Italy has treasures galore to discover – from the volcanoes of Sicily to the Trulli houses of Puglia and the beaches of the Italian Riviera to the canals of Venice – and travelers to the Bel Paese are eager to pack as much of the natural beauty, historical highlights and gastronomic goodies into their trip as possible. Our partners at the award-winning Destination Management Company IC Bellagio are masters of curating a journey that gives travelers Italy at its most authentic. One popular request they receive time and time again is to create an itinerary that combines a trip to the Italian lakes with a visit to the Eternal City of Rome.

The distance between the two is substantial – almost 400 miles, with the Apennine Mountains and the plains of the Po Valley between them – and your options for making the most of the journey between them are many.

Travel Options

By Train

TrenItalia operates high-speed Frecciarossa trains between Rome and Milan, with the so-called “Red Arrow” achieving top speeds of 190 miles per hour in a trip that lasts less than 3 hours. 28 connections are conveniently non-stop from Rome to Milan, with others stopping only once in either Bologna, Reggio Emilia or Florence. The trains are exceedingly comfortable, offer such amenities as free Wi-Fi and charging points at every seat, and feature food service ranging from the stylish restaurant and bistro bar to special in-seat meals. Travelers in Executive, Business (with a “silent car” option) or Premium class pay a substantially higher price and receive access to the FrecciaLounge at Rome Termini, a free welcome drink and snack on board – coffee, tea or soft drink in the mornings and prosecco in the afternoons! – as well as slightly larger seats and more spacious layouts. The standard one-way ticket price runs around 90 euros with Executive coming to a whopping 240 euros, including the connecting regional train to Como San Giovanni station. Check out our earlier blog post on travel options to the Palazzo from Como and Milan.

By Car

The trip from Rome to Lake Como takes around 7 hours in total and runs the entire length of the A1 highway, or the Autostrada del Sole, from Rome to Milan. Once in Milan, you’ll follow signs for Como, take the A50 ring road around Milan to the A9 highway to Como and follow the lake road towards Bellagio from Como to the Palazzo. The overall trip costs around 90 euros in gas and approximately 47 euros in tolls, which are payable by cash or credit card at the toll booth. An alternative route that takes about one hour more takes the coastal highway up the Tuscan coast to the Italian Riviera, before continuing north to Milan. Our partners at IC Bellagio would be happy to arrange a car and driver to bring you to the Palazzo from Rome in the comfort of a luxury sedan.

Where to stop on the way from Rome to Lake Como

As the trip from Rome to Lake Como takes you through most of central Italy, there are myriad places to stop during your trip and stay for just a few hours or a few days: from Tuscany’s charming hilltop towns and tempting wineries to the Renaissance masterpieces of Florence, from the marble quarries of Carrara to the improbable Cinque Terre villages clinging to the cliffs and from the gastronomic goodies of Bologna to Pisa’s leaning tower. Check out these three different stopovers for your trip from Rome to the Palazzo and get in touch with us to find out more!

Flying Trip to Florence

Thanks to IC Bellagio’s arrangements, our driver and transit assistants will collect you at your hotel and whisk you off to Rome’s Termini Station, where you can wait for your train in the chic FrecciaLounge. Our assistants will help you stow your bags, get you seated in your luxurious leather seats and see you off at quarter past 8 for the roughly 90-minute trip to Florence. Your Executive, Premium of Business tickets come with a welcome tea or coffee, a small snack and your choice of newspaper (they’re in Italian, so it’s a great opportunity to practice your language skills – and rolling your R’s!).

Upon arrival in Florence around ten, our transit assistants will see that your bags are stored for the day and introduce you to your private guide. We’ve arranged for a customized walking tour of Florence, which will combine must-see sights like Ghiberti’s bronze Gates of Paradise and the Medici family’s power center at Palazzo Vecchio along with live-as-a-local insight into the medieval backstreets and traditional artisans. You’ll marvel at Renaissance masterpieces and browse at chic boutiques, soak up Florence’s inimitable atmosphere and visit one museum of your choice – like Palazzo Davanzati for a glimpse into the everyday life of 13th-century Fiorentini or Museo Galileo with the maestro’s erstwhile instruments and inventions.

