Lombardy Things to Do

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Lombardy Things to Do

  • Duomo

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Milan Things to Do

    If you buy the ticket then you will be able to get up on the roof of Cathedral Terraces. Views from the roof of Duomo are stunning. Just have a look at the pictures. When you are on the roof the first your impression is as if you get in the forest of spires. That magnificent masterpiece is worth the money you spent for your visit. Opening times of...

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  • Funicular Como/Brunate

    Como Things to Do

    Exit the train station, walk to the lake, then go right, you will reach the funicular. We were able to use it for free with our seven day Lombardy train pass, but we had to show our pass at the ticket office first and get issued with return tickets. When you get off at the top, go down the steps to the viewing platform before exiting the...

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  • Città Alta

    Bergamo Things to Do

    The Porta Sant’ Agostino city gate is the Southern gate to Città Alta for all motorized traffic. Although the center gate is just a single lane, all traffic (including the buses and trucks) have to pass this gate and making a sharp turn to get at the road along the outer walls. Porta Sant’ Agostino was designed by Paolo Berlendis. Construction...

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  • Malcesine

    Lago di Garda Things to Do

    Head to Malcesine which is a beautiful town at the bottom of Mont Baldo. The town in itself might be a consideration for somewhere to stay, but we just headed here to take the cable car up the 1800 feet to check out the views. In summer you can take a walk and take in the stunning scenery and in winter you can take the car up with your skis and go...

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  • Villa Melzi

    Bellagio Things to Do

    The Villa Melzi is a short walk from the centre of Bellagio along a promenade lined with oleander trees. The Villa was built between 1808 and 1810 for Francesco Melzi d'Eril, who was vice president of the Italian Republic under Napoleon. It was designed by Giocondo Albertolli. Although the villa itself is not open to visitors, there is a small...

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  • Lakeside Towns

    Lago di Como Things to Do

    We took a boat to Varenna, which looked like a fairytale village from the boat, and it didn't disappoint us when we walked there. It's a mere village and less touristy than Bellagio and thus have more authenticity to it. We really loved it. We wanted to have pizza for lunch/dinner that day but as usual we wanted to eat at difficult time and ended...

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  • Galleria Vittorio Emanuele

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Milan Things to Do

    This arcade links Duomo Square with the La Scala Opera House. It was designed by architect Giuseppe Mengoni, and named after King Victor Emmanuel II. The Galleria was inaugurated on September 15, 1867, but work continued on it for another ten years. The day before its completion in December 1877, the architect Mengoni suffered a fatal fall from the...

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  • Como Historic Center

    Como Things to Do

    The original church on the site dated from the sixth century and was dedicated to St Euphemia. The current structure dates from the eleventh and twelfth centuries. The architectural style is Romanesque. The layout comprises three irregular naves in a central unit crossed by ambulatories (a sort of clover-leaf shape), with women's galleries above....

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  • Piazza Vecchia

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Bergamo Things to Do

    This beautiful square in the centre of Bergamo has a lovely fountain in the centre. This is decorated with white marble lions donated to the city by Alvise Contarini in 1780. On the north side there is a library building which used to be the town hall. This was being restored and was hidden under tarpaulin during our visit. On the south side is...

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  • Gardaland

    Lago di Garda Things to Do

    Largest theme park in Italy - definately stop here with the kids (or if you're a big kid like me its fine too) with range of rides (30+ in total) and 6 roller coasters. It's pretty pricey (around 30+€ for a standard ticket) but there are other options and promotions on frequently. There's also an aquarium which you can get access to separately...

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  • Basilica of San Giacomo

    Bellagio Things to Do

    The Basilica of San Giacomo, built around the end of the 10th century to the beginning of the 12th century, is considered an excellent example of Roman - Lombard architecture. The church has undergone many reconstructive periods, and while I found the main altar quite beautiful, it was still a very somber and dark interior which greeted my...

