Best Things to do in 2 Days in Lake Como Itinerary

Lake Como in 2 days


Are you planning your Lake Como itinerary and wondering about the best things to do in Lake Como in 2 days?

Well, if so, you have found the perfect post as this quick guide will help you to find out what to do in Lake Como – the most beautiful places to visit and fun things to do. Also, you will find some travel tips for your Lake Como itinerary.

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Before heading to the Lake Como itinerary, here is some information for your Lake Como trip.


Lake Como, located conveniently close to the German, Swiss, and Austrian borders, has become a popular spot for travelers and tourists worldwide.

Lake Como is in Northern Italy – more precisiely it is located in the region of Lombardy. It is easily reachable from places like Milan or Bergamo. It takes about 50 minutes from Milan to Como by train.

Lago di Como has an area of 146 square kilometers, so it is the third-largest lake in Italy just after Lake Garda and Lake Maggiore. 

With a maximum depth of approximately 410 meters it is also one of the deepest lakes in Europe.

Lake Como has been a popular destination for aristocrats and wealthy people since Roman times, and now for people from all around the world (the high prices here might scare many people away!).

Where to Stay in Lake Como For 2 Days

After spending some time in Switzerland, I was still surprised to see that Como’s prices aren’t that different from Switzerland. Especially hotels are costly.

If you are looking for a hotel in Como’s town, you will pay way more than if you opt for a hotel in one of the areas close by. I have visited Lake Como twice – I once stayed in Como directly and once in an eco-hotel near Como.

However, if I revisited Lake Como, I would book a room in the town of Bellagio – Bellagio is the prettier town and slightly cheaper.

Here are some of the best places to stay around Lake Como:



Find out more about an eco-hotel I stayed or check out my accommodation guide for Lake Como – the best areas to stay and best hotels for all budgets.

What to Pack for your Lake Como Itinerary

The region can become extremely hot in the summer, so do not forget to pack some sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, and many spare tops to change clothes for a hot summer day.

Italy is a country of beautiful and very stylish while still classy people. While I think you should dress as you wish, Italy – and Lake Como in particular – is the place to dress up. Click here for my full packing list.

How to Get Around Lake Como in 2 Days

Getting around Lake Como by car is probably the most convenient way, BUT it is also possible to get around by public transportation like buses or trains. Some boats get you around as well. So, whether you have a car or not, getting around Lake Como is, in general, quite easy.

On the other hand, Parking is not very easy and pricey in many areas (like Como). So, if you don’t depend on your car, I suggest using public transportation.


The best time to visit Lake Como in the warm months. However, it depends on HOW warm you like it.

I visisted Lake Como both times in summer (July) and it was wayyyyyy too hot. July and August are the warmest months but it is also very humid and – honestly – very unpleasent. However, if you want to swim or love the heat then July or August are the best months to visit.

If I visited Lake Como again, I would go for a trip in May, June or September. Prices for accommodation will drop, tourists are mostly gone and temperates should also drop while it is still warm.

Booking Tours in Lake Como

Many activities mentioned here can be done without any tour guide and are even free, or do not cost a lot.

If you plan to do guided tours, I recommend GetYourGuide. I have become a fan of GetYourGuide, and so I started booking my own tours and activities mostly via them. So if you do not know them yet, try them out – you can book many tours all over the world via them, and they allow you (most of the time) to cancel tours for free (let´s face it, sometimes things just come in between).

I have added a few tours for you, so click on the links if you are interested in the tours.


Here is how my perfect Lake Como itinerary looks like, and this is what to do in two days in Lake Como.

Lake Como comprises, among others of the towns, Como and Bellagio, and you´ll find tips for these towns as well as for some other places in Lake Como. I recommended starting with exploring Como, and here are the best things to do in Como.


Okay, one of the must-see places is Como itself.


You should plan half a day to one full day for visiting the more prominent town (actually it is a city), Como. It is a city at the southern tip of Lake Como in Northern Italy.

Como Old Town

You can start with Como’s old town – it is a cute old town and town center with a beautiful cathedral – the Como Cathedral and it is fun to get lost in the streets of Como.

Small cafes invite you to have a drink and take a rest while watching people strolling through the streets. I could spend hours getting lost in the narrow streets and checking out the smaller shops.

However, though Como is lovely, I admit that it is not mind-blowing, and it is also pretty expensive. For me, spending half a day in Como itself is enough, and there are also some other spots worth to be checked out.

(Tip: If you are into Italian food, why not do a Como Food Tour? To find out more about it, click here to find out more about food tours in Lake Como)Market Square & Promenade

Definitely put the market square with the promenade in Como on your list. It is one of the main tourist attractions in Como – where a lot of cafes and restaurants allow you to overlook the gorgeous lake. Again, the market square is nice but not the most beautiful one I have been to in that region.lake como promenade in front of brunate cable carThe promenade is beautiful for (long) walks – depending on your preferences, you could spend a few minutes to several hours here. Though there is not something in particular interesting, it is just a nice vibe.

Boat Tour

The most prominent resident of Como is George Clooney. If you want to see his house (or better, the villa of George Clooney), you can do a boat tour and see his and many more beautiful villas lined up at Lake Como (boat tour is my must-do if in Como).The boat tour in Como is actually one of the best things you can do in Lake Como or better on Lake Como. It is fun, though not free, but great on a hot day because it includes Lake Como sightseeing and a cool breeze.

Since it can get really hot and humid, this is the best chance to have a fresh breeze and see those million-dollar houses at the lake. If you prefer it a bit calmer, you could do a Dinner Cruise Tour on Lake Como.After exploring Como for more than half a day, it is time to visit this cute uphill town.


Besides the boat tour, I enjoyed my trip to Brunate the most. Brunate is a small village on the mountain – situated approximately 700 metres above sea level – and you´ll have great views. Walking around that little village is a little highlight.

It has about 1,800 residents, but in the summer months, it gets much busier when tourists rent houses and apartments.How to get from Como to Brunate?

You can use a funicular to get up, and the cable car station is located quite central and next to the market square. Return tickets are around €6 and the funicular ride takes less than 10 minutes.

You hike up Brunate, but I did not try that out due to laziness. Plan in about an hour for 4 km. If you are more into real hikes, you can find some ideas for hikes in the Lake Como area here.

Tip: If you want to skip one of the above activities and are looking for an alternative, you can check out the following ideas:

End your day with a cooking course (there is probably no need to talk the Italian cuisine up to anyone) or dine at the Lake Como promenade.


For day 2, I have following suggestions for you. Day 2 can start with an excursion to Lake Pusiano.

Lake Pusiano

If you are interested in visiting quieter places, I recommend Lake Pusiano, a hidden gem in the region of Como.Lake Pusiano is also known as Eupilio and is a lake in Brianza, is just close to Como and is not visited by many tourists (yet). The island boasts an ancient history, dating back as far as the Neolithic period, approximately 10,000 years B.C.

Lake Pusiano is the only one of the Brianza lakes that has an island: Isola dei Cypressi (Island of Cypresses). It is a natural hill and it is one of those little pieces on earth where time is standing still. Lake Pusiano is also well-known for its flat water: no wind, no currents beneath of the lake surface. So, it could not be more tranquil and peaceful.

Also, only a few (eco-friendly) boats are allowed on that lake – starting from Bosisio Parini or Pusiano.The island takes its name from its numerous cypress trees and now is a private property, available for visits just on guided tours. The island is also home to many animals  – including little kangaroos (I ave not seen any but there are some around) and different birds.

This is a good place to have a pinic or dine in one of the restaurants along the shores of Lake Pusiano.


Okay, time to visit my favorite area here, which is most likely Bellagio.

Old Town

The old town of Bellagio is the best place to add to your Lake Como itinerary – if you ask me. It is charming, and though it is smaller than Como, it is more colorful, and I would say, more beautiful.Bellagio in 2 days in Lake ComoI fell in love with the old and prominent stairways of Bellagio and the beautiful promenade with many flower pots everywhere. The stairways are probably the main point of interest, and there is a reason – walking down the stairs makes you feel pretty cool, or at least I felt cool :).


The beautiful promenade of Bellagio is another place to visit.I did not get to spend that much time in Bellagio itself, but if you enjoy sweet, romantic towns and beautiful promenades – where you can have a drink in one of the numerous cafes – you will enjoy it as much as I did.

Let´s face it: Bellagio is more picturesque than Como.

Madonna del Ghisallo

Depending on how fast/slow you have traveled, you could add this to your Lake Como itinerary – Madonna del Ghisallo.

If you are interested in cycling and have some time left, you will enjoy a visit to the museum Madonna del Ghisallo.” If you are not, then you will at least enjoy another great view of Lake Como.

Trattoria Baita Belvedere

My top tip is to have dinner on day 2 at Lake Como is Trattoria Baita Belvedere at the top of Bellagio. It seriously is the best place to visit in Bellagio to eat.

It has one of the most beautiful views for dining in Bellagio or probably the whole region, and the prices are affordable (organic and regional food).

Make sure to call them ahead and reserve a table – the seats with a view were quite limited!


As you can see, this Lake Como itinerary is quite busy if you only stay there for 48 hours, though it is doable if you have more time, you could take more time and do these things in 3 or 4 days. If you stay longer than 2 days in Lake Como, you can even do some fun day trips to Bergamo or Milan.