You’ll have time at leisure to dine on some traditional Tuscan fare at a restaurant recommended by your guide before returning to the Santa Maria Novella district around three to make sure you have time to stop in the famed Officina Profumo-Farmaceutica to purchase some goodies at what is probably the world’s oldest apothecary, like their almond paste moisturizer or eau de cologne scented with violets. The train to Milan leaves at 4, with a 20-minute layover at Milano Centrale before taking a half-hour regional train to Como, where our driver will be waiting to bring you to the Palazzo.

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Deep Dive into Italy’s Food Culture

After a leisurely breakfast at your Rome hotel, you throw the bags in the rental car (and with the September weather still balmy, of course you booked a convertible!) and head north on the Autostrada del Sole, literally Highway of the Sun for an overnight stay in Bologna. At the halfway point, stop in the village of Pienza, Pope Pius II’s ideal village and the backdrop for the Netflix series on the Medicis. The honey-colored historic buildings, stylish boutiques and delicatessens selling the local Pecorino cheese – not to mention the panoramic views of the Tuscan countryside from the city walls – make this the perfect spot for a delicious meal and a lunchtime stroll. Once back on the road, continue to your hotel in the heart of Bologna, which overlooks the city landmark of the Twin Towers and has its own underground garage just 200 yards from the entrance.

After you’ve freshened up a bit, head down to the lobby to meet your guide for tonight’s walking tour, a pub crawl of sorts that takes you through the narrow alleys of Bologna’s charming medieval center, where taverns – “Osterie” – have thrived since the 13th century. You’ll love local libations like the surprising sparkling Lambrusco reds and signature delicacies like melt-in-your-mouth mortadella served with tigelle flatbread or tagliatelle with ragù Bolognese.

Taking care not to overindulge at the breakfast buffet, you set out on an epicurean adventure in the celebrated Food Valley on your way to the Palazzo. This area is known as the “protected origin” (DOP) of a whole range of gastronomic delights and today’s tour takes you to three traditional farms. Discover how grape must becomes Modena’s famed balsamic vinegar in process handed down from generation to generation; find out how little the Parmigiano Reggiano production process has changed since Benedictine monks started cheesemaking in the 13th century; and learn what makes Prosciutto di Parma the “king of hams”. Suitably sated, you’ll be ready for the drive to Lake Como via Milan – dropping the soft top as soon as you hit the lake road…

Seaside stopover

This itinerary takes you along the Tyrrhenian Coast, with our driver delivering you to the swank seaside resort town of Forte dei Marmi for a two-night beach stay on your way to the Palazzo. We’ve chosen one of our favorite wineries on the rugged windswept Maremma coast for your lunch stop, which was designed by a star Swiss architect and burrows 500 feet underground to keep the scenic spotlight on the vines and olive groves above. You’ll enjoy a two-hour immersion in this award-winning estate that includes a tour of the state-of-the-art cellars, a tasting of three wines and a sampling of traditional Tuscan dishes. After lunch, sit back in our luxury sedan for the leisurely two-hour trip along the coast to Forte dei Marmi.

We have reserved a sea-view room for you at the grand dame of hotels in this elegant seaside resort. You’ll have two nights to enjoy some R&R at the private beach club and a seaside cycle on the complimentary bikes – as well as an unforgettable meal at the Michelin-starred restaurant on the ground floor. Our driver will collect you at the hotel for the approximately four-hour trip from Forte dei Marmi to the Palazzo, crossing the Tuscan Apennines into the Po River plains, with the possibility to stop off in Parma for lunch. This elegant northern Italian town is renowned for its stylish boutiques, Correggio masterpieces and delicious restaurants serving famed Food Valley delicacies like Parma ham, salame di Felino and creamy Parmigiano Reggiano cheese. After lunch, sit back in the back seat of our luxury sedan for the trip to Lake Como, arriving at the Palazzo just in time for a lakeside aperitivo!

