Mighty mountains, look over a glistening lake; this is Lake Como, one of the most popular destinations for day trips from Milan.
Admire the stunning alpine scenery from the bow of the boat, spend a relaxed couple of hours meandering through the pretty streets of one of its lakeside towns, and visit one of the beautiful waterside villas on its shores.
Famed for its architecture, Vicenza is an off the beaten path option for daytrippers from Milan. The city's main draw are its numerous buildings designed by celebrated 16th-century architect Andrea Palladio.
Top sights include the Basilica, the Villa Rotonda and the Teatro Olimpico, one of the the oldest surviving enclosed theatre in the world.
At two hours away from Milan, Verona is another popular day trip from Milan. Follow in the footsteps of the world’s most famous lovers, Romeo and Juliet, through the streets immortalised in William Shakespeare's play.
Visit the famous Casa di Giulietta, the Roman amphitheatre and the Torre dei Lamberti, the city's top sight, offering panoramic views of Verona and nearby mountains.
Oodling with history and home to the world’s oldest continually operating university, Bologna is a city that warrants more than a day trip, but for those little on time, a few hours in this beautiful city is worth the effort.
Asides from wandering its cobbled lanes, checking out its vibrant coffee culture and sampling local cuisine (including the famous Spaghetti Bolognaise), some of the best things to do in Bologna include climbing to the tops of the Torre Asinelli (medieval towers), and visiting the stunning Basilica of San Luca.
High up on a hill, Bergamo is one of the most overlooked towns worth visiting from a day trip from Milan. Historic walls that stretch for five kilometres encircle this beautiful old town which boasts plentiful Medieval, Baroque, and Renaissance architecture and magnificent churches.
Don’t miss the exquisite 15th-century Colleoni Chapel, and the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore and its lavish gilded interior.