Short Trips from Milan

Posted by on Mar 16, 2010 in Milan | 4 Comments


When I worked in Milan I took advantage of weekends to travel. Below I’ve made a list of my favorite places to visit from Milan in 1, 2, 3 or 4 days. I’ve put cities in a list based on the minimum amount of time I recommend spending there. Unless otherwise specified, all travel times are by train.


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If you have just 1 day…

  • Visit the Carthusian Monastery of Pavia, only 20 minutes away.
  • The town and beautiful park of Monza are just 10 minutes away.
  • The ancient town of Bergamo is under an hour away.
  • The Roman town of Como, on the lake with the same name, is just an hour away.
  • The Lake Maggiore is also one hour away. Take the train to the beautiful town of Stresa and go from there.
  • Go to Switzerland! In 1 hour you are in the pretty lakeside town of Lugano.
  • Gawk at the the picturesque alpine scenery of the Aosta Valley.
  • In just over an hour, you’re in the atmospheric university city of Bologna.
  • Visit the gastronomically and architecturally significant Parma, less than 90 minutes away. Arrive hungry.
  • At 90 minutes away, Turin is somewhat of a long day trip but one of my favorite people lives there so I’ve done it many times.
  • The port city of Genoa is also about 90 minutes away. It’s a long day trip but if that’s all you have, then go, and at the end of the day you’ll be promising to return as soon as you can.

Shopaholics, take note – there are a couple of my favorite outlet stores in Italy not far from Milan (one is actually in Switzerland!).


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If you have 2 days, consider any of the above, and in addition….


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If you have 3 days, consider any of the above, and in addition…

 


If you have 4 days, consider any of the above, and in addition…


I don’t recommend going south of Rome if you have only 4 days total, nor do I recommend trying to go to Sardinia or Sicily. You just need more time that that (even though, I know, Italy does look misleadingly small on the map!)


Photos from top to bottom: Parma, Sirmione, Lucca, the Dolomites near Ortisei. All photos by Sanjay


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4 Comments

  1. jkiel
    March 17, 2010

    so many things to see/do! You could also go up to Bolzano and see the Ice Man, Ötzi! Or visit some of the 800 castles in the Sudtirol…

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  2. Madeline
    March 18, 2010

    The concentration of incredible things to see in Italy is incredible isn’t it! And I had no idea there were that many castles in the Sudtirol – that would be the subject of a blog post…. or an entire blog!!

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  3. Venec
    January 26, 2012

    I always wanted to see northern Italy, and only managed short trip to Mantova.

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  4. Rhoda Falconio
    November 3, 2012

    Short Trips from Milan » Italy is a wonderful blog post. I will take more time researching this issue.

    Reply

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