Looking to escape the hustle and bustle of Italy's northern metropolis? Here are our 5 picks for day trips outside of Milan that offer great views, great food, and a break from the big city.
Located just north east of Milan, in between Lake Garda and Lake Como, is the beautiful little city of Bergamo. We recommend you take the funicolare up to Città Alta, Bergamo's old city, which is comprised of a maze of old cobbled streets lined with shops and restaurants.
From Milan: 1 hour by train
What is there to say about Lake Como? Known far and wide for its stunning beauty, picturesque private villas, and luxurious atmosphere. A day trip here is an easy train ride from Milano, and a great way to escape the hustle and bustle of the big city.
From Milan: 2 hours by train
Perhaps lesser known than Lake Como, but just as beautiful. Lake Garda sits east of Como and Bergamo and offers beautiful coast lines full of little towns that are straight out of a movie. We recommend Sirmione and Riva del Garda.
From Milan: 2 Hours by car
Parma / Modena
Emilia Romagna is widely considered the food capital of Italy. It is home to such delicacies as parmigiano reggiano cheese, prosciutto, balsamic vinegar, and countless pasta dishes. Located just to the south of Milan, 2 of the regions most delicious cities, Parma and Modena, can be reached easily by train.
From Milan: 1 hour to Parma by train, another half hour or so to Modena
One of Italy's most prized wine regions is just west of Milan!
Piemonte is home to delicious wines such as Barolo, and is full of picturesque towns that are perfect for exploring as you taste your way through this region. Piemonte is best explored by car so that you are free to stop wherever and whenever you like!
From Milan: anywhere from 2 to 4 hours depending where you go
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