35 days in Lugano, Lake Como & Tirano Itinerary

35 days in Lugano, Lake Como & Tirano Itinerary

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Lugano, Switzerland
— 7 nights
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Bellagio, Italy
— 7 nights
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Varenna, Italy
— 4 nights
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Tirano, Italy
— 8 nights
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Como, Italy
— 7 nights

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Lugano, Switzerland

Lugano ©

Monte Carlo of Switzerland

Located in the popular holiday region of Ticino, Lugano is the largest Italian-speaking town in Switzerland.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cascate di Santa Petronilla and Castelli di Bellinzona. Do your shopping at Fondazione Gabriele e Anna Braglia and OnArte. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lugano: Sacromonte e Santuario Madonna del Sasso (in Orselina), Agriloro (in Genestrerio) and Grimsel Pass (in Oberwald). There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Lake Lugano, delve into the distant past at Monte San Giorgio, stop by Emerold board shop, and contemplate the long history of Santuario della Madonna d'Ongero.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Lugano itinerary builder tool.

Ottawa, Canada to Lugano is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Ottawa to Lugano due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Ottawa in April, expect Lugano to be a bit warmer, temps between 20°C and 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to Bellagio.

Things to do in Lugano

Parks · Museums · Shopping · Nature

Side Trips

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Cascate di Santa Petronilla ©
Cascate di Santa Petronilla
Monte San Giorgio ©
Monte San Giorgio
Tamborini Vini ©
Tamborini Vini

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Bellagio, Italy

Bellagio ©

Pearl of Lake Como

Known as the pearl of Lake Como for its luxury accommodations, high-end shops, and fine dining options, Bellagio serves as the lake's premiere resort town.
Get some cultural insight at Greenway del Lago di Como and Enoteca Principessa. For shopping fun, head to Bellagioseta or Atelier Pestalozzi - Watercolours by Kim Sommerschield. Change things up with these side-trips from Bellagio: Santuario Della Madonna delle Grazie di San Martino (in Griante), The Anglican Church of the Ascension (in Cadenabbia di Griante) and Menaggio & Cadenabbia Golf Club (in Menaggio). Spend the 29th (Mon) on two wheels at Anything But Work. There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at I Giardini di Villa Melzi, see the interesting displays at Casa dei Presepi, get a taste of local nightlife at Chiosco Villa Carlotta, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di San Giacomo.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Bellagio visit site.

Do a combination of car and ferry from Lugano to Bellagio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Bellagio can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can catch the ferry to Varenna.

Things to do in Bellagio

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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I Giardini di Villa Melzi ©
I Giardini di Villa Melzi
Greenway del Lago di Como ©
Greenway del Lago di Como
Enoteca Principessa ©
Enoteca Principessa

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Varenna, Italy

Varenna ©
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. Shop till you drop at Paul DEMARIA - The Open Lake & Landscape Studio d’Arte and Il Tornio. Do some cultural sightseeing at Villa Carlotta and Castello di Vezio. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Varenna: Chiesa di S. Giovanni Battista (in Dossena), Riva Bianca Beach (in Lierna) and Colico (Forte Montecchio Nord, Enoteca Bianchi Bazzi, &more). There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Villa Monastero, contemplate the long history of Castello di Corenno Plinio, take in breathtaking views at Orrido di Bellano, and pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Giorgio.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Varenna driving holiday site.

Ride a ferry from Bellagio to Varenna in an hour. April in Varenna sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Tirano.

Things to do in Varenna

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Villa Carlotta ©
Villa Carlotta
Castello di Vezio ©
Castello di Vezio
Forte Montecchio Nord ©
Forte Montecchio Nord

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Tirano, Italy

Tirano ©
Tirano is a town in Valtellina, located in the province of Sondrio in northern Italy. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Palazzo Comunale and Il Camino di Motta. Get a sense of the local culture at Santuario della Beata Vergine di Tirano and Nino Negri. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tirano: Borgo di Pagliari (in Carona), Bormio (Val Zebru, Stelvio Pass, &more) and Centro Storico di Gromo (in Gromo). Next up on the itinerary: savor the flavors at Tenuta La Gatta, do a tasting at Azienda Agricola Alberto Marsetti, get into the urban bustle at Piazza Quadrivio e Scarpatetti, and stroll around Parco Comunale delle Incisioni Rupestri di Luine.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Tirano online driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Varenna to Tirano in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Varenna in May; daily highs in Tirano reach 15°C and lows reach 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Como.

Things to do in Tirano

Outdoors · Wineries · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Bormio Golf ©
Bormio Golf
Rango ©
Rango
Tenuta La Gatta ©
Tenuta La Gatta

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Como, Italy

Como ©

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.
Cathedral of Como (Duomo) and Broletto are good opportunities to explore the local culture. For shopping fun, head to Teatro del Gusto Como or Mag. Explore Como's surroundings by going to Parrocchia di Santa Tecla (in Torno), Casino di Campione (in Campione d'Italia) and Orta San Giulio (Sacro Monte di Orta & San Giulio Island). There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Villa del Balbianello, trek along Chilometro della Conoscenza, learn about winemaking at Azienda Vitivinicola Fontechiara, and shop like a local with Villa e Collezione Panza.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Como trip builder.

You can drive from Tirano to Como in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Tirano in May, expect Como to be a bit warmer, temps between 25°C and 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Como

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
San Giulio Island ©
San Giulio Island
Villa del Balbianello ©
Villa del Balbianello
Azienda Vitivinicola Fontechiara ©
Azienda Vitivinicola Fontechiara

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