Attractions Nearby Milan, Day Trips and Excursions

(Milan, Lombardy, Italy)

Attractions Nearby MilanVisitors staying in Milan often choose to explore the attractions around the Lombardy region, with a number of outlying famous lakes being perfect for excursions, such as those of Como, Garda and Maggiore. These come with excellent facilities, including hotels and restaurants with impressive waterfront views.

There are also some very pretty villages, castles, museums, villas and gardens dotted along the shores. During the busy summer season there are various cultural events staged within reach of Milan, including Lake Maggiore's well-attended music festival - the Settimane Musicali di Strasa. There are many other smaller lakes and natural attractions nearby, which are particularly peaceful and unspoilt areas to visit.

Attractions Nearby Milan

Lake Maggiore

Address: north-west of Milan
Fed by the Ticino River, the Maggiore is the second-largest lake in the whole of Italy. It is around 212 square km / 82 square miles in size, with a maximum depth of around 370 metres / 1,220 feet. In 1826 the introduction of ferry services helped to develop the area. This large lake features many attractions on its shores and highlights include:

Lake Como

Address: north of Milan
Also often referred to as Lario, this is the third-largest lake in Italy and the deepest, with a maximum depth of around 410 metres / 1,345 feet. The lake is shaped like an upside-down 'Y' and there is a scenic road that follows the ancient Strada Regina, which is lined with villas and gardens.

Features of the lake include:

Attractions Nearby Milan

Lake Garda

Address: east of Milan
Lake Garda is the biggest lake in Italy and was created by natural glaciation. On the northern side there are steep cliffs and rugged outcrops, contrasting with the smaller hills at the southern end. The lake has become a popular area for windsurfing and sailing, and many well-known regattas are held here, such as the Centomiglia. Notable attractions include:

Other Smaller Lakes Nearby Milan