Lombardy Educational activities

Our most recommended Lombardy Educational activities

Milan: Fast-Track Milan Cathedral and Terraces Guided Tour

1. Milan: Fast-Track Milan Cathedral and Terraces Guided Tour

Enjoy a 1.5-hour tour of the Milan Cathedral complex, including the terraces and the archeological area beneath the cathedral. Discover the history of this famous monument with your expert guide. You’ll also have access to the Duomo Museum and San Gottardo Church. Best of all, choose from either a shared small-group experience or private tour, depending on your preference.  Skip the ticket lines and enter the cathedral. Admire this stunning example of Gothic architecture and the artworks that decorate its interior. Continue to the rooftop terraces by elevator for breathtaking views over the city. Then explore the archaeological area beneath the Duomo, where the ruins of the Baptistery of San Giovanni alle Fonti were found. After your guided tour, you can visit the Duomo Museum and San Gottardo Church on your own.

Milan: Cathedral and Rooftop Ticket

2. Milan: Cathedral and Rooftop Ticket

Discover the iconic symbol of Milan with your access-all-areas ticket to the Duomo and see the 600-year-old cathedral. Learn about the history of St. Ambrose and the cathedral's important role during the evolution of the city both spiritually and culturally.  Admire city panoramas from the Duomo Terraces. Built using Candoglia marble, on bright days, you can see as far as the Alps and the Apennine Mountains. Elevator optional.   Admire the Duomo's 27 halls and its 14th-century Palazzo Reale's stained glass window, tapestries, and sculptures. See the archaeological remains of the S. Giovanni alle Fonti Baptistery and S. Tecla.   Gain a deeper appreciation of the cultural and spiritual heritage of Milan. Built in the 4th century by St. Ambrose and demolished in 1387 to make space for the cathedral, the Baptistery was forgotten until 1961.

Tirano to St. Moritz: Bernina Red Train Return Day-Ticket

3. Tirano to St. Moritz: Bernina Red Train Return Day-Ticket

Travel on the classic Bernina Red Train, the red fairy-tale on rails, and experience the magical countryside of the Swiss Alps. Depart from Tirano and admire spectacular scenery as you cross the Alps from the Valtellina vineyards to the glaciers of the Bernina Pass. Enjoy panoramic views from the train's windows, which have been gazed out of for over 100 years. Sit back and relax during this fairy-tale journey as the beautiful alpine landscape flows by before your eyes. Feel free to leave the train at any station and hop on the next train when you want to continue your journey. Ride all the way from Tirano to St. Moritz and back again. You can choose an optional cablecar ride to the Diavolezza Refuge to admire the mountain scenery.

Milan: 3-Hour Private Bike Tour

4. Milan: 3-Hour Private Bike Tour

Meet up with your guide in the morning or afternoon and take off on a group cycling tour of the most evocative and interesting places of art and history in the center of Milan. Cycle to the outside of the Sforza Castle monument, visit its inner courtyards and get an explanation of its art and history. Afterwards, view the Peace Arch, Santa Maria delle Grazie, Darsena and the canals to take a few photos with your camera. Then, hop back on your bikes and head to San Lorenzo and the Roman columns, the Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio, the Roman ruins via Brisa, the Piazza Affari and the Maurizio Cattelan contemporary art installation L.O.V.E, where you'll have another short stop for photos. Then, head to Mercanti Square, La Scala Square, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele and finally, Duomo Square for another short photo session before heading back to the starting point of the tour.

Full-Day Barbaresco Wine Tour with Truffle Hunting and Lunch

5. Full-Day Barbaresco Wine Tour with Truffle Hunting and Lunch

A tour for true connoisseurs of Piedmont delicacies, this will be a dynamic trip to the Langhe region of Italy famous for its exquisite black and precious white truffles. Enjoy the unique beauty of the Piedmont region, including its picturesque woodlands, the lush verdure of its gently rolling hills, backed by the majesty of its snowcapped mountains and the medieval castles that add their own majesty to the landscape. The mountain range sets bounds to an incredible gastronomical heritage. You will taste the best of local cuisine and drink Barbaresco wine in one of the best wineries of the region. This tour will give you the chance to go truffle hunting in Alba, the gastronomical capital of Italy. Truffles grow underground in a symbiotic relationship with the roots of particular trees. During a walk through the woods, truffle experts from Piedmont will explain everything related to this culinary delicacy. The exquisite black truffle is harvested from the end of May until December, while the most expensive and rare – the white truffle – is hunted out between the end of September and December. Enjoy an appetizer with truffle snacks after the hunt before moving on to the main culinary event at lunch in a traditional restaurant with panoramic views of the local vineyards. Meals typical of the Langhe region include: gnocchi (potato dumplings with cheese), white mushroom risotto, tender agnolotti pasta, roasted rabbit with vegetables, veal with Barbaresco wine, homemade ice cream and semifreddo or panna cotta. A sommelier will help you choose the best combination of wine and the dishes you have chosen. After the meal, a wine tasting will be hosted at one of Barbaresco’s famous wineries. The building has belonged to a noble family of marquises since the 18th-century but the family’s own first wine began production in 1973. In a short time, it acquired a world renown as being one of the best producers of Barbaresco wines from its own vineyards, which exclusively grow the nebbiolo grape. A favorable microclimate allows the growth of high-quality grapes even during years in which the harvest is difficult. Recently, the winery has been considerably enlarged and provided with modern equipment for the production of wine of the highest quality standard – DOCG. At the end of the wine trip to the Langhe region, you will see the small but beautiful historical center of the town of Barbaresco, completely surrounded by its famous vineyards. Barbaresco is a place of amazing natural beauty located in the Langhe hills. Admire the panorama of vineyards, woods and medieval fortresses and settlements from any point of view.

