8 days in Lombardy Itinerary

8 days in Lombardy Itinerary

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8 days in Lombardy Itinerary

Start: Budapest
Fly:  5​h 45​min
1
Varese
— 1 night
train:  1​h
2
Como
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Chiavenna
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Milan
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: Budapest

1
night
Varese

Varese ©
Varese is a city and comune in north-western Lombardy, northern Italy, 55km north of Milan.It is the capital of the Province of Varese. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Sacro Monte Unesco di Varese, then learn about winemaking at Azienda Vitivinicola Fontechiara, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sacro Monte di Orta. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Lake Orta and then explore the activities along San Giulio Island.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Varese trip itinerary planning app .

Budapest, Hungary to Varese is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Varese when traveling from Budapest in October, with lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Como.

Things to do in Varese

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Orta San Giulio, Azienda Vitivinicola Fontechiara
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Azienda Vitivinicola Fontechiara ©
Azienda Vitivinicola Fontechiara
Lake Orta ©
Lake Orta
Sacro Monte Unesco di Varese ©
Sacro Monte Unesco di Varese

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Sant'Abbondio.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Como travel itinerary planner .

Take a train from Varese to Como in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Como are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Chiavenna.

Things to do in Como

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Villa del Balbianello
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Cathedral of Como (Duomo) ©
Cathedral of Como (Duomo)
Villa del Balbianello ©
Villa del Balbianello
Basilica di Sant'Abbondio ©
Basilica di Sant'Abbondio

2
nights
Chiavenna

Chiavenna ©
Chiavenna is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Sondrio in the Italian region of Lombardy. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di San Martino, examine the collection at Parco Archeologico Botanico del Paradiso e Museo Archeologico della Valchiavenna, then admire the striking features of Portico di San Lorenzo, and finally make a trip to IL Mulino DI Bottonera. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Palazzo Vertemate Franchi, take in the dramatic scenery at Cascate dell'Acqua Fraggia, see the interesting displays at Museo del Tesoro della Collegiata di San Lorenzo di Chiavenna, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di S. Lorenzo, then admire the landmark architecture of Palazzo Salis, and finally shop like a local with Atelier Pestalozzi - Watercolours by Kim Sommerschield.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Chiavenna online attractions planner .

Drive from Como to Chiavenna in 2 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Milan.

Things to do in Chiavenna

Museums Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Piuro
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Palazzo Vertemate Franchi ©
Palazzo Vertemate Franchi
IL Mulino DI Bottonera ©
IL Mulino DI Bottonera
Chiesa di S. Lorenzo ©
Chiesa di S. Lorenzo

2
nights
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 1st (Fri), pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Milano. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Il Cenacolo, then take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio, then step into the grandiose world of Castello Sforzesco, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Milan route planning website .

Drive from Chiavenna to Milan in 2.5 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 6°C. You will have some time to spend on the 3rd (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II ©
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Castello Sforzesco ©
Castello Sforzesco