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10 day trips from Milan not to be missed

Shopping, aperitifs, impressive churches and interesting museums to visit: Milan is one of the liveliest and most exciting cities in Italy and you should spend at least two days there. The capital of Lombardy, however, is also an excellent location to explore other Italian cities: the city is located in a strategic position and has a great network of highways and railways. In this article you will find our advice on which day trips from Milan you should absolutely organize.

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1. Lake Como

Let’s start from Lake Como, one of the favorite destinations of the Milanese who come here, especially during the summer, for a bit of relaxation and rest away from the city stress.

The lake is surrounded by high mountains that contribute to create a breathtaking landscape: the small villages close to its shores, hide fascinating centers and luxurious villas purchased by VIPs from all over the world.

After walking through the historic center of Como (we suggest you to do it with our gastronomic tour to visit the city in a fun and alternative way!), take the boat to discover the nearby towns: Bellagio and Varenna, for example, are two jewels, two places not to be missed on Lake Como.

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2. Lake Maggiore

A few kilometers from Milan there is another lake, Lake Maggiore. Also here it is definitely recommended to take advantage of the boats and small boats to discover the beauty of the surroundings: first of all the Borromean Islands.

We suggest you to walk through the gardens of Isola Madre, visit the immense Borromeo Palace on Isola Bella and have lunch on Isola dei Pescatori.


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3. Lake Garda

Among the best day trips from Milan we can not forget Lake Garda, the largest lake in Italy.

Thanks to its vastness, Lake Garda offers a variety of remarkable landscapes and has the ability to satisfy any type of tourist: we suggest a walk in Desenzano for the most romantics, a visit to the Baths of Caracalla for archaeology enthusiasts, a day at Gardaland if you like amusement parks and kitesurfing lessons in Riva del Garda for outdoor sports lovers.

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4. Bergamo

The heart of the city is Bergamo Alta, the old town surrounded by a wide wall and now accessible on foot or by a special cable car from which you can admire a beautiful view of the rest of the city and the Po Valley.

Having little time available, we suggest you take part in our gastronomic tour of Bergamo to learn about the history, curiosity and cuisine of one of the most fascinating cities in Lombardy. Aren’t you curious to taste the casoncelli (the typical fresh pasta), the polenta and the stracciatella-flavored ice cream that was born right here in the sixties?

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5. Franciacorta

If you are a wine lover, the perfect day trip from Milan is the one to Franciacorta to discover some of the best Italian wines.

This famous wine-growing area is enclosed between Brescia and the southern end of Lake Iseo.

Between one winery and another we suggest you take advantage to visit the many churches and abbeys scattered throughout the area.

6. Verona

The city of lovers, home of Romeo and Juliet, is the perfect destination for a day visit.

Following in the footsteps of Shakespeare, in Verona, you can visit Juliet’s balcony or Romeo’s House, but that’s not all. Verona, in fact, is a city with very ancient origins and to prove it you will still find one of the best preserved Roman amphitheaters in Europe: the famous Arena.

To discover the city at its best, we suggest you to book our gastronomic tour of Verona: during a walk in the historical center you will have the opportunity to taste, for example, the bigoli and the codfish alla veronese.

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7. Venice

Venice is one of the most beautiful and fascinating Italian cities and is conveniently connected to Milan by high-speed trains.

One day is not enough to visit what is considered one of the most romantic cities in the world, but it will be enough to get an idea of its beauty.

From St. Mark’s Square to the Rialto Bridge: let your instinct guide you and move among the calli, the narrow Venetian streets, enjoying every glimpse.

Check the train timetables because one of the suggestions we feel like giving you is to stay a little longer in the city to enjoy the magic of the evening in Venice: when the sun leaves the place in the dark, the streetlamps come on and the city totally changes its face.

We recommend our gastronomic tour of the Venetian capital: if you want to discover the Venice of the Bacari, the typical trattorias of the city, and taste the famous cicchetti, the typical appetizers, we are waiting for you in the district of Cannareggio.

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8. Cinque Terre

One of the most famous day trips from Milan is to the Cinque Terre, one of the most picturesque parts of the Ligurian Riviera.

The Cinque Terre are nothing more than five small villages nestled between sea and mountains that follow one after the other between La Spezia and Levanto. Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore are jewels that will leave you speechless.

The best way to move from one village to another is by train, but for trekking enthusiasts there are also a series of panoramic paths.

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9. Genoa

The Ligurian capital is only an hour and a half from Milan and is a great day trip.

If once Genoa was known exclusively for the famous Aquarium, today tourists are rediscovering its beauty hidden among the narrow caruggi (the alleys of the historic center) and inside the majestic historic buildings.

To better organize your visit, we suggest you to read our guide on what to see in Genoa in a day.

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10. Turin

Finally, another perfect destination for a day trip from Milan is Turin, the ancient capital of the Kingdom of Italy, today a modern and innovative city.

There are many things to do in Turin, but among them you must not forget the climb up the Mole Antonelliana, symbol of the city, and a stop in one of the many historic cafes to taste the Bicerin, a traditional drink made with coffee, milk and chocolate.

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