Lombardy
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Sforza Castle and Michelangelo's Pietà Rondanini Tour

1. Sforza Castle and Michelangelo's Pietà Rondanini Tour

Florence is not the only Renaissance city in Italy. You can still find some traces of that period in Milan as well. Unveil the last masterpiece from Michelangelo right in Sforza Castle, located in the heart of Milan. A few steps away from Duomo, the Cathedral, one of the most beautiful pieces of art is resting, the Pietà Rondanini by Michelangelo. He did this amazing sculpture when he was 89 years old, only a few days before his death. But it is not all about Michelangelo. Have you ever heard about his friend Leonardo Da Vinci? During the 1.5-hour guided experience with your monolingual guide, you will hear many stories about him as well. Finally, every secret of the Castle is going to take life, visit the courtyard and the interior of the Castle and learn about Milan’ powerful families.

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Milan: Leonardo's Vineyard Ticket with Guided Tour Option

2. Milan: Leonardo's Vineyard Ticket with Guided Tour Option

As you explore Leonardo’s Vineyard, immerse yourself in the lifestyle of Leonardo da Vinci, iconic for many artworks including the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper. Leonardo’s Vineyard was gifted to him in 1498 by Ludovico Sforza, a former Duke of Milan, who assigned him with the task of creating The Last Supper. The Vineyard soon became one of Leonardo’s most admired possessions. With a long list of winemakers in his family, he enjoyed growing his own grapes and creating his own wines for many years to follow. When he left his residence in Milan, he continued to care for the vineyard and even generously left it in his will to two of his servants. Today, visitors can rediscover this hidden gem either on an Italian or English guided tour, led by a knowledgeable local guide. If you prefer to explore at your leisure, you can opt for an entry ticket and audio guide, offering you valuable insights into the attraction’s history. With either option, you can stroll through the house, vineyard, garden and greenhouses, and even marvel at the original vines that were re-planted many years ago.

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Milan: Half-Day History Tour & The Last Supper Ticket

3. Milan: Half-Day History Tour & The Last Supper Ticket

Discover the highlights of Milan on a 3-hour historical tour that includes a skip-the-line ticket to see Da Vinci’s masterpiece "The Last Supper." Meet your English-speaking guide by the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie to enjoy fast track entry to the world’s most famous Renaissance mural. Viewings are strictly limited and allow up to 15 minutes to study Da Vinci’s details. Then, stroll to the Sforza Castle and its surrounding park. Built in the 14th-century by the most important families of Milan, the fortress is now home to many important exhibitions and museums. Walk along Via Dante to Piazza dei Mercanti, site of the city’s medieval market. Continue to the opulent La Scala Theater, built in 1776 in Piazza della Scala. Enter the glass-roofed Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II to see a miracle of 19th-century engineering. End outside the Duomo, and marvel at the façade of Milan’s most symbolic building.

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Sirmione: Peninsular and Lake Garda Boat Tour

4. Sirmione: Peninsular and Lake Garda Boat Tour

Your tour will depart from the Scaligero Castle’s port. From here you will start sailing along the peninsula’s coast, where you will be able to see Maria Callas’s 1920s villa where she felt inspired to create many of her opera characters. You will also be able to observe the nearby thermal spa baths as well as the Aquaria Wellness Center, before spotting the place where the famous poet Catullus wrote many of his poems. You will also cruise past and discover the charismatic Roman villa known as the “Grotte di Catullo“. Afterwards, you can simply just look through the waves to discover the bubbles of the underwater Boiola Sulphur Spring, which provides thermal water to Sirmione. Finally, after admiring the architecture and perfect preservation of Sirmione Castle, you will have to "lower your head" to pass under the castle drawbridge before returning back to the port.

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Last Supper, Milan's Sistine Chapel & Sforza Castle Tour

5. Last Supper, Milan's Sistine Chapel & Sforza Castle Tour

Take a 2-hour guided tour of Milan and discover some of the city's Renaissance treasures. Visit the Dominican convent where Da Vinci's legendary fresco of the “The Last Supper” is on display. Skip the lines to gaze in awe at the iconic mural, and get an up-close look at the gestures and expressions of Jesus and the 12 apostles while your English-speaking guide unveils details about the composition, perspective and use of colors. Venture a few blocks to a hidden pearl of the city at the 16th-century Church of San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore, sometimes called the “Sistine Chapel” of Milan. Proceed to the imposing Sforza Castle (Castello Sforzesco), where the dukes of Milan held court. See the beautiful grounds of the Parco Sempione surrounding the fortress, pass the iconic clock tower of the Torre del Filarete and stroll through the military courtyards as you learn more about the Sforza family and why they hired Da Vinci and invited him to live in the castle as a guest for decades.  

