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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.

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

St.Moritz

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

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

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

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

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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10 Best Day Trips from Florence, Italy

As the cradle of the Renaissance, the romantic city of Florence may be a little difficult to leave even for a day as there’s already so much art and fascinating history to explore here. This capital city of the Tuscan region is also in close proximity and access to many other intriguing destinations. Which makes them good day trips from Florence.

Here are some of those places you can visit for a day, all just within a few hours or less from Florence.

10 Day Trips from Florence, Italy

1. Chianti

Chianti

One of the most popular areas in Tuscany, Chianti is best explored if you have a car or by joining a guided tour. This area is known for its wineries, as well as its scenic landscape, charming small towns, and vibrant culinary culture.

This is probably one of the most laid back and relaxing day tours from Florence, as you’ll mostly see lush vineyards, orchards, and farms.

You’ll be taken through scenic winding roads as well as charming back alleys, all with a gorgeous view with each turn. If you’re up to it, you may also explore Chianti on horseback, riding through vineyards then into where the wineries are.

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2. Milan

Milan

Only an hour and forty-five minutes by train from Florence, Milan is another perfect day trip. This city is considered by some as the least Italian city, with it being modern, sleek and organized.

It could be the influence of nearby Switzerland but still, there’s plenty to see here that will remind you that yes, you’re still in Italy.

When in Milan, make sure you see the Gothic Duomo Cathedral, the Castello Sforzesco and the Teatro alla Scala which is one of the finest opera theatres in Europe.

There’s also the scenic bike path along the Naviglio della Martesana and of course, make sure you visit Da Vinci’s The Last Supper at the monastery of Santa Maria Delle Grazie.

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3. Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre

Easily accessible from Florence by train is the UNESCO World Heritage site Cinque Terre, which is made up of five villages. These villages are all connected by an old local rail that makes it easy to go from one village to another and explore each one.

Situated by coast and covered with lush vineyards, olive orchards, and lemon groves, Cinque Terre makes for a fascinating day tour from Florence.

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4. San Gimignano

San Gimignano

The picturesque Tuscan village of San Gimignano is situated between Florence and Siena. The scenic hour-long drive from Florence to this village is not to be missed either, as both sides are filled with lush vineyards, olive groves, hills with rustic agriturismos and ancient farms.

San Gimignano also has 14 medieval towers that all boasts of scenic views over the surrounding hills.

A must-do in this idyllic Florence day trip is to stroll through its cobblestone streets as you marvel at its multitude of medieval buildings. This is one excursion out of Florence that you simply must experience.

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5. Val d’Orcia

Val d'Orcia

Only two hours away from Florence is the picturesque Val d’Orcia in Tuscany, which is among the most visited areas in the region.

A pretty laid back yet enchanting Florence day tour, this area is known for its grain covered rolling hills, a lush green valley spanning the Orcia river and the vineyards for the wine they produce such as the Brunello and Val d’Orcia DOC.

Also known as Valdorcia, this part of Tuscany is home to some of the most stunning structures you’ll ever see such as the Palazzo Piccolomini, the fortress in Castiglion d’Orcia, and the Romanesque Abbey of Sant’ Antimo.

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6. Venice

Venice

One of the most beautiful and romantic cities in the world is actually easily reached via rail from Florence, making it an ideal day trip. Made up of islands and a maze of winding canals, Venice is more than just the famous Gran Canale and gondola rides.

Even with the absence of roads, it is still pretty manageable to go from one attraction to another.

Make sure you check out Doge’s Palace, which is one of the most iconic Gothic buildings in all of Italy, as well as the gorgeous Piazza San Marco and Saint Mark’s Basilica.

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7. Lucca

Lucca

An ideal base for exploring the northern and central parts of Tuscany, Lucca is pretty accessible if you’re coming from Florence. This city is situated on the plains at the foot of the Apuan Alps, with most of its attractions showcasing its long history.

Check out the traces of a Roman amphitheater in the Piazza dell’Anfiteatro, the archeological remains under the 12th-century church of Saints Giovanni and Reparata or the many towers and villas that date back to as early as the 12th century.

Lucca may look quite modern today, but the walls surrounding the old town were maintained as they are reminders of the city’s defense system many centuries ago.

A charming, historic place that’s as fascinating as it is picturesque, Lucca is one of the best day trips from Florence that you must try during your visit.

Other attractions that you must see in Lucca are the Basilica of San Frediano, the Piazza of San Michele with its beautiful Church of San Michele in Foro, the Guinigi Tower and the Clock Tower.

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8. Rome

Rome

The fascinating capital of Italy is about three hours by train from Florence so make sure you set out early. It’s bound to be a jam-packed day trip as you simply won’t just look at the sights spread all over this city, its stunning architecture deserves more than just a few photos.

Some of the definite must-visit when in Rome are the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and the Trevi Fountain. And most of these attractions in Rome are free.

If you want to see both magnificent architecture and exquisite art, then head on to the massive St. Peter’s Basilica as it will amaze you whether you’re a Catholic or not.

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9. Siena

Siena

The ancient city of Siena’s entire town center is a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the popular day tours from Florence.

This town is best known for the horse race that runs in Piazza del Campo two days a year which is called Palio. Siena is also quite famous for its medieval architecture as seen in its cathedral, and stunning art showcased in the frescoes on Palazzo Civico.

A must visit in Siena is the Torre del Mangia, a tower of 400 steps that offers scenic views of the town as well as the surrounding hills.

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10. Pisa

Pisa

Home to the Leaning Tower, Pisa is one of the most visited destinations in Italy. It is one of the most easily accessible Florence day trips, and its strange leaning tower is definitely among this town’s major draws.

That famous structure would’ve been a 185 feet high bell tower had it not started to lean during construction. There’s more to see in Pisa, however, as you’ll find that in Piazza Dei Miracoli there’s a Cathedral and baptistery attached to the tower that’s also worth visiting.

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