As mentioned at the beginning, Como is pretty but did not blow me away – Bellagio did, however. While there are more tourist attractions, the above-mentioned places should not be missing on your 2-day Lake Como itinerary.

Most Fun Things to do in Sirmione, Lake Garda, Italy

Best things to do in Sirmione, Lake Garda, Italy. Where to go and what to visit #sirmione


Planning a trip to Sirmione, Lake Garda? Then find out about the best things to do in Sirmione – the best attractions and places to visit.

Sirmione is probably the busiest town in the Lake Garda area. It is a real hotspot, and though I think I liked Limone sul Garda just a little bit better, this was pretty cool as well.

Known as “the pearl of the islands and peninsulas,” Sirmione’s fame comes from its thermal waters that offer healing properties, and writers like Catullo and Goethe that hailed its beauty. 

Sitting on Lake Garda’s south bank, Sirmione has a population of almost 7,800 inhabitants and some of the best attractions around. If you’re wondering about Sirmione, what to do and what to see, this lively and fun town has a lot to offer.Best tourist attractions in Sirmione, Lake Grada


Here are some travel tips to help you get to Sirmione and get around the town itself. 

How to Get to Sirmione

By plane: Bergamo (Milan) and Verona/Brescia or Verona Airport are popular airports close by. From there, you either head to Sirmione by car or bus. 

  • By car: Sirmione is reachable by car from the A4 Turin/Venice motorway.  You have to park your car outside the town center. Just before the village center is some (paid) parking but it is jam-packed, and you might not easily find a parking spot. So, if you come by car, either arrive very early to find a parking spot or park a few kilometers outside and then walk or take a bus.
  • By train/bus: There is no train station in Sirmione. You can take the train to the Desenzano station, the most popular junction in Lake Garda, where all trains stop. Or you get to Peschiera del Garda and get to Sirmione then by bus. Both villages are about 10km from Sirmione. From there, you can take buses or a taxi.
  • By boat: You can reach Sirmione also via boat from many villages on Lake Garda´s shores.

How to Get Around Sirmione

There are many places that you can walk to in Sirmione. Just wear comfy shoes and be ready to walk a bit.

You are not allowed to drive in the old town. If you get to Sirmione by car, make use of one of the (paid) car parks. They do get more crowded the closer you get to town, though, and it might be impossible to find a parking slot – we had to do some driving until we found a spot.

If you plan to take a day trip and see other nearby cities in Lake Garda, there are boat and ferry services – and, of course, you can get around by bus.

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Where to Stay in Sirmione

I stayed in Limone (a town I totally adored) – however, Sirmione is also a great place to stay in Lake Garda.

More Sirmione Travel Tips

Check out the following posts for more detailed information:


Sirmione is full of lovely attractions and also close enough for some delightful day trips. Here are some of the best things to do and places to visit in Sirmione at Lake Garda.

Stroll the Streets 

Wondering what to do in Sirmione first? Take a walk through the old town. Lined with restaurants, small boutiques, and colorful houses, the winding streets have plenty for your eyes to see. What to visit in Sirmione best things to do in Lake Grada

Best places to go in Sirmione best things to do in Lake GradaI thought the old town was really nice, and the beautiful flowers that were everywhere I looked were so charming. I’m still a bigger fan of Limone’s old town, but this one was definitely worth a visit.

If you are looking for a bite to eat, there are pizzerias and gelaterias along the walkways. Rest, enjoy the colorful and lively city center, and get a taste of Sirmione.

Visit Scaliger Castle

One of the best places to visit in Sirmione is Scaliger Castle. Built in the 13th century, this is one of Italy’s best-preserved castles.Best towns at Lake Garda Sirmione, Lake Grada

Where to go Sirmione, Lake GradaIt is located on the narrow part of the peninsula and surrounded by Lake Garda. There are three towers, and the main tower reaches 47 meters high.Travel tips Sirmione, Lake Grada These days, the only way to get to the castle is by crossing a drawbridge and climbing 146 steps. You will be rewarded with stunning views of Sirmione and Lake Garda. 

While the views from the inside are nice, the cost is about 6€, so if you are on a budget, skip this and see it from the outside. These views are lovely as well.

Take a Boat Tour 

I love boats, and the sunset boat tour on Lake Garda is wonderful. You get some fantastic views from the water, so I highly recommend it. Boat tour in SirmonieIn front of Scaliger Castle, you will find the boat station where you can hop on. The tour takes you around the peninsula, which takes about 25-30 minutes. This is definitely one of the best activities in Sirmione.

During the off-season, you might be able to hop on a boat without a prior reservation, but in the busy months, I recommend booking your Sirmione boat trip in advance.

Spend Time at the Beach Behind the Castle

There is a cute little beach behind Scaliger Castle, so once you are finished touring the inside and outside and enjoying the views of Sirmione and the lake, head over here.Where to go in Sirmione best things to do in Lake Grada While you could swim in the water, I don’t suggest spending your time in the water if you have only one day in Sirmione. However, it is a nice place to relax and get some fresh air.

Sirmione can be busy even during the low season, so this is the perfect place to escape some of the bustle and crowds.

Swim at Jamaica Beach

Another one of the tourist attractions in Sirmione is Jamaica Beach. I did not actually visit it because I only saw it while on the boat tour. But apparently, it is a special place.

This beach is trendy and offers clear waters, great views, and warm waves to dip your toes into. This is not a sandy beach, though, but big stone plates in and beneath the water.

Getting to Jamaica Beach is a bit challenging, though. So, while many recommend staying at Jamaica Beach for one hour or so, plan in another hour to get there and get back as it lies on the Sirmione Languet. 

TIP: Don’t have enough time? Then do a guided tour and discover the best of Lake Garda in one day.

Discover the Grotte di Catullo

The Grotte di Catullo is another point of interest in Sirmione, though I did not have a chance to visit it. It lies at the northernmost end of the Sirmione peninsula on the southern shore of Lake Garda. This ancient Roman villa dates back to the first century, and its ruins are very well-known and popular landmarks.Best tourist attractions in Sirmione, Lake Grada The villa was reported to be the home of Catullo and his family, a Latin poet who died in 54 B.C. The building has sunk to different levels because of sloping rocks, with the main building in the northern part.

If you have the chance, visit the Grotte di Catullo. It is a lovely piece of Italian history and is even older than the Colosseum in Rome. 

Visit Gardaland

Gardaland is one of the best things to see in Sirmione if you have kids – and even if you do not. I did not get to see it when I was in Sirmione, but it is extremely popular and a lot of fun.

The park has about 18 different rides to choose from, and there are also activities and other attractions.  If you can, book your tickets at least 7 days in advance – then your tickets will be just 18€ each. 

Take a Day Trip to Verona

If you are still wondering about Sirmione, what to do while here, a day trip to Verona would be a great idea.Lamberti Tower view in Verona Famous for being the setting of Shakespeare’s play, Romeo and Juliet, Verona is also the biggest city in the area. You can drive from Sirmione, and it will only take about 1-1 ½ hours.

Once you arrive in this beautiful city, enjoy the lively and colorful piazzas. Stroll along the side streets and discover the heart of Verona.

If you are looking for a little more history, check out the Ponte Pietra, which is an arch bridge over the Aldige River from Roman times.

You can get to Verona by car or bus, but there are also guided tours available. Check them out here.

Boat Tour to Limone  

When it comes to Sirmione, Lake Garda things to do, nothing beats a boat tour. Take the boat tour to Limone and enjoy a lovely day trip to one of the cutest villages I have ever seen.Limone what to see and do in Lake Garda, Promenade Going to Limone by boat takes some time – 3 hours to be exact – but it is full of picturesque scenery and worth the effort. The cost is 30 € for a round-trip ticket. You can also drive or take the bus (but it is rather time-consuming). 

In Limone, you can explore the harbor and see tons of colorful houses overflowing with beautiful flowers. Find more pictures of this gorgeous town and get some Limone travel tips.


While I totally loved the area of Lake Garda, I suggest a day trip to Venice as well if you are in the area for more than 5-6 days. It takes about 2 hours to get to Venice by car/bus it Venice is probably the most unique destination in the world. No other place is like Venice.Venice Itinerary 2 days2 days in Venice and Burano would be a perfect time to spend there. However, you can see quite a bit in one day only. If you start your day early and book certain activities in advance, you will be able to get an excellent glimpse of Venice. Find my tips for the best Venice attractions.


As you can see, there are so many things to do in Sirmione –  you might have trouble fitting them all in. Hopefully, this list of Sirmione attractions has helped you narrow down where to go in Sirmione and what to see. 

It is a beautiful town in Northern Italy, and you should not miss out on it.Safe Travels, Arzo


Italy, most underrated places in Italy. off the beaten path


Are you looking for a hidden gem in Italy to visit? Without a doubt, Italy is rich in AMAZING places to visit. Everyone knows destinations like Rome, Milan, Venice, the Amalfi Coast, Cinque Terre, and Florence in Italy. They are incredible, no doubt about it, but they are also popular and crowded – not just in the summer but also all year round. 

But Italy is so much more than just these areas, and if you are looking for some hidden gems in Italy, you will find some tips here. Italy is full of exciting and fun cities, amazing architecture, delicious food, beautiful art, incredible religious hamlets, cute streets, and stunning coastal towns. There are so many hidden gems that should be on your Italy radar because they are just as beautiful as their more popular counterparts, if not more so. 

These hidden gems tend to be cheaper to visit, less crowded, and have a more authentic feel since you will meet more Italians and fewer tourists.

