7 days in Canton of Ticino & Milan Itinerary

7 days in Canton of Ticino & Milan Itinerary

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7 days in Canton of Ticino & Milan Itinerary

Start: Zurich, Switzerland
Drive:  2​h 45​min
1
Lugano, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
2
Milan, Italy
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
End: Zurich, Switzerland

1
night
Lugano, Switzerland

Lugano ©
Located in the popular holiday region of Ticino, Lugano is the largest Italian-speaking town in Switzerland.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): learn about winemaking at Tamborini Vini, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa dei Santi Fedele e Simone, and then delve into the distant past at Monte San Giorgio. On your second day here, step into the grandiose world of Castello di Montebello, explore the historical opulence of Castelli di Bellinzona, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Lido di Lugano.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Lugano trip planner .

Zurich to Lugano is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a train. When traveling from Zurich in October, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Lugano: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can drive to Milan.

Things to do in Lugano

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Bellinzona, Tamborini Vini, Monte San Giorgio, Chiesa dei Santi Fedele e Simone
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Monte San Giorgio ©
Monte San Giorgio
Chiesa dei Santi Fedele e Simone ©
Chiesa dei Santi Fedele e Simone
Castello di Montebello ©
Castello di Montebello

5
nights
Milan, Italy

Milan ©
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II and Piazza delle Erbe. Duomo di Milano and Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Milan: Riva Bianca Beach (in Lierna), Verona (Arena di Verona, Torre dei Lamberti, & more) and Spiaggia Tranquilla (in Dorio). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Castello Sforzesco, explore the galleries of Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Monumental Cemetery.

To find out how to plan a trip to Milan, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Lugano to Milan takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Shopping Beaches

Side Trips

Verona, Riva Bianca Beach, Spiaggia Tranquilla
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Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Arena di Verona ©
Arena di Verona
Piazza delle Erbe ©
Piazza delle Erbe

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