Milan and the Lakes

The journey we are going to propose has been studied AD HOC for those who want to live a glamorous and romantic experience at the same time: for high-end shopping lovers a stop in Milan is a must, the city is symbol for excellence in fashion and undisputed homeland of the Fashion week every year; but also for those who choose after a short stay in Milan to get away from the metropolis, the best combination are the Lakes, where the mild climate and breathtaking lakeside paths will give a moment of complete relaxation and well-being.

A Tour which combines a visit of a lively city such Milan, heart of finance and fashionable clubs, with two unmissable stops to be made by visiting some of the numerous towns that characterize Lake Maggiore and Lake Como: two jewels of rare beauty and very different landscapes that unveil flower gardens, palaces and sumptuous Villas, hills that overlook the lake and that offer breathtaking views, beautiful islands which are a  true union of art and nature.

If you do not know how much time to spend for a stay in Milan or for a journey out of town to the Lakes, contact our experts and get advice the best places and trendy location. Better if your choice of traveling is on board one of our comfortable vehicles; so you won’t miss a moment to immortalize every glimpse of true paradise!

Highlights

1. Milan
2. Lake Como
3. Lake Maggiore

Suggested itinerary: 7 nights – 8 days

Let yourself be guided by our experts who will advise you on the ideal holiday for you and your family or your friends, and indulge in the luxury of traveling on one of our chauffeured cars to move from one place to another without worries.

Milan

Milan and the Lakes

Milan is a city to be discovered, offering attractions for all tastes. In Milan you can visit many museums and monuments, attend theatrical performances, dine in restaurants of all culinary traditions and great chefs, go shopping. But those who are in Milan for the first time, can not fail to go to some places that best represent the city.

The Duomo is the symbol of Milan, with its spiers and late-Gothic architectural forms. Very impressive is the visit to the terraces, which allows on sunny days and clear skies to admire a unique panorama overlooking the whole city.

One of the most important monuments of Milan, of Visconti foundation is the Sforzesco Castle, erected as a defensive stronghold in the second half of 1300. Its events are long and troubled, including demolitions and remakes and the various foreign domains that affected the history from Milan. It owes its name to the Lord of Milan Francesco Sforza, who began its rebuilding on the Visconti foundation.

Between Piazza Duomo and Piazza della Scala you have to make a stop for a while at Vittorio Emanuele Gallery, called the “elegant Milan Lounge” of excellence:  a real pleasure to be walked through without haste, wrapped in the glass and steel dome of its “Ottagono”, accompanied by the charm of its boutiques and trendy cafès.

You can not leave Milan without having gone for shops: Milan is the city of shopping par excellence. In the center of Milan, in the shadow of the Duomo, there are the four most expensive streets of the city: Via Montenapoleone, via Manzoni, via della Spiga and Corso Venezia. These four streets form the quadrilateral of fashion: here are the designer boutiques, the design showrooms and the most expensive jewelers, a true paradise for ladies and for fashion addicted!

Lake Como

Milan and the Lakes

Lake Como has been one of the favorite destinations of an exclusive and international tourism for centuries, and today, thanks also to the many stars who stay regularly, the Lario attracts more and more visitors eager to immerse themselves in a glamorous and surreal atmosphere of beauty.

The Lake of Como, with its 410 meters of depth, is the deepest lake in Italy and offers a succession of glimpses reminiscent of the Norwegian fjords. This place boasts the presence of many illustrious people, from Napoleon to Winston Churchill, from Giuseppe Verdi to Alessandro Manzoni, the latter set the first Italian novel “I Promessi Sposi” here.

Difficult to prefer one location rather than another: Lake Como is dotted with wonderful villages, but some of them are real pearls of beauty, a must visit!

Cernobbio is the first village that you will meet coming from Como, this lively country is often mentioned in the newspapers for its guests that include Hollywood stars, internationally renowned singers and entrepreneurs from all over the world to enjoy the beauties of the Lario. In Cernobbio, a walk along its lakeside promenade and in the narrow and characteristic alleys leading to the entrance of Villa D’Este is recommended.

Isola Comacina is the only island of Lake Como and can only be reached by ferry. This picturesque island offers unique views and a quiet surreal atmosphere because for centuries it was totally uninhabited due to a medieval war that razed its homes.

In Tremezzina, a visit to the gardens of Villa Carlotta is not to be missed. Through their styles and geometries they tell the story of European topiary art and give unforgettable emotions thanks to the beauty of millions of flowers and plants which populate them.

Bellagio also called the “Pearl of Lake Como” stands on the promontory that separates the two branches of Lake Como. This village is certainly among the most glamorous and romantic of the Lario, its lakeside is bordered by refined hotels and restaurants, destination of international elite tourism.

You cannot miss during your stay a relaxing boat ride along Lake Como, to admire the breathtaking view overlooking this enchanting place.

Lake Maggiore

Milan and the Lakes

Lake Maggiore is one of the most beautiful Italian lakes that has enchanted great Italian and foreign artists who have stayed here. Lake Maggiore is the second largest lake in Italy, it is of glacial origin and its banks are in Lombardy, Piedmont and Switzerland.

On its shores there are real artistic and landscape treasures which absolutely deserve to be seen: as many as 11 islands, villas, gardens, palaces, impressive fortresses and castles. Ideal destination to start a tour of Lake Maggiore is without a doubt Stresa, with the beautiful lakefront overlooked by the great Art Nouveau hotels and from which you can take boats to reach the Borromean Islands. Tourist destination par excellence, the trip to the islands requires a day in total relaxation to visit the gardens and palaces of Isola Bella and Isola Madre, as well as the village on the Isola dei Pescatori.

Splendid villas and imposing fortresses and castles stand around the lake and its islands and testify to the history and culture that enrich this place with charm.

Beginning with the Visconti Castle of Locarno, and the Borromea fortress of Angera which now houses a doll museum.

Among the villas, of great interest are the Borromeo Palaces of Isola Madre and Isola Bella, and Villa Treves, which hosted Gabriele D’Annunzio and Giovanni Verga as guests.

Nature lovers will find in the Lake Maggiore the ideal place to spend their holidays thanks to the existence of countless botanical gardens, among which stand out  Villa Taranto with more than a thousand plants, the Camellias Park which which houses over 850 varieties of camellias from around the world.

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