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Day Trips from Milan

Day Trips from Milan

When you’re in the fashion capital of the world, it’s easy to get caught up in the allure of Milan’s stunning architecture, world-class shopping, and savory cuisine. But, if you’re looking to expand your Italian adventure beyond the city limits, you’ll find an array of picturesque towns, serene lakes, and historic landmarks that are just a short journey away. This guide will walk you through the best day trips from Milan, all easily accessible by train or car, leading you to discover the hidden gems of Northern Italy.

Discover the Charm of Lake Como

Just a short 40-minute train ride away from Milan, Lake Como offers a perfect blend of natural beauty and architectural splendor. Nestled in the foothills of the Swiss and Italian Alps, this stunning location is a favorite retreat among celebrities and travelers alike.

Explore the Villas and Gardens

Start your day trip by visiting some of the most beautiful villas lining the shores of Lake Como. Villa Carlotta, Villa Olmo, and the famous movie location of Villa del Balbianello are must-see destinations. Each of these stunning villas provides breathtaking views of the lake and houses meticulously maintained gardens that offer a tranquil respite.

Villa del Balbianello

Villa del Balbianello – Day Trips from Milan

Delight in a Boat Cruise

If you’re looking to fully immerse yourself in the beauty of Lake Como, consider taking a boat cruise. This is a fantastic way to take in the picturesque towns dotted along the lake’s shore. You can capture stunning photos of Bellagio, stroll through the quaint cobblestone streets of Brienno, and enjoy a leisurely meal against the backdrop of the colorful buildings of Varenna.

Colorful buildings of Varenna

Colorful buildings of Varenna

Cuisine and Restaurants at Lake Como

When it comes to dining in Lake Como, the local cuisine is heavily influenced by its lake and mountainous surroundings. For a delectable experience, visit Ristorante Il Gatto Nero, which serves mouthwatering lake fish dishes and offers beautiful views of the lake.

Trattoria del Portico is another worthy stop for its traditional Italian menu featuring polenta, osso buco, and homemade pastas. Remember, no Italian meal is complete without a glass of exquisite local wine.

Accommodation Suggestions at Lake Como

Choosing a place to stay in Lake Como can enhance your experience, and there’s something for every budget. For luxury seekers, the Grand Hotel Tremezzo offers high-end accommodation with a stunning lake view.

For a mid-range budget, Hotel La Darsena is a great choice, offering comfort and a good location. Those traveling on a budget should consider Ostello Bello Lake Como, a chic hostel in the heart of Como with a youthful vibe.

Guided Day Trip Option

If you prefer to leave the planning to someone else, consider booking a guided tour. These tours often include transport, a cruise on the lake, and a tour of the most famous towns. You’ll be able to sit back, relax, and soak in the majestic views without worrying about the logistics.

Day Trip to Lake Como, Bellagio, and Lugano from Milan
1 Piazza Sigmund Freud

from €109.00 EUR 
Duration: 10.5 hours
 Organized by: City Wonders Ltd.
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Step Back in Time in Bologna

Located just an hour away from Milan by train, Bologna is a city steeped in history and bursting with flavor. Known as the food capital of Italy, a day trip to Bologna is a feast for both the eyes and the palate.

Marvel at the Architecture

Bologna, often overshadowed by its more famous neighbors, is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered. The city is renowned for its medieval architecture, with the Two Towers, Asinelli and Garisenda, offering panoramic views of the city and its red rooftops. The Piazza Maggiore is a bustling hub surrounded by historic buildings, including the Basilica di San Petronio, one of the largest churches in the world.

Aerial view of Bologna with Two Towers, Italy

Aerial view of Bologna with Two Towers, Italy

Art enthusiasts will find solace in the Pinacoteca Nazionale di Bologna, housing an extensive collection of Renaissance paintings. For a touch of modernity, the MAMbo – Museum of Modern Art of Bologna presents contemporary artworks and exhibitions.

Indulge in the Local Cuisine

No trip to Bologna would be complete without tasting the local cuisine. The city is famous for its mouth-watering dishes, including tortellini, ragù alla bolognese, and mortadella. Consider joining a tasting tour to sample a variety of these local specialties, accompanied by a glass of regional wine.

Accommodation Suggestions

The city offers a range of accommodations, from luxurious hotels to charming bed and breakfasts. The Grand Hotel Majestic gia’ Baglioni offers opulent rooms with a touch of historical elegance, perfect for those seeking luxury. For a more budget-friendly option, Hotel Porta San Mamolo provides a cozy and comfortable stay, with easy access to the city’s main attractions.

