Milan & the Northern Lake

Milan is known as the economic and financial capital of Italy, but don’t be fooled into thinking that Milan is only a business city with little to see and do. In fact, Milan, is the ancient capital of the Lombard-Venetian kingdom founded by the Galli in the early IV century BC and then under the Roman dominion since the III century BC.
A Milan tour is the best way to explore the city and discover it afresh. With our selection of Milan holiday packages you can make a pit stop and learn all about the ancient symbols of the city’s wealth.

The most representative icon of Milan is without doubt the Duomo di Milano (Cathedral); the church, dedicated to Santa Maria Nascente and dated from the XIV century, is one of the first things to visit as soon as arrive in the regional capital. The imposing building is a most representative symbol of Gothic architecture, a stunning fusion of northern elements with a Lombardia touch.

More valuable evidence of Milan’s historical and cultural soul is clearly visible with the Last Supper by Leonardo Da Vinci, jealously guarded in the Dominican convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie: the Pinacoteca of Brera, a priceless collection of significant artworks by Mantegna, Caravaggio, Raffaello and many others, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, urban expression of the evolution of the XIX century, and the Castello Sforzesco, a symbol of the city’s military power for over 750 years.

A visit to Milan is often accompanied by a tour of the northern Italian lakes to appreciate better the landscape and natural beauty of these places.

The Italian lakes holiday package includes a trip, with several stops, to the beautiful Alpine and pre-Alpine areas that touch the elegant Lake Maggiore, the charming Lake Como and the picturesque Lake Garda.

Lake Maggiore is particularly rich in colour that embodies its timeless charm. The must-see places are Arona, with its historic centre, elegant shops and local restaurants, Stresa, where you can admire the small group of islands just a short distance from the shore, and Pallanza, for the fantastic waterfront promenade and the Botanical Gardens.

Lake Como takes its name from the city which represents this important centre with its picturesque views and quaint old town. Don’t miss Cernobbio, with its stately homes and large villas, and Bellagio, with its unique and charming scenery.

Last but not least, Lake Garda, offers visitors beautiful landscapes such as Sirmione, with its magic water castle, Riva del Garda, strategically positioned between the high walls of the shore and mountains of the Trentino lake, Gardone Riviera, home to the famous Vittoriale degli Italiani by D’Annunzio, and Limone sul Garda, with its pretty stone terraces with the naturally beauty of the citrus orchards.

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  • Discovering Milan, not just fashion…

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    If you’re visiting Milan for the first time, it seems to be a city dedicated just to fashion and business, but it is so much more! Milan is the most dynamic, rich city in Italy and offers art, history, fashion and culture. We offer carefully planned visits to the most beautiful sites accompanied  by an expert art historian guide to make your trip easy and unforgettable!

     

     


  • The Navigli Canal district

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    Take a walk in the Navigli District, one of the most romantic neighborhoods in Milan. Situated southwest of the city’s historic center, the neighborhood is named for the navigli, canals that were once ubiquitous in this former port area. Named ‘navigli’ and connecting the city with rivers and lakes in the Lombard region, the canals were set up from the middle ages. Not much remains nowadays of Milan canal district. What is left of this brilliant water net lost in time, is the unique point where Naviglio Grande and Naviglio Pavese intersect the former Darsena harbour.


  • Porta Nuova disctrict in Milan – Architectual Tour

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    Do you think you really know everything about Milan? What about Porta Nuova? Porta Nuova is one of the biggest requalification projects in Europe. Through the restoration of three neighborhoods, Garibaldi, Varesina and Isola, it stretches out for over 290.000 mq. The area blends together the local cultural identity with an european vision. Green parks, squares, bridges and paths ensure the connection between the three sections and provides the perfect setting for a relaxing stroll.

     


  • A day in the Como Lake

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    You haven’t seen Italy if you haven’t seen the Como Lake.

    During this classic day tour you will discover Lake Como, a magical place that inspired many artists and where every single view of and from the lake, is simply breathtaking.


  • MILAN LEONARDO

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    Follow in the footsteps of the genius of Leonardo da Vinci. During the tour we will visit the Last Supper and  Santa Maria delle Grazie Basilica, the Leonardesca Gallery with models of Leonardo’s inventions at the Museum of Science and Technology, and Leonardo in the Castello, the Atlantic Codex in the “Ambrosiana” Library, one of the world’s biggest collections of original drawings and writings by Leonardo, and Leonardo’s unfinished Horse sculpture, which was designed to be the largest equestrian statue in the world.

     


  • REINAISSANCE JEWELS

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    Milan offers examples  of Renaissance Art in Italy. With this tour you will visit to the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, which houses works by Leonardo da Vinci (Painting and manuscript), Raphael, Titian, Botticelli … or the Pinacoteca di Brera, with its important collection represented by various schools of the Italian Renaissance, from that of Bellini, Mantegna, Tintoretto, Veronese, to that of Raphael, Piero della Francesca. Not very far, the church of Santa Maria presso S. Satiro a projrct of Donato Bramante, one of the greatest artists of that time.
    Half day tour (3 ore). From Tuesday to Saturday *Booking required in advance


  • MUSIC IN MILAN: VERDI & CO.

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    Discover what Milan was like when great artists like Bellini, Rossini, Verdi were performing at La Scala… learn some anecdotes about their lives visiting La Scala Opera House and its Museum. Your walking tour continue in the surrounding area where you’ll enjoy nostalgic corners of the 19th century town, with its  noble palaces belonging to the most important Milanese families, the same that were partecipants of the fascinating history of the theatre.
    At the end you will visit places in Milan associated with Verdi, follow in the footsteps of Mozart, visit the graves of musicians at the Monumental Cemetery, or discover the Organs and Churches of Milan.


  • MILAN: LEGENDS & MYSTERIES.

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    Discover the legendary characters of Milan, and explore the curious and mysterious places of the city. Milan is a fashion-forward city abound with historical intrigue. This walking tour will take you off the beaten path to discover and visit unexpected place and hidden treasure What does the name “San Bernardino alle Ossa” means?         What happened to the disappeared church of San Giovanni in Conca and what brilliant solution did the Renaissance architect Donato Bramante  devise to deal with a lack of space in Santa Maria presso San Satiro? What’s the history behind the gigantic Cà Granda in central Milan? Enjoy this  tour and discover it.

    Duration: 2 hours to full day.


  • LEONARDO & THE SFORZAS

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    A forgotten story binds Leonardo da Vinci to the city of Milan and the Sforza Family. When Leonardo arrived in Milan at the end of 15th century the Sforza family, ruling on Milan, was faced with the difficult task of erecting a domed crossing tower surmounting the intersection of the nave, chancel and transept. They called on the skills of the court architects including Bramante, Francesco di Giorgio Martini and obviously Leonardo da Vinci. At the time Leonardo lived in the Corte Vecchia, where Palazzo Reale now stands, just on the right of the Duomo. With this tour you will  visit some of the most important site of their life such as  the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie and the Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci; The Sforza Castle, the dwelling of the dukes Sforza, patrons of Leonardo; the Church of S. Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore, a jewel of Renaissance Lombard art , with its unique and fascinating story.


  • MILAN SHOPPING TOUR

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    Depending on your individual needs, we offer tailor-made shopping tours, with the possibility of combining business with pleasure. We can arrange a tour in the Brera district, the ancient district of Milan, where tradition is combined with innovation, or between Ticino and the Navigli, the heart and soul of Milan.