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5 best day trips from Milan

Day trip to Lake Como

A day trip from Milan to Lake Como is a refreshing break from city life. For centuries this Y-shaped lake has been a posh retreat for the upper classes, and today that luxurious lifestyle remains. Referred to by some as the most beautiful lake in the world, touring the villages of Bellagio, Varenna, and Tremezzo is a must for any traveler. More lakeside attractions include the grand Villa Carlotta, the 12th-century Castello di Vezio, and the monumental Como Cathedral.

How far is Lake Como from Milan?

Around 80 kilometers (50 miles) north of Milan, trains reach Lake Como in anywhere from an hour and 40 minutes to two and a half hours. Driving or taking the bus can cut the travel time by almost an hour, clocking in at an average of 90 minutes.

Day trip to Verona

Fair arena, the Porta Leoni, and the Roman Theater. Though, of course, the lovestruck can always leave a note for Juliet at her house beneath her famous balcony.

How far is Verona from Milan?

You can travel the 160 kilometers (99 miles) east to Verona in just over an hour by train. Travel by car almost doubles your time to barely under two hours.

Day trip to Genoa

The port city of Genoa is a center of culture that’s perfect for a day away from the tumult of Milan. Revel in the heartbeat of the city at Piazza dei Ferrari, take in the splendor of the Royal Palace, and admire the palaces lining the Via Garibaldi. Set aside some time to taste the local sausage, known worldwide as Genoa salami.

How far is Genoa from Milan

Head the 150 kilometers (93 miles) south of Milan by car or bus and you will reach Genoa in around two hours. By train, the journey is a bit quicker at around 90 minutes.

Day trip to Turin

Fans of sports, culture, art, and history alike will all enjoy a day trip from Milan to Turin. Sitting proudly next to the Alps, Turin is a breathtaking destination. Many of the royal residences of the House of Savoy are located in the city, like the Palazzo Madama, Palazzo Reale, and the Castello del Valentino. Sports fans can visit venues from the 2006 Winter Olympics or tour Juventus’ Allianz Stadium.

How far is Turin from Milan?

Located 144 kilometers (89 miles) to the west of Milan, you can reach Turin in just an hour by train. Traveling by road increases the journey to around two hours.

Day trip to Bergamo

Embarking on a day out to Bergamo is a wonderful way to explore the oldest town in the hilly region. Some of the town’s can’t-miss attractions include the Piazza Vecchia and the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, a church built in 1137. Climb the Campanone tower for unbeatable views of the city and make sure to visit the Donizetti Museum dedicated to the renowned local composer.

How far is Bergamo from Milan?

It will take a little less than an hour to travel the 51 kilometers (31 miles) to Bergamo from Milan by car. By rail, the trip depends on which train you decide to take, but travel ranges between 45 minutes and two hours.

Milan day trip FAQ

What transportation options are best for my day trip?

Determining the best way to travel around Italy can be difficult, but Milan offers many transportations. With the right information, you can choose the best one for your trip.

Milan day trips by train

Italy has a comprehensive rail system with some high-speed routes. Train travel is always a good option in most parts of the country, often being the quickest — and sometimes most affordable — route.

Milan day trips by bus

In the areas surrounding Milan, bus travel can frequently be an affordable and convenient option. Bus travel times tend to closely parallel those of a private vehicle for a fraction of the price. Many tours are operated by bus as well.

Milan day trips by car

Traveling by car offers freedom and flexibility that can’t be met by tours or public transportation. Stop as frequently as your heart desires, customize your itinerary, and take things at your own pace as you enjoy northern Italy.


Should I take a guided tour for my day trip?

When exploring your travel options, a guided tour is always an excellent way to make the most of the time in your destination. Aside from providing insight into culture and history you wouldn’t get elsewhere, many guided tours will take care of transportation and food, so you don’t have to plan a thing.


What should I pack for my day trip?

Due to Milan’s location, what you should bring with you depends greatly on what time of year and where you are traveling. Since some trips take you to the mountains, warm layers are never a bad idea, while some areas maintain nice temperatures year-round.


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The Tour was Great once we were on the bus.

What wasn’t great was the confusion around the pick up point. I booked my tour online and what was offered were 2 pick up points, one by the Dio,o, the other at Stazione Centrale. On receiving the Mobile Voucher, the pick up point highligted was the only the one at the Duomo. We took at taxi there at the cost of 11€, and to our surprising the independent tour guide said we would going soon to collect the others from the Stazione Centrale. We were annoyed to say the least, as we were staying within 7mins walk to the station and could have saved both time and money by walking there, which was what we were planning on doing. Please get the mobile voucher updated to show both options to customers to stop this confusion. The tour leader was not interested in mentioning this to his employers.

The trip was good organised, but too long cruise time.

Me and my husband didn't like a headphones very much. Also the whole system of it. The guide was always looking her own way and just talking in to the headphones. We didn't feel a connection or a close relationship. The restaurant that was recommended in Bellagio was very expensive and I would say nothing special. We really had a better experiences about the restaurants on another similar trips.

Lake Como with Bellagio and Lugano Day Trip from Milan Reviewed by Anonymous, 09/23/2019

Very nice experience from start to finish.

Full day trip, well informed every step of the way, fantastic views, can't fault anything, plenty of time to wonder off for lunch or see other interesting things. Bus driver was amazing weaving in and out of the narrow roads, also the guide was excellent at explaining the history and other interesting things. Excellent time keeping throughout the day.

Venice is a beauty, but wish that there was more time spent in city.

Had an awesome guide and driver. however, traveling time was rather long. Only had about 2 and half hours in Venice, and the rest was spent on traveling. The location from the app was not accurate, as the location listed was opposite a hotel, a hotel staff came out to ask me to walk a little round the corner and check for the buses.

Venice: Full-Day Trip from Milan with Guided City Tour Reviewed by Anonymous, 10/21/2019

A truly wonderful day in the most beautiful location.

Marco the guide was very professional and explained what we were going to visit. He was very knowledgeable of the areas we visited and made our trip enjoyable and memorable. The bus driver Franco was very pleasant and friendly too .

Lake Como, Bellagio and Varenna: Full-Day Tour from Milan Reviewed by David Jenkin Huw, 08/15/2019