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Lake Como, Bellagio and Varenna: Full-Day Tour from Milan

1. Lake Como, Bellagio and Varenna: Full-Day Tour from Milan

Enjoy a memorable full-day trip by luxury coach to Lake Como, world famous for its beautiful villas and gardens. You’ll have a chance to admire the 3 branches of the lake, each with different landscapes. Stop in the town of Como for a walking tour of the city center and a visit to the neoclassical Villa Olmo and its lovely Italian garden. Next, take a relaxing cruise on the lake by private boat, and enjoy the spectacular views. Visit the colorful villages of Bellagio and Varenna. Take a walk along narrow cobblestoned streets and enjoy the charming surroundings.

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Serravalle Designer Outlet Roundtrip Bus from Milan

2. Serravalle Designer Outlet Roundtrip Bus from Milan

The Serravalle Outlets, Europe's largest designer brands shopping mall, is located just an hour away from Milan. You can shop ‘til you drop on this shopping trip, while enjoying discounts of 30-70 percent! You’ll find dozens of stores offering a wide array of the world's most renowned designer brands. The prices are well below what you would find in retail stores. In fact, there are more than 170 stores to choose from, featuring the top names in Italian designer fashions, including Gucci, Versace, Zegna, Dolce & Gabbana, Armani, and Prada. You’ll find top sports labels as well, such as Nike, Adidas, and The North Face. The outlet stores are housed in buildings that reflect Ligurian-Piedmont style and are all linked by tree-lined pedestrian walkways. You’ll find spots to sit, relax, and perhaps sip a latte before heading on to the next outlet shop to find the next great bargain!

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Bernina & St.Moritz Day Tour from Milan

3. Bernina & St.Moritz Day Tour from Milan

Spend a full-day traveling to St. Moritz on this exciting rail journey! The Bernina is one of Switzerland's most scenic railways, climbing more than 1,800 meters, making it the steepest railway journey in the world. Round-trip transfer from Milan is included in the tour. Your rail journey begins in Tirano, Italy, and takes you all the way to the world-renowned Swiss mountain resort of St. Moritz. Tirano is a picturesque Mediterranean town in a mountain setting dotted with palms and oleanders. The train ride will take you from an altitude of 429 meters up to 1,829 meters! You’ll cross the spiraling viaduct at Brusio and the Bernina Pass to the alpine valley known as the Engadin. On this 2 hour 30 minute journey you’ll marvel at the scenery of the Alps. UNESCO named the Bernina route a world heritage site. You’ll see monumental glaciers, cross steep gorges, and pass through tunnels under some of the area’s most massive mountains. In St. Moritz you’ll have time to explore Switzerland's most famous mountain resort before the return journey to Milan.

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Lake Como with Bellagio and Lugano Day Trip from Milan

4. Lake Como with Bellagio and Lugano Day Trip from Milan

Escape the hustle and bustle of Milan for a relaxing tour of the countryside of northern Italy and southern Switzerland, traveling in air-conditioned comfort in groups of no more than 25 people. Relax as you take in Alpine views and see stunning lakes and villas. In less than an hour, you’ll pass the Italian border and arrive in Switzerland and take a scenic drive to the foot of the Alps. The first destination on your great escape is Lugano, featuring breathtaking panoramas and excellent shopping opportunities. If you are craving artistic culture, take a relaxing walk through town to Chiesa di Santa Maria di Loreto church. For a spot of retail therapy, make your way over to the beautiful downtown shopping area, brimming with inviting shops, rich Swiss chocolate, and fine luxury goods. Next, reach the famous city of Bellagio, the "Pearl of Lake Como.” Once in Bellagio, enjoy free time to explore the town and do some shopping, or relax and eat some local food in the most nostalgic bars and restaurants. After taking some photos and enjoying the town’s charming atmosphere, continue to Lake Como by coach. Upon arrival, enjoy a 2-hour boat cruise along the lake for a unique opportunity to admire the breathtaking landscapes and see villas of the rich and famous. Lake Como is a famous holiday destination for stars and celebrities. During the cruise, your guide will point out George Clooney’s villa, plus villas that once hosted Star Wars and James Bond movie sets. After that, the bus will take you back to Milan’s city center in time for dinner.

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From Milan: Lake Como and Bellagio Day Trip

5. From Milan: Lake Como and Bellagio Day Trip

Lake Como is the third-largest lake in Italy and is known for its incredible Mediterranean and Alpine scenery, as well as being a favorite locale among Hollywood stars. This day tour from Milan will show you the beauty and majesty of this Italian resort. Along the shores, from Cernobbio to Gravedona and Bellagio, see wonderful villas and gardens with plenty of flowers, as well as exotic and rare plants. In Como, visit the center of the city with your guide, and explore the picturesque streets, beautiful architecture, and stunning views. Enjoy a funicular ride to Brunate village in the wintertime or head out onto the lake for a 2–hour panoramic boat cruise to Bellagio Island in the summer, undoubtedly the most famous resort on the lake. Situated where Lake Como divides into 2 branches, Como and Lecco, Bellagio offers amazing panoramas. Bellagio itself is famous for its wonderful villas, with parks, and beautiful Italian and English gardens. Summer Tour Itinerary (April to October): • Como’s historic center • 2-hour lake cruise • Stop at the town of Bellagio • Return by coach to Milan Winter Tour Itinerary (November to March): • 1-hour lake cruise • Funicular ride to Brunate • Como's historic center • Return by coach to Milan

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Milan: Grand City Highlights E-Bike Tour

6. Milan: Grand City Highlights E-Bike Tour

Start your tour in the vibrant Navigli district, a popular aperitif area with beautiful canals. Then, head to the Milan Stock Exchange, the Duomo, the Sforzesco Castle, amongst others. Listen to your knowledgeable guide as they explain the city's history as well as interesting anecdotes about the present. Cycle through the luxuriant Sempione Park and the Vittorio Emanuele Gallery as you explore the city center. Discover the old town that shows both the glorious past of the city and its breathtaking modernity which characterizes the development of Milan during the 21st century. Explore the new city districts including Gae Aulenti, marvel at the Vertical Wood building and cross the most elegant squares.