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  • Lago di Como

    Lago di Como Things to Do

    The weather changes so quickly and the forecasts are little help. So, if you awaken and find yourself in the midst of a clear day - don't miss the boat. Every time I go out on the lake I see a new view.

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  • Castello Sforzesco

    4 out of 5 stars

    Milan Things to Do

    I liked Milan Cathedral, but when I abandoned my attempt to go on the roof due to the queue, I re-entered the Duomo Square still holding the money for going on the roof, not very visibly, in my hand. The not very visibly did not deter someone from unsuccessfully trying to snatch it from my hand. This in turn caused me to want to get the hell out of...

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  • Duomo - Cathedral

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Como Things to Do

    Como Cathedral is located on Duomo Square. It is a beautiful building attached to Como's medieval town hall with its large tower. In Italian it is called the Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta; the Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The construction of the cathedral began in 1396, 10 years after the foundation of Milan...

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  • Città Bassa

    Bergamo Things to Do

    Città Bassa or the lower town is probably the first part of the town of Bergamo that you will encounter. The train station is the main port to town. The nicest thing about Città Bassa is that it's rather on one level. Spending a day here is a good preparation for a Città Alta visit. Points of interest in Città Bassa: -Train station (Stazione...

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  • Sirmione

    Lago di Garda Things to Do

    Sirmione is one or probably the most famous place in Lago di Garda. So many tourists and so many nice shops (all type of shops and more...more than one can immagine). This is Castello Rocca Scaligera, which is the first thing you see as you arrive in Sirmione! We arrived there with a bus from Verona! It was a great idea to visit this wonderful...

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  • Varenna

    Bellagio Things to Do

    Varenna, on the eastern shore of the lake, can be visited easily from Bellagio by either the car ferry or the passenger service. A return ticket costs €9.20. I found it a more attractive town than Cadenabbia as the main road is higher up and does not come through the centre of the town. There is a very pleasant walkway along the lake side between...

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  • Como Promenade

    Lago di Como Things to Do

    Few have visited Lago di Como and not taken this most famous Passeggiata - Lino Gelpi. It leads you along the lake from Piazza Cavour at the historic center lakeside to Villa Olmo. Whatever the season, you will see enchanting Lake vistas, villas, locals and tourists alike.

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  • Teatro alla Scala

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Milan Things to Do

    When I took this first photo on a sunny spring morning I was trying to get La Scala from the same angle as in a famous painting by Angelo Inganni from the year 1852. At that time the opera house was in a narrow street because the square, Piazza della Scala, was not created until several years later, in 1858. Of course there were no tram tracks or...

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  • Lakeside promenade

    Como Things to Do

    It's a pleasant walk round the lake from the ferry pier to the Villa Olmo, or it will be shortly, when the redevelopment of the lakeside promenade is complete. When I visited in July 2013, part of the new walkway was open, but it wasn't possible to go all the way along, so we had to make a slight detour. After that, you pass the Tempio Voltiano...

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  • Basilica S. Maria Maggiore

    5 out of 5 stars

    Bergamo Things to Do

    Santa Maria Maggiore's basilica dates from the twelfth century, the North and South porches were added by Giovanni da Campione in the fourteenth century. Next to the south portal of Santa Maria Maggiore in Via Arena is il Tempietto di Santa Croce, a tiny church dating back to the year 1000.

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  • Salo

    Lago di Garda Things to Do

    Salo is the most charming of all the Lake Garda towns. Plenty to do and see for the visitor, but it doesn't feel like a tourist trap. A long, charming promenade curves around the beautiful bay of Salo, lined with restaurants, bars and cafes. Parallel to this the main shopping street is full of fairly smart (but not too expensive) shops and is free...

