7 days in Italy & Lugano Itinerary

7 days in Italy & Lugano Itinerary

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Start: Milan, Italy
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Milan, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
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Lugano, Switzerland
— Few hours
Drive:  2 h 30 min
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Genoa, Italy
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 45 min
4
Pisa, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
5
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
End: Milan, Italy

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Milan, Italy

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, and finally browse the different shops at Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sun): explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, admire the striking features of Piazza di Santa Maria delle Grazie, 2, then contemplate the long history of Castello Sforzesco, and finally stroll the grounds of Monumental Cemetery.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Milan day trip planning website.

If you are flying in from Iran, the closest major aiports are Malpensa International Airport, Milano Linate Airport and Il Caravaggio International Airport. In September, daily temperatures in Milan can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can drive to Lugano.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Castello Sforzesco ©
Castello Sforzesco
Pinacoteca Ambrosiana ©
Pinacoteca Ambrosiana

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Lugano, Switzerland

Lugano
Located in the popular holiday region of Ticino, Lugano is the largest Italian-speaking town in Switzerland.
To see maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Lugano travel route tool.

You can drive from Milan to Lugano in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September, daytime highs in Lugano are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. You'll set off for Genoa on the 29th (Sun).

Things to do in Lugano

Outdoors Parks Museums
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Genoa, Italy

Genoa ©
Once the most important harbor in the Mediterranean Sea, Genoa has a long history as a rich and powerful trade center in northern Italy.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): take a stroll through Boccadasse, get to know the fascinating history of Passeggiata Anita Garibaldi a Nervi, steep yourself in history at Abbazia di San Fruttuoso, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cattedrale di San Lorenzo - Duomo di Genova, and finally admire the striking features of Museo Diocesano Chiostro dei Canonici di San Lorenzo.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Genoa trip planner.

Traveling by car from Lugano to Genoa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Genoa when traveling from Lugano in September, with lows around 22°C. On the 1st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Pisa.

Things to do in Genoa

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Abbazia di San Fruttuoso
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Passeggiata Anita Garibaldi a Nervi ©
Passeggiata Anita Garibaldi a Nervi
Boccadasse ©
Boccadasse
Galata Museo del Mare ©
Galata Museo del Mare

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Pisa, Italy

Pisa ©
Known worldwide for the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the city of Pisa historically served as a maritime power in the heart of Tuscany.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): enjoy breathtaking views from Leaning Tower of Pisa.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Pisa holiday tool.

You can take a train from Genoa to Pisa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Genoa in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Pisa, with lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Venice.

Things to do in Pisa

Historic Sites

Side Trip

St Martin Cathedral
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Baptistery of St. John ©
Baptistery of St. John
Leaning Tower of Pisa ©
Leaning Tower of Pisa
St Martin Cathedral ©
St Martin Cathedral

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Venice, Italy

Venice
Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, then explore the galleries of Peggy Guggenheim Collection, then browse the exhibits of Doge's Palace, and finally explore the activities along Canal Grande.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Venice day trip planning app.

You can drive from Pisa to Venice in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Pisa in October: highs in Venice hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train back home.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

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