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Thread: Home base Milan - 5 days with car....what to do?

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    Default Home base Milan - 5 days with car....what to do?

    We booked a package with a hotel and car in Milan. My husband would really like to see Rome - too far for a day trip? We don't want to spend all of our time in the car but would like to see the Tuscan country side. First time in Italy. Suggestions welcome!

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    DonnaDenise is offline Senior Member - Expert about Tuscany
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    Arezzo, Tuscany

    Default Rome and Milan


    That is one long drive - you could train it (three hours each way) but it can be a bit costly. You could look at this private tour which would help you get the most out of your time there.

    I definitely encourage you to get out and explore - but from Milan anything is going to take a bit of driving, there is just no way around it and it is all on the main highways (so not really panoramic)

    You can also look at doing a train trip to Florence and exploring the city of Florence - that is a short trip and not as costly as Rome. This is easily done on your own, and I am sure you would love a day exploring the area. However you can also look into having a private tour to Florence as well.

    Buon Viaggio,

    Donna Denise

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    Lourdes is online now Administrator - DiscoverTuscany Team
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    Florence, Italy


    Using Milan as your base, I would do day trips closer to there..... so Lake Como and Lake Maggiore would be at the top of my list ;-) Lots of people also really enjoy Turin, although I'll admit I have yet to go so can't recommend anything specific from personal experience. I have been to Lake Maggiore and to Stresa, which is lovely in the summer!

    Other ideas: Parma, Bologna and Verona
    In the beginning stages of planning to come to Tuscany? Make sure to read Where to Stay in Tuscany WITH a car and Where to Stay in Tuscany WITHOUT a car for ideas on where to stay in Tuscany. Also read When to Visit Tuscany to decide when is the best times for your visit.

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