Arrive at Milan Malpensa Airport and transfer to your chosen hotel in the city centre. Don’t waste any time before hitting the streets and piazzas of Milan to enjoy your first meal at one of the many restaurants.
Day 2 : Milan
Milan is famous for being Italy’s fashion capital, shop till you drop at one of the world’s first shopping malls, Galleria Vittoria Emanuele II. The elegant four story arcade first opened in 1867 and is packed full of designer stores from Gucci to Versace. If the price tags are slightly out of your budget you can still enjoy a morning of window shopping.
Spend the afternoon on a tour of La Scala Opera House museum (€7 per adult approx) learning about the theatre’s history and admiring musical instruments dedicated to Italian composers. Finish off the day with an elegant evening watching a traditional opera performance.
Today we suggest visiting one of Milan’s most recognisable landmarks, The Cathedral. Being the 5th largest church in the world, this magnificent structure has stunning interiors and spectacular views over Milan. Climbing the Cathedrals countless stairs is thirsty work; so head to the nearest café to enjoy a strong Italian coffee and a light lunch.
Starting at 2.30pm, the "Grand Tour of Milan" excursion is a great way to see the main sights of the city. On this tour a professional guide will walk you through Milan's famous shopping gallery, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II , before showing you one of the most famous works of art in the world - The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci.
Leave the fashion capital behind as you travel towards Genoa. The train journey between Milano Centrale Railway station and Genoa Piazza Principle Station takes approximately 1hour 30mins and is a lovely to way to relax and enjoy the scenic route.
Day 5 : Genoa
Genoa, the largest seaport in the country, has plenty of sites to keep you busy. Dive into a magnificent underwater world at the largest aquarium in Europe or wind through the medieval alleyways to discover the city’s rich history. Make sure you stop at one of the many cafes to try the light liqueur flavoured sponge named after the city itself, known as Genoise Cake.
Day 6 : Genoa – Liguria
Collect your hire and begin the coastal drive to your final hotel in Liguria (approx. 1 hour). After you’ve checked in enjoy a seafood dinner overlooking the picture perfect landscape.
Liguria is home to more Blue Flag beaches than any other region in Italy so no stay would be complete without a day soaking up the sun with a fresh scoop of gelato in hand. The wide array of beaches all have something different to offer from sun kissed sand to undiscovered coves, but be sure to get your spot early in the day as these spectacular sandy spots can get busy.
Liguria is home to the five colourful villages that make up the famed Cinque Terre. Popular with hikers, the walking trails between the five villages provide remarkable views of the dramatic landscapes that surround them. Why not set aside a couple of days to tick all five off your list?
If you’re a foodie don’t forget to try the delicious pesto the region is famous for, perfectly accompanied with a glass or two of the locally produced 5 Terre wine.
The dazzling city of Sanremo is Italy’s very own Monte Carlo. Dress to impress and try your luck at the spectacular Beaux Arts-style casino or enjoy an exquisite meal at a fine dining restaurant. Escape the manicured gardens and glossy waterfront to discover ancient cobbled lanes full of character at the heart of Sanremo.
Say goodbye to Liguria as you embark on the journey to Genoa Airport to drop off your hire car before your flight home to the UK.
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Direct flights to Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP) are available from Birmingham, Edinburgh, London Gatwick, London Heathrow, London Luton, London Stansted and Manchester and take approximately 2 hours.
Direct flights to Milan Bergamo (BGY) are available from London Stansted, Bristol, Manchester, East Midlands and Belfast and take approximately 2 hours.
At the current time, British citizens do not require a visa to visit Italy.
You don’t have to leave a tip in Italy – most Italians don’t tip for restaurant meals, bar drinks, taxi rides or hair and beauty treatments. However if you do leave a tip, you might receive quicker service.
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