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Milan: Cinque Terre Full-Day Guided Trip With Cruise

7. Milan: Cinque Terre Full-Day Guided Trip With Cruise

Explore the Cinque Terre, one of Italy's most scenic landscapes, on a guided day trip from Milan by van. See the "Five Lands" (translation of "Cinque Terre") from different perspectives from a boat and a train. These five enchanting medieval villages cling to the coast, offering a breathtaking sight of the sea and are now part of a national park listed by the UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. After leaving Milan by coach, arrive in Monterosso al Mare, the largest of the Cinque Terre's five villages. Take your time exploring this small fisherman town, before boarding a boat for a trip to Vernazza to visit this nice village. It is one of the five towns (Cinque Terre) that makes up the Cinque Terre region. With no car traffic it remains one of the truest "fishing villages" on the Italian Riviera. Restaurants, bars, and accommodation all have an endearingly homespun air about them. From Monterosso, start the final leg of your journey: a 1.5-hour boat cruise, where you can admire the stunning views of the Cinque Terre and the delightful village of Portovenere from the sea. Arrive at La Spezia where your coach will be waiting to take you back to Milan.

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Venice: Full-Day Trip from Milan with Guided City Tour

8. Venice: Full-Day Trip from Milan with Guided City Tour

Venice is often referred to as the world’s most romantic city. On this full-day trip from Milan you’ll have a chance to experience why this is so. Enjoy a guided tour of this enchanting city and a boat ride on the lagoon. Due to its unique location on the shores of the Adriatic Sea, Venice has been an important commercial city for centuries. Governed by the doges, the historic rulers of Venice, it became one of the wealthiest republics in Europe, and its buildings were constructed representing many different architectural styles. The splendor of its appearance earned Venice the name La Serenissima, meaning the most serene of all the republics. Venice comprises over a hundred small islands that are scattered across a large lagoon. The main island was built around majestic St. Mark's Square. First, you’ll go on a boat trip on the lagoon to see the various islands and then you’ll take a 2-hour guided walking tour to visit the most important sights of the city, such as St. Mark's Square and the Doge's Palace. After lunch you’ll have some free time to explore the city by yourself. Visit museums or stop to buy some souvenirs or gifts before your return trip to Milan.

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Verona & Lake Garda Day Trip from Milan

9. Verona & Lake Garda Day Trip from Milan

Get to know Verona, and Lake Garda on this day trip from Milan. Your guide will take you to the famous Shakespearean sights of Romeo & Juliet, the Roman amphitheatre (internal visit not included in the tour) and before you finally will have an incredible panoramic view on the country's largest lake. After driving from Milan to Verona, you will be taken on a guided tour, following the footsteps of William Shakespeare's famous play 'Romeo & Juliet'. You will get to see the famous balcony of the Capulet residence where Romeo was said to have called out to his beloved Juliet. But Verona has even a lot more to offer: You will visit the famous Roman amphitheatre, which was built in the 1st century AD and where nowadays every summer Verona's well-known open air operas take place. Furthermore, the tour will take you to Piazza Mercato and other beautiful architectural places in downtown Verona. For lunch, you will be given some free time to explore the city by yourself and optionally do some shopping or simply enjoy the picturesque old town in one of Verona's splendid cafés! After lunch, we will continue our journey to Sirmione, a small fortified village at the end of a narrow peninsula that extends for about 4 km into Lake Garda and offers wonderful panoramic views on the eastern and western shores of the lake. Your guide will give you an extensive tour of the old town, before you may optionally join a boat tour on the lake.

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Lake Como and Lugano Day Trip from Milan

10. Lake Como and Lugano Day Trip from Milan

Depart Milan on an air-conditioned coach and after just one hour arrive in Como. Visit the historic center and enjoy some free time to explore the Old Town, shop in the local boutiques, and have a boat cruise of one hour. Admire the lakeside villas and the majestic mountain scenery before crossing the Swiss border. Arrive in Lugano to discover the most elegant and popular spots in the city. With your guide, explore the pedestrianized center. See Via Nassa, which was formerly where the women of the city weaved the nets for fishermen and is now a sophisticated shopping street. Visit the shoreside Casinò Lugano. Enjoy views to soaring mountain peaks, green meadows, and glistening blue water: a perfect Alpine scene.

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5 best day trips from Milan

Day trip to Lake Como

1. 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

2. Day trip to Verona

Fair Verona may be best known as the city of Romeo and Juliet, but there is much more to this magnificent city than tragic love. Verona is also famed for its Roman structures, like its huge 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

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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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What people are saying about Milan

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 2,328 reviews

Our tour guide Mara is amazing, she’s very passionate and knowledgeable and she showed us all the must see spots and the history behind it. Lugano is amazing place, we got there in the morning, took beautiful pictures, went around the area. Then moved to Bellagio by ferry for lunch and by fast ferry to Como. It’s a great experience! We enjoyed it so much.

I can't recommend this tour and Alicia, our tour guide, enough. I had a brilliant day and the tour felt very bespoke and professional. Such good value for money considering all the places we went to, including our boat cruise.

Superbe expérience avec une prise en charge irréprochable. Paysages incroyables et la visite en bateau est très complète. Merci pour tout !

Unbeatable experience, Franco our very attentive guide, explained everything very well. The setting, incomparable

The entire trip was pleasant and Lake Como was really beautiful