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Day trip to Milan

One of the most beautiful cities in Italy is Milan / Milano. Perfect for a day trip by train

Day trip to Milan

Milan, the capital of Lombardy and one of the most beautiful cities in Italy, is perfect for a day trip. You can reach Milan from Lakeview Cannobio in just under 2 hours, comfortably and inexpensively by train. The traffic chaos in Milan is world-famous, so we strongly recommend traveling by train. You will not only reach this beautiful city faster, but above all in a much more relaxed way.
Travel by car or bus to Verbania-Pallanza train station. There you will find both a parking garage and plenty of free parking spaces, so you can start your day trip stress-free. With the Trenitalia app, you can easily check timetables and buy tickets online. Please note: validate the ticket by “Checkin” before starting your journey.

It takes just under 90 minutes by train from Verbania-Pallanza to Milano Centrale, Milan’s main train station. From there, your journey of discovery through Milan begins:

Kanalviertel / Navigli Mailand

Milan: a city full of fascinating sights

Milan, the vibrant metropolis of northern Italy, attracts visitors from all over the world. With a rich history, stunning architecture and a thriving cultural scene, there are plenty of sights to discover in this city. Immerse yourself with us and experience the best that Milan has to offer.

Milan Cathedral (Duomo di Milano)

A visit to Milan is incomplete without a trip to Milan Cathedral. This architectural masterpiece is one of the most impressive buildings in Europe and a symbol of the city of Milan. Construction of the cathedral began in the 14th century and lasted several centuries. The Gothic architecture, intricate statues and detailed decorations have been impressing visitors for centuries. The cathedral is also home to a large number of art treasures and relics, which can be admired in the chapels and the adjoining museum. An absolute highlight is the view from the cathedral’s roof terrace, from where visitors can enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view of the city. We strongly recommend booking tickets for your visit to the cathedral in advance online. We recommend a visit to the cathedral with the cathedral terraces, including the elevator. Tickets should be booked at the official sales point of Milan Cathedral, otherwise they are often overpriced. A visit without a pre-purchased ticket can lead to queues of several hours!

The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

Just a few steps away from Milan Cathedral is the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, one of the oldest and most elegant shopping arcades in the world. The Galleria, which was built in the 19th century, connects the cathedral square with the Piazza della Scala and is a popular meeting place for locals and tourists. In addition to exclusive boutiques and luxury stores, the Galleria is also home to some of the city’s most famous cafés and restaurants. The magnificent glass dome and the mosaic-decorated floors make the Galleria an architectural jewel of Milan that you should not miss.

The Castello Sforzesco

For an insight into Milan’s rich history, the Castello Sforzesco is an absolute must. This imposing castle was built in the 15th century by the powerful Sforza family and served as their residence for a long time. Today, the Castello is home to several museums and art galleries, including the famous Pinacoteca del Castello Sforzesco with an impressive collection of works of art from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. The castle’s magnificent inner courtyards are a popular meeting place for locals and an ideal place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city.

The Navigli district

The Navigli district in Milan, named after the canals (Navigli) Naviglio Grande and Naviglio Pavese, is one of the most charming areas of Milan. This historic area was once the heart of the city’s transportation system and served as a trade route for goods brought into the city. Today, the Navigli district is known for its picturesque waterways, lively art scene and vibrant nightlife. Along the banks of the canals, visitors will find an abundance of restaurants, cafés, bars and boutiques offering a diverse selection of food, drink and shopping opportunities. In the evening, the district comes to life when the waterfront promenades are populated by locals and tourists alike, who enjoy the atmosphere and party in the numerous bars and clubs along the canals. The Navigli district is also a popular meeting place for art lovers, with many galleries and craft stores showcasing contemporary works by local artists. A visit to the Navigli district is an absolute must for anyone who wants to experience the lively and creative flair of Milan.

The Santa Maria delle Grazie

Art lovers should definitely visit the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie to see the world-famous mural “The Last Supper” by Leonardo da Vinci. This iconic work of art, which depicts Jesus’ last meal with his disciples, is one of the city’s most important attractions. Due to its artistic and historical significance, the “Last Supper” is one of the most visited works of art in the world. Due to the limited number of visitors, it is advisable to book tickets in advance to see this masterpiece.

The Parco Sempione

For a break from the hustle and bustle of the city, Parco Sempione offers an oasis of peace and relaxation. This extensive park stretches behind the Castello Sforzesco and is a popular destination for locals and tourists alike. With its picturesque gardens, romantic lakes and shady avenues, Parco Sempione is the ideal place for a relaxing stroll or an outdoor picnic. The park is also home to several monuments and sights, including the Torre Branca, an observation tower with a panoramic view of the city.

The Teatro alla Scala

Opera lovers should not miss a visit to the Teatro alla Scala, one of the most renowned opera houses in the world. Since its opening in the 18th century, La Scala has hosted the greatest opera stars and conductors and is considered a temple of classical music. In addition to operas, the Teatro alla Scala also stages ballet performances and concerts. A guided tour of the theater in Milan offers insights into its rich history and magnificent architecture, including the famous red curtain and royal boxes.

The Pinacoteca di Brera

The Pinacoteca di Brera is another jewel in Milan’s art scene. This renowned art gallery houses an impressive collection of Italian masterpieces from the 14th to 20th centuries, including paintings by Titian, Caravaggio and Raphael. The gallery is located in the historic district of Brera and is housed in a former monastery. In addition to the impressive art collection, the Pinacoteca also houses a library, an observatory and a botanical museum.

The Quadrilatero della Moda

The Quadrilatero della Moda is a true paradise for fashion enthusiasts. This exclusive shopping area in the heart of Milan is home to some of the world’s most famous fashion brands, including Versace, Prada and Armani. Here, visitors can discover the latest trends and enjoy luxurious shopping experiences in elegant boutiques. In addition to fashion stores, the Quadrilatero della Moda is also home to some of Milan’s best restaurants and cafés, where you can take a break and enjoy the atmosphere of the district.

Milan is a city known for its impressive architecture, rich history and thriving cultural scene. From the majestic towers of Milan Cathedral to the world-famous paintings in the Pinacoteca di Brera, there is a wealth of sights to discover in this city. Whether you love art, fashion or history, Milan has something for everyone. You can easily reach all the excursion destinations presented here on foot, by subway or by streetcar. And back to Lakeview, it’s a comfortable train ride – to recover from a strenuous but wonderful day!