Take a break from the daily routine to cross two Italian gems off the travel bucket list. Choose to start the adventure in Milan, a city proud of its imposing Duomo, stylish inhabitants and a myriad of boutiques, or in the charming Venice dotted with gondolas. Then, take a train to the serene Lake Garda region to unwind and relax in the post-glacier scenery.
When not out and about, relax in the conveniently-positioned hotels which offer en suite facilities and easy access to local landmarks.
- Hotel Aaron in Venice
- Hotel Berlino or B&B Hotel Milano San Siro in Milan
- Garda Family House or Hotel Mauro in Lake Garda
- Flight to Milan or Venice, as per option chosen
- 2 or 3 nights in Milan or Venice
- Internal direct train from Milan/Venice to Lake Garda
- 2 or 3 nights in Lake Garda
- Return flight from Milan
Groupon’s Guide To Venice
The capital of the Veneto region, listed as a World Heritage Site, Venice is set on a group of 118 small islands separated by a labyrinth of canals and linked by century-old bridges. Collonaded squares, domes and arches can be seen while on a sleek motorboat or during a gondola ride that will carry visitors through the city’s main waterways.
Tourists shouldn’t miss out on the opportunity to visit the Doge’s Palace, a symbol of the republic’s wealth and mastery over land and sea. On the eastern end of St. Mark’s Square, the world-renowned Byzantine basilica has become a landmark of the city with its four bulbous domes and golden mosaics. Throughout the cobbled streets, there are countless shops where travellers can pick out unique handmade masks painted according to the 800-year-old Venetian tradition. Venice has a humid subtropical climate characterised by warm summers and cold winters. The sky is clear, with a moderate level of sunshine that invites holidaymakers to visit the city during autumn, while winter months bring an average high temperature of 6°C and three hours of sunshine per day.
Groupon’s Guide To Milan
A magnet for designers, artists, photographers, and models, Milan is one of the world’s fashion centres, boasting an elegant backdrop rooted in Roman times.
From its imposing historic centre and fashion districts to the countryside outskirts, Milan is a rare and appealing mixture of ancient values and contemporary lifestyle. The Navigli area features an abundance of restaurants, ranging from pizzerias to fine seafood haunts, while Piazza del Duomo, boasting the Milan Cathedral, one of the largest cathedrals in the world guarding the city’s cobblestoned streets since 1385, opens to shops, theatres, museums, and galleries in the city centre. Big fashion names can be found in the Corso Buenos Aires or Corso Vercelli, and cultural sights are plentiful, including attractions such as the Sforza Castle. Art lovers will rejoice at the chance to take in Italian art from the 14th century to modern times at Pinacoteca di Brera. Milan has a humid subtropical climate with hot days of summer and humid rather cold days of winter. During summer, the temperatures are expected to be around 21°C and sometimes a sudden rain accompanied by thunderstorms will thrill the cityscape. Spring and autumn come with moderate weather conditions when the nights will be colder than the days, and rainy moments will be frequent. Winter knocks at the door with temperatures around 7°C, but the sun won’t shine like in the previous months.
Groupon’s Guide To Lake Garda
The romantic town of Riva del Garda is set between the green-clad slopes of the Italian Alps and the blue shimmering waters of Lake Garda. Forming a secluded Mediterranean oasis with olive trees and palms at every step, the lake’s rolling shores are a paradise for travellers fond of nature.
Tourists can try their hand at an array of water sports, such as sailing and windsurfing at the town’s two harbours, while rock climbing provides further land adventures. Strolling down pedestrianised streets, holidaymakers can see moated castles and a medieval tower, and enjoy a traditional Italian lunch at one of the many local restaurants in the historic town of Riva del Garda. The town’s civic museums is home to galleries and an archaeological collection, while historic sites can be found in Rocca, a former fort just off the shore. The region features a humid subtropical climate characterised by warm summers and rather cold winters. Summer comes with average temperatures of 28°C, lots of sunshine in July and frequent rainfalls in August. In autumn, a clear sky and moderate levels of sunshine invite travellers to visit the city during the season.
Option 1: Venice and Lake Garda
- £139-£259 for 4 nights with Bristol flights, depending on dates chosen
£209-£299 for 6 nights with Bristol flights, depending on dates chosen
- £149-£239 for 4 nights with London flights, depending on dates chosen
£209-£289 for 6 nights with London flights, depending on dates chosen
- £169-£269 for 4 nights with Manchester flights, depending on dates chosen
- £209-£299 for 6 nights with Manchester flights, depending on dates chosen
Option 2: Milan and Lake Garda
- £159-£239 for 4 nights with London flights, depending on dates chosen
£239-£299 for 6 nights with London flights, depending on dates chosen
- £179-£249 for 4 nights with Bristol flights, depending on dates chosen
£259-£299 for 6 nights with Bristol flights, depending on dates chosen
- £159-£319 for 4 nights with Manchester flights, depending on dates chosen
- £259-£269 for 6 nights with Manchester flights, depending on dates chosen