10 Best Day Trips From Milan
GAFFL
13th Jul | 4 min read

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    Milan, renowned as Italy's bustling fashion capital, welcomes visitors with its cosmopolitan charm and rich cultural heritage. Yet, beyond the city limits there are a variety of captivating destinations waiting to be explored. From the serene shores of Lake Como to the romantic streets of Verona, each day trip from Milan unveils a tapestry of enchanting experiences. 

    Join us as we embark on a journey to uncover the 10 best day trips from Milan, promising adventure, discovery, and unforgettable memories.


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    Lake Como

    Just about an hour away by train, Lake Como offers breathtaking views, charming towns like Bellagio and Varenna, and picturesque villas. Take a boat tour on the lake or explore the beautiful gardens of Villa Carlotta. Best visited during the spring or early summer when the weather is mild, flowers are in bloom, and the crowds are smaller, allowing for a more peaceful experience.


    Venice

    While Venice may be a bit farther, around 2.5 hours by train, it's worth the journey. Explore the romantic canals, visit St. Mark's Square and the Doge's Palace, and wander  through the narrow streets filled with history and culture. While Venice can be enjoyed year-round, consider visiting in the shoulder seasons of spring and autumn to avoid the peak crowds and high temperatures while still enjoying pleasant weather.


    Verona

    Known as the setting for Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet," Verona is about 1.5 hours away by train. Visit Juliet's balcony, explore the well-preserved Roman Arena, and stroll through the charming streets of this romantic city. The best time to visit Verona is in the late spring or early autumn when the weather is comfortable for exploring the city's outdoor attractions without the summer crowds.


    Lake Maggiore and the Borromean Islands 

    Located about an hour and a half away, Lake Maggiore is another stunning destination. Take a boat tour to the Borromean Islands, where you can visit the opulent Borromeo Palace and its beautiful gardens. The ideal time to visit Lake Maggiore is from late spring to early autumn when the weather is warm, and the gardens on the Borromean Islands are in full bloom.


    Bergamo

    Just a short train ride away, Bergamo is divided into two parts: the historic Città Alta (Upper Town) and the more modern Città Bassa (Lower Town). Explore the medieval architecture, walk along the ancient city walls, and enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. Visit Bergamo in the spring or autumn to enjoy mild temperatures and fewer tourists, allowing for a more relaxed exploration of the city's historic sites and charming streets.


    Genoa

    About two hours away by train, Genoa is a historic port city known for its maritime heritage and delicious cuisine. Visit the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, explore the narrow alleys known as "caruggi," and visit the famous Aquarium of Genoa. While Genoa can be visited year-round, consider avoiding the peak summer months when temperatures are high, and the city can be crowded. Spring and autumn offer mild weather and fewer tourists, making it an ideal time to explore the city's attractions.


    Turin

    About an hour and a half away by train, Turin is known for its elegant architecture, world-class museums, and delicious cuisine. Visit the Mole Antonelliana, home to the National Cinema Museum, and explore the historic Royal Palace of Turin. The best time to visit Turin is in the spring or autumn when the weather is mild, and outdoor activities are pleasant. Avoid the summer months when temperatures can soar, and many locals go on vacation.


    Pavia

    Less than an hour away by train, Pavia is a charming university town with a rich history. Visit the Certosa di Pavia, a stunning monastery known for its intricate architecture, and explore the historic center with its medieval towers and churches. Pavia is best visited in the spring or autumn when the weather is comfortable for exploring the city's outdoor attractions, such as the Certosa di Pavia and the historic center.


    Cremona

    Famous for its violin-making tradition, Cremona is about an hour and a half away by train. Visit the Violin Museum, where you can learn about the history of violin making, and explore the picturesque streets lined with historic buildings. Visit Cremona in the spring or early autumn to enjoy pleasant weather for exploring the city's historic sites and to avoid the peak tourist season.


    Lake Garda

    A bit farther than Lake Como, but still reachable within a couple of hours by train, Lake Garda is Italy's largest lake. Relax on the shores, take a boat tour to the charming towns of Sirmione or Bardolino, and enjoy breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains. The best time to visit Lake Garda is in the late spring or early autumn when the weather is mild, and the crowds are smaller, allowing for a more peaceful experience.


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