Experience the wonderful hospitality of friendly locals at these off-the-beaten-path travel destinations. This post will let you know what makes these hidden gems of Italy so very special.

At the moment, this post focuses on underrated places in Northern and Central Italy as I haven’t visited Southern Italy yet – I know, what a shame. I am sure this will change soon.

Also, I know that “hidden gem posts” can be controversial as none of the places are deserted. To me, hidden gems mean they can be well-known amongst locals, but the big crowds – especially from abroad – have not discovered the place yet, and it is not the main travel destination.


Located in the northern part of Italy, Bergamo is most known for its airport and proximity to Milan. In my opinion, it is the best place to visit in Lombardy. And I say this, even though I have just received a 72€ fine for driving my car in the old town of the city, which is not allowed – but after all, I still love Bergamo.Churches to visit in Bergamo, Italy

Best things to visit in BergamoBergamo has an upper and lower area, but the upper area is the place to visit. You’ll find the 18th-century Cappella Colleoni, a gorgeous church that is even lovelier inside, where you can view frescoes by Tiepolo.

There are also the Venetian walls, Piazza Vecchia, Duomo di Bergamo (the city cathedral), and some lovely little squares and cobblestone streets you can get lost in.

Bergamo is a great place to spend a day or two. Here is my detailed Bergamo post for more information on this beautiful hidden gem in Italy.


Not to raise your expectations too high, but this may be my favorite city in all of Italy. The capital of Liguria, Genoa, is a fairly large city with about 600,000 inhabitants.

And even though it’s not small or without people, you won’t find many international tourists. Best secret places in Italy, Genoa or Genova

Best hidden gems in Italy, GenoaThis is a pity because Genoa is such an incredible place. Full of attractions, you can see the Romanesque Cathedral of San Lorenzo, visit the fun harbor, wander the interesting, narrow streets, and enjoy beautiful views of the city accessible by the funicular. And then there is the waterfall in Villetta di Negro.

Be sure to visit Via Garibaldi, a breathtaking historic street populated by palatial residences.

Genoa is one of the most underrated places in Italy, but it’s also the best. I mean…a waterfall in the city says everything!


Another hidden gem to add to your list is Trento. With a population of 120,000 people, this is a much smaller city than Genoa and is located in the Trentino-Alto Adige region in the northern part of the country. Where to go in Trento, Italy and what to do.

Best view in TrentoTrento is one of the most authentic places in Italy. It is very lively and colorful, with lots of sights and attractions for you to enjoy. See the Trento Cathedral with its rose window, Piazza del Duomo, and Buonconsiglio Castle, known for its medieval frescos and amazing views and scenery. 

Trento is just a few minutes away from the mountains and Lake Garda. The best way to enjoy Trento is by staying for two nights because you will receive the Trentino card, giving you free access to almost all the sights and attractions.

Check out more Trento travel tips here and find more information on this jewel of Northern Italy.


Lucca is a beautiful town located in Italy’s Tuscany region. I thought it would be rather famous since I had heard about it several times before visiting, but there were not many tourists when I went at the beginning of April.

In fact, considering its 90,000 inhabitants, there were still not a lot of people to seen while I was there.Secret places places in Italy, Lucca in Tuscany

Most underrated places in Italy, Lucca in TuscanyWhile in Lucca, you will find a lot of towers and churches – a lot. You can walk along the Lucca walls built during the Renaissance and enjoy the view. But you should climb at least one tower while you’re here.

The most popular of the towers is the medieval Guinigi Tower. After you climb about 270 steps, you can enjoy some amazing views of the city.

While Lucca is not exactly a hidden place in Italy, it is neither overrun with tourists and thus a great place to visit (especially compared to other places in Tuscany).


Lerici is also in the region of Liguria on the Italian Riviera. It’s conveniently located close to La Spezia and Cinque Terre. This is a local´s place even as it is gaining popularity as a travel destination, but I still consider it a hidden gem in Italy – and what a hidden gem!  Underrated places in Italy, Lerici in Liguria

Best hidden gems in Italy, LericiLerici is a small fishing village with only about 10,000 inhabitants. But despite its size, there are many beautiful things to see. If you take a walk on the promenade, you’ll be wowed by the breathtaking views – everything makes this place look lovely and adorable.

Lerici is a great alternative to Cinque Terre and a good place to get lost for views hours or a day. It gets busier nowadays, but the crowds you have in Cinque Terre are no fun. So, Lerici became one of my personal Cinque Terre highlights and is one of Italy´s top hidden gems. Check out my post on day trips from Cinque Terre to find more information on this beautiful gem.


While you’re here, you should also visit Tellaro, just a few kilometers away. It was described by a local as being like a village in Cinque Terre but without the crowds.Most underrated places in Italy, Tellaro Liguria

Underrated places in Italy, Tellaro LiguriaPerched on a cliff overlooking the Italian Riviera, Tellaro is one of the prettiest places in Liguria, maybe even Italy and was even voted as one of the most beautiful hamlets.

You can combine it with a trip to Lerici as it is small and you can discover the main attractions quite fast. While I surely liked Lerici more (it is bigger), it is a place that deserves a place on this list of hidden gems in Italy.

Lake Sorapis

This is perhaps the most beautiful lake in northern Italy. Located in the province of Belluno, in the Dolomites region, Lake Sorapis is one of the most distinctive lakes because of its color – it reminds me of Canada’s lakes. Lago di Sorapis, best things to see in the Dolomites.Must see place

Lago di Sorapis in the Dolomites, ItalyYou also have Lake di Braies, which is close by and extremely popular. But Lake Sorapis is not as popular because you have to hike for a bit to reach it, which can be quite challenging. This mountain lake is about 2,000 meters above sea level, so you will have to follow one of the two hiking paths – easy or difficult – to get here.

If you prefer the easier path, there will be more people on it with you. The harder one is a little more off-the-beaten-path, and you will see very few people along the way. But whichever trail you choose, it will be worth it.

One of the best places to visit in the Dolomites as Lake Sorapis is a beautiful hidden gem of Italy. Please find out more about my hike to Lake Sorapis here. 


This small city in Tuscany is another travel destination that you must see if you like veering off the beaten path. Pistoia is surely one of the most hidden gems in Italy. With 90,000 inhabitants, I would have expected it to be busier, like other cities of its size.

But when I visited on a sunny April afternoon, there were not many people around. Secret places places in Italy, Pistoia in Tuscany

Most secret places places in Italy, Pistoia in TuscanyBut there were lots of places to see. Check out the Piazza del Duomo, Pistoia Cathedral, and the Palazzo del Vescovi (an 11th-century palace that holds several museums now). There are also many beautiful churches that you can visit.

You can combine your trip to Pistoia with a visit to nearby Pescia, located between Lucca and Florence. With a population of just 20,000, Pescia isn’t very large but has some lovely attractions.

You can see the Pescia River, the Santi Stefano church, some interesting bridges, and the Pescia Cathedral. You can easily do both towns in one day.

Porto Venere

If you ask me about my favorite town in Italy, it would be Porto Venere. It is one of the best secret places in Italy, yet also one of the most beautiful. Located on the Ligurian coast, it is only about half an hour from La Spezia in northwestern Italy.Best hidden gems in Italy, Porto Venere

Best hidden gems in Italy, PortoVenereThe town is known for the Porto Venere Regional Natural Park, where you can hike and dive. But even if you are not a hiker or diver, you will love the colorful seaside promenade that can easily compete with the villages of Cinque Terre. Castello Doria, once a fortress, sits on top of a cliff and has some of the best views you can get. 

This is a small place, but there are lots of things to see and do. It will probably only take you a few hours to stroll through this lovely town and take in the sights. Porto Venere is great for anyone who wants to escape the Cinque Terre crowds but still experience the famous colorful beauty of the Ligurian coast and access the beach. Here is my more detailed guide on Portovenere.

It is THE best day trip to take from Cinque Terre, and actually, I think it should be even on your Cinque Terre itinerary.

Santa Margherita

Since I had never heard of it before I stayed there, Santa Margherita is quite a busy place. I just booked a hotel there because it was close to Portofino. It is also close to Genoa, and you can get there in minutes. Best hidden gems in Italy, Santa Margeherita

Santa Margherita in Liguria, hidden secrets in ItalyI was pleasantly surprised when I arrived. It is the prettiest bigger town in all of Liguria, in my opinion. What sets the city apart is that it doesn’t have the typical charm of the other towns. A lot of Italy looks aged and faded, which is what makes it so charming. But Santa Margherita is picture perfect and clean. It reminded me of the Venetian hotel in Macau or Las Vegas. 

It’s a stunning place to wander the streets. There’s a really nice harbor, a 17th-century palazzo called the Villa Durazzo. You can enjoy the gardens and a view of the town, and stunning churches like the Chiesa di Santa Margherita d’Antiochia.

Make sure you visit the insides of the churches, as they are gorgeous – some of the fanciest I have ever seen. 

You can easily get from here to Portofino and Genoa, but it would be a pity to use it as a base. Santa Margherita is a unique and lovely hidden gem that you should definitely see while visiting Italy.


Another hidden gem I have encountered in my Italy travel is Perugia. The city, the Umbria region’s capital, has defensive walls around the historic center and holds some interesting places to visit, like Rocco Paolina, an old city beneath the city. Sound weird? It is.Perugia piazza, one of the best secret places in Italy

Perugia view, one of the best of the beaten places in ItalyThen, the Fontana Maggiore, the Perugia Cathedral (it looks less impressive on the outside than the inside), and the National Gallery.

