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From Milan: Lake Como, Bellagio, & Varenna Guided Day Trip

1. From Milan: Lake Como, Bellagio, & Varenna Guided Day Trip

Marvel at the stunning scenery around Lake Como on a guided day tour from Milan. Choose between a shared group or private tour and cruise by ferry along the lake to discover Varenna, Bellagio, and the city of Como. Begin your journey from Milan by bus and travel directly to the city of Como. Join your guide on a walking tour where you can marvel at Como Cathedral and other historical gems. After exploring the city, hop on a ferry and travel along the lake. Listen to live commentary during the ferry ride highlighting top villas, gardens, and other sites along the landscape of the iconic lake. Disembark on Bellagio, regarded as one of the most beautiful and idyllic towns in the region, and enjoy 2 hours of free time. Relax and savor a regional meal at one of the local restaurants. Board another ferry and arrive at the colorful Varenna and take some free time to walk around this picturesque village. Stroll through its cobble-stone corridors and feel the charm of its tranquil streets.  After some free time in Varenna, board your bus back to Milan where you can sit back, relax, or, by taking advantage of the onboard WiFi, upload the day’s unforgettable memories to share with your friends and family.

Milan: Fast-Track Milan Cathedral and Terraces Guided Tour

2. Milan: Fast-Track Milan Cathedral and Terraces Guided Tour

Enjoy a 1.5-hour tour of the Milan Cathedral complex, including the terraces and the archeological area beneath the cathedral. Discover the history of this famous monument with your expert guide. You’ll also have access to the Duomo Museum and San Gottardo Church. Best of all, choose from either a shared small-group experience or private tour, depending on your preference.  Skip the ticket lines and enter the cathedral. Admire this stunning example of Gothic architecture and the artworks that decorate its interior. Continue to the rooftop terraces by elevator for breathtaking views over the city. Then explore the archaeological area beneath the Duomo, where the ruins of the Baptistery of San Giovanni alle Fonti were found. After your guided tour, you can visit the Duomo Museum and San Gottardo Church on your own.

Milan Cathedral and Rooftop Ticket

3. Milan Cathedral and Rooftop Ticket

Discover the iconic symbol of Milan with your access-all-areas ticket to the Duomo and see the 600-year-old cathedral. Learn about the history of St. Ambrose and the cathedral's important role during the evolution of the city both spiritually and culturally.  Admire city panoramas from the Duomo Terraces. Built using Candoglia marble, on bright days, you can see as far as the Alps and the Apennine Mountains. Elevator optional.   Admire the Duomo's 27 halls and its 14th-century Palazzo Reale's stained glass window, tapestries, and sculptures. See the archaeological remains of the S. Giovanni alle Fonti Baptistery and S. Tecla.   Gain a deeper appreciation of the cultural and spiritual heritage of Milan. Built in the 4th century by St. Ambrose and demolished in 1387 to make space for the cathedral, the Baptistery was forgotten until 1961.

Milan: Da Vinci's Last Supper Guided Tour

4. Milan: Da Vinci's Last Supper Guided Tour

See the masterpiece that is the Last Supper up close on a guided tour, learning about its fascinating history from your licensed guide. The Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie and the Refectory with the Last Supper has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1980. They were part of a large monastic complex belonging to the Dominican monks. See the Last Supper with this tour who will tell you all about the most fantastic wall paintings of the Renaissance. A licensed local guide will show you this masterpiece by Leonardo da Vinci, revealing surprising facts about the perspective, the composition and the technique used by the artist, as well as the history of the site.

Stresa: 1-Day Borromean Islands Hop-On Hop-Off Boat Tour

5. Stresa: 1-Day Borromean Islands Hop-On Hop-Off Boat Tour

With this hop-on hop-off boat tour you can explore the beautiful Lake Maggiore and the Borromean Islands. The exclusive boat service travels between Stresa and the 3 Borromean Islands – Isola Bella, Isola dei Pescatori, and Isola Madre. This tour allows you to travel at your own pace – you can leave the boat at any of the islands and hop back on the next boat when you want to continue. The tour is one of the most used services for reaching the amazing locations of the Borromean Islands and Lake Maggiore. The modern and comfortable boats take you to the most stunning and characteristic places on Lake Maggiore, the Borromean Islands, and Stresa. Ideal for those who like the freedom to travel at their own pace, this tour allows you to simply relax and enjoy the beauty of the lake.