Italy has treasures galore to discover – from the volcanoes of Sicily to the Trulli houses of Puglia and the beaches of the Italian Riviera to the canals of Venice – and travelers to the Bel Paese are eager to pack as much of the natural beauty, historical highlights and gastronomic goodies into their trip as possible. Our partners at the award-winning Destination Management Company IC Bellagio are masters of curating a journey that gives travelers Italy at its most authentic. One popular request they receive time and time again is to create an itinerary that combines a trip to the Italian lakes with a visit to the Eternal City of Rome.

The distance between the two is substantial – almost 400 miles, with the Apennine Mountains and the plains of the Po Valley between them – and your options for making the most of the journey between them are many.

Travel Options

By Train

TrenItalia operates high-speed Frecciarossa trains between Rome and Milan, with the so-called “Red Arrow” achieving top speeds of 190 miles per hour in a trip that lasts less than 3 hours. 28 connections are conveniently non-stop from Rome to Milan, with others stopping only once in either Bologna, Reggio Emilia or Florence. The trains are exceedingly comfortable, offer such amenities as free Wi-Fi and charging points at every seat, and feature food service ranging from the stylish restaurant and bistro bar to special in-seat meals. Travelers in Executive, Business (with a “silent car” option) or Premium class pay a substantially higher price and receive access to the FrecciaLounge at Rome Termini, a free welcome drink and snack on board – coffee, tea or soft drink in the mornings and prosecco in the afternoons! – as well as slightly larger seats and more spacious layouts. The standard one-way ticket price runs around 90 euros with Executive coming to a whopping 240 euros, including the connecting regional train to Como San Giovanni station. Check out our earlier blog post on travel options to the Palazzo from Como and Milan.

By Car

The trip from Rome to Lake Como takes around 7 hours in total and runs the entire length of the A1 highway, or the Autostrada del Sole, from Rome to Milan. Once in Milan, you’ll follow signs for Como, take the A50 ring road around Milan to the A9 highway to Como and follow the lake road towards Bellagio from Como to the Palazzo. The overall trip costs around 90 euros in gas and approximately 47 euros in tolls, which are payable by cash or credit card at the toll booth. An alternative route that takes about one hour more takes the coastal highway up the Tuscan coast to the Italian Riviera, before continuing north to Milan. Our partners at IC Bellagio would be happy to arrange a car and driver to bring you to the Palazzo from Rome in the comfort of a luxury sedan.

Where to stop on the way from Rome to Lake Como

As the trip from Rome to Lake Como takes you through most of central Italy, there are myriad places to stop during your trip and stay for just a few hours or a few days: from Tuscany’s charming hilltop towns and tempting wineries to the Renaissance masterpieces of Florence, from the marble quarries of Carrara to the improbable Cinque Terre villages clinging to the cliffs and from the gastronomic goodies of Bologna to Pisa’s leaning tower. Check out these three different stopovers for your trip from Rome to the Palazzo and get in touch with us to find out more!

BOOK NOW

Flying Trip to Florence

Thanks to IC Bellagio’s arrangements, our driver and transit assistants will collect you at your hotel and whisk you off to Rome’s Termini Station, where you can wait for your train in the chic FrecciaLounge. Our assistants will help you stow your bags, get you seated in your luxurious leather seats and see you off at quarter past 8 for the roughly 90-minute trip to Florence. Your Executive, Premium of Business tickets come with a welcome tea or coffee, a small snack and your choice of newspaper (they’re in Italian, so it’s a great opportunity to practice your language skills – and rolling your R’s!).

Upon arrival in Florence around ten, our transit assistants will see that your bags are stored for the day and introduce you to your private guide. We’ve arranged for a customized walking tour of Florence, which will combine must-see sights like Ghiberti’s bronze Gates of Paradise and the Medici family’s power center at Palazzo Vecchio along with live-as-a-local insight into the medieval backstreets and traditional artisans. You’ll marvel at Renaissance masterpieces and browse at chic boutiques, soak up Florence’s inimitable atmosphere and visit one museum of your choice – like Palazzo Davanzati for a glimpse into the everyday life of 13th-century Fiorentini or Museo Galileo with the maestro’s erstwhile instruments and inventions.

