Travel by Train
SBB Travel Time: 3 hours via a direct train from Zurich to Como S. Giovanni.
About the Destination: Envision quaint cobbled streets, dozens of hidden villages, spectacular villas and lakeside seaside dinners and treat yourself to a George Clooney style weekend! The best way to explore is by boat as most excursions allow you to travel between villages all day. Be sure to embrace the maze of cobblestone streets in the ever so popular Bellagio and visit the stunning gardens at the Villa Carlotta in Tremezzo.
AGIZ Insider Secret: Lake Como is known for producing fine olive oils, particularly in the region of Lenno – be sure to bring back a bottle and impress guests at your next Apero!
SBB Travel Time: 3.40 hours via a direct train from Zurich to the city center.
About the Destination: Drops the boys at the AC Milan match and hit the street in this shoppers’ paradise city. For those in search of the holy grail of fashion, the famous Golden Quad (Quadrilatero d’Oro) is mandatory as these 4 streets, Via della Spiga, Via Monzani, Via Sant’Andrea and Via Montenapoleone house some of the most prestigious fashion showrooms in the world. What else would you expect from a city that hosts the headquarters of Italian labels Valentino, Gucci, Armani, Versace, Dolce & Gabbana and Prada?
AGIZ Insider Secret: Catch a glimpse of the latest trends and plan your trip around Fashion Week. It is held annually near February / March and again near September / October.
Travel by Car
Travel Time: 4 hours
About the Destination: A day spent cycling or driving along the peaceful and scenic Route des Grands Crus will welcome you to an assortment of wine vineyards from personal cellars to commercial establishments. Pinor Noirs are the region’s specialty and you will be amazed at the difference in tastes from one vineyard to the next…have fun sampling and comparing and be sure to bring home a few of your favorite bottles!
AGIZ Insider Secret: Dégustation Gratuite = free wine tasting. When you see this sign, simply knock for a free tasting with no obligation to buy.
Travel Time: 2.5 hours
About the Destination: This cute and picturesque town boasts 2 exhilarating thermal baths, the Caracalla Spa and the Friedrichsbad. The Friedrichsbad features a stimulating 16 step ritual with an optional “must try” soap and brush massage while the Caracalla invites you to unwind in their 12 natural springs. At night, try your luck at the casino. The overly glamorous atmosphere alone is worth the entrance fee!
AGIZ Insider Secret: Ties are required in the casino so pack accordingly. This also means you have the perfect excuse to buy a new cocktail dress!