Day Trips in Northern Italy

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A trip to Italy is not complete until you have sampled the attractions it has to offer. The northern regions of this country are well known for its diverse landscapes, art and architecture which can simply take your breath away. If you are searching for day trips in Northern Italy, here are some activities you should look into:

Day Trips in Milan

Besides being the fashion capital of the country, Milan has dozens of options for tourists who are in search of exciting day trips. Boasting high end chic stores and a number of gorgeous winding streets amidst centuries old buildings, you will have a hard time choosing a trip.

Most tourists don’t leave Milan without first taking a cruise around the 3rd largest lake in the country, Lake Como. Marvel at the verdant alpine scenery from the boat as it glides across the pristine waters and admire the quaint waterside properties dotting the shore.

Make the trip memorable by combining the cruise with a trip around Como city in the south. Disembark on that shore and spend some leisurely hours walking around this historical location. Take a relaxing ride on the funicular to take in Como completely before returning to Milan.

If you can make it to Como, you can also make it to Bergamo for a day. This charming town boasts historical structures that encircle it that include centuries old medieval structures that are popular with both history buffs and the casual tourist.

Take a trip to the top of Bergamo on the funicular for a bird’s eye view of this historical town and especially its impressive monuments. This includes the Colleoni and the Maria Maggiore Cathedral as well as verdant hills that spread as far down as Lake Como.

Bergamo is also known for housing one of the oldest shopping malls in the world. The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is a major landmark in Northern Italy and it was named after its first king. A day trip even window shopping will be a treat or you can head on over to La Scala Theatre to catch a live performance.

Day Trips in Venice

A picturesque and charming city, the floating city of Venice is set on canals and waterways that make this side of Italy unique. With gondolas floating leisurely, massive piazzas and exquisite cuisine, there is little wonder why it is at the top of the list for most globetrotters.

If you want to spend time in the lush countryside instead, you can always visit the nearby Lake Garda. Considered to be the largest lake in the country, the location is the ideal spot for anyone who wants to spend a day relaxing shore-side. Visitors can also take a boat ride on the pristine water and explore the nearby town of Sirmione.

If you have enough time in your schedule, take a trip to Sirmione which produces olive oil. From the heart of the country that is the premium producer of this oil, visitors can learn about traditional manufacturing methods that go back decades.

If you love to go island hopping, you HAVE to visit Venice’s 3 islands, Burano, Murano and Torcello. In fact, you can spend an entire day visiting each and exploring the sights they have to offer. If you also want to enjoy cultural delights you will get quick lessons in lace production, glass blowing and embroidery on the islands. Each has its own specialty, so choose according to what interests you the most. 

Day Trips in Bologna

Bologna lies smack dab in the middle of Italy and is the capital of Emilia Romagna. If you are a foodie or travel for food, this charming city will not disappoint. Home to food traditions that date back to Italy’s rich history, Bologna is a paradise for gourmets. In fact, you can spend an entire day exploring the culinary delights it has to offer and you may still miss out on a few.

Besides its exquisite cuisine, Bologna is also known for its many sights and activities on offer. This includes the Archiginnasio which is considered to be the oldest University on the planet, the medieval market of Quadrilatero, the Basilica of Santo Stefano which is made up of 7 connected churches and chapels and the main church in the city, Basilica di San Petronio.

If you want to spend a day marveling at the city’s marvelous medieval architecture, you can spend a day visiting the over 200 towers that grace its skyline. Make sure that you have a tour guide with you to make your day extra special.

Day Trips in Verona

The gorgeous city of Verona is compact enough for day trips to be truly immersive. This includes Roman inspired medieval sights that will take you a day to explore.

However, if you are in search of a peaceful trip where you don’t have to rub elbows with other tourists, head to the town of Ala. The quaint location is relatively unknown so it is usually free of large crowds. The town has a rich history when it comes to silk production – it was the main producer during the 17th and 18th centuries.

The silk produced was and is still coveted across Europe. In fact, the profit from the sales was used to fund the construction of the Baroque palaces which should also be on your list. You can spend a day visiting them one or more of them.

If you time your trip around Christmas, you’re in for a real treat. During this time, a special market is set up around town and in the palaces as well. Spend a day looking at the exhibitions and handcrafted products of local artisans for a great time.

On the other hand, if you want a truly unique experience, you should visit the Museo del Pianoforte Antico. The museum pays homage to antique pianos and musical personalities of certain eras. In fact, you can find Mozart’s piano as well as those played by Beethoven, Schubert and Chopin in the museum.

These were just some of the attractions you can enjoy while taking day trips in Northern Italy. With its rich history and respect for the arts, any trip in one of these spectacular cities will be money well spent.

These were just some of the attractions you can enjoy while taking day trips in Northern Italy. With its rich history and respect for the arts, any trip in one of these spectacular cities will be money well spent.

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