Awe-inspiring art and architecture dating back to the Renaissance era, mouth-watering aperitivos and gelato, stylishly dressed men and women whizzing around on vespas…these are just some of the alluring characteristics and traits that we all associate with Italy and that help attract millions of visitors each year.
For those planning a trip to Italy’s fashion capital of Milan, we’ve picked out five of the best Italy tours starting in the city of Prada and Gucci. We hope they give you some inspiration for your visit.
FROM €919 PER PERSON
The five major lakes that comprise the Italian lake district are truly some of Europe’s most beautiful natural wonders. Starting in Milan, this 4-day tour offers the chance to explore them at your leisure via boat excursions and relaxed strolls, as you become acquainted with some of the region’s most picturesque towns such as Como, Verona and Bergamo. For accommodation, you’ll spend a night each in a trio of upscale 4-star hotels, all offering sublime views of their scenic surroundings. As well as water-based delights, you’ll also get to marvel at beautiful medieval buildings, antique churches and narrow cobbled streets – be sure to bring your camera!
FROM €40 PER PERSON
Get up close and personal with the wine and fashion culture of Italy’s Franciacorta region during this fully immersive 9-hour guided tour. Via an air-conditioned tour coach, you’ll travel from Milan before arriving at a local winery for a tour of the vineyards. Here you’ll learn about the winemaking process and taste some of the locally produced wines before sitting down for a light lunch. From there you’ll continue on to the popular Franciacorta Outlets, located between Lake Iseo and Lake Garda, where you’ll get to shop for famous Italian designer products and luxury goods. At the conclusion of your day of shopping and wine tasting, you’ll be transported back to Milan by coach.
FROM €50 PER PERSON
Enjoy an afternoon trip to the city of Bergamo, nestled in Italy’s Lombardy region at the foot of the Alps, northeast of Milan. The focal point of the tour, during which you will be accompanied by a friendly and knowledgeable guide, will be a leisurely but fascinating walk around the old town, a medieval mecca brimming with history, where you can admire the 500-year-old walls that once protected the town. The tour continues to stunning landmarks and attractions such as the town hall (Palazzo della Ragione), the St. Maria Maggiore cathedral, the Colleoni chapel and the baptistery. Your coach will then transport you back to Milan with great memories and a wealth of new knowledge.
FROM €89 PER PERSON
Available as either a full or half-day tour, this trip into the culinary heart of Italy will delight the taste-buds, as well as providing you with a whole range of fascinating information about Italian gastronomy. Starting in Milan, you can either drive yourself or be transported by a private chauffeur to the Emilia Romagna region, where you’ll be thrust into its rich foodie heritage accompanied by an expert guide. Discover the hidden secrets behind artisan production methods and visit a Parma ham producer and cheese dairy, savouring mouth-watering samples along the way. Next you’ll sit down for a lavish Italian lunch in an atmospheric wine cellar where you’ll get the chance to probe your guide with questions before your return journey to Milan.
FROM €362 PER PERSON
Visit some of Europe’s most striking houses on this full-day, private guided tour of the colourful cliffside villages of the Cinque Terre. From Milan, you’ll be transported by coach to the area on the Ligurian coast where you’ll get to explore two of its five villages at your leisure. You’ll even visit one of them, Monterosso, by boat, adding excitement and adventure to your trip, while the harbour village of Vernazza will be reached via a scenic coastal train journey. When your time in Vernazza draws to a close, you’ll go by rail to the town of La Spezia, where you’ll hop aboard your comfortable coach and return to Milan.