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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 day was a great day spent around Lake Como. Our guide Franco was cheery and informative. Alex, our bus driver, expertly guided the big bus through small twisty narrow roads on cliffs. The exercusion itself was well timed and we didn't feel gipped anywere. We stopped at Villa Olma to walk the beautuiful gardens and have our first breath taking view of Lake Como. After 30 minutes or so we, made our way into Como (the town) for a little over an hour. We had a brief guided tour before free time. Next we took a panoramic drive around the lake where we met our private boat. We were able to sit outside on the deck and take in the beautiul day. Franco pointed out villas from the water and the history or the owner. Our next stop was Bellagio where we had lunch and free time. Finally we took a public ferry to Varenna for a last quick stop before taking the bus back to Milan. Finally with current times (COVID-19), our guide wore a mask at all times and encouraged social distancing.

Como was great and lunch in Bellagio (@ La Grotta) was awesome. What disappointed me was that I had been to Varenna before and specifically chose this tour to introduce this sleepy gem to a colleague. At the end of the day we only had 15 minutes to walk from where our boat dropped us off to the coach pick-up and none of the group had a chance to see anything of Varenna town. I can understand why it would have been difficult to organise but it was still a shame.

One hour drive from Milan, you are already in a beautiful countryside!!!!! The bus was very comfortable, the guide and the driver were extremely welcoming and lovely. We really enjoyed our little trip. The little town Bellagio is so pretty, and also you get to see the breathtaking view of the mountains over the lake. Definitely worth the visit!

One of the best experiences I’ve had, the tour guide was so friendly, knowledgable and was so caring, going the extra mile to give us her undivided attention to make us feel it was a private tour. Lake Como.....breath taking is an expression that doesn’t do it justice! I found it more mesmerising than Almafi

From Milan: Lake Como and Bellagio Day Trip Reviewed by Anonymous, 09/08/2020

We enjoyed our trip to lake Como very much. The trip was well organized and timely. The tour guide was knowledgeable about the history of lake Como and each town. We highly recommend this tour program to those who may be interested.