10 Best Day Trips from Milan, Italy

Situated in Western Lombardy, Milan is within easy reach of a lot of destinations, as it’s reliable transport system is strategically connected to those of the other regions and even another country like Switzerland. So there are several day trips from Milan that you can do.

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There’s already a lot to see and do here, but being the rail hub of Northern Italy, Milan pretty much encourages you to see more. Here are some of those places you can visit, amazing day trips from Milan that takes you around Italy and beyond.

10 Best Day Trips from Milan

1. Lake Como

Lake Como

Hailed as the most beautiful among the northern Italian lakes, Lake Como is surely one of the best day trips from Milan.

Check out its steep wooded shoreline and crystal blue waters, or stroll through the nearby town of Como on the southern tip of the lake. Sample some hearty home-cooked meal or have a drink with stunning views of the lake.

Check out the villas by the lakeshore or get on a boat for a different perspective of the surrounding areas. Lake Como is only an hour train ride from Italy so make sure you won’t miss an opportunity to see it.

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2. Lake Maggiore & Borromean Islands day trips from Milan

Lake Maggiore

Situated n the Southern side of the Alps, Lake Maggiore is the second largest lake in Italy. The lake itself and the shoreline is divided between the Italian regions of Lombardia and Piemonte and the Swiss Canton Ticino.

One of the most picturesque Milan day trips, a good way to see Lake Maggiore is on a boat, where you also get to explore the Borromean Islands while marveling at the Alps in the distance.

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3. Bernina & St.Moritz day trips from Milan


This is a unique day trip from Milan that takes you through one of the most scenic train rides from Italy to Switzerland. Lasting approximately four hours each way (Milan to St. Moritz, St. Moritz to Milan), the historic red Bernina Express train has the most spectacular route in Europe.

Keep your eyes fixed to the scenery outside the window as you pass stunning Italian and Swiss mountain ranges.

The route then goes through the spiral viaduct of Brusia, then the Bernina Pass to Engadin then watch as the landscape changes from lush green plains to snow-covered gorges to the pretty chalets.

You’re in St. Moritz and it’s up to you how long you’ll stay there as you sample goodies from bakeries or drink Swiss beer. This is definitely something that you must experience when in Milan.

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4. Florence


The stunning city of Florence is another easy day tour from Milan, as it only takes less than two hours by train. This capital of Tuscany has a walkable city center so you can cram as many attractions as you want.

It is suggested though that you visit only those that best represent what this city is known for — architecture, art, and culture.

Make sure you see or visit the Cathedral, Santa Croce church, Palazzo Vecchio, Piazza Della Signoria and especially the Galleria degli Uffizi and Ponte Vecchio.

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5. Bellagio


Bellagio is another town situated by Lake Como and said to be among the most romantic places to visit in Italy. This village has a picture-perfect lakeside promenade that leads to Villa Melzi which has beautiful gardens.

There are also stone lanes and stairways lined with shops, gelato bars, cafes, and restaurants. This is a place for relaxing and having some quiet time, while also enjoying views of one of Italy’s biggest lakes.

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6. Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre

With its dramatic and unique scenery, Cinque Terre is listed among UNESCO’s World Heritage sites. The picturesque coastal villages of Cinque Terre are surrounded by lush vineyards, olive orchards, and lemon groves.

Just imagine how fragrant this place gets during harvest season. There are five villages in Cinque Terre, and there’s an old railway that connects all these villages so you can visit all of them during your day tour from Milan.

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7. Interlaken & Swiss Alps

Interlaken & Swiss Alps

Reachable from Milan via highspeed rail is the Swiss Alps, and it’s another border crossing trip that you must try. You get to enjoy more scenic views of both the Italian and Swiss borders.

Once in Interlaken, you get to explore the area at your pace, while taking photos of everything you see. The best part of this day trip is the trip/travel time itself, where you get up views of both Italian and Swiss regions close to the Border.

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8. Verona


Most would associate Verona with Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’, but this city is more than the setting of an ill-fated romance.

One of the more laid back Milan day tours, this city does have some pretty fascinating architecture such as the Castelvecchio fortress, the Giardino garden, the arena which dates back to the 2nd century and Piazza Delle Erbe.

There’s also the baroque masterpiece Palazzo Maffei with its baroque fountain. Staying true to its Renaissance romance association, there’s also Juliet’s Balcony, which is attached to a Gothic-style 13th-century house and museum said to have inspired Shakespeare.

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9. Venice


The capital of the region of Veneto and one of the most famous cities in the world, Venice doesn’t need any introduction. It’s only two hours by train making it a relatively easy Milan day trip.

Aside from the Gran Canale and gondola rides, there’s more to see in Venice that also gets you away from the usual influx of visiting crowds. Make sure you check out the San Marco Square and the Campanile, Doge’s Palace, and San Marco Basilica.

There’s also the Ghetto degli Ebre, a pleasant and quiet area of the city where you can enjoy a relaxing stroll because it’s not that crowded.

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10. Genoa and Portofino

Genoa and Portofimo

Another wonderful escape takes you to Italy’s largest port, Genoa. A visit here lets you explore the Ligurian coast.

Here, you get to see important monuments and structures, as well as an old town which is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

While in Genoa, you can also visit the adjacent colorful village of Portofino. Take in the sight of fishing boats along the water and enjoy the laid-back atmosphere. This is such an idyllic day trip from Milan that you shouldn’t miss.

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