Italy-Testimonial for Central Italy Itinerary

Italy - Italian Cypress Tuscany

Italian cypress trees in Tuscany, Central Italy

A Central Italy Itinerary

was prepared for a client that included Florence, Cinque Terre, Lucca, Milan, Lake Como, and Orvieto. Here’s what they said:

“WOW! I was blown away by how knowledgeable and helpful JDPGIGs [JDP Travels and JDP Photography] was with our itinerary. I’m so excited for our trip, and more so now with this great information in hand. Thank you!”

Kelly M., December 1, 2014

Based on their preliminary plans, I designed a route that was efficient (no backtracking), interesting (unusual, off the beaten path sights), didn’t waste time on places they had already visited, and incorporated their “must-do’s”.

Varenna Italy on Lake Como

Varenna on Lake Como, Italy

Varenna, Italy on Lake Como

This idyllic municipality on Lake Como is in the Lombardy region of Northern Italy. It is about 60 km north of Milan and is a wonderful place to relax, enjoy the scenery, and sample the delicious food and wine. You can actually see the Swiss Alps, because it is so close to the border.

Varenna is also home to Italy’s shortest river, Fiumelatte, which is 820 feet long. The name comes from fiume (Italian for “river”) and latte (“milk”) because of the milky white color of its water.

Lake Como is one of the deepest lakes in Europe with the bottom more than 656 feet below sea level. It is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful lakes in Europe and has been a popular retreat for aristocrats and wealthy people since Roman times. Transportation between towns is made very easy by frequent boat schedules. Allow plenty of time for visiting villas that are open to the public.

Lake Como is still a very popular tourist attraction – and it is not surprising that many famous people live or have lived in the area – Madonna, George Clooney, Gianni Versace, Sylvester Stallone, and Richard Branson, to name a few. We didn’t meet up with any of these famous people, but it was not for lack of looking