10 days in Venice, Portofino & Lake Como Itinerary

10 days in Venice, Portofino & Lake Como Itinerary

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10 days in Venice, Portofino & Lake Como Itinerary

Start: Muscat
Fly:  10 h 15 min
1
Venice
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
2
Portofino
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
Bellano
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Como
— 2 nights
Train + Fly:  9 h
End: Muscat

2
nights
Venice

Venice ©
Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): explore the activities along Canal Grande, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, then take in panoramic vistas at St Mark's Campanile, and finally make a trip to Piazza San Marco. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo, snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, take in the spiritual surroundings of Santa Maria dei Miracoli, then take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, then steep yourself in history at Doge's Palace, and finally admire the masterpieces at Peggy Guggenheim Collection.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Venice online trip itinerary planner.

Muscat, Oman to Venice is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Muscat to Venice due to the time zone difference. In May, Venice is much colder than Muscat - with highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can drive to Portofino.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Nature
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Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

2
nights
Portofino

Portofino ©
Portofino is an Italian fishing village and holiday resort famous for its picturesque harbour and historical association with celebrity and artistic visitors. Portofino is known for historic sites, wildlife, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, head outdoors with La Passeggiata, step into the grandiose world of Castello di Sem Benelli, and don't miss a visit to Chiesa di Sant'Ambrogio.

To see reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Portofino trip builder app.

Getting from Venice to Portofino by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. In May, daily temperatures in Portofino can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel to Bellano.

Things to do in Portofino

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Zoagli
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Castello Brown ©
Castello Brown
Boat Tours & Water Sports
Pietra di Luna ©
Pietra di Luna

2
nights
Bellano

Bellano ©
Bellano is a comune (municipality) and small town on the eastern shore of Lake Como in the Province of Lecco in the Italian region Lombardy, located at northern outlet of the Valsassina.The town's main attraction is the Orrido ("gorge" or small canyon) formed through erosion by the river Pioverna before entering the lake, starting from 15 millions year ago. Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di S. Giorgio, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di San Giorgio, admire the landmark architecture of Villa Monastero, examine the collection at La Ca Di Radio Vecc, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa Sant’Andrea di Bonzeno, and finally take in breathtaking views at Orrido di Bellano. Here are some ideas for day two: view the masterpieces at Il Tornio, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di S. Carlo, step into the grandiose world of Castello di Vezio, pause for some serene contemplation at S. Giovanni Battista, then admire the natural beauty at Il Giardino Botanico - Hotel Villa Cipressi, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Cascate dell'Acqua Fraggia.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Bellano online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Portofino to Bellano in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Portofino in May, plan for slightly colder nights in Bellano, with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Como.

Things to do in Bellano

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Varenna, Cascate dell'Acqua Fraggia, Chiesa di S. Carlo, Chiesa di S. Giorgio, Castello di Vezio
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Castello di Vezio ©
Castello di Vezio
Villa Monastero ©
Villa Monastero

2
nights
Como

Como ©
Known for its idyllic location on the shores of Lake Como and at the foot of the Alps, Como is one of northern Italy's most popular tourist destinations.
On the 29th (Fri), trek along Sentee di Sort, admire the striking features of Villa del Balbianello, then admire the striking features of Villa Olmo, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Como (Duomo).

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Como trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Bellano to Como takes 1.5 hours. May in Como sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 13°C at night. On the 30th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Como

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Villa del Balbianello, Parco di Monza, Sentee di Sort
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Cathedral of Como (Duomo) ©
Cathedral of Como (Duomo)
Villa del Balbianello ©
Villa del Balbianello
Villa Olmo ©
Villa Olmo

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