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Day Trips from Milan

The north of Italy houses some of the most surprising towns and villages in the country, not to mention landscapes. The beauty of its lakes is breath-taking bewitching all those that visit it, making it one of the main tourist destinations in Italy.

To visit Milan’s surroundings, we suggest hiring a car, although you can also take a train from Milan’s railway station.

The Italian Lake District

The Italian Lake District has many lakes of which, the most popular are:

  • Lago de Como Lake Como is the closest lake to Milan and houses charming villages like Bellagio, Varenna, Tremezzo and Menaggio.
  • Lago de Garda Lake Garda is one of the largest lakes in Italy and one of the most visited in the Northern part of the country. Its most famous village is called Sirmione.
  • Lago Maggiore Lake Maggiore or Lake Verbano is the second largest lake in Italy, with a surface length of 212 km².
  • Lago de Iseo Lake Iseo is divided between Bergamo and Brescia and, although it is smaller than the rest, it is one of the most charming Lombardy lakes and a great place to relax and get away from the city.

Apart from these four lakes, there are also other smaller lakes called Lake Orta, Lake Varese and Lake of Monate.

A charming city

  • Bérgamo Bergamo is a beautiful walled city with a remarkable medieval, baroque and Renaissance architecture. It also has charming stone pavements and stores. Bergamo is a haven of peace and tranquility.

Other further away trips

If you have enough time and would like to explore the north of Italy, here is a list of remarkable cities that are well worth visiting and which you can get to either by car or by train. Next to the city’s name we also give you the distance by car and the train times.

  • Venice: 173 miles (280 km) by motorway or 2 hours and 30 minutes by train.
  • Verona: 102 miles (165 km) by motorway or 1 hour and 20 minutes by train.
  • Florence: 186 miles (300 km) by motorway or 1:45 by train.
  • Rome: 360 miles (580 km) by motorway or 3 hours by train.

If you visit any of these cities, don’t forget to check out our travel guides of Rome, Venice and Florence.