of the province of the same name, with a population of 44 616. Explore hidden gems such as Forte di Bard and Cervino Breuil-Cervinia Ski Area. Sacra di San Michele and Castello di Issogne will appeal to history buffs. Explore Biella's surroundings by going to Basilica di San Gaudenzio (in Novara), Orta San Giulio (Chiesa parrocchiale di Santa Maria Assunta, San Giulio Island, &more) and Castello di Verres (in Verres). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Basilica di Sant'Andrea, get to know the fascinating history of Ricetto di Candelo, step into the grandiose world of Castello e Parco di Masino, and pause for some serene contemplation at Santuario di Oropa.

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Drive from Milan to Biella in 1.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Biella can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Biella

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · 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."