Lombardy Things to Do

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Lombardy Things to Do

  • Duomo - Cathedral

    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 II

    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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

    4.5 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Sirmione

    Lago di Garda Things to Do

    The historic center is located on the peninsula of Sirmione in Lake Garda. Just outside the city walls there a few parking lots to park your car. If you walk owards Sirmione from the parking lot the Castello Rocca Scaligera immidiately draws the attention. It was built somewhere in the 15th century. The few little streets are very rustic and cosy...

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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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  • Theater alla Scala

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Milan Things to Do

    The two upper tiers at La Scala are known as the galleries. For my second evening at La Scala I paid EUR 24.00 for a ticket in the last row of the topmost gallery. From the seat itself I could see nothing, but since there was no one behind me I could simply stand up the whole time and see nearly the entire stage, except for a small strip that was...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Naviglio Grande

    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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  • Colleoni Chapel

    4 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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  • 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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  • Riva del Garda

    Lago di Garda Things to Do

    The main buildings of Riva del Garda are the tower Torre Apponale from 1220, the Palazzo Pretorio in 1375 and the castle on the slopes of Monte Rocchetta dating from Venetian times. In the 12th century fortress Rocca on the lake you can find the municipal museum. Also beautiful the Chiesa di S. Maria Assunta a nice church already mentioned in...

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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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  • Church Santa Maria Delle Grazie

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Milan Things to Do

    Santa Maria delle Grazie is mainly famous for Leonardo da Vinci's 'Last Supper' which is housed in the adjoining refectory. The Dominican Order commissioned Guiniforte Solari to build this church for their monastery. The church was finally completed in 1490. In 1943 allied bombings damaged the church, but it was restored in 1947. To see the Last...

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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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  • 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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  • Limone sul Garda

    Lago di Garda Things to Do

    Limone sul Garda is a popular village on the western lakeside. During the high season a multitude of tourists stay in this village with about 1,100 residents . The evenings in Limone are therefore a bustle in the narrow streets and the beautiful lakefront. The name of the town derives from the Latin word "Limen", which means border, but it is...

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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 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 - CLOSED

    Milan Things to Do

    The store name is Kiton store located in via Gesù 11.. It is near four seasons hotel The staff is pretty rude I was resting because of waiting for my friend while he is buying a 1000 euro clothes.. He rudely tap the table where I was resting very loudly it almost broke just to wake me up and laugh while at it.. It almost gave me a heart attack......

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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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  • Monte Baldo

    Lago di Garda Things to Do

    Monte Baldo is not the name of one mountain,but the name of the whole range on the east side of Lake Garda. You can reach it with a funicular from Malcesine or from the little mountain village Prada also with funicular or you can take road SP3 up the Monte Baldo. This road starts in Mori at the northside of the lake and goes all the way down to...

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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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  • Day Trip to Como

    Milan Things to Do

    I would suggest a full day. Depending on which train you get, but the Central station goes straight to Como in about 3/4 hour to 1 hour (depending) If you go on a Thursday there is a market in the morning in Como city or if on a Saturday, then its all day, around the city walls. Take the Funicular up to Brunate for fantastic views or take an...

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  • Torri del Benaco

    Lago di Garda Things to Do

    Torri is a small town where you would drive by, if you stay on the main road and are not aware of the beauty behind the walls of the houses at the main road. It has about 3,000 inhabitants. The lovely old harbor with colorful fishing boats is the center of the lively town. Around this beautiful harbor you'll find a lot of cafes/bars, where you...

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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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  • Church Sant' Ambrogio

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Milan Things to Do

    Basilica of Sant'Ambrogio is one of the oldest churches in Milan, built by San Ambrogio in 379-386. The first name of the church was Basilica Martyrum, because it was built in an area Where numerous martyrs of the Roman persecutions had been buried. The current appearance was assumed in the 12th century when church was rebuilt in the Romanesque...

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