You’ll have time at leisure to dine on some traditional Tuscan fare at a restaurant recommended by your guide before returning to the Santa Maria Novella district around three to make sure you have time to stop in the famed Officina Profumo-Farmaceutica to purchase some goodies at what is probably the world’s oldest apothecary, like their almond paste moisturizer or eau de cologne scented with violets. The train to Milan leaves at 4, with a 20-minute layover at Milano Centrale before taking a half-hour regional train to Como, where our driver will be waiting to bring you to the Palazzo.

Deep Dive into Italy’s Food Culture

After a leisurely breakfast at your Rome hotel, you throw the bags in the rental car (and with the September weather still balmy, of course you booked a convertible!) and head north on the Autostrada del Sole, literally Highway of the Sun for an overnight stay in Bologna. At the halfway point, stop in the village of Pienza, Pope Pius II’s ideal village and the backdrop for the Netflix series on the Medicis. The honey-colored historic buildings, stylish boutiques and delicatessens selling the local Pecorino cheese – not to mention the panoramic views of the Tuscan countryside from the city walls – make this the perfect spot for a delicious meal and a lunchtime stroll. Once back on the road, continue to your hotel in the heart of Bologna, which overlooks the city landmark of the Twin Towers and has its own underground garage just 200 yards from the entrance.

After you’ve freshened up a bit, head down to the lobby to meet your guide for tonight’s walking tour, a pub crawl of sorts that takes you through the narrow alleys of Bologna’s charming medieval center, where taverns – “Osterie” – have thrived since the 13th century. You’ll love local libations like the surprising sparkling Lambrusco reds and signature delicacies like melt-in-your-mouth mortadella served with tigelle flatbread or tagliatelle with ragù Bolognese.

Taking care not to overindulge at the breakfast buffet, you set out on an epicurean adventure in the celebrated Food Valley on your way to the Palazzo. This area is known as the “protected origin” (DOP) of a whole range of gastronomic delights and today’s tour takes you to three traditional farms. Discover how grape must becomes Modena’s famed balsamic vinegar in process handed down from generation to generation; find out how little the Parmigiano Reggiano production process has changed since Benedictine monks started cheesemaking in the 13th century; and learn what makes Prosciutto di Parma the “king of hams”. Suitably sated, you’ll be ready for the drive to Lake Como via Milan – dropping the soft top as soon as you hit the lake road…

Seaside stopover

This itinerary takes you along the Tyrrhenian Coast, with our driver delivering you to the swank seaside resort town of Forte dei Marmi for a two-night beach stay on your way to the Palazzo. We’ve chosen one of our favorite wineries on the rugged windswept Maremma coast for your lunch stop, which was designed by a star Swiss architect and burrows 500 feet underground to keep the scenic spotlight on the vines and olive groves above. You’ll enjoy a two-hour immersion in this award-winning estate that includes a tour of the state-of-the-art cellars, a tasting of three wines and a sampling of traditional Tuscan dishes. After lunch, sit back in our luxury sedan for the leisurely two-hour trip along the coast to Forte dei Marmi.

We have reserved a sea-view room for you at the grand dame of hotels in this elegant seaside resort. You’ll have two nights to enjoy some R&R at the private beach club and a seaside cycle on the complimentary bikes – as well as an unforgettable meal at the Michelin-starred restaurant on the ground floor. Our driver will collect you at the hotel for the approximately four-hour trip from Forte dei Marmi to the Palazzo, crossing the Tuscan Apennines into the Po River plains, with the possibility to stop off in Parma for lunch. This elegant northern Italian town is renowned for its stylish boutiques, Correggio masterpieces and delicious restaurants serving famed Food Valley delicacies like Parma ham, salame di Felino and creamy Parmigiano Reggiano cheese. After lunch, sit back in the back seat of our luxury sedan for the trip to Lake Como, arriving at the Palazzo just in time for a lakeside aperitivo!