A Private Day Trip to Bologna from Milan: An Unforgettable Sightseeing Adventure

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Fall in Love with Venice

Venice, with its iconic canals and historic landmarks, is a dream destination for many travelers. Although it’s a bit of a longer journey from Milan, the city’s unique charm makes it worth the trip.

Explore Venice’s Historic Landmarks

Begin your Venetian adventure by immersing yourself in the grandeur of St. Mark’s Basilica, a masterpiece of Byzantine art, and marvel at its intricate mosaics and opulent design. Just a stone’s throw away, the Doge’s Palace stands as a testament to Venice’s rich history, with its ornate Gothic architecture and fascinating political past. Make sure to capture a moment at the iconic Rialto Bridge, a symbol of Venice’s architectural ingenuity and bustling market life. For those seeking a respite from the city’s lively energy, a short ferry journey to the island of Burano offers a colorful escape. This enchanting island is renowned for its brightly painted houses and tranquil canals, offering a picturesque backdrop and a peaceful alternative to the city’s main tourist hubs. Here, you can wander through quaint streets, discover local lace-making traditions, and enjoy the serene atmosphere away from the hustle and bustle of central Venice.

Enjoy a Gondola Ride

No trip to Venice would be complete without a gondola ride along the Grand Canal. This is a unique opportunity to see the city from a different perspective and enjoy a moment of tranquility amidst the bustling city.

 

Dining and Restaurant Recommendations

As Venice is a city of canals, what could be better than dining with a waterfront view? Head to restaurants like ‘Osteria Al Portego‘ for local Venetian fare or ‘Trattoria alla Madonna‘ for fresh seafood. Of course, no trip to Venice would be complete without savoring a traditional Italian gelato. We recommend ‘Suso Gelatoteca,’ a place often hailed as the best gelato in Venice. Don’t forget to try the Venetian spritz at one of the city’s numerous bars, as you take in the glorious sunset.

Accommodation Suggestions

When it comes to accommodation, Venice offers a range of options to suit different budgets and preferences. If you’re looking for a luxurious stay, ‘Hotel Gritti Palace‘ near the Grand Canal offers unparalleled opulence and Venetian charm. For a more budget-friendly yet authentic experience, consider staying at ‘Al Palazzo Lion Morosini’ in the Cannaregio district. Alternatively, ‘Generator Venice,’ located on the island of Giudecca, is an excellent choice for backpackers and young travelers.

Guided Day Trip Option

If you prefer a more organized experience, consider booking a full-day tour from Milan. These tours typically include round-trip transport, a guided tour of the city’s main attractions, and a gondola ride.

Venice Full-Day Tour from Milan
10 Foro Buonaparte

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Duration: 14 hours
 Organized by: Z V SRL
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Visit the Land of Romeo and Juliet – Verona

Just a little over an hour away from Milan by train, Verona is a city that exudes romance and history. Once you step off the train in Verona, you’ll find yourself transported to a city that exudes history and romance. One can hardly talk about Verona without mentioning the renowned Casa di Giulietta, or Juliet’s House. Steeped in the legend of Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers, this 14th-century house features the famous balcony and a bronze statue of Juliet.

Casa di Giulietta in Verona (Italien)

Casa di Giulietta in Verona (Italien)

Not far from there stands the awe-inspiring Verona Arena. Built by the Romans in the 1st century AD, it is one of the best-preserved structures of its kind. Today, it serves as a grand stage for opera performances.

Verona Arena

Verona Arena

City of Verona

City of Verona

History buffs should not miss the Roman Theatre and Archaeological Museum. Here, you can delve deep into Verona’s ancient history while enjoying a panoramic view of the city. If you’re a lover of nature and scenic views, Giardino Giusti offers Renaissance-era gardens with elegant statues, grottoes, and fountains.

Eating and Drinking in Verona

Verona offers a rich culinary scene, from traditional Italian pizzerias to sophisticated wine bars. To experience Veronese cuisine at its finest, consider Ristorante Il Desco, known for its innovative takes on traditional dishes. For a more laid-back, authentic experience, Osteria da Ugo offers a warm atmosphere and local cuisine.

Tasting Verona’s famous Valpolicella wines is a must. Visit the Enoteca Segreta, tucked away in the city center, for an exceptional range of local wines. Remember, Verona is also renowned for its ‘aperitivo’ culture – a pre-dinner drink meant to whet your appetite.