I cannot say I wanted to move here, but it was fun to visit and experience another off-the-beaten-path city of Italy, and it was different from the other places I have seen and visited in Italy.


One of the bigger cities that I really enjoyed was Padua – wow, what a beauty! However, due to its location – being only around 40 km from Venice – it is often overshadowed by its very famous neighbor. But Padua is the perfect place for a day trip from Venice.Padua, where to go in Italy to see secret places?

Padua church, one of the hidden places in ItalyIt has the biggest square in Italy – and Italian cities were created with some amazing squares at their centers – where many statues are on display! Then, there is the Basilica of St. Anthony – a stunning church that is one of the prettiest in all of the country.

Padua is quite small, and you could see it within one day, but if you want to stroll the streets and enjoy a lesser-known place in Italy, which is still lively and full of attractions, then Padua is your best option.


If you visit Italy for the first time, make sure to check out the best travel tips for Italy.

I hope this list of the most beautiful hidden gems in Italy will help you plan out your own itinerary and see more than just the typical, popular locations.

Italy is a gorgeous country with so much to offer, so skip the crowds and see its beauty off the beaten path.Safe Travels, Arzo

Fun and Best Things to Do in Bergamo, Italy

The best things to do and see in Bergamo, Italy. Where to go and what to do


Planning your Bergamo itinerary and wondering about the best things to do in Bergamo, Italy? Then read on and find out about what to do and more travel tips in cute Bergamo.

I had never planned on visiting Bergamo in the first place – just because I had not known how lovely this city is. If you are like me, this post will hopefully help you find out why you should add it to your bucket list and what you should do in Bergamo.

It is a beautiful city that has more than an airport (which most people use to get to Milan cheaply). Located close to Milan, many people skip it and head straight to the fashion capital instead, which is a big mistake as Bergamo is a real gem. The city’s uphill old town, the lovely views, nice scenery, cobblestone streets, small little shops and stores, and more are all great reasons for visiting Bergamo.

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Bergamo Travel Tips

Before discussing the top things to do in Bergamo, here are some tips, so your trip goes smoothly.

How to Get to Bergamo

By Plane: Bergamo has its airport, which many use to get to Milan (I repeat myself when mentioning that this is a mistake). It takes about 10-15 minutes to get to the town center (Lower Bergamo), and buses, taxis, and trains transport you there.

To get to the old town (Upper Bergamo/Citta Alta), you can take a taxi or get there by bus.

By Train: Bergamo has a train station, and train connections in Italy are pretty good. So, I would advise getting here by train or plane.

By Car: I got to Bergamo by car (after some time in the Dolomites), but driving in Bergamo is not the best way to get around. You cannot drive your car in the old town (Citta Alta), but you can arrive and park your car in the Citta Bassa (Lower Bergamo).

Best Time to Visit Bergamo

My answer is September during Green Week. I was not aware of Green Week when I booked my stay, but it was the best coincidental decision I made. There are so many activities, more cafes and spots to sit down and relax, more meadows (some artificial, but still), and the place has a special atmosphere.

So, if you can visit at that time, do so. Otherwise, I suggest visiting in spring or early fall. Though I haven’t been in Bergamo in the summer, I can only assume (as I have been to Milan and Lake Como at that time) that it gets extremely hot and crowded in the summer months.

Where to Stay in Bergamo

Bergamo does not have the same price tag attached that Milano or Lake Como has, so if possible, book a hotel right in the uphill old town (Cita Alta).

We stayed in an apartment (I visited with my parents and my dog), and it seemed to be a good choice for us (because we wanted to have our own kitchen, etc.), but a hotel in the old town would probably have been an even better choice.

If you can, choose Citta Alta (Upper Bergamo) over Citta Bassa (lower Bergamo). It might be more expensive, but you are right in the most interesting district.

Also, keep in mind that there is an extra tax that often isn’t shown when booking a hotel (2€ per person a night).

Find out more about luxury accommodation in Bergamo and get the best rates.

Click here to find the best mid-range hotels for your trip to Bergamo

Here are some great budget hotels and hostels in Bergamo

What to Wear in Bergamo

Italians are the best-dressed people in the world (according to me and, now, to my parents), and people in Bergamo all looked very stylish and classy. I think the proximity to Milan (fashion capital) is another reason why all people looked beautiful and well-dressed.

However, while Italians might wear high heels in the city center, I recommend wearing comfortable shoes because of all the walking you will do (yes, there is a lot of walking included in this itinerary) and the cobblestone streets.

How to Get Around

By foot. Walking is the best means of transportation. Though you can use a funicular or public transportation to get from Upper Bergamo to Lower Bergamo, other than that, you will most likely walk.


Take your water bottle to refill on the go. There are plenty of water fountains that provide fresh, cold water for free.

Dogs need a muzzle if they use the funicular/cable car (for all of Italy).


Visit Citta Alta

Citta Alta is the old town of the city, located on a hill. Thus, you will be able to spot it from far away, and it is as charming as it looks from down below.

How to Get There

By funicular: Buy a funicular ticket for the uphill ride (you can buy it directly at the station).

By bus: Some buses can take you to the old town of the city.

By foot: You can also hike up there. Since there will be a lot of walking in the city, later on, it depends on you, whether you want to hike up, too. I definitely suggest hiking down, though; it is worth it.

Piazza Vecchia

The old square was built back in the 15th century and is now the market square and heart of Citta Alta. 

Best things to visit in Bergamo

Market square, the best places to visit in Bergamo

The Contarini Fountain right in the middle is a perfect little market square for this pretty city. During Green Week, it is was even busier than usual, and the pictures you see here don’t really represent the usual look.

However, this place is absolutely charming with restaurants, shops, and medieval buildings worldwide, and it’s a popular hotspot all year round. It is also home to one of Italy’s most ancient libraries – Palazzo Nuovo.

Campanone Tower 

The civic tower, Campanone Tower, was built in the 12th century and offers panoramic views. 

The best places in Bergamo to visit

You can either climb up the 230 steps or take a lift to enjoy the view of the piazza (and also see the biggest bells in Lombardy) from Campanone Tower’s 52-meter height. 

If you stay in the old town, you might hear the tower’s 100 bells ring at 10 pm. The ringing was originally used to show that the gates were closed and is still done today.

The entry fee is about 5€ for adults.

Rocca di Bergamo

More great views are from this castle in Citta Alta – it is popular amongst tourists and locals alike.

When it was built in the 14th century, it was used as a fortress, and it now serves as a museum. It also gives good views of the park in the front, which is perfect for relaxing.

It seems to be a perfect spot to enjoy the sunset, so if you stay overnight, you have your sunset spot.

Piazza Duomo

Just behind Piazza Vecchia is Piazza Duomo. Before Piazza Vecchia, this was the city square. Here, you will find two beautiful buildings – one of them is probably the most beautiful in all of Bergamo.

Bergamo most beautiful places

Piazza Duomo in Bergamo, Italy. One of the best places to visit

Colleoni Chapel – Cappella Colleoni

It was built in the 15th century and is now a main church in the city and a mausoleum – and a popular Bergamo point of interest.

Churches to visit in Bergamo, Italy

Stunning Cappella Colleoni and more places to visit in Bergamo

Bergamo free things to do

This is probably one of the highlights of any Bergamo trip. The chapel looks pretty from the outside, made of white and red marble in the Italian Renaissance style, but it is even more stunning from the inside. 

The ceiling, the frescos – this is pure art and eye-candy.

It is closed on Mondays and free to enter.

Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore – Santa Maria Maggiore Basilica 

The church was founded in the 12th century, so before the Colleoni Chapel, and is now a major church in Bergamo. Before visiting the chapel, I suggest visiting the basilica first. It is beautiful and can be visited on any day, but the chapel is even more fascinating, which is why I recommend visiting them in this order.

Open every day, free to enter.

Venetian Walls and Gates

Walking at least some parts of the 6km-long Venetian Walls, a UNESCO World Heritage Site is a must. There are benches to sit and enjoy the views, so with this in mind, six kilometers isn’t all that much, even after a busy day with a lot of walking already.

Venetian Walls in Bergamo, CItta Alta

Bergamo points of interest

Bergamo attractions Citta Alta

Its construction began in the 16th century, and to this day, the walls are still intact!

As we had our apartment in Lower Bergamo, we decided to walk down and passed one of the four gates on the way back. With a lovely view of Citta Bassa, we walked back to the more modern part of the city.

Stroll the Streets

Bergamo’s narrow and winding streets make it perfect for getting lost. If you aren’t in a rush, you should aimlessly walk around, enjoy the pretty buildings everywhere, and soak in the views.

Best things to do in Bergamo, walk the street

Wine Tasting

Are you a wine lover? Then you can also do a wine tasting tour in Bergamo. I am not into wine, so I cannot vouch for it, but it seems that it is a great day activity from Bergamo. It would be a quite busy day in Bergamo, but wine lovers probably will manage to squeeze in that activity.

However, even without the wine tasting, it will be a day full of fun in Bergamo.

So, if you plan your Northern Italy itinerary, add this gem to your list and enjoy the beauty of Bergamo. I am sure you will not regret it! It might not be as famous as other places in the area, but it is full of charm and lovely people all around.

