36 days in Northwest Italy & Lake Garda Itinerary

36 days in Northwest Italy & Lake Garda Itinerary

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Fly to Malpensa International Airport, Drive to Lake Maggiore
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Lake Maggiore
— 2 nights
Drive
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Milan
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bellagio
— 4 nights
Drive
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Iseo
— 1 night
Drive
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Riva Del Garda
— 2 nights
Drive
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Venice
— 5 nights
Drive
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Viareggio
— 2 nights
Drive
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Florence
— 5 nights
Drive
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Castiglione del Lago
— 1 night
Drive
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Bolsena
— 4 nights
Drive
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Bracciano
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rome
— 5 nights
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Lake Maggiore

— 2 nights
On the 2nd (Thu), grab your bike and head to I Sentieri dei Lupi del Cornaggia - MTB, learn about winemaking at Cantina Fontechiara, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa San Martino. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri): shop like a local with Palazzo Borromeo, then sample the fine beverages at Distilleria Rossi d’Angera, then stroll through Alpe San Michele, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di Santa Veronica.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Lake Maggiore route builder app.

Tallahassee, USA to Lake Maggiore is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. Traveling from Tallahassee in September, things will get little chillier in Lake Maggiore: highs are around 76°F and lows about 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Milan.

Things to do in Lake Maggiore

Trails · Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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.
On the 4th (Sat), admire the striking features of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, then see the interesting displays at Civic Archaeological Museum, and finally take an in-depth tour of Pinacoteca Ambrosiana. On the 5th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Castello Sforzesco, explore the different monuments and memorials at Monumental Cemetery, and then savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Milan road trip planning tool.

Drive from Lake Maggiore to Milan in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. September in Milan sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 57°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can drive to Bellagio.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Shopping

Bellagio

— 4 nights

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 out of town with these interesting Bellagio side-trips: Tremezzina (Villa Carlotta & Villa del Balbianello), Aero Club Monte Cornizzolo (in Suello) and Varenna (Sentiero del Viandante & Villa Monastero). There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Greenway del Lago di Como, stroll around La Punta Spartivento, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di San Giacomo, and explore the historical opulence of Castello di Vezio.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Bellagio driving holiday site.

You can drive from Milan to Bellagio in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. September in Bellagio sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 57°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Iseo.

Things to do in Bellagio

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Iseo

— 1 night
On the 10th (Fri), trek along Antica Strada Valeriana, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbazia Benedettina Olivetana di San Nicola, then do a tasting at Contadi Castaldi, and finally do a tasting at Bredasole.

For ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Iseo vacation website.

Getting from Bellagio to Iseo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, daytime highs in Iseo are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Riva Del Garda.

Things to do in Iseo

Wineries · Trails · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Riva Del Garda

— 2 nights
Riva del Garda is a town and comune in the northern Italian province of Trento of the Trentino Alto Adige region. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Omkafe, then don't miss a visit to Strada della Forra, and then explore the activities along Lago di Garda. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di San Rocco, step into the grandiose world of Scaliger Castle in Malcesine, then get outside with La Rocca, and finally make a trip to Lungolago di Lazise.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Riva Del Garda day trip app.

Getting from Iseo to Riva Del Garda by car takes about 2 hours. September in Riva Del Garda sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 58°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Venice.

Things to do in Riva Del Garda

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Venice

— 5 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: Verona (Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore, Arena di Verona, &more), Padua (Basilica of St. Anthony, Chiesa degli Eremitani, &more) and PDC Cartizze (in Valdobbiadene). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, admire the masterpieces at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, learn about winemaking at Toni Doro - Il Prosecco, and enjoy breathtaking views from St Mark's Campanile.

For more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Venice online itinerary maker.

Getting from Riva Del Garda to Venice by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Venice are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Viareggio.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Tours · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Viareggio

— 2 nights
Viareggio is a city and comune in northern Tuscany, Italy, on the coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea. On the 18th (Sat), don't miss a visit to Le mura di Lucca, do a tasting at Fattoria al Dotto, then admire the striking features of St Martin Cathedral, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Torre Guinigi. On your second day here, hike along Monesteroli and then indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Viareggio trip planner.

You can drive from Venice to Viareggio in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In September, daily temperatures in Viareggio can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to drive to Florence.

Things to do in Viareggio

Wineries · Tours · Historic Sites · Trails

Side Trips

Florence

— 5 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Get out of town with these interesting Florence side-trips: Siena (San Francesco, Wine Tours & Tastings, &more). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, take in nature's colorful creations at The Boboli Gardens, admire the striking features of Campanile di Giotto, and take in the views from Ponte Vecchio.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Florence trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Viareggio to Florence takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to drive to Castiglione del Lago.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Tours · Wineries · Museums

Side Trip

Castiglione del Lago

— 1 night
Castiglione del Lago is a town in the Province of Perugia of Umbria (central Italy), on the southwest corner of Lake Trasimeno. To find where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Castiglione del Lago road trip website.

Getting from Florence to Castiglione del Lago by car takes about 2 hours. In September in Castiglione del Lago, expect temperatures between 78°F during the day and 59°F at night. You'll set off for Bolsena on the 25th (Sat).

Things to do in Castiglione del Lago

Historic Sites · Wineries · Museums · Tours

Bolsena

— 4 nights
Bolsena is a town and comune of Italy, in the province of Viterbo in northern Lazio on the eastern shore of Lake Bolsena. Venture out of the city with trips to Cascate del Mulino (in Saturnia), Orvieto (Cantine Neri & Decugnano dei Barbi) and Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona (in Castelnuovo dell'Abate). There's more to do: learn about winemaking at Maremma Vigna Mia and explore the historical opulence of Piazza del Castello di Montemerano.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Bolsena travel route planner.

You can drive from Castiglione del Lago to Bolsena in 1.5 hours. September in Bolsena sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 59°F at night. You'll set off for Bracciano on the 29th (Wed).

Things to do in Bolsena

Wineries · Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bracciano

— 2 nights
Bracciano is a small town in the Italian region of Lazio, 30km northwest of Rome. To find traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Bracciano trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Bolsena to Bracciano takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. September in Bracciano sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 60°F at night. On the 1st (Fri), you'll travel to Rome.

Things to do in Bracciano

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Rome

— 5 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Explore Rome's surroundings by going to Macchina di Santa Rosa (in Viterbo) and Culture Discovery Vacations - Cooking Classes & Vacations (in Soriano nel Cimino). And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Peter's Basilica, ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, and admire the masterpieces at Galleria Borghese.

For other places to visit and more tourist information, refer to the Rome route builder site.

Getting from Bracciano to Rome by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In October in Rome, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Wineries

Side Trips

Lake Como travel guide

4.2
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."