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Milan and Day Trips to Lakes and Art Cities

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Enrico Massetti

This book is a guide to Milan for a visit lasting two, three, or more days.

There are extensive descriptions and photos of the attractions: museums, churches, nightlife, and other attractions.

In addition, it includes descriptions of how to get to Milan, driving, parking in the city, and helpful info to stay there.

The guide includes sections on day trips from Milan to visit Lake Como, Lake Maggiore, Portofino, and the art cities of Pavia, Bergamo Alta, and Vigevano.

In addition, the guide contains sections covering single days or half days, so you can combine several areas depending on the length of your stay and your preference of what to see.

Author: Enrico Massetti

Language English

Published by Massetti Publishing, Washington DC, USA

Paperback: 184 color pages Digest (5.5 x 8.5 in / 140 x 216 mm), 

126 color images

ISBN 978-1-304-32980-6

Table of content

Milan on foot

The city center pedestrian areas

A recommended itinerary

Il Duomo

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

Università Statale and  Ospedale Maggiore Cà Granda

Castello Sforzesco

Tour of the most significant basilicas


Santa Maria delle Grazie Leonardo's The Last Supper

San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore

Quadrilatero della Moda

La Scala Theater

Pinacoteca di Brera

Modern Art Gallery

Biblioteca Ambrosiana

Poldi Pezzoli Museum

Navigli Nightlife

Where to eat in Milan

Driving, parking

Left luggage


Chiaravalle Abbey

History of the Abbey

Info on the Abbey

How to get to Chiaravalle:

One Day to Bergamo Alta - Upper Town

Piazza Vecchia – (Old Square)

Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore

Gate in front of the Chapel

La Cappella Colleoni – Colleoni Chapel

Le mura venete – (Venetian Walls)

The Venetian Walls Gates (XVI)

How to get to Bergamo Alta

How to reach the upper town:

Where to eat in Bergamo Alta

Vigevano: The fine art of shoemaking

Vigevano Shoe Museum

Vigevano History

Vigevano Piazza Ducale

Vigevano Palazzo Ducale

Vigevano Castello Visconteo

Vigevano Covered road

Vigevano Stables

How to get to Vigevano

Where to eat in Vigevano

One day at La Certosa di Pavia

Pavia Abbey Sculptures

Pavia Abbey Decorative painting

How to get to La Certosa di Pavia

Where to eat at La Certosa di Pavia

Certosa di Pavia info

One day in Pavia

Pavia: an itinerary to visit the city

Pavia The Visconteo Castle

When to go to Pavia

Where to eat in Pavia

Pavia How to get to by train

Bellagio in One Day


Bellagio how to get to


Where to eat in Lecco

Abbadia Lariana

Mandello Lario


Bellagio The Park of Villa Serbelloni

Bellagio Guided tour of the park


Bellagio Villa Melzi Gardens

Bellagio Water-Taxi boat tours

Where to eat in Bellagio

Bellagio Picnics

Bellagio info

The North part of Lake Como by boat


Where to eat in Varenna

Varenna Picnics

Varenna info

Bellagio how to get to via Como


Como the Broletto

Where to eat in Como

Varenna how to get back to Milano

Borromean Islands One Day Trip

Borromean Islands how to get to

Where to eat in Laveno

Laveno-Mombello Picnic

Laveno-Mombello info

Where to eat in Intra-Verbania

Verbania Picnics

Intra-Verbania info

Islands seasonal opening and info

Isola Madre

Isola Madre - The Palace

Isola Madre - The Botanical Gardens

Isola Madre The Borromeo family theater

Isola dei Pescatori

Where to eat on Isola dei Pescatori

Isola Bella: The Gardens

Isola Bella: The Palace

Where to eat on Isola Bella, and other info.


Stresa Practical info

Where to eat in Stresa

Stresa how to get back

Portofino in winter One Day Trip

Italy’s best-kept secret:  Enjoy Portofino in the wintertime

Portofino how to get to


Portofino Castle

Portofino info

Where to eat in Portofino

Portofino picnic

Portofino how to get back to Milano

Santa Margherita Ligure info

Where to eat in Santa Margherita Ligure


The Author

Things to Know