Safe Travels, Arzo

Most Epic Day Trips From Florence, Tuscany

Best day trips from Florence, Italy. where to go near Florence and what to see


Florence is one of Italy’s most beautiful cities, so it’s no wonder so many people flock here each year. Florence has something for everyone – whether you are on a budget or splurging, whether you are an art enthusiast or a novice, whether you are a fan of the outdoors or prefer to stay in, you won’t be disappointed by Florence.


There is so much to see and do. It would be easy to spend your entire trip in this city. However, you would then miss out on some of Florence’s amazing nearby towns and cities of Tuscany that are worth a visit. Taking day trips from Florence is a great way to spend your trip, as you are close to some of Italy’s most famous places – like Rome, Cinque Terre, and Porto Venere.

This post will let you know the best day tours from Florence. You won’t be disappointed with these fun, colorful, and historical villages and cities once you see them!

Pssst, also make sure to check out my Florence itinerary.

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Where to Stay in Florence

If you make Florence your base, find the best accommodation for your trip!

So, enough talking, let us talk about the best day trips.

How to Get Around Florence

Italy has a pretty good public transportation system – especially in the Tuscany region. I have only had positive experiences using the trains in Italy.

Especially for the Florence day trip, I recommend using trains. The prices are very reasonable, reliable and clean. 

Driving in Tuscany is not too bad! The streets are mostly in good condition, and I have seen worse streets and drivers in Italy. However, parking will be a challenge – many town centers are car-free, and you might have to park quite far away. Also, parking prices will add up, and petrol is costly in Italy.

So, you will probably save money using public transportation – and there will be less headache if you do not drive yourself.


Here are the best places to visit near Florence.

Florence Day Trip to Pisa

How could it be any different? Pisa is famous for its Leaning Tower, and you can’t visit Tuscany and skip the tower, and it is probably the most famous day tour from Florence.

You can get to Pisa from Florence by either train or car, but I don’t recommend going by car. Train tickets are quite cheap, and the trains run frequently. By train, you’ll be in Pisa within the hour. Day trip to Pisa, The leaning tower of PisaDay trip to Pisa, stroll the riverOnce you arrive, your first stop should be the Leaning Tower of Pisa. It is located in the Piazza del Duomo, and you can actually climb to the top (there are 400 steps) for 18 euros. It’s best to visit here between April and the end of September, even October. Make sure to buy your tickets in advance and get skip-the-line tickets.

There’s more to do, though. Visit Cattedrale di Pisa, an imposing church in front of the tower, with marble striping, Romanesque, bronzed doors, and carved pulpits. See Camposanto Monumentale – a cemetery located in the Piazza del Duomo, which you will also need tickets for.

The Pisa Baptistery is another great place to stop, with panels by the renowned sculptor Pisano. Also, see Santa Maria Della Spina, a little church with a unique exterior on the Arno River. Stroll the Arno banks, visit the night square, and see the Italian art in the Palazzo Blu museum, located by the river. 

Here is my full Pisa itinerary for one day.

Find out about guided tours from Florence to Pisa – here is the best-rated day tour to Pisa.

If you prefer a shorter trip to Pisa, check out this tour.

Florence Day Trip to Lucca

Lucca is a popular town that is easy to get to from Florence. Despite being situated between Florence and Pisa, it is not overly crowded with tourists. 

There are quite a few attractions for you to enjoy on your day trip to Lucca. First, you should see the huge Renaissance walls and walk atop them. They offer some amazing views. Then, head to the historic city center.Secret places places in Italy, Lucca in Tuscany

Most underrated places in Italy, Lucca in TuscanyHere you’ll find the Piazza dell’Anfiteatro and its cafes and restaurants if you’d like to stop for a bite. After that, check out the Duomo di San Martino for 3 euros – you can climb the tower for another 3 euros if you like. The views are very nice.

If you’re in the mood for climbing, you can also go to the top of Guinigi Tower, where you will see centuries-old trees once you climb the steps – the cost is 4 euros. You can also visit the Basilica of San Frediano and St. Martin Cathedral, which has a unique and interesting exterior.

Take your time because, despite the number of attractions in Lucca, they are not that far apart and walkable, so you have time to linger.

For more information on a guided tour – combining Lucca and Pisa – check out the rates for this tour.

Florence Day Trip to Pistoia and Pescia

Pistoia and Pescia are two wonderful towns that you can combine for one day trip. They are easy to get to from Florence and slightly off the beaten path. In my opinion, both towns are underrated, beautiful Pistoia, which has an authentic medieval feel to it.Tuscany, Pistoa baptiserary_ A river bisects Pistoia, so some of its attractions are on one side, like the Piazza Mazzini and City Hall, and some are on the other, like the Cathedral of San Zeno. You will see lots of gorgeous architecture here with none of the crowds of more popular cities.

Make sure you see the Spedale del Ceppo, the Piazza del Sala, the Basilica of Our Lady of Humility, and the church of Sant’Andrea. Then, stop for lunch and make your way to Pescia nearby.

The second half of your day will be in Pescia, another little town that is long on lovely buildings but short on crowds. You can visit the Gipsoteca Libero Andreotti museum and the Pescia Cathedral. Spend the rest of the day strolling through town, walking along the banks of the river, and enjoying a relaxing Tuscan evening. 

Florence Day Trip to Porto Venere

If you are staying in Florence, you shouldn’t miss the opportunity to visit Porto Venere. It is close to La Spezia. This beautiful town can be reached by taking a train or boat from La Spezia. You’ll be there from Florence in about 2-3,5 hours (depending on if you drive or take a train). It is quite a long way – I am aware of that. But since train travel in Italy is pleasant and Porto Venere is STUNNING, it is still worth it.Best hidden gems in Italy, Porto Venere

View from St. Peter in Porto Venere_Small and pretty, Porto Venere is a little port town overshadowed by its popular neighbors – Cinque Terre’s villages. But it is definitely worth a day trip from Florence to see because it is really quite beautiful.

Because of its size, you can see all of the town’s sights in less than four hours. If you like, you can even take a guided tour. But if you prefer to wander at your own pace, here are some of the highlights that you should see while here.

Visit the medieval Church of Saint Peter and San Lorenzo Church. To get amazing views, go up to the clifftop Castello Doria, a fortress that gives you an overview of the town. Or stroll the streets and promenades, taking in the colorful houses and fun atmosphere.

If you like outdoor activities, make your way to the Porto Venere Regional Natural Park. This protected land has enough beach areas, dive sites, and hiking trails to satisfy any lover of the outdoors. 

Here are more travel tips for Porto Venere.

Florence Day Trip to Siena

Here is an easier day trip from Florence: Siena.

Siena is a beautifully maintained, medieval town and an homage to Gothic architecture. Its historical center has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site.Tuscany, Siena cathedralSiena tower, looking up You can reach this town that sits upon three hills by taking the train or bus from Florence. Once you arrive, head to the central piazza – the Piazza del Campo – where the town’s most important events take place. It is a fun and lively square, and if you happen to be visiting in the summer, specifically July 2 or August 16, Siena’s twice-annual horse race will be going on.

Besides that, though, there are a few other great sights to take in. Within the piazza is the Tower of Mangia, where you can climb 400 steps to the top. It was closed during my visit, but it supposedly provides some amazing views. Visit the Duomo die, Siena – you’ll notice it by its pinkish exterior. This Gothic cathedral has some gorgeous mosaics.

Stop by the town hall building – the Pubblico Palace – another example of Gothic architecture in the piazza. After that, you can wander through the old town. Adorable houses are lining the streets, and it’s the perfect way to end your day in Siena.

If you prefer a guided tour, check out this trip – a day where you will Siena, San Gimignano, and Chianti in one day (with lunch and wine tasting).

Florence Day Trip to San Gimignano

Traveling from Florence to San Gimignano only takes about an hour, but you will have to transfer to Poggibonsi if you travel by bus or train. If you arrive via car, then no worries, but keep in mind that these are narrow, mountain streets that can be challenging to drive (though if I can do it, you can do it, too!.

So, of course, San Gimignano is very popular so that it can be busy at times.

landscapes of Italy. medieval San Gimignano - Tuscany cutest towns in Italy

But regardless of how you get here, San Gimignano is a great day trip from Florence. It offers stunning views and some fascinating attractions. And everyone knows it. This walled, medieval town is a trendy tourist destination in Tuscany. It can get jam-packed, especially in the summer months.

While you’re here, stop at Porto San Giovanni to see a door created in the 13th century and the town’s pride. If you are looking for a great view, try Torre Grossa. Climbing this 13th-century tower, which is 54 meters high, will give you an amazing look out over your surroundings. Entry is 5 euros. (I actually missed this because it was raining during my visit.) 

The center of San Gimignano is the Piazza del Duomo. Here you will find the Palazzo del Podesta and the Palazzo del Popola, two beautiful cathedrals, and other amazing pieces of architecture.

Read my Tuscany itinerary – with the best places to visit in 5-10 days in Tuscany.

Guided Tour: Check out this trip – a day where you will Siena, San Gimignano, and Chianti in one day (with lunch and wine tasting).

Florence Day Trip to Arezzo

This town is something different – and unique – from the other medieval towns found in Tuscany. Because of this, it became one of my very favorites. I am talking about Arezzo.