Sirmione: 25 Minute Boat Cruise around the Peninsula

6. Sirmione: 25 Minute Boat Cruise around the Peninsula

The cruise departs from the small harbor in front of Sirmione Castle. Once aboard, set sail on this 25 minute sightseeing cruise and see Sirmione from a new perspective. Highlights of the tour include Maria Callas Villa, Aquaria beauty center, and the Grotte di Catullo, home to the largest Roman ruins in the north of Italy. Finally, cruise by Sirmione’s sulfur spring and watch the thermal waters bubbling up to the surface. As you head back to port, soak up stunning views of Scaligero Castle before disembarking the boat.

From Milan: Lake Como, Bellagio, and Varenna Day Tour

7. From Milan: Lake Como, Bellagio, and Varenna Day Tour

Enjoy a memorable full-day trip by luxury bus to Lake Como, world famous for its beautiful villas and gardens. You’ll have a chance to admire the 3 branches of the lake, each with different landscapes. Stop in the town of Como for a walking tour of the city center and a visit to the neoclassical Villa Olmo and its lovely Italian garden. Next, take a relaxing cruise on the lake by private boat, and enjoy the spectacular views. Visit the colorful villages of Bellagio and Varenna. Take a walk along narrow cobblestoned streets and enjoy the charming surroundings.

Milan: San Siro Stadium and Museum Self-Guided Tour

8. Milan: San Siro Stadium and Museum Self-Guided Tour

Visit the legendary San Siro Stadium and take a self-guided tour. Discover the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza di San Siro, home to two Italian football giants, AC Milan and Inter Milan. Enjoy included entry to the San Siro Museum. Head inside San Siro with your ticket to explore the stadium's public areas. Take a look at the pitch from the stands, visit the press-room where post-match interviews and photo sessions take place, and take a walk through the tunnel to the pitch. Your ticket also includes access to the San Siro Museum, the only museum in Italy set up inside a stadium. Here, discover the story of the two Milanese teams through a collection of unique memorabilia. Visit the museum before finally enjoying some shopping at the official stadium shop where you can buy the shirt of your favorite champion.

Sirmione: Sunset Boat Cruise with Local Wine

9. Sirmione: Sunset Boat Cruise with Local Wine

Enjoy a sunset boat tour of the Sirmione peninsula. Watch the colors of the sunset as you pass the ruins at Grotte di Catullo and Scaligero Castle. Choose from a group option with sparkling wine and a private option that includes wine and fresh fruit. Depart from the small harbor in front of Sirmione castle and embark on a 45-minute tour. Marvel at the beauty of the sunset while sipping Prosecco. Pass by the old villa of Maria Callas and the spa and beauty center Aquaria. See the largest ruins of a Roman building in Northern Italy at Grotte di Catullo. View the sulfur spring of the thermal waters of Sirmione and the towering Scaligero Castle. Feel the thrill of passing under two bridges of the castle.

Milan: La Scala Theatre and Museum Skip-the-line Ticket

10. Milan: La Scala Theatre and Museum Skip-the-line Ticket

Discover the Teatro Grande alla Scala, which is one most important focal points of both Italian and European culture. Built in 1778, the theater has hosted some of the greatest operatic artists, and many of the finest singers from around the world. Enjoy views of the famous stage from the third-level boxes. Explore the theater's Museum, which features a large collection of paintings, sketches, statues, original costumes, and other things related to opera. See musical instruments and other curios that tell the story of the theater.  The Museum Library contains more than 150,000 volumes and thirty manuscripts of complete works, as well as single sheets from composers such as Beethoven and Mozart. Learn about the beginnings of the career of Giussepe Verdi and his somewhat tumultuous relationship with the theater.

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I loved this wine tasting. It's different than other wine tastings. The guide goes into a lot of detail to explain how to appropriately taste wines - look, smell, etc. Really interesting to learn about that and try Italian wines.

Great day trip to Lake Como and the other nearby towns. The transportation was very efficient and the guide was professional and knowledgeable.

Loved this bike tour. Saw a lot of the city and we had a great guide (I can't remember her name at the moment - maybe Elisabeth?).

Loved this experience! Bellagio and Lake Como are just stunning. We had a great tour guide, Simon. Very knowledgeable and fun.

Very informative guide. Lots of beautiful scenery! Very enjoyable.