Short getaways around Milan
We propose you some ideas for short getaways around Milan:
THE SWISS RED TRAINS
The Swiss railways are famous in the world for their network of lines – some of them narrow-gauge – crossing the mountains along terrific landscapes. Most of the trains are painted in a brilliant red, hence the name.
The closest circuit from Milan is across the Bernina pass, climbing up to 2,253 meters above s/l and connecting the small Italian town of Tirano with the Swiss alpine resort of St. Moritz. The excursion can be done in a day, leaving early morning from Milan and returning in the evening. Depending on the dates, organized tours are available with bus transfer to Tirano, otherwise the journey can be done daily by train or private cars.
The all inclusive bus plus train costs 140.- € per person with a minimum of 2 participants.
Combining the Bernina railway with the other alpine trains, it is possible to spend up to 3 days crossing the Alps from St. Moritz to Andermatt and then to Brig cross the St. Gotthard and Simplon mountains
MANTUA THE TOWN ON THE LAKE
Mantua is one the most charming towns in the Po plains, sitting on the embankements of a quite river and across a number of small lakes, now part of a natural park. The Dukes of Mantua have enriched over the centuries the city with an imposing Palace and several interesting buildings. The tour includes a river cruise that enables approaching the town from its most beautiful perspective, and the guided visit to the historic quarter with the main Basilica.
Cost per person by guided bus tour from Milan 60.- € – lunch and monument entrances excluded
THE GENUA AQUARIUM AND THE PANORAMIC ELEVATOR DESIGNED BY RENZO PIANO
One of the newest attractions of the ancien port town of Genua is its great aquarium, one of the biggest in the world, built on the piers of the ancient commercial port and hosting more than 5000 animals belonging to some 5oo species.
The visit is an amazing experience guiding visitors to understand the challenges of the ecosystem and of the dangers facing its equilibrium.
The panoramic elevator designed by the Italian architect Renzo Piano offers a stunning view over the ancient port and is one of the most interesting sightseeing structures in Europe.
Cost per person by bus guided tour from Milan including aquarium and sightseeing elevator tickets 70.- € – lunch excluded.
BELLAGIO AND THE LAKE OF COMO
The lake district surrounding Milan in the north is one of the most beautiful touristic destinations in Northern Italy. Como and the charming village of Bellagio are inserted like gems in a region rich of glamurous villas and gardens. Surely it is not by chance that world personalities of politics and arts have chosen this lake as their retreat and that its landscape has been the set of choice for countless world famous movies.
A priivate tour from Milan with visit of Como, a boat cruise to Bellagio, dedicated air conditioned car from Milan costs 100.- € per person lunch and entrances excluded,
A TASTE OF SOUTHTYROL
South Tyrol – or, in Italian, Alto Adige – is the German speaking County of Italy. Situated north of the lake of Garda is an interesting blend of Mitteleuropean order and sunny southern phantasy. A tasty cuisine, scenery alpine landscapes and well equipped spas add to the charme of this area. In the weeks between mid November and Christmas, Bolzano becomes the Italian capital of the Christkindlmarkte – the colorful German traditional Santa Claus gift and grocery markets.
Bolzano (in German Bozen) is the region’s capital and is easily accessable by train from Milan. A wek-end costs 230.- € per person including :
- return train ticket
- one night in a centrally located hotel – double occupancy – B&B accommodation
- Spa entrace included
THE NATURAL PARK OF THE PO DELTA
The delta of the Po river, once an unhealthy area of moors and river arms, is now one of the largest natural parks of the Country and a bird watching paradise offering unforgettable experiences. A day boat ride in the park guided by the rangers costs from 65.- € per person excluding meals and transportation from and to Milan.
ANCIENT VILLAGES ON THE APENNINES
The mountains which separate Lombardy from the Ligurian seaside are home of ancient traditions that are now being revived thanks to the emphasis EXPO2015 has set on food and nutrition. A 4 day self drive in the region costs from 260.- € per person including :
- 3 nights in a traditional hotel – HB accommodation
- wine tasting experience in a Ligurian wineyard
- guided entry to the Grotto of Toirano
- guided entry to the Museum of Olives in Imperia
PAVIA the town of the Viscontis
Just 30 kilometers soth of Milan, you can find the charming University town of Pavia. Headquarter of one the the eldest universities of Nortern Italy dating back to the XIVth Century, the town was a hunting centre for the Dukes of Milan and is now in the middle both of an industrial region featuring technological excellences and of the rich agricultural territory of Lombardy providing the largest rice production oustide the far east.
A one day guided excursion from Milan costs from 100.- € per person including :
- bus ride
- guided visit of the Viscont castle
- discovery tour of Ancient Pavia
- visit to the Monastery of the Carthusians
- Discovery lunch of the land cusisne in a winery