Varenna: Dining Experience at a Local's Home

6. Varenna: Dining Experience at a Local's Home

Arrive at the home of your expert host for a memorable private dining experience where you will taste authentic recipes treasured in family cookbooks passed down by real Italian mothers. During an exclusive cooking demonstration, feel the warmth of Italian hospitality as your host shares the secrets of her family cookbook while preparing the dishes right in front of you. Once the end result is ready, sit at an authentic Italian dining table and enjoy your 4-course seasonal menu including a starter, pasta, main course with side dish, and dessert.

Milan: Walking Tour of San Maurizio Monastero Maggiore

7. Milan: Walking Tour of San Maurizio Monastero Maggiore

See the frescoes of the Church of San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore and the events they show from Biblical stories and mystical characters. Visit works by Bernardino Luini and other important masters of the Lombard Renaissance. In the company of our expert guide, understand the splendor of this building and the treasures it contains. The Church of San Maurizio conceals several masterpieces of Italian art history by the most famous Lombard painters of the 16th century. As with other of our cultural itineraries, this guided tour of the Church of San Maurizio aims to introduce visitors to the varied world of legends and anecdotes surrounding the admirable masterpieces, without neglecting a careful historical and artistic reconstruction. While wandering around the church, the guide will also explain Aurelio Luini's Noah's Ark: an astonishing painting, a veritable zoological treatise rich in detail, which depicts with splendid attention giraffes, tigers, and unicorns, all lining up to board the Ark.

From Rome: Milan Day Trip by Train (Semi-Private Tour)

8. From Rome: Milan Day Trip by Train (Semi-Private Tour)

Discover Milan on this day trip from Rome by train. Find out what the Italian capital of Fashion has to offer, including history and art, shopping streets and gorgeous architecture. During this exciting day, you visit the majestic Cathedral and its famous square, the Cathedral Museum and the Church of San Gottardo in Corte. While you tour the city learn about the rich history of the city, its architecture and famous art.  After exploring the art and history of Milan you will go to a covered shopping mall, the famed Galleria Vittorio Emanuele that connects Duomo Square with the Piazza della Scala, the square in front of the famous La Scala Opera House. After that, you will discover Milan's most fashionable shopping street Via Montenapoleone before ending the tour in  Castello Sforzesco Square.

Milan: La Scala Theater and Duomo Rooftop Private Tour

9. Milan: La Scala Theater and Duomo Rooftop Private Tour

Begin your tour at the heart of the city with an in-depth tour of the famous Duomo. get an introduction to the Gothic cathedral. This is one of the most beautiful churches in the world, and your preofessional guide will point out aspects of its impressive façade. Situated at the very heart of the city, the Duomo is 157 meters long. Admire its flying buttresses, and the gilded bronze statue of Madonnina atop the main spire. After a brief introduction to the cathedral and its history, you’ll skip the lines and head up to the Terraces of the Duomo for a full view of beautiful Milan. View the Duomo of Milan from the outside and the amazing rooftops. After the tour, continue with the Piazza della Scala for a tour of the legendary La Scala Theater opera house. Built in 1776, the theater has hosted some of the world’s greatest musicians, including Verdi, Bellini, Rossini, and Donizetti. See the beautiful horseshoe auditorium from one of the fourth-row boxes. Prepare to be amazed.

Milan Duomo Cathedral Tour

10. Milan Duomo Cathedral Tour

Meet your licensed tour guide in Piazza del Duomo and start visiting the impressive gothic Cathedral! Inspect the endless details of its façade and admire the statues, the spires, the bizarre gargoyles and many other oddities. Skip the lines and enjoy priority access to the largest Italian cathedral and marvel at this imposing monument. Your tourist guide is ready to focus on the countless statues, the decorations, the colourful stained-glass windows that tireless craftsmen designed along the centuries and be amazed while hearing about the stories of the “Holy Nail” from Jesus’ True Cross or the Sundial Trail and its zodiac signs. Stroll along the aisles, reach the main altar and pay homage to the tomb of Saint Charles Borromeo, one of Milan Holy Patrons, host inside the crypt below.

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It’s value for money what we paid. Get the map of route and when there is turns be ready to take marvelous videos and photos. You missed the chance no worries you can do so while on return trip by sitting opposite sides. Beautiful areas and beautiful nature. It’s always better to stay at Diavolezza to enjoy a complete day and never miss the experience of cable car.

Patrizia and Luca welcomed us into their beautiful home and shared stories from their lives and their country as generously as they shared their delicious food. Our dinner with them was our favourite experience in our lake Como visit. Grazie e a presto!

Although taking the last entry time (5pm) it is advisable to get your audio tour before 4pm and see the cathedral first. Then go up to the terraces and roof for pre sunset hour. You must return your audio equipment before 6pm.

Victor was great. He was waiting for us on time and it wasn’t hard at all to find him. He gave a lot of very interesting details about the Cathedral. We enjoyed our visit a lot. It was worth it.

Ticket worked out well. Visited Duomo mid afternoon. No queues. Some on site building work but didn't really affect us other than some view points.