7 days in Italy & Lake Maggiore (Italy & Switzerland) Itinerary

7 days in Italy & Lake Maggiore (Italy & Switzerland) Itinerary

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Start: Montreal, Quebec
Fly + Train:  13 h 15 min
1
Florence
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Genoa
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Verbania
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Como
— 1 night
Train:  45 min
5
Milan
— 1 night
Fly:  13 h
End: Montreal, Quebec

1
night
Florence

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
On the 2nd (Sun), enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto, steep yourself in history at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, then see the interesting displays at Museo di Palazzo Davanzati, and finally appreciate the history behind Loggia dei Lanzi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, admire the striking features of Basilica San Miniato al Monte, explore the world behind art at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of Santa Croce, then take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Florence journey planner.

Montreal, Canada to Florence is an approximately 13.5- hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Montreal to Florence due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Montreal in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Florence: temperatures range from 35°C by day to 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Genoa.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums
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Florence Academy of Fine Arts ©
Florence Academy of Fine Arts
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Piazzale Michelangelo ©
Piazzale Michelangelo

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night
Genoa

Genoa ©
Once the most important harbor in the Mediterranean Sea, Genoa has a long history as a rich and powerful trade center in northern Italy.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): stop by Boccadasse, appreciate the extensive heritage of Via Giuseppe Garibaldi, then admire the striking features of Palazzi dei Rolli, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Spianata Castelletto.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Genoa tour itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Florence to Genoa by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Florence in August, Genoa is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can go by car to Verbania.

Things to do in Genoa

Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Boccadasse ©
Boccadasse
Via Giuseppe Garibaldi ©
Via Giuseppe Garibaldi

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Verbania

Verbania ©
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens Of Villa Taranto, shop like a local with Palazzo Borromeo, and then step off the mainland to explore Isola Bella.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Verbania trip planner.

You can drive from Genoa to Verbania in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. Traveling from Genoa in August, Verbania is slightly colder at night with lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Como.

Things to do in Verbania

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Palazzo Borromeo, Isola Bella
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Palazzo Borromeo ©
Palazzo Borromeo
Botanical Gardens Of Villa Taranto ©
Botanical Gardens Of Villa Taranto
Isola Bella ©
Isola Bella

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Como

Como ©
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.
On the 6th (Thu), take in the pleasant sights at Centro Storico, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Como (Duomo), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di Sant'Abbondio, and finally walk around Parco Spina verde.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Como trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Verbania to Como takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. In August, daytime highs in Como are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Milan.

Things to do in Como

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Cathedral of Como (Duomo) ©
Cathedral of Como (Duomo)
Basilica di Sant'Abbondio ©
Basilica di Sant'Abbondio
Centro Storico ©
Centro Storico

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Milan

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.
On the 7th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Dialogo nel Buio, pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Milano, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Milan travel route builder website.

Traveling by train from Como to Milan takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In August in Milan, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites
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Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Chiesa di San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore ©
Dialogo nel Buio ©
Dialogo nel Buio

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