Trains frequently run from Florence to Arezzo, making your day trip an easy one. So, hop on, and you will be here within 30-60 minutes. Tuscany, Arezzo market square one of the best places to visit in Tuscany

Tuscany, Arezzo view from above, one of the best places to visit in TuscanyLike most of Tuscany, the town square is on a hill, though the rest of the town is not. There are a variety of attractions to see, from the historical to the natural to the picturesque. I’m pretty sure that you will fall in love with this town. 

Visit the Arezzo Cathedral and make sure you check out the beautiful, 15th-century fresco there. The Piazza Grande is also a good place to see the interesting buildings and maybe stop for something to eat at one of the many cafes and restaurants. The Fraternity dei Laici, a museum located on the Piazza Grande, is another place you should see – not just for what’s inside, but because you can have access to the panoramic terrace and its views for only 3 euros.

Florence Day Trip to Rome

How could you miss this city? Rome is just 90 minutes from Florence by train, so you have no excuse not to go. Train tickets are a little more expensive, though.Vatican City seen from Rome

Tourists places in Rome in two daysFor your day trip to Rome, I suggest starting early. This is going to be a full day with lots of amazing things to see and do. Normally, I’d suggest 2-3 days for Rome, but with just one, you’ll have to pick and choose what best works for you.

Let’s start with some of the most famous landmarks in Rome. While here, I would suggest seeing the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, the Roman Hills and Palatine Hills, the Spanish Steps, Castello del Angelo, and Monumento Nazionale a Vittoria Emanuele.

Within Rome is Vatican City, the smallest country in the world and home to the Pope (it’s effortless to cross borders). There are some breathtaking sights here that absolutely made my Rome trip, so don’t skip this part. 

Some of the best things to see in Vatican City are St. Peter’s Basilica, the Sistine Chapel, the Spiral Staircase, and Raphael‘s Rooms. 

With only one day, you won’t fit this all in, but maybe that will give you an incentive to come back to see the rest.

Final Thoughts on the Best Day Trips From Florence

Tuscany is a beautiful region in Italy, and Florence is no exception. However, there are so many interesting and beautiful places nearby. It would be a crime not to explore Italy further with a few day trips from Florence.

These towns and cities are well worth the (short) commute, and I know you won’t be disappointed once you see them. Safe Travels, Arzo

Travel Tips for Limone sul Garda, Lake Garda

Limone best places to see and best things to do in Limone, Lake Garda


Lake Garda is the biggest lake in Italy and one of the best places to see in Northern Italy because it offers a lot of activities, beautiful scenery, and cute towns and villages.

One of these cute villages in Limone sul Garda – actually, it is not just cute, but the cutest of all the towns on the shores of Lake Garda and surely one of the best places to visit there.

Located on the lake’s western shores, Limone Sul Garda has only a bit more than 1,000 inhabitants. However, despite its small size, it is one of the prettiest places at Lake Garda, and there are some fun things to do in Limone sul Garda.

In this post, you can find out why you should visit Limone Sul Garda, what to do in Limone, where to go, and what to see in Limone Sul Garda.

Limone where to stay Lake Garda

Limone sul Garda Travel Tips

Before discussing the best things to do in Limone and the best tourist attractions, here are a few important things to know before visiting Limone.


Limone sul Garda is a town and comune in Brescia, on the western shore of Lake Garda. Though it is one of the most famous places in the area, it is actually a very tiny place with just a bit more than 1,100 inhabitants.

How to Get to Limone

By plane: Bergamo (Milan) and Verona/Brescia or Verona Airport are popular airports close by. From there, you either head to Limone by car or bus. 

There is no train station, and the bus connection might not be the best, but bus services connect the towns along this western shore of the lake, with some traveling on to Brescia. 

You can also get to Limone by boat from Sirmione, Malcesine, or Riva del Garda.

By Car: We got to Limone by car (coming from Bergamo, near Milan). Streets are well paved (but driving to Limone also means you have to pass some very narrow mountain streets).

How to Get Around in Limone

In Limone, you can walk to most places. You can also book a taxi and get to some of them not directly in the town center (like the cyclopath). Finding (free) parking lots is difficult, and I suggest wearing comfortable shoes and being prepared for some nice walks (it is a bit hilly but doable if you enjoy walking).

Best Time to Visit in Limone

Lake Garda, and Limone, are popular hotspots between April and October. While it is really hot and crowded in the summer months, I recommend visiting Limone in September or early October, April, and May. Limone can be – despite its small size – very, very crowded. It is not a hidden gem, so in the summer months, people from all over the world, particularly from Germany, come to Limone sul Garda. 

September is still warm but less busy, and everything (like restaurants and shops) is still open. Prices are lower in September and October and spring, too.

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Where to Stay in Limone Sul Garda

A few hotels and accommodations that looked great – we stayed at a Camping site – but not in a van but a small apartment on a camping site. I enjoyed it – my parents not so much because it was not really comfortable. However, here are tips for your perfect Limone accommodation:

Luxury – Hotel Splendid Palace is a lovely accommodation that offers many amenities and beautiful views from its rooftop pool. Check out rates here.

Mid-Range – Garni Gianmartin provides a savory buffet and lovely lake views. A favorite among solo travelers. Find out about rates here.

Budget-friendly – Hotel Cristina has a nice location and offers lake views, a pool, and friendly staff. Check out rates here.

Here are the best places to stay in Lake Garda.

Find the perfect accommodation in Limone here:

There are no 5-star hotels in Limone, but the Du Lac is one of the best-rated hotels in Limone, and the 4-star hotel comes with great views. To find out more about the hotel and its rates, click here.

Limone Sul Garda – Random Information

Restaurants have a cuperto – a fee charged if you sit down in a restaurant and order food. The fee is different at each restaurant (around 1-3€ per person). On the upper area and towards the beach are small supermarkets. Other than that, you will find smaller stores and shops where you can buy food and drinks to go.

There are a few water fountains, so bring your water bottle and refill it with fresh and free water.

Limone, Lake Garda best photography spots

Fun Things to Do in Limone Sul Garda

Tiny but gorgeous. Spending a few days in Limone is perfect for fully embracing this adorable locale. However, many visit Limone for a day – so. At the same time, this is not a typical Limone itinerary, you can use it as a 1-day itinerary (or enjoy La Dolce Vita and do everything on the list more than once over a few days).

So, here are my tips on the things to do or see in Limone sul Garda.

Limone sul Garda best places to visit

Stroll the Streets

Limone is incredibly sweet. As you walk through the windy streets, you will pass small shops, stores, and restaurants.Lake Garda, Limone best things to do

Limone most instagrammable place in Lake GardaBut my favorite thing is the cute, old houses of Limone sul Garda. They are overflowing with colorful and vibrant flowers, hanging down from balconies and window boxes. It is one of the best attractions in Limone. Limone most beautiful placesWalk the Promenade

The promenade is beautiful and one of the best places to visit in Limone. It is also very modern, having been remodeled in recent years. Flags of many European countries are on display.Limone where to go

Limone tourist attractions in LimoneThe views are incredible. On one side, you can take in breathtaking mountain views. On the other side, you have views of lovely Lake Garda. You are surrounded by beauty.

If you’d like to sit and enjoy the scenery, there are some benches along the way, and colorful flowers, too. This promenade is truly Insta-worthy (yes, it is the most Instagrammable place in Lake Garda, but it is also so much more).

Enjoy a Gelato at the Harbor

The Harbor is a great place to take a break and buy a gelato. This is one of Limone’s most beautiful places. As you enjoy your dessert, you can take in the surroundings and wildlife. When I was there, I saw swans and even a turtle.Limone best activities

Limone most beautiful places and best activitiesThe Harbor is full of colorful Italian houses, Mediterranean flowers, boats, and people enjoying the sights. Limone sul Garda best places to see

Walk the Cyclopath

The cyclopath opened in the summer of 2018, right before we arrived, and it is stunning. It runs along the mountains and is partially above the lake, making it just amazing to walk on.Limone the most beautiful place at Lake Garda

This path was built for bicycles, but pedestrians are welcome, too. Its length is 1 km.

The cyclopath is not actually located in the city center, so you will need to travel north about 3-4 km to reach it. But despite being a little bit farther, this is one of the best tourist places in Limone and worth the extra trouble.

I recommend visiting early in the morning when there are not a lot of people there.

Relax at the Beach

There is a free beach here, which is not that common in Lake Garda. It is a pebble beach that offers toilets and restaurants. If you like watersports, there are a lot of options here.Limone the most beautiful place at Lake Garda, beach day

You can swim at the beach, day or night. Make sure to bring your own towels. This is a lovely beach to relax at.

Visit the Museum of Tourism

Stop at the Museum of Tourism, a local landmark in Limone. I did not have a chance to visit during my trip, but it is one of the most interesting places in Limone sul Garda. 

The museum is very nice and well maintained. It chronicles tourism in Limone, from the early days to modern times. There are tons of photographs, and it is rather fascinating. If you have time to go, entry is free.

Learn About Lemons at Lemon Museum

This is another museum I did not visit, though I wish I had. Limone is Italian for lemon, and lemons are a big part of Limone’s history. Though most of the lemons are imported now, lemon cultivation has left its mark on the town. You can find tons of products made with lemons here.

The entry price is 2€, and the museum offers a look into lemon growing, providing lots of interesting information and a walk through the lemon grove. 

Apparently, the glasshouses are best seen at night, though, when they are illuminated. This is a gorgeous Limone place to visit, and I can’t wait for my chance to see it.

