Best day trips from Milan by Car

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Driving in Italy may seem daunting to many, but I can assure you it’s not that bad! People do drive fast, but they also respect the rules, except when it comes to parking. With no doubt, Italians are “creative parkers”.

Milan has the perfect strategical location to use as a base for exploring Italy by car. Even if you’re in Milan on business, and only have one extra day to see the nearby sights, consider renting a car and see more than one city or region. You can pick up a car at the Linate airport, or other airports or even in town at the Stazione Centrale (Central Station).

I have created three day trips; Scenic Drive along Lake Como, a Countryside drive through Lombardia and Emilia-Romagna and a Romantic Getaway from Milan. You can do the tour in a day or take some extra time and spread it out over a weekend.

I hope you find the time to explore the wonderful areas around Milan. Enjoy!

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Best Day trips from Milan by Car

Celia Abernethy

Originally from New York, I am now living La Dolce Vita in northern Italy. As an editor and writer for Italy Travel & More, Milano Style, Lake Como Style, Easy Milano, Forbes Travel Guide, and Italo-Americano, it's my job to be in the know. Need help planning a trip to Italy? Find me on, the platform connecting travelers with locals.