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Lake Garda: Historic Castle Cruise with Wine Tasting

6. Lake Garda: Historic Castle Cruise with Wine Tasting

Discover the charm of Lake Garda on a half-day speedboat tour, where you will see the various castles and villas, enjoy a regional wine tasting, and get a chance to swim in its refreshing waters. Start your cruise from Sirmione’s harbor, located next to the Scaligero Castle of Sirmione, offering a perfect postcard view as you start your lake cruise.  Continue towards the Lazise Castle, a medieval fortress with imposing towers and defense walls. Enjoy a wine tasting in Bardolino guided by a professional sommelier who will explain to you the unique characteristics of this regional wine.  Take a dive into the emerald lake waters to cool off and enjoy a relaxing break at the shores of Villa Canossa. Admire the timeless beauty of Torri del Benaco Scaligero Castle, a fortress of Roman origins, before navigating back to the Port of Sirmione.

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Sirmione: 25 Minute Boat Cruise around the Peninsula

7. Sirmione: 25 Minute Boat Cruise around the Peninsula

The cruise departs from the small harbor in front of Sirmione Castle. Once aboard, set sail on this 25 minute sightseeing cruise and see Sirmione from a new perspective. Highlights of the tour include Maria Callas Villa, Aquaria beauty center, and the Grotte di Catullo, home to the largest Roman ruins in the north of Italy. Finally, cruise by Sirmione’s sulfur spring and watch the thermal waters bubbling up to the surface. As you head back to port, soak up stunning views of Scaligero Castle before disembarking the boat.

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Sirmione: Scenic Afternoon Boat Cruise with Prosecco & Snack

8. Sirmione: Scenic Afternoon Boat Cruise with Prosecco & Snack

Depart from Sirmione Harbor, in front of the impressive Scaliger Castle and set sail onto the glistening waters of Lake Garda. Pass by the pretty villa belonging to the famous opera singer Maria Callas then head to the end of the peninsula to a white rocky beach called Jamaica. Sail to the Rocca di Manerba next and onto the Island of Garda where you can admire the magnificent Isola Borghese. Learn about the rich-history of the villa, which boasts stunning Venetian Neo-Gothic architecture. Arrive at a private island next and cool off from the heat with a dip in the lake’s refreshing waters. Back on the boat, enjoy a tasty snack as you continue onto Salo for a one hour stop-over. Spend some time exploring this enchanting village and walk along its beautiful lakeside promenade. The tour then takes you to the famous Gardone village where you can enjoy a glass of sparkling wine and admire the array of historical buildings that surround the lake. On the return journey to Sirmione, cruise along the eastern coast of the lake and see the Boila sulfur springs. Finally, pass under the drawbridge at Scaliger Castle, the only pedestrian access to the peninsula.

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Lake Garda: Sirmione Sunset Boat Tour

9. Lake Garda: Sirmione Sunset Boat Tour

Lake Garda and the Peninsula of Sirmione have always been considered some of the symbols of natural beauty of Northern Italy. Hop aboard and explore them on board a motorboat. Breathe in the magical atmosphere of the lake during the sunset and enjoy a 30-minutes boat tour. During this experience, you will take in some highlights of Lake Garda, such as the medieval Castle of Sirmione, the Catullo caves and luxury villas, such as Maria Calla's former home. Don't miss this unique chance to discover one of the nicest places on Lake Garda during sunset.

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From Verona: Sirmione and Lake Garda Small Group Tour

10. From Verona: Sirmione and Lake Garda Small Group Tour

Meet the guide at the meeting point in the city center of Verona, and find a seat in a comfortable air-conditioned van for an amazing and relaxing half-day tour to lake Garda. Once you have left the city-center, pass through the countryside to reach Sirmione. Here, have the option to enjoy a lake tour by boat, giving you the opportunity to see the beautiful peninsula from the water. Options may be limited by the weather, and the availability of the boat. This beautiful medieval village, includes a castle, and will make you feel like you are back in olden times. The town is full of narrow lanes, and old shops, also called ‘botteghe’. Here you have a choice to explore the town on your own, or follow your guide and explore this village together. After an hour of free time the group will meet back up, and return to Verona by van.

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What people are saying about Lombardy

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 3,619 reviews

Instructions were clear on where to find the boatman. He was there preparing his boat 44mins before appointment time and when he saw us walking by looking at boats and handphone, he just called out to us and say we are at the right place.

Very interesting tour. Our guide Allesamdra explained everything very well and took a lot of time. Since all of the tour visitors spoke German, the tour also carried out in German. Everyone was happy! Thanks so much!

Short trip ,but nice ,if you are looking for something that only takes a few minutes or you are pressured by time this trip is for you

Excellent tour. Very thorough and good balance of time and locations.

Guide was very knowledgeable about the art and history of Milan.