Cycle Lake Garda

I prefer walking to cycling, so I did not do this myself, but Lake Garda is very popular among cyclists. The path surrounding the lake is about 120 km. Limone places to see

They have made it very accommodating to the riders and cyclists who visit. If you decide to cycle Lake Garda, there are tools along the way if you run into any problems, and also an air pump.

Boat Tour to Malcesine

From Limone, you can take a day trip to Malcesine. And the best way to do that – by boat! Since Malcesine is located right across the lake, going by car would take forever, so this is both the fastest and most fun way to get there.Malcesine and things to do in Lake Garda

There is a lovely boat tour available that will take you from Limone to Malcesine in 20-30 minutes. A round-trip ticket will cost about 10€.

Malcesine is a bustling town set at the base of Mount Baldo. This is a great place for watersports and hiking. And if you prefer to relax and stroll, the old town and harbor are perfect.

Day Trip to Riva del Garda

One of the best places to travel in Limone is to Riva del Garda. On the very northern shores of Lake Garda, this beautiful village is full of activities and sights.View from the tower in Riva del Garda, Lake Garda

To get to Riva del Garda from Limone, you can take a car or bus, or come by boat. 

Spend the day exploring the exciting old town, strolling the waterfront, and climbing to the top of the clock tower (only 165 steps up) for wonderful views. This is the perfect place for watersport lovers, and if you like colorful old buildings, there are plenty here to delight you.

Day Trip to Sirmione

Another great day trip is to the gorgeous village of Sirmione. While it is a little farther than Riva del Garda, it is worth the travel time. View from Sirmione TowerGetting to Sirmione takes about 3 hours by boat – one way. By car is a little faster, about 1-1 ½ hours. By bus, it will take about 2 hours.

Once you arrive at this village that sits on the southern peninsula, enjoy the old town – full of winding little streets and beautiful houses. There is also a castle to explore and the ruins of Grotte di Catullo, an ancient Roman villa.

Visit the Market in Limone

Still wondering where to go in Limone? My final suggestion is the Market. Market day is on Tuesdays in Limone (not in the winter months, though) and held in the mornings. 

While not as big as the ones in other towns along Lake Garda, this is the perfect place to pick up souvenirs and local products. The Market is a tradition and definitely one of the events you should see while in Limone.

As you can see, visiting Lake Garda allows you to see one of its cutest towns. This list of the top places to visit in Limone and the most notable points of interest in Limone will hopefully help you have a fabulous trip here yourself.

Things to Do in Limone at Night

When you are in Limone and walk the promenade, head to the upper part of Limone sul Garda and the street named “Via IV Novembre 24.“Limone places to visit at night, Lake Garda

Limone top things to do

There you will find a globe and some musical instruments that are beautifully illuminated (some might say it is corny, but I say it is pretty, and next to the globe, you will also find a bridge that is illuminated with the Italian flag). Personally, my tip for the best place to visit in Limone at night (or evening).

As you can tell, I totally adore Limone – it is actually one of my favorite places in Northern Italy, and I cannot wait to visit again! I hope this quick travel guide has helped you find out about the best things to do in Limone sul Garda.

If you are planning a trip to Lake Garda, check out my 1-7-day Lake Garda itinerary.

Safe Travels, Arzo

The Most Beautiful Lake in the Dolomites – Lake Carezza

Where to go in the Dolomites, South Tryol the most beautifu lake


If you are looking for the most beautiful lakes, go to Switzerland – or Italy. Italy, especially the Dolomites region, is home to some of the most amazing and jaw-dropping lakes in Europe. While I road-tripped Central Europe and Northern Italy, I was looking for the most beautiful lakes in each country.

I found several astonishing lakes in Italy. I visited the beautiful Pragser Wildsee (Lago di Braies) and the Lago di Sorapis – but here is one of my all-time favorites: Karersee.Lake Carezza in South Tyrol

While mountain lakes often require some hiking, this lake is served to you on a silver platter, and I was so overwhelmed by its beauty.

Read all the information you’ll need for your trip to Lago di Carezza.


Here are some quick tips.

Names of Lago di Carezza

  • Karersee has so many names that you should know them.
  • Lago di Carezza in Italian
  • Lake Carezzo in English and
  • Lec de Ergobando (in Ladin, meaning “lake of rainbows”)

Due to its complicated and difficult history in the region (South Tyrol used to be part of Austria for a long time before it became part of Italy in the 1920s), three languages – Italian, German, and Landin – are spoken there today.

How to Get to Lake Carezza

The lake is located in the Western Dolomites, 6 km from Nova Levante. It is a mountain lake – at 1520 meters above sea level – so getting there is time-consuming. 

Bolzano is the closest large city to the lake, and it takes about 35 minutes to get there to Lake Carezza.

CAR: I normally road trip Europe in my own car and also visited Lake Carezza by car. You should feel comfortable driving in the mountains, though, as the streets can be winding and narrow. Italians tend to drive on more than one lane, so I recommend driving a bit more slowly to be safe.

The top is a parking lot and one hour costs 1€ (the first 15 minutes are free). From the parking lot, it is just a stone throw to the lake.

BUS: There is also a bus going to Lago di Carazza from Bolzano (bus nr. 180.1 (yes, that is a weird bus number, but I double-checked to see if it is correct) to Pera di Fassa (via Nova Levante and Carezza), and it takes about 40 minutes.

Best Time to Visit Lake Carezza

The constant water level changes mean that it ranges from a depth of 6 meters up to 22 meters, and thus, it makes a big difference when you visit.

In October, the water level is at its lowest, while it is highest in spring and summer as the lake is fed by the mountain snow melting in the summer months. 

In winter, the lake is frozen, and it looks a bit like a winter wonderland.

However, with the rising water level also the crowds of tourists come. I visited in September, and it was quite busy.

The only good thing about the crowds is: they mostly just take pictures from the platform but do not walk around the lake. So, it gets a bit less busy if you walk away.

If you want to avoid the crowds in the busy months, get there early and watch the sunrise with only a few other people.

When there is a lake with an interesting color, it often comes with a myth.Places to visit in the DolomitesWizard Masaré was in love with a mermaid living in the lake. To seduce her, the witch Lanwerda advised him to dress up as a jewel merchant and throw a rainbow from Mount Catinaccio to Mount Latemar. That is what he did, but he forgot to dress up. So, the beautiful mermaid detected him and forever disappeared into Lake Carezza. The wizard was angry and threw all the pieces of the rainbow and the jewels into the waters. That’s why it still features rainbow colors.Lake Carezza in the Dolomites

Storm Destruction

One of my readers emailed me, saying she only visited because of my recommendations, and she told me about her disappointment. She indirectly asked whether I had photoshopped my images. So, I emailed back and forth with her – I was heartbroken because I just do minor edits and do not want to make big changes that make a place look how it isn’t.

So, what happened? After some research, I found out that there was a big storm – with winds of more than 200km/h – that destroyed many forests. 

Many trees were cut, and it apparently caused a lot of destruction and serious consequences for its eco-system.

Though the storm destroyed the forest in 2018, it will take a long time to recover fully.

However, I have looked up images from 2020/2021, and it still looks beautiful. Though different than what you see in my images.

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Wherever you find many people, you will also find restaurants and shops. 

There is a restaurant and fast-food stalls and a cafe just next to the parking space, and there are a souvenir and outdoor clothing shop.

You’ll also find public toilets (for a small fee).

Lago Di Carezza

The lake is just behind the toilets and take-away restaurants.

Imagine this: You just get out of the toilet, and on the way out, you are still arranging your clothes (yup, did not make that up) and then you, more or less, turn around, and there it is: One of the most stunning lakes. No, I cannot say I was prepared for so much beauty just behind the toilets.

Travel Information Lake Carezza, Italy

So, while I appreciate the beauty that comes without any effort, I can honestly say I was a bit speechless and probably just stood there for a moment, transfixed. After a time, I collected myself and started enjoying the lake from the platform.Dolomites mountain lakes, Lago di Carezzza

Lake Carezza the most beautoful lake in ItalyLake Carezza is fed by subterraneous springs from the Latemar Group – with its gorgeous color and view of the Rosengarten and the Latemar mountain ranges (part of the Dolomite mountain range), makes this place one of the prettiest I have seen in a while. 


Okay, the lake itself is tiny, and there isn’t that much to do. But once at the lake, make sure to stay a bit and not just take pictures and drive away quickly. 

Hike Around the Lake

The lake is tiny. As you can see from the images, it is just a mini lake, but we can see that size doesn’t matter because it still beats all other lakes in Italy.Lake Carezza in Northern Italy, South Tyrol

Lake Carezza in Northern Italy

Most beautiful lake in South Tyrol

Most beautiful lake in the DolomitesYou can take an easy stroll and do a circular “hike,” which takes about 10-15 minutes. If you have time, bring some snacks along and take a seat on one of the benches – though I have to say that the most beautiful view is from the platform with the Rosengarten and mountains in the background. 

More Hiking Options

Walking around the lake isn’t really considered a hike, but you can also hike in the area.

Actually, there are many hiking options, and I really regret not having hiked in the area. 

Hiking around the Rosengarten Massif – a circular route for experienced hikers is just one of the many hiking options in Carezza.


Okay, there are a few things you should NOT do at or in Lake Carezza.

