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Our plane landed at Milan Malpensa international airport around 10 a.m. local time. After claiming the baggage and taking a pre-leased car we made our way to Lake Maggiore, the first destination of our tour. (As for roads, cars and everything around you I recommend opening a separate website section devoted to this problem).
Our hotel was situated in the town of Verbania. On Lake Maggiore we were going to see Borromean Islands considered to be one of the most beautiful places in North Italy.
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On the second day of our trip we “moved” from Lake Maggiore to Lake Garda. At first we planned to visit Bergamo and Brescia just in order to have a little rest and add some variety to our long trip. But from the very first moments in Bergamo it was clear that it wasn’t just a quick visit to a small town which should become one of the necessary destinations of the trip around Italy. A few hours spent in Bergamo added special charm to our second day in Notrh Italy.
The second day, in addition to Bergamo, we visited Brescia and Torri del Benaco.
We started the third day with visiting Verona and continued with visiting a wonderful town of Mantova.
After visiting a very small but unique village of Borghetto we finished the intensive day in Sirmione which is considered to be one of the pearls of Lake Garda.
This is how our day looked on the map:
I never imagined a tour around Northern Italy without visiting the Alps. So we decided to spend our fourth day in that very place. You will certainly be impressed by wonderful Alpine nature, the beautiful Lake Tovel and the large amazing Nardis waterfalls. So the day spent in the Alps will sear itself into your memory for a long time.
Our day was finished with a wonderful walk and supper in Malcesine. Here is the map of the fourth day:
We started the fifth day with a walk on clouds on Monte Baldo and continued in a very exciting place called Cascata del Varone. After that we visited two towns of Riva del Garda and Limone and finished the day with supper right in the town walls Lazise.
I called that day “around Garda”:
We started the sixth day with moving from Garda to Venice.
After a pleasant shock we got in the Becher Hotel we went for a walk around that amazing town. We started from the St. Mark’s Square (Piazza San Marco), scaled the San Marco Clock tower and walked near the Bridge of Sighs. After a walk around the city we visited the church of Santi Giovanni, took a gondola ride along Rialto, admired the church of Santa Maria and finished the day with dinner right near the Rialto Bridge. Then we spent another few minutes in the St. Mark’s Square and returned to our hotel which was just a stone’s throw away from the square.
We started the seventh day with a trip to the Murano Island. The island is famous for its glassmakers.
But like everything in Venice the trip itself is exciting enough to deserve separate attention.
Our seventh day in Italy was finished with a train travel from Venice to Milan. The ticket cost 35 euro per person.
We stayed at the Hotel Cristallo located right near the railway station. Because of lack of time we devoted the day to visiting the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele and a short walk around the Duomo.
Our eighths day was fully devoted to the tourist attractions of Milan. We started the day with climbing up onto the Duomo and visiting the Sforzesco Castle. Then after a walk around the city park we made our way to the San Siro stadium. We came back to the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele and then went to the local “Venice” – Viale Gorizia.
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