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The Best Day Trips from Milan: Lakes Garda, Maggiore, Como and Iseo

Milan is the perfect start point to visit the entire region. In fact, on a day trip from here, you can go to many different lakes and nature spots, beautiful cities and several villas and castles. You’ll be amazed by how many things you can do in Lombardy, the 4th biggest region in Italy. The most famous destination is for sure Lago di Como (Lake Como), but there are many other places you should go to really appreciate this area. Here we listed some of the most common day trips from Milan.

LAGO DI GARDA – LAKE GARDA

Lago di Garda is the biggest lake in Itay with its area of 370 km2. It’s located on the border between two regions, Lombardy and Veneto. You can arrive here from Milan by train, taking off at Desenzano del Garda/Sirmione station. However, the best way to visit the lake and its small villages is by car. Visit Sirmione, a Medieval small village inside the walls of an old castle. If you’d like to relax a bit, go to Terme di Sirmione, a spa right on the lake coast. If you prefer to hike instead, there are many trails you can choose from to enjoy the lake to its fullest.

LAGO MAGGIORE – LAKE MAGGIORE

Lago Maggiore is the second biggest lake in Italy. It’s very well connected by train from Milan and you can choose whichever village visit first. Due to its position, it’s one of the most common day trips from Milan. Take some time to visit two islands in the middle of the lake: San Giulio Island and Isola Bella (literally Beautiful Island). Another must-visit place is for sure Villa Taranto and its wonderful gardens. For the nature lovers, there are many trails for hiking or cycling around the lake.

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Mezzegra on the Como lake

LAGO DI COMO – LAKE COMO

If there is a lake that everyone knows about, it’s for sure Lago di Como. Not only this is the residence of many celebrities, but it’s a great peaceful place to visit for really anything you’d like to do. This is a perfect destination for nature lovers, shopping addicted and culture nerds. Como is a beautiful city on the lake coast plenty of shops and historical spots and you can also visit the tiny gorgeous villages nearby. If you prefer to hike, there are many trails around the lake for you.

LAGO D’ISEO – LAKE ISEO

Here at Lago d’Iseo, there is the biggest lake island in Italy: Monte Isola. Take a boat to visit the island and visit the village where 1800 people live. The lake is perfect for hiking excursions around the coast or to the top of the surrounding mountains. For the culture lovers, you can visit the gorgeous caste of Grumello, which dates back to the middle age. Even though this lake is not well-known abroad as the others, it’s really worth a visit here. The National Geographic said this is the “pearl of Italy’s lake district”.

Which one of these day trips from Milan did you end up choosing?

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