Swimming at Lake CarEzza

Bad news for the swimmers amongst you: you are NOT allowed to swim in the lake. You are actually not allowed to jump over the fence at all. And yes, if you visit early or late at night and no one is around, you could probably jump into the lakes. I hate when all travelers get a bad reputation because of a few reckless people. Do not be such a person. Be responsible and swim in a lake where it is allowed.

Sitting on “THE” Rock

I have seen quite a few pictures with people, mostly dressed up girls, on the big rocks just in front of the lake. I was sure I wanted to have such a picture of me (even though I wasn’t dressed up)…But when I got there, I saw a big sign that made it very clear that it is not allowed to cross the fence to sit on the rock.

Yeah, no cool rock picture of me, but I will survive it, and so will you if you do not get that picture (promise, trust me on that).

Take Pictures With Your Drone

Drones are not allowed, so no reason to carry your heavy and bulky drone with you!


Though I have seen several stunning and drop-dead gorgeous lakes in Italy during that road trip, this lake was probably my favorite. It is one of my travel highlights in Italy, even though many other people visited the lake, and it is surely not a hidden gem anymore.

But, in the end, it is understandable that people want to visit this place. The beauty speaks for itself, though I have read some opinions from those disappointed by the little water it carries. Surely, I was lucky enough to see the lake when it was at its deepest, but I am sure it is a beauty at any time of year.

Here are more beautiful lakes in the Dolomites.

I hope you enjoy the lake as much as I did. Though getting there probably takes some time, it is definitely worth it!

Safe Travels, Arzo

Lago di Sorapis – A Unique Hike in the Dolomites 

Lago di Sorapis, most beautiful lake in Italy


One of the most beautiful places in Northern Italy or probably even in all of Italy is the stunning lake “Lago di Sorapis.” The lake is in the Dolomites – an impressive mountain range with UNESCO World Heritage status.

Hiking in the area is just breathtaking. The Dolomites are home to one of the most beautiful lakes in Italy. Lake Sorapis is one of the beauties.

When I visited in 2018, it was not the most famous lake. Even though it is stunning, it was not as Instafamous as other lakes (such as Lago di Braies or Lago di Carezza), but it is not a hidden gem anymore. Given its small size, it can quickly feel crowded, but it is a place you should add to your Northern Italy itinerary.

If Lago di Sorapis is so beautiful, why is it not as popular as other lakes? It might not be that famous because you cannot get there by bus or car, but you need to do some hiking. While in other parts of Europe, clever business people would have set up a cable car to attract more people, this is a very authentic and untouched part of Italy. 

So, if you are wondering how to get to Lago di Sorapis, what to do there, and are looking for more travel tips, you are reading the perfect post.

I made some pretty bad mistakes, which you can learn from them. A bit more on that later, but first, let me tell you some facts about the lake.Lago di Sorapis, best things to see in the Dolomites.Must see place

Lago is Sorapis – Travel Information

LOCATION: Sorapis is a mountain in the Dolomites, located in the province of Belluno in the Veneto region. The next biggest place is Cortina d’Ampezzo which is a famous resort town at any time of the year.

Lake Sorapis is located just at the foot of the mountain Sorapis. It is about 1,900 meters above sea level, but I couldn’t find reliable information on the depth or the water temperature. As it is a glacier lake, it is probably quite chilly even in the summertime.

There is not much info I can tell you as there isn’t much written about the lake.Best mountain lakes in Italy HIKING TRAILS: There are two hiking trails – one quite challenging hike and a more manageable, but still not easy, hike. You could do a circular trek, but then you will get out at a different parking slot and will have to walk back to your car.

Where to Stay Around Lago di Sorapis

To discover the pretty region of the Dolomites, Cortina d’Ampezzo is a good base. You are not only close to Lago di Sorapis, but also to Lago die Braies and Lago di Careeza.

Another great base would be in Toblach.

When to Visit Lago di Sorapis 

I visited in September, and it was a perfect time to visit. The hike is probably best done in late spring, summer, or early fall. In the summertime, it is pretty busy, so I recommend getting here early in the morning to beat the crowds. If you do the more challenging trail, you will not have to worry too much about crowds – however, I still recommend starting early to spend more time at the beach and do not have to hike back in the dark.

Tips for Visiting Lago Di Sorapis

  • I don’t recommend the hike, regardless of which one you do, for young kids or people who aren’t fit. You should have a decent level of fitness – and you should wear proper shoes.
  • Make sure to wear proper hiking boots (regardless of the trail you will pick).
  • On sunny days, bring sunscreen and sunglasses.
  • Do not forget your camera/phone.
  • I wish I had at least had some walking poles with me for this challenging hike.
  • Also, there are no water fountains (only streams), so bring enough water. 
  • The Refugio at the top is not always open, so I suggest bringing your food and snacks with you.
  • Also, there are no toilets. So, I finally did what many men do regularly. I irrigated the earth.

How to Hike to Lago di Sorapis

The more difficult hike of Lago si Sorapis – Option 1Lago di Sorapis in the DolomitesOkay, I will tell you how I hiked Lago di Sorapis, and I will give you tips on how you should hike it yourself. As mentioned above, I had some problems because I chose the wrong hiking trail.

I read many TripAdvisor reviews and blog posts, so I knew that I had to get to “Passo Trec Croci” and park my car there. As I had seen a sign the day before, I knew where to drive – at least, that is what I thought. I drove towards the “Passo Tree Croci“ and found the parking area I thought I had read about. It was opposite an abandoned hotel.Lago di Sorais, Italy in the Dolomites. Difficult hike I also saw the map and some info on the hike, and so I was pretty sure I was on the right track. Lago di Sorapis, Italy in the DolomitesI passed a grazing area with some cows and horses, a cute little house, and a little water fountain. Some signs showed me the way towards the lake. After an easy start on a big, simple uphill path with some smaller streams to jump over, it got more tricky. Lago di Sorais, Italy in the Dolomites

Lago di Sorapis, best day hike in the Dolomites

Lago di Sorapis, best hike in the DolomitesThe paths got more narrow, the waterfall louder (yes, there is a big waterfall if you opt for that track), and there were parts that I had to climb to some extent. 

And while it was still fun initially, I eventually realized that I must have taken a more difficult hike. There was no one around, and, at times, I panicked.  At certain points, I wondered if I would have to pass the mountain holes to get to the lake.Lago di Sorapis, Italy in the Dolomites.Waterfall I was anxious about falling because of the extremely narrow paths, and with a little dog, the situation did not get easier. 

My phone couldn’t give me any help, so I was stressed out for most of the hike. 

My legs started to hurt like crazy, but my biggest fear was slipping. When I finally was passed by two guys, I was at least happy to know I wasn’t alone on the path.

On the way up, I met one more hiker with dogs. She was already on her way back, and she confirmed that it was the right way, but it would take another 1.5 hours or so. And that is what happened. I needed almost four hours – including some breaks – and with a dog that I had to carry part of the way.

It seems I chose the wrong parking spot. I should have driven a few more minutes to reach the easier track.

That day, I was so stressed and did not enjoy the hike because I wasn’t sure where I was. If I had known that all was well, I would have enjoyed it more. Looking back, it wasn’t as bad as it felt at that moment, but I surely would take walking poles and someone else with me next time (and no dog).

So, if you like more challenging hikes and feel fit, you can do Track #217, too. This route is also the best choice for those who don’t want to share the place with too many others. While I saw many people at the top coming from the other trail, I was mostly by myself on my trail.

The easier and more popular route is surely the busier one.

The easier hike of Lago Sorapis – Option 2

This hike is the more popular one and – apparently – much easier but still challenging at parts.How to get to Lago di Sorapis in teh Dolomites

How to get to Lago di SorapisHead to Passo Tre Croci but don’t park close to the abandoned hotel. Head to the Bar Ristorante Son Zuogo instead – there are a few parking spots opposite the restaurant. 

Follow the signs “215 to Rufigio Vandello” as there are no signs for Lake Sorapis.

This hike is apparently easier – though not easy – and there are wire ropes for narrow paths or exposed sites (unlike on the hike I did). Enjoy the first part of the hikes as it is the easy part before it gets challenging.

Just before the lake is a restaurant with toilets but isn’t opened all year round, so whenever you see Rifugio Vandello, it is just another 10-15 minutes to reach the lake.

The route takes about 2-2.5 hours (one way), and in total, you will hike around 12 km.

I have read mixed reviews about that hiking trail. The fitter hikers call it an easy hike, but most people don’t recommend the hike for kids or people who aren’t fit. 

What to Do at Lago di Sorapis

Once at the lake, you can hike the lake. This is probably the best way to enjoy the lake from all different angles. However, the hike around the lake is also not the easiest but definitely doable (if you have done the hike to the lake, it would be a pity not to surround the whole lake).

I did not see any sign which forbids swimming but read online that swimming is forbidden (also no boats, SUP, or anything similar).

Several people brought books and just read. Definitely bring some snacks and drinks and have a picnic at this unique spot in the Dolomites.

READ MORE: The most beautiful lakes in the Dolomites – my four favorite picks.Lago di Sorapis, most beautiful lake in Italy

Lago di Sorapis, most beautiful lake in Italy

However, the lake is so unique in Europe that it is worth the hike. Whether you opt for the “easy“ or a more difficult one, you will be rewarded with the best views.

Hopefully, this post has helped you find the perfect hike for your trip to Lake Sorapis.

READ MORE: Here is my post on the perfect Dolomites itinerary!Safe Travels, Arzo

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