16 days in Florence & Lake Como Itinerary

16 days in Florence & Lake Como Itinerary

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16 days in Florence & Lake Como Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  12​h 15​min
1
Florence
— 6 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Bellagio
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Colico
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  17​h
End: Newark

6
nights
Florence

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Get out of town with these interesting Florence side-trips: Castello di Monteriggioni (in Monteriggioni), Guardastelle Vineyard (in San Gimignano) and Siena (Battistero di San Giovanni, Duomo di Siena, & more). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, contemplate the long history of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, and take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Florence journey planner.

Newark, USA to Florence is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. Expect little chillier evenings in Florence when traveling from Newark in July, with lows around 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Bellagio.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trips

Siena, Pisa, Castello di Monteriggioni, Guardastelle Vineyard
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Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Piazzale Michelangelo ©
Piazzale Michelangelo

4
nights
Bellagio

Bellagio ©
Known as the pearl of Lake Como for its luxury accommodations, high-end shops, and fine dining options, Bellagio serves as the lake's premiere resort town.
Change things up with these side-trips from Bellagio: Tremezzina (Villa del Balbianello & Villa Carlotta), Magreglio (Madonna del Ghisallo & Santuario Del Ghisallo) and Chiesa di S. Marta (in Menaggio). There's lots more to do: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, admire the natural beauty at i Giardini di Villa Melzi, walk around La Punta Spartivento, and go for a walk through Green Way dei Patriarchi.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Bellagio trip maker tool .

You can drive from Florence to Bellagio in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in July, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can drive to Colico.

Things to do in Bellagio

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Varenna, Tremezzina, Magreglio, Chiesa di S. Marta, Il lungolago
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Villa Carlotta ©
Villa Carlotta
Villa del Balbianello ©
Villa del Balbianello
Kayaking & Canoeing

3
nights
Colico

Colico ©
Colico is a city in the province of Lecco, Lombardy, Italy. Change things up with these side-trips from Colico: Spiaggia Tranquilla (in Dorio) and Stand-Up Paddleboarding (in Dervio). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Sentiero dei Forti, get outside with KTS40CableCrew, take in breathtaking views at Orrido di Bellano, and grab your bike and head to Pista Ciclabile Sorico - Domaso.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Colico online visit planner .

You can drive from Bellagio to Colico in 1.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Colico can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Colico

Outdoors Parks Adventure

Side Trips

Varenna, Gravedona, Bellano, Castello di Vezio, Stand-Up Paddleboarding
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Sentiero dei Forti ©
Sentiero dei Forti
Villa Monastero ©
Villa Monastero
Pista Ciclabile Sorico - Domaso ©
Pista Ciclabile Sorico - Domaso

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