If you want to experience the fashionable and glamorous side of Italy, this itinerary is the perfect choice
A dramatic mountainous backdrop and ink-blue waters makes Lake Como a truly beautiful place to be, which hasn’t gone un-noticed by some of the world’s most elite. With celebrities like George Clooney and Richard Branson choosing to buy homes here, the lake epitomises glamour. It boasts charming lakeside towns and plenty of boutiques mixed with medieval sites and botanical gardens. Its towns are filled with enotecas, shops and cafés while the lakeside is dotted with grand villas. There’s really no better place in the north of Italy to sit back with a coffee and just enjoy the scenery. South of the lake is where you’ll find the busier towns while the north is more untouched and has a more authentic feel. While you’re there, we recommend catching the Bernina Express train to Switzerland, which whisks you through dramatic mountain scenery across the Alps.
Close to Lake Como, Milan is the fashion capital of Italy and plays host to fashion weeks twice a year. It’s also home to the world’s oldest shopping mall, Galleria Vittoria Emanuale that has designer names like Prada, Gucci and Louis Vuitton. The city is known for its love of cafés and aperitivo, making it the ideal place to sit back, people watch and soak up the bustling city atmosphere.
Add On: Just a short drive from Milan, Liguria is an ideal region if you want to add a beach element to your holiday. With more blue-flag beaches than any other part of Italy, Liguria promises to provide a relaxing end to a busy holiday. But it’s not short of glamour. The jet-set town of Portofino is home to boutique cafés, all centred around a port where expensive yachts anchor down. And the nearby Cinque Terre is one of the most picturesque sights in Italy, with five cliffside villages offering plenty of walking opportunities and picture-postcard views at every turn.