Where to Stay in Verona

When it comes to accommodation, Verona caters to a wide range of preferences. Hotel Accademia, situated in the heart of the city, offers a mix of modern comfort and classic charm, not far from Juliet’s house. For those seeking luxury, Byblos Art Hotel Villa Amista is a 16th-century villa transformed into a design hotel, filled with contemporary art and surrounded by a lush park.

On the budget-friendly side, Albergo Trento provides simple but comfortable rooms, conveniently located near Verona Porta Nuova station.

Guided Day Trip Option

If you prefer an organized tour, consider a day trip from Milan that includes a guided tour of Verona and a visit to Lake Garda.

Guided Full-Day Verona and Lake Garda Trip from Milan
Piazza del Duomo

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Duration: 12 Hours
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Immerse Yourself in the Beauty of Lake Maggiore

Another beautiful lake located in Northern Italy is Lake Maggiore. Just a little over an hour away from Milan by train, this stunning lake offers a mixture of natural beauty and architectural wonders.

Visit the Borromean Islands

One of the highlights of a trip to Lake Maggiore is a visit to the Borromean Islands. Each island offers a unique experience, from the grand palace and gardens on Isola Bella, the botanical garden on Isola Madre, to the charming fishing village on Isola dei Pescatori.

Borromean Islands

Borromean Islands

Explore the Towns Around the Lake

The towns surrounding the lake are also worth exploring. Stresa is a popular tourist destination known for its lakeside promenade and majestic villas. Meanwhile, the town of Arona offers a serene atmosphere with beautiful parks and a historic city center.

Isola dei Pescatori (Fishermen’s Island) on Lake Maggiore, Stresa village

Isola dei Pescatori (Fishermen’s Island) on Lake Maggiore, Stresa village

Culinary Delights and Dining Recommendations

Italian cuisine is renowned worldwide, and Lake Maggiore is no exception to this rule. The region offers a variety of dining experiences, from cozy local trattorias to luxurious Michelin-starred restaurants.

If you’re looking for authentic regional cuisine, head to Il Vicoletto in Stresa. Known for their fresh fish dishes and hearty pastas, this quaint eatery provides a warm atmosphere and traditional Piedmont recipes.

For wine lovers, a visit to Cantina del Gattopardo is a must. This charming wine bar, situated in an old cellar, offers an extensive selection of local and international wines, paired with a range of appetizing antipasti.

Accommodation Suggestions

Lake Maggiore offers a plethora of accommodations to suit various travel styles and budgets.

For a luxurious retreat, consider staying at the Grand Hotel des Iles Borromees in Stresa. This opulent hotel offers stunning views of Lake Maggiore and the Borromean Islands and features a wellness spa and an exquisite restaurant.

For budget-conscious travelers, the Hotel Ristorante Fiorentino in Stresa is a charming, family-run establishment offering comfortable rooms and an excellent on-site restaurant.

Guided Day Trip Option

If you’d like to have the logistics taken care of, consider joining this full-day guided tour of Lake Maggiore. The tour includes transport, a boat trip to the Borromean Islands, and free time to explore the towns around the lake.

Lake Maggiore and Borromean Islands Boat Tour

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Experience the Splendor of Turin

Turin, a city known for its refined architecture and cuisine, is just an hour away from Milan by train. This city offers a blend of history, culture, and gastronomy that makes it a perfect day trip from Milan.

Visit the Royal Residences

Begin your journey in Turin, a city steeped in royal history and architectural splendor. Your first destination should be the majestic Palazzo Reale, the former official residence of the House of Savoy, Italy’s last royal family. As you wander through its opulent halls and lush gardens, you’ll be transported back to a time of regal grandeur. Next, visit the Palazzo Madama, a stunning example of medieval and baroque architecture. This historic palace, which now serves as the City Museum of Ancient Art, offers a captivating glimpse into Turin’s artistic legacy, featuring an extensive collection of paintings, sculptures, and decorative arts.

Don’t miss the opportunity to explore the Mole Antonelliana, originally conceived as a synagogue and now home to the National Cinema Museum. This iconic building, with its distinctive dome and spire, offers breathtaking views of the city and a deep dive into the history of cinema. For a touch of green amidst the city’s historical landmarks, the Parco del Valentino, with its beautifully manicured gardens and medieval village, provides a serene escape.

Mole Antonelliana towering over the city

Mole Antonelliana towering over the city – Turin

Conclude your day with a visit to the Egyptian Museum, home to one of the most significant collections of Egyptian artifacts outside of Cairo.

