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While it's great to pick one destination to enjoy to the fullest, a day trip to a nearby town or attraction can be the icing on the cake of your vacation. ShermansTravel experts have rounded up the top day trips within a few hours' drive so you can experience that must-visit stretch of beach, national park, or under-the-radar city.

Day Trips from Milan


An hour’s train ride from Milan, this charming city on the edge of the Alps in Lombardy is extremely pretty. Bergamo Alta is the picturesque part with the Piazza Vecchia and the church of Santa Maria Maggiore. Bergamo Bassa has a cluster of museums, including the Museo Donizettiano. The airport of Orio al Serio, largely serviced by budget carriers, is located near here.

30 miles northwest of Milan,
Tags: family | architecture | history | day trip


Go in search of music at the birthplace of the famous Stradivari violin and home to some memorable medieval architecture. It was here that Antonio Stradivari set up his workshop in the early 1700s and artisans today continue the tradition. The Torrazzo bell tower is the second tallest brick tower in Europe, and houses the world's largest astronomical clock.

46 miles southwest of Milan,
Tags: family | architecture | history | day trip

Lake Como

Just 40 minutes from Milan lies stunning Lake Como, a popular getaway among Hollywood A-listers (dare one say George Clooney?) and fashion designers. Grand palazzos and quaint villages like Laglio and Menaggio are clustered around the lake.

25 miles from Milan,
Tags: outdoors | architecture | day trip | outdoor activity

Terme Merano

Head to this spa at the foot of the sunny Texal Mountains. Terme Merano’s contemporary and unusual design by native son Matteo Thun attracts a stylish crowd that floats and splashes in 25 indoor and outdoor pools, some fed by thermal hot springs. The central pool is enclosed by a dramatic cube of steel and glass, which reveals and reflects the surrounding mountains. Features like coed, au naturel saunas and steam rooms may startle some Americans, but they’ll feel at home in the state-of-the-art gym. Trademark spa treatments include a mountain hay bath, said to boost the immune system and inspired by local farmers who found that after sleeping in hay, they felt more rested and limber. Heat up in a caldarium or cool down in the Snow Room, where snowflakes fall from the ceiling. 2010 Smart Luxury Award winner

Piazza Terme, 9, 011-39-04-73-252-000,
Tags: smart luxury winner | day trip

Therme Vals

Rejuvenate in the only thermal spring in Graubünden, Switzerland. This stunning landmark offers both open and enclosed spaces for guests to luxuriate in.

, 011-41-81-926-89-61,
Tags: day trip

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