Lake Garda Italy

Desenzano del Garda

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Here you can get useful travel information for Northern Italy. This travel guide is built with Desenzano del Garda, Lake Garda Italy, as the base and it shows you daytrips you can take from there.

Lake Garda Italy

Desenzano del Garda

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Milan Italy

Milan Italy

One of the places you have to go to is Milan (Milano). I have gone there three times now and I find it very interesting place to go visit.

Milan transportation

To Milan by car

It is about one and a half hours drive and I recommend taking the highway. Taking the highway to Milan, which is a toll road, you pay if I recall under 10 euros pr. way if you take it is a much better way to go.

To Milan by train

If you go by train it is about one and a half hours trip and costs from 7-15 euros one way, depending on trains and first or second class. The trains go west from 6:30 to around 10:00 but when you go back, east, they run until approx. midnight. The train marked IR (InterRegionale) are a bit slower but cheaper, the IC (InterCity) and EC (Eurocity) cost more but go faster or about one hour ten minutes.

Where to go when in Milano

There are a number of things to see in Milano. I will not go into detail here but recommend a few. The Duomo, Milan´s Cathedral is worldly known for it´s spectacular presence. The opera house, La Scala, is one of the most famous opera houses in the world. Castello Sforzesco, a castle worth taking a look at. The national museum of science, where you can see the works of Leonardo da Vinci. Santa Maria delle Grazie, where you can see Leonardo da Vinci´s Last Supper. There are other things to but I won´t go into detail as you can write a whole website about Milano:) But if you see these things only in your one day trip you have made a "very much worth it" one day trip.

Castello Milano

Milan Cathedral

At Milan square

Milan square

Outside La Scala

What to look out for in Milan

The restaurants down town are very expensive and quality doesn´t always go hand in hand with the price. Parking can be very difficult to find, but with some circling around you will find a parking house and if very lucky a parking space by one of the side streets of the center. I went to a parking house which was a private one and they charge you a rather high amount but nothing serious though. I think I paid about 20 euros for my parking then for a day. If you have a handicapped sign you can find special parking spots in very good locations in Milano, so you don´t have to go far from your car to see the sights. (They have strict rules on supplying those because of EU regulations I was told.)

Map Desenzano to Milan

This map is from Desenzano del Garda to the opera house, La Scala in central Milano.

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Links related to the article

Milan article, internal links
Desenzano Train Station
Desenzano Tourist Information

Milan article, external links
Castello Sforzesco official webpage
La Scala Opera house, official website
The national science museum, official website
Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, wikipedia

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