Milan Day Trips

5 Places to Go by Train from Milan

Milan, one of Italy’s top cities to visit, is known for fashions, the world’s biggest Gothic cathedral, and the famous painting of the Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci. Once you’re seen the sights, there are several interesting places to visit in the area. These top day trips from Milan can be reached in one hour or less by train.

Lake Como Day Trip from Milan

Visit the town of Como, on beautiful Lake Como, by train. From Como, take a ferry to visit other towns on the lake, a relaxing excursion boat along the lake shore, or the cable railway up the hill to Brunate for hiking, birding and lake views. Como itself is a lively town with interesting sights, good restaurants, and shops.

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Volta Temple in Como. Photo by James Martin

Turin Day Trip

Turin, or Torino, is a city often overlooked by tourists but it has Savoy palaces, historic coffee houses, and one of the world’s best Egyptian museums. Its historic center is a great place for walking and exploring the sights.

piazza castello turin
Piazza Castello in Turin by James Martin

Bergamo Day Trip

From Bergamo’s train station you’ll need to take a bus or walk to the funicular to reach the citta alta, the medieval walled town on the hill above the modern town. Bergamo’s old town has medieval and Renaissance monuments, a beautiful main square, a 14th century fortress, churches, and museums. Don’t miss the old city gate built into the city walls.

Brescia Day Trip

Visit Brescia, a city off the tourist radar, for its Roman remains, medieval historic center, castle with museums, Baroque cathedral, and the Santa Giulia City Museum, housed in an 8th century convent, that takes you on a journey from prehistory through a Roman excavations and historic churches.

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Clock Tower in Piazza della Loggia, Brescia, by James Martin

Pavia Day Trip

Pavia, a university city on the Ticino River, is sometimes called the city of 100 towers although only a few remain. The historic center has medieval and Romanesque monuments. The impressive Certosa di Pavia is a short bus ride from the city.

Plan Your Visit to Milan

Where to Stay:

iQ Hotel Milano is across from the central train station, a perfect location for taking day trips.
The Street Milano Duomo | a Design Boutique Hotel, right by the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele and near the Duomo and La Scala Theater, has contemporary style rooms in a modern boutique hotel.
Hotel Gran Duca Di York, a short walk from the Duomo, is a 3-star hotel in an 18th century palace with frescoes.

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Milan Day Trips originally appeared on , updated: Aug 12, 2023.