Egyptian Museum - Turin

Egyptian Museum – Turin

Explore the Egyptian Museum

Turin is home to the Egyptian Museum, one of the largest collections of Egyptian antiquities outside of Egypt. This is a must-visit for history and archaeology enthusiasts.

Taste the Local Cuisine

Turin is famous for its culinary excellence. Here’s where you can indulge:

  • Eataly: Experience authentic Italian cuisine in a vibrant market setting.
  • Ristorante Del Cambio: A historic restaurant known for its gourmet offerings.
  • Bar Basso: For those looking to savor Turin’s famous aperitivo, this is the place.

Accommodations in Turin

Finding the right accommodation is essential for a comfortable stay:

Embrace the Tranquility of Lake Lugano

Just across the border in Switzerland, Lake Lugano offers a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of Milan. With its picturesque towns, stunning lake views, and delicious Swiss cuisine, Lake Lugano is a perfect day trip.

Lake Lugano - Day Trips from Milan

Gandria fishermen village with colorful houses on Lake Lugano – Day Trips from Milan

Visit the Towns Around the Lake

Start your adventure in the heart of Lugano by wandering through its charming Old Town. Here, you’ll discover a blend of Swiss sophistication and Italian zest, reflected in the beautifully preserved buildings and bustling piazzas. Don’t miss the Cathedral of Saint Lawrence, a stunning example of Renaissance architecture.

Bell tower of Saint Lawrence Cathedral in Lugano

Bell tower of Saint Lawrence Cathedral in Lugano

Next, take a leisurely stroll along the lake’s promenade, where you can bask in the serene beauty of the Alps reflecting on the water’s surface. This scenic walk leads you to lush parks and cozy cafes, perfect for a relaxing break.

For a deeper exploration, embark on a boat tour across Lake Lugano. This excursion offers breathtaking views of opulent villas and exquisite gardens, revealing a side of Lugano that’s often missed by visitors. The boat stops at several picturesque villages like Gandria and Morcote, where you can hop off to explore their narrow, cobbled streets and enjoy authentic local cuisine.

While in the area, consider a visit to the Swissminiatur in Melide, a fascinating park showcasing miniatures of famous Swiss landmarks – an ideal spot for families. Alternatively, for art enthusiasts, the LAC Lugano Arte e Cultura presents a splendid array of contemporary art and performances.

Conclude your Lugano experience with a visit to Monte Brè or Monte San Salvatore. These nearby mountains offer panoramic cable car rides, leading you to spectacular viewpoints over the lake and the surrounding Alps, providing a perfect, picturesque end to your day trip from Milan.

Culinary Adventures in Lugano

Lugano offers a delightful blend of Swiss and Italian cuisines. For traditional Ticinese food, Grotto Figini is a must-visit. This charming, rustic eatery serves dishes made from locally-sourced ingredients.

When it comes to fine dining, Ristorante Arté al Lago, part of Villa Castagnola, stands out. Situated right on the lake, it offers exquisite culinary creations coupled with stunning views.

For a relaxing drink, head over to Seven Lugano The Lounge, popular for its creative cocktails and chilled-out atmosphere.

Where to Stay in Lugano

Lugano offers a range of accommodations for every budget. For luxury seekers, The View Lugano is a boutique hotel offering panoramic views of the lake along with world-class amenities.

For mid-range options, the Continental Parkhotel provides comfortable accommodations with its historical charm and a beautiful park surrounding. Budget travelers might find Hotel&Hostel Montarina a great choice – housed in a historic villa, it offers affordable rooms and dormitories.

Guided Day Trip Option

To make the most of your time in Lake Lugano, consider joining this full-day guided tour. The tour includes transport, a boat trip on the lake, and a visit to the charming town of Bellagio on Lake Como.

Day Trip to Lake Como, Bellagio, and Lugano from Milan
1 Piazza Sigmund Freud

from €109.00 EUR 
Duration: 10.5 hours
 Organized by: City Wonders Ltd.
1.031 Reviews

Embrace the splendour of Lake Como, Bellagio, and Lugano on an exquisite day tour from the bustling streets of Milan. Savour the beauty of the Swiss landscape and Italian elegance on this i […]

Explore the Historic City of Brescia

Just under an hour away from Milan by train, Brescia is a city rich in history and culture. With its Roman ruins, Renaissance squares, and delicious Lombard cuisine, Brescia offers a different taste of Northern Italy.

Visit the Brescia Castle

Start your day by exploring the Brescia Castle, a fortress perched on a hill overlooking the city. The castle is home to the Museum of Weapons and offers stunning views of the city and the surrounding countryside.