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  • Isola Comacina

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Lago di Como Things to Do

    Isola Comacina is a beautiful island in lake Como, just across and very near to Sala Comacina, a charming little town on the shore. At Isola Comacina there are many villas, one of them was used in the newest Star Wars movies as Naboo. :) It's in the vicinity of Sala Comacna, on a small peninsula. Sala COmacina is a lovely little town, or a village,...

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  • Santa Maria Delle Grazie Last Supper

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Milan Things to Do

    Leonardo da Vinci's painting, The Last Supper, in the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, reaches across the centuries and plucks at your heartstrings. It's a large, symbolic painting that took da Vinci four years to finish. Because he chose to paint with tempera on wood, which allowed him to make changes, the painting began deteriorating even in...

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  • Villa Olmo

    Como Things to Do

    The Villa Olmo is a neoclassical villa located by the lake shore. It was built at the end of the eighteenth century. It is named after a great elm tree which once grew in the grounds and was supposedly mentioned by Pliny the Younger. Today it is used for exhibitions. Openining hours Tuesday to Thursday: from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday to Sunday: from...

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  • Colleoni Chapel

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Bergamo Things to Do

    The Colleoni's chapel is the mausoleum of Bartolomeo Colleoni, a military leader that made this chapel build as tomb for himself and for his daughter Medea. In the chapel there is a wonderful golden wood statue of Colleoni that shows all the respect he won with its military campaigns, and a lot of statue and low reliefs full of symbols which refer...

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  • Torri del Benaco

    Lago di Garda Things to Do

    I think Torri was my most favourite resort in the southern part of Lake Garda. It is part of the so-called "Riviera degli Ulivi" (Olive Riviera) and was an ancient fortified city as its Roman name Castrum Turrium signifies. Apart from its colourful harbour it had quaint little cafe squares tucked away in its streets, a Scaligeri castle (1388) with...

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  • Como City

    Lago di Como Things to Do

    Get inside the old towns and explore its narrow streets. Often you'll find a playful game of lights, the clothes drying from the window or cats strolling around and sneaking behind the corner. It's vry peaceful and arhaic...

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  • Shopping or Fashion District

    Milan Things to Do

    Milan is one of the fashion centers of europe and shopping here is like heaven for the many fashionista's. The stores are really fabulous. And if you're lucky enuff to come here during the sales there will be some unique bargains to be found here. But to be honest for most people...shopping here tends to be limited to the window variety. If you...

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  • Monuments & Museums

    Como Things to Do

    It may look like a classical temple, but the Tempio Voltiano is actually a science museum, dedicated to the physicist Alessandro Volta (1745-1827), who was born in Como. Volta is particularly famous for his invention of an early form of electric battery in 1799. Admission to the museum costs €3. The ground floor has showcases of apparatus,...

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  • Cathedral

    Bergamo Things to Do

    Walk through the arches of the Palace of Reason and you enter the Piazza del Duomo - Cathedral Square. On this square you will find the cathedral, the baptistry, the Church of Saint-Mary Major and the Colleoni Chapel. Bergamo's lovely cathedral dates from the eighteenth century. The baptistry has columns and statues representing the Virtues....

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  • Monte Baldo

    Lago di Garda Things to Do

    Monte Baldo is beautiful nature resort overlooking the town of Malcesine in the northeastern side of Lago di Garda. You can reach it by foot climbing up, by the road driving the car, and by funivia (cable-car) which is the most attractive way. In the summer times, Monte Baldo offers spectacular view of the whole area of Lago di Garda, while in the...

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  • Vistas

    Lago di Como Things to Do

    The little viewing areas that jut out slightly into the lake from Passeggiata Lino Gelpi were strategically placed to give you an extraordinary view from each vista. After a few visits, I noticed that they are all different design and shapes - square - oval - round. Much thought given to our aestetic pleasure.

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  • Navigli

    4 out of 5 stars

    Milan Things to Do

    As far as everybody knows Milan had no natural water arteries from the ancient times. Navigli canals were dug out in Middle Ages just to create cheap water ways so that deliver to the city row materials and divers goods. Since I’m from Saint Petersburg where we have more than three hundred rivers and canals I couldn’t be impressed with couple...

