Discover the historical residences, art, and cuisine of the Lombardy Region.
This tour will lead you through historical homes, art, and fine cuisine, starting from the capital city of the Lombardy Region. You’ll also visit Sirmione, the jewel of Garda Lake, as you discover old-world living on the Lombardy plains.
Best season : All year round
Included / Not Included
Assistance upon arrival at the Milano airport
Car rental with insurance
6 nights in a hotel (min. 3 stars)/ double room in a B&B
Guided tour of The Last Supper and the Santa Maria delle Grazie church in Milano
Entrance into the Duomo and onto its rooftop terrace
Drinks at the Terrazza Martini rooftop bar
Entrance into 8 museums/castles/historical homes
1 dinner in an agritourism
Guided tour of Vigevano
Guided tour of Cremona
Guided tour of Sirmione
Boat tour in Sirmione
Travel accessories and telephone with Italian SIM
Directions and suggestions for best bars and restaurants
Telephone assistance in Italian, English, Spanish and French
Flights to/from your home city
Meals where not mentioned
Travel Insurance (strongly recommended)
Upon arrival in Milano, you’ll be met by a representative from Italy Trails. Our representative will give you a warm welcome, provide you with your tour documents, and will then take you to pick up the rental vehicle that you will use for the duration of your trip. You’ll then continue on to the hotel which you’ve chosen where you can leave your luggage.
Depending upon your arrival time, you may be able to begin seeing the city’s sights as you stroll through the navigli (canals) district, one of the city’s most lively areas, even late into the night. It’s always been one of the city’s most noteworthy historical areas, full of time-honored monuments, and even ancient legends. This is where you’ll discover why one church carries a glimmering star on its bell tower instead of the traditional cross. Here’s a clue: the day of the Epiphany (Three Kings Day) is very important for this holy place. If you happen to choose to spend April 29th here, you could even have the chance to take part in an ancient cure for migraines. Legends, mysteries, and history can all be accompanied by fine dinner or drinks in the soft lights of one of the many local eateries that border the canals of Milano.
Return to your hotel and spend the night in Milano
Today you’ll be led right into the beating heart of the city where you’ll meet your guide for a viewing of The Last Supper, Leonardo da Vinci’s undisputed masterpiece. It is located inside the refectory of the Domenican monastery in the Santa Maria delle Grazie church. You’ll also take a guided tour of that church, and at the end of the tour, you’ll take a short walk over to the church of San Maurizio. This church seems insignificant on the outside, but inside there is an explosion of decor, stucco work, and frescoes on every available surface; it’s practically a Milanese Sistine Chapel.
After lunch, you’ll tour the Sforza Castle, the grand home of the Sforza family. Here, you can see walls painted in frescoes by Da Vinci himself, as well as viewing Michelangelo’s Pietà Rondanini, all conserved in this same ancient structure.
Unfortunately, the castle no longer has its original furnishings. So we’ll proceed to a different location where there is a structure from the 800s that was built in the Renaissance style and is completely decked out with furnishings from the 400s and 500s. Imagine – this manor was occupied by the Bagatti Valsecchi family up until the 20th century. Yet, as you walk through those halls, it will seem like you’ve traveled 500 years into the past.
At the end of the tour, you’ll find yourself right at the center of the fashion world. So, if you’d like, you can stroll down Via Montenapoleone and Via della Spiga to do some window shopping at the storefronts of some of the biggest names in fashion.
After this pleasant outing, you’ll have the chance to relax at Terrazza Martini, near the Duomo. Here, you can look out over the plaza, with a drink in hand, as you peruse the city center that will be your next day’s destination.
Spend the night at a hotel in Milano.
After breakfast at your hotel, you’ll begin your day with a visit to the Duomo, a masterpiece of Milano’s late gothic architecture. The exterior of the structure is alive with spires, statues, and bas-reliefs, while the interior is a majestic display of works of stained glass whose colors and lights enchant the viewer. You have the option of taking an audio tour (reservation required) around the inside, and you can have your wish granted to go all the way to the top of the Duomo. There, you’ll see the symbol of both the Duomo and of Milano itself: the statue of the Virgin Mary, perched on the highest spire, 108 meters (355 feet) tall. Your ticket also allows you to access the Duomo’s terraces. As you walk through a forest of spires in the sky, you’ll be able to take in the whole of Milano all at once.
When you’re finished at the Duomo, you’ll pass through the Vittorio Emanuele Gallery as you head towards the Scala Theater. The exterior of the Scala – the world’s most famous theater – doesn’t really do justice to its opulent interior. As you pass through to the theater’s museum, you’ll have the chance to step out onto one of the stages. For just one moment, as you stand among the gold and crimson, under the lights and the enormous chandelier, beyond the spacious foyer, you’ll feel like a real first-time performer at the Scala.
After lunch, you’ll collect your luggage and set out for Vigevano. You’ll meet your tour guide there and have the chance to admire the splendid Renaissance-style plaza, as well as the magnificent castle where Da Vinci once worked on a project involving stalls for livestock. There’s also a small but interesting museum dedicated to shoes (Vigevano is the capital of fine footwear). In addition, you’ll find a fascinating covered and raised walkway from Renaissance times which used to connect the castle to areas beyond the city.
At the end of your visit here, you’ll travel by car to a place of natural beauty where you’ll find the agritourism establishment where you will spend the night.
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