Castle of Brescia (Castello di Brescia)

Castle of Brescia (Castello di Brescia)

Discover the Roman Brixia

Brescia, or Brixia as it was known in Roman times, boasts a wealth of ancient ruins. Visit the Roman Forum, the Capitolium, and the Roman Theatre to get a glimpse of the city’s past.

Roman Brixia

Roman Brixia

Taste Lombard Cuisine

Brescia’s culinary scene is a delightful surprise, with an array of dining options that cater to varied tastes. The city is renowned for its traditional dishes like casoncelli, a type of stuffed pasta, and spiedo, a slow-cooked meat dish. For an authentic experience, We recommend visiting Trattoria Al Bianchi, nestled in the heart of the city, known for its local flavors and warm ambiance.

For those seeking a more contemporary culinary experience, Dispensa Pani e Vini offers a modern twist on traditional Lombard cuisine. And for a relaxing evening, the vibrant wine bars around Piazza della Loggia are perfect for savoring local wines and engaging conversations.

Accommodation Suggestions in Brescia

When it comes to staying in Brescia, the city offers a range of options catering to different preferences and budgets. For a luxurious experience, the Hotel Vittoria offers elegance and comfort right in the city center. Travelers seeking a boutique experience might find Albergo Orologio to their liking, a charming hotel that combines historical ambiance with modern amenities.

For those on a budget, the Ai Ronchi Motor Hotel offers a comfortable stay without breaking the bank.

Bergamo and Brescia Day Trip from Milan
10 Foro Buonaparte

from €79.00 EUR 
Duration: 9 hours
 Organized by: Z V SRL
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Soak in the Beauty of Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre, a string of centuries-old seaside villages on the rugged Italian Riviera coastline, is a bit of a longer journey from Milan, but well worth the trip. With its brightly colored houses, vineyards clinging to steep terraces, and harbors filled with fishing boats, Cinque Terre is a feast for the eyes.

Hike the Coastal Trails

One of the best ways to experience Cinque Terre is to hike the coastal trails that connect the five villages. The views of the coastline, the terraced vineyards, and the azure sea are simply stunning. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and bring plenty of water!

Visit the Villages

Each of the five villages of Cinque Terre – Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore – has its own unique charm. Explore the narrow lanes, visit the colorful houses, and enjoy a gelato while taking in the stunning views.

Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre

Houses of Cinque Terre

Houses of Cinque Terre

Dining and Restaurant Recommendations

Cinque Terre is a paradise for food enthusiasts, offering a delightful array of dining experiences.

  • For Seafood Lovers: Try the local seafood dishes in Vernazza at Belforte Restaurant.
  • Local Wine and Dine: Enjoy traditional Ligurian cuisine at La Torre Aurora in Monterosso, renowned for pairing meals with the local Sciacchetrà wine.
  • Casual Eateries: For a more laid-back atmosphere, check out Focacceria Antonio in Riomaggiore.

Accommodation Suggestions

Finding the right place to stay is crucial to enhancing your experience in Cinque Terre. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Luxury Stay: Hotel Porto Roca in Monterosso offers an elegant stay with stunning sea views.
  • Mid-Range Options: La Mala in Vernazza provides a blend of comfort and traditional charm.
  • Budget-Friendly: Ostello 5 Terre in Manarola is a good option for budget travelers, offering basic amenities and a friendly atmosphere.

Guided Day Trip Option

If you prefer an organized tour, consider a full-day guided trip to Cinque Terre. The tour includes transport, a boat trip along the coast, and free time to explore the villages.

Milan to Cinque Terre Day-Trip
18 Largo Cairoli

from €139.00 EUR 
Duration: 13 hours
 Organized by: Z V SRL
476 Reviews

Embark on a breath-taking day-long trip from the cosmopolitan city of Milan to the enchanting Cinque Terre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site nestled in the northwestern region of Italy. Compris […]

Italy is a country filled with stunning landscapes, rich history, and mouthwatering cuisine. And while Milan offers plenty to see and do, venturing beyond the city limits opens up a world of possibilities. Whether you’re looking to explore picturesque lakes and charming towns, or you want to delve into Italy’s rich history and culture, these day trips from Milan offer something for everyone. So why wait? Start planning your Italian adventure today!

Remember, whether you decide to explore these destinations independently or choose a guided tour, each of these trips offers a unique glimpse into the rich tapestry that is Italy. So pack your bags, grab your tickets, and get ready to explore the hidden gems of Northern Italy.

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