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Places to visit around Milan

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10 places you must see near Milan

Among Italian cities, Milan stands out for its vibrant spirit. But the wonders certainly do not end at the Sforza Castle. Lombardy offers hidden gems and Milan is the ideal starting point for discovering them.

We prepared for you a handy guide with 10 destinations near Milan, all easily accessible by car. Book the one that suits you with SHARE NOW and get it delivered whenever and wherever you want.

TOP destinations around Milan



1. Monza and the Royal Villa
2. Pavia and the Certosa
3. Lake Como, Bellagio and Cernobbio
4. Bergamo Alta
5. Arona and the Colossus of San Carlo
6. Piani di Bobbio
7. Orobic Alps national Park
8. Vittoriale degli italiani
9. Sirmione and Lake Garda
10. Valtellina

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1. Monza and the Royal Villa

Distance from Milan: about 20 km

This city boasts an ancient history. Indeed it was chosen as a summer residence by Teodolinda, queen of Lombards. The Dome hosts the Iron Crown that adorned the heads of emperors throughout Europe. Visiting Monza, you will be fascinated by the red bricks of the town hall and of course by the lively historic centre. A must-see is the Villa Reale, where the neoclassical style reigns supreme.

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2. Pavia and the Certosa

Distance from Milan: about 40 km

An aperitif al fresco in Pavia square is a must! This town will surprise you with its joyful atmosphere with plenty of university students who crowd the centre. Get a walk through the Covered Bridge (Ponte Coperto) over Ticino river and visit the Certosa, the monastic complex built by the Visconti family, lords of Milan, as their family mausoleum. The blue, gold and white marble will enchant you.

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3. Lake Como, Bellagio and Cernobbio

Distance from Milan: about 50 km

Famous Hollywood stars have fallen in love with its villas. Como captivates with its medieval centre, its original shops and sophisticated boutiques. But this is not the only jewel of the lake. Drive along its shores and stop to admire the colourful façades and lush gardens of Bellagio or the Art Nouveau villas of Cernobbio, venue for international summits and conferences.

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4. Bergamo Alta

Distance from Milan: about 50 km

Surrounded by the high walls built by the Venetians, Bergamo Alta will surprise you with its Piazza Vecchia. Enjoy a Spritz al fresco and wait until 10PM. The 53-metre-high Torre Civica will chime 100 times, just as it did in the Middle Ages to mark the most important events in the city life. To enjoy the breathtaking view, climb to the top. 230 steps or a comfortable lift are there waiting for you.

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5. Arona and the Colossus of San Carlo

Distance from Milan: about 67 km

Lying on the shores of Lake Maggiore, Arona is a romantic destination for those who want to escape for a day from Milan's traffic jungle. Lose yourself among alleys and small squares under the shadow of the imposing medieval fortress. Don't forget to visit the nearby Colosso di San Carlo, also known as San Carlone, a statue of over 23 metres, built in honour of Cardinal Carlo Borromeo in the 17th century.

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6. Piani di Bobbio

Distance from Milan: about 70 km

With its ski tracks, Piani di Bobbio is the ideal destination for snow lover. Easily accessible from Milan, thanks to the cableway, Piani di Bobbio offers several skiing facilities. It is a popular destination for families, especially because of the wide range of activities either for experts or beginners. There's plenty of refuges where you can drink some vin brûlé and enjoy breathtaking views.

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7. Orobic Alps Park

Distance from Milan: about 95 km

If you feel the need to breathe some fresh air far away from a city, then the Orobic Alps park is perfect for you. The park covers 70,000 hectares with forests, valleys and lakes between the Valbrembana and Valseriana. In this area, there is plenty of water. Indeed you can find spectacular waterfalls, such as the Serio Falls. The park hosts a great variety of fauna. With a bit of luck, you may spot chamois, ibex and marmots.

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8. Vittoriale degli italiani

Distance from Milan: about 130 km

In 1921 Gabriele d'Annunzio, famous italian writer, fell in love with a villa, located in Gardone Riviera. Soon he made it his residence and commissioned an extensive renovation that was completed only in 1938. The Vate, as D'Annunzio was named, wanted to make it his own mausoleum. And indeed, the Vittoriale, with its open-air theatre and sumptuous interiors, honours the inimitable life (vivere inimitabile) of its owner.

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9. Sirmione and Lake Garda

Distance from Milan: about 135 km

Sirmione is one of the pearls of Lake Garda. The Scaliger Castle with its imposing towers will welcome you in a fairytale atmosphere. This town was appreciated since ancient times, as prove the ruins of a sumptuous Roman villa, owned, according to tradition, by the Latin poet Catullus. To appreciate Sirmione even more, go on a boat tour on the Garda lake at sunset.

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10. Valtellina

Distance from Milan: about 137 km

If relaxing and tasty food is what you are looking for, then an excursion to the Valtellina is what you need. Crossed by the Adda River, Valtellina stretches until the Bernina Massif on the Swiss border. You will be welcomed by turquoise lakes, medieval towers and thermal springs. Sit down in a tavern and enjoy the polenta taragna, the pizzocheri and many other local gastronomic delicacies such as the famous bresaola.

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