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  • Lake Como

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Como Things to Do

    Simply grabbed the "lake taxi" up to Bellagio - but the views are fantastic along the way....with lots of villas, towns, and majestic mountains, there's not really a moment that goes by where you're not taking pictures

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  • Limone sul Garda

    Lago di Garda Things to Do

    Driving from north to south along the Gardesana Occidentale, the first village you see after Riva del Garda. It lies under a huge cliff and it seems to be afraid of it. I am sorry for the bad picture but the wind was blowing so bad when i visited that it was impossible to hold still!!! It is a real gem but unfortunally, the municipality seems to be...

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  • Brunate

    Lago di Como Things to Do

    Well, since there was yet another strike in Italy and the ferry was not operating, I walked over to the funicolare, which was about the only form of transportation operating today (Friday, Nov 30th). The entire ride up to Brunate provided great views of the lake and the mountains. Once you arrive on top, there are spectacular vista...

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  • Lake Como - The Lake District

    Milan Things to Do

    As we were staying in Milan for five days, it was no question that we wanted to do at least one day trip to another place. In the end we decided to go to Lago Maggiore for one day, and to Lugano on another day. At Lago Maggiore, we went to Stresa and then visited the three Isole Borromee. These islands - Isola Bella, Isola Pescatori and Isola...

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  • Lake Como - Boating/Water Sports

    Como Things to Do

    While in Como I noticed that there where hydroplanes flying frequently over the lake. In Como there is an Aero Club where pilots can get seaplane training. And there are also possibilities to take a tour over the lake with a plane (and that is not too expensive). When I heard this I thought of checking it out, but in the end I was too short of...

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  • Peschiera

    Lago di Garda Things to Do

    In my opinion a rather disappointing experience. The long cue of the cars waiting to enter, the price (70 euros for 2 adults and 2 children), and the little animals seen. By the time our car entered the safari, the boys were already tired of sitting in the car. Not particularly interested in the animals unfortunately. The car ride in itself was...

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  • Fiumelatte - Milk River

    Lago di Como Things to Do

    Varenna is home to Italy's shortest river, the Fiumelatte. Only 250 meters long, it rushes, frothy and milk-white (hence the name) down the rockface and crashes into the lake. From the end of March to the end of October each year. And then it stops. Just like that. Leonardo da Vinci climbed down to find out where the water came from. But neither he...

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  • San Lorenzo and Sant'Eustorgio

    Milan Things to Do

    In the IV century B.C. San Lorenzo stood outside of the city walls, not far from the amphitheater, the imperial palace and the circus along the way Ticinensis, which joined Pavia to Milan and it was the access road leading to the city. For people who arrived to Milan that Basilica was presented as “one of the most impressive buildings of Christian...

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  • Bardolino

    Lago di Garda Things to Do

    Bardolino is a more modern lake resort but has lovely lakeside promenades (could walk into Garda from here if wished, or cycle. Lovely wide main pedestrianised street leading down to the ferry point too. Also noticed that several hotels had bicycles for hire and these seemed popular for getting about on – and they can even be taken on the lake...

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  • Duomo

    Lago di Como Things to Do

    I found the interior of the Duomo to be definitely more interesting than the exterior. The dome is especially stunning. Beautifully illuminated by the clearstory windows and highlighted in gold leaf, it alone is worth the visit. Very Gothic in feeling, most interior is relatively dark except for the shaft of light created by the dome.

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  • San Siro Stadium

    4 out of 5 stars

    Milan Things to Do

    Guided tours of the stadium start in the museum every fifteen minutes. You can just hang around in the museum and then take the tour that suits you when you are finished looking at the displays - there are no reserved time slots. I must admit that I don't think this system is very good. Because everybody can take the tour when they like, and tours...

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