Day Trips

A day trip to Milan from Como is only a 40 minute train ride, so if you the time to visit this historical city, rich in cultural heritage be sure to put it on your list. Counted amongst its more famous attractions is the Cathedral with a capacity of 40,000, Da Vinci’s famous Last Supper, shopping mecca, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, La…

Located 30 km from Lake Como, Bergamo is the second most visited city in Lombardy after Milan. It is widely acknowledged as a city of rare beauty famous for its artistic treasures and enchanting medieval atmosphere. Bergamo is comprised of two distinct areas: a bustling…

Located north east of Lake Como’s uppermost reach is the Valtallina Valley that is home to some of the most spectacular mountain and valley hiking, rock climbing and bouldering. The area is supported by a number of Rifuggii …

Swiss town located less than an hour away from Como on a glacial lake of the same name. Its Swiss-Mediterranean mix of cultures is reflected in its architecture and cuisine. Its main square, Piazza della Riforma, is ringed with pastel-colored,…

A UNESCO World Heritage site consisting of a holy road and sanctuary on a "Sacred Mountain". The path combines art and spirituality consisting of 14 chapels that recall the mysteries of Rosario, a pilgrimage destination since the Middle Ages. Winding along a pebbly path,…

Switzerland on a smaller scale with 120 models of houses, castles and monuments in an open air park. The models have been recreated authentically with great attention to detail and include sites such as the Heidi Village in…

Monza is best known for its Grand Prix motor racing circuit, the Autodromo Nazionale Monza, which hosts the Formula One Italian Grand Prix. But less known is the 1693 acre park it is located in which features gardens and a…

Crespi d’Adda workers’ village is a UNESCO site: a modern vision of the ideal city built around the life of local manufacturing companies and the family. It is an outstanding example of a type of a working class village developed between the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. These workers’ village were present in Europe and North…

Resort town in the Engadine valley in Switzerland and host to the Winter Olympics in 1928 and 1948. It is a popular destination of the upper class and international jet set, as well as one of the…

Bormio’s origns are inextricably linked to its thermal waters which have been renown for their curative powers since ancient times. The baths at Bagni Vecchi, Bagni Nuovi and Terme di Bormio, are among the more…

With renewed popularity of Jurassic Park’s movie series, this destination is guaranteed to be a hit with kids of all ages. Full size models abound along with fossils, maze and playground. Along its …

Photo: Valtellina Winery (Day Trip)

Visit La Gatta, producer of the well known variety of Nebbiolo wines in the Valtellina Valley. The winery is located in a Dominican Convent from the 1500’s and then home to the aristocratic de Gatta family. Visits are very informative about the vineyards and the wine-making…

Situated in Switzerland about 10 kilometres south of Lugano. With its characteristic small alleys, old Patrician homes, valuable architectural monuments and its natural beauty, the lakefront position,…

From the original James Bond film "Goldeneye" with Pierce Brosnan. The world's most famous jump – and with its 220m in height – a world record. This key scene was shot exactly here: Verzasca Dam in Ticino, Switzerland. Apart from "Goldeneye", Bogner's well known film "Fire, Ice & Dynamite", as well as many other TV productions were shot here. Slip in to agent 007's…

Town in the province of Bergamo renown for its namesake carbonated mineral water, thermal baths, casino and art nouveau buildings. Located just an hour north east of the city of Lecco, this location promises to…

Photo: Campione d'Italia Casino (Day Trip)

Located in an Italian enclave within the Swiss canton of Ticino and separated from the rest of Italy by mountains, is the Casino Municipale. With an area of 55,000 square meters it is currently the biggest in Europe. The futuristic building with external finishing in…

Just north of Lake Como located in the centre of the Valchiavenna valley. The town has a rich history exemplified by buildings and palaces with beautiful facades, doors in soapstone and squares with splendid fountains. Among the attractions: The Vertemate Franchi Palace, a prestigious renaissance home of the Lombardy region; the…

Photo: Castles of Bellinzona (Day Trip)

These fortresses number among the finest examples of medieval fortification architecture in the alpine region. Bellinzona's fortifications, actually go much further back to a prehistoric…

Photo: Monte Generoso Railway

For 125 years now, the rack railway has been running along a picturesque 9 km stretch of mountain in scenary in the Monte Generoso nature park, from Capolago on Lake Lugano to the Monte Generoso summit at 1704 m. altitude. The steam train built in 1890 (the oldest…

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