The best time to organize weekend “out of town trips” near Milan has begun.
Even if you are preparing for your summer session exams (if you haven’t already done so, read our latest article on how to study for a university exam: 7 useful tips), it is always good to take a day off and go for some out of town trips.
There are beautiful places not far from Milan that you can visit in a day or a weekend.
Let’s discover them together!
1 Crespi D’Adda – the workers’ village
Only 30 km far from Milan there is a perfect place for a trip out of town and it is truly unique.
Crespi d’Adda is in fact one of the best preserved workers’ villages. These sprang up between the 19th and 20th centuries in Europe and North America, at the behest of enlightened industrialists who wanted to create an ‘ideal’ housing solution for their workers.
The village was founded in 1876 by Cristoforo Benigno Crespi and is still in perfect condition today; time seems to have stood still here. In 1995 it became a UNESCO World Heritage Site and today it can be visited independently or you can book a guided tour.
2.The Ghost Town of Consonno
Why not take a trip out of town to a place that seems to be a set for a thriller that takes your breath away? For lovers of ghost towns that fascinate but are also a little scary, Consonno is the ideal destination.
The ghost town of Cosonno is also one of the most Instagrammed destinations.
Originally there was a hamlet here inhabited by 200 people, but in 1961, the Grand Officer Count of Villa dell’Olmo Mario Bagno decided to buy it to build a ‘toy town’, a kind of Italian Las Vegas.
In a short time, the town was filled with restaurants, a dance hall, a luxury hotel, buildings of different styles with references to the most varied cultures, a medieval castle and the super-photographed ‘minaret’. But two violent landslides, one in 1967 and another in 1976, permanently destroyed the access road to Consonno, leading to its abandonment.
Since then, this place has become a real ghost town, becoming one of the most original and curious places in Lombardy.
3. Labyrinth of the Masone
Did you know that the largest labyrinth in the world is located in Italy, and what’s more, just a few kilometers from Milan?
The Labyrinth of the Masone is a place that really seems to have come out of a fantastic story. The labyrinth is made entirely of bamboo plants of at least 20 different species. We are all invited to the challenge of covering the entire route in the shortest possible time, the risk being that a short trip out of town turns into a long weekend 😉.
4. S.Pellegrino e la Val Brembana
As soon as the summer session exams are over, we recommend these destinations to experience days of absolute relax.
The ideal place to rest and regenerate is the Thermal Resort of S.Pellegrino Terme, known throughout the world for its mineral water of the same name, acqua S. Pellegrino. The spa complex offers 35 practices including panoramic pools, whirlpools, hydro jets, sensory pools, waterfalls, Kneipp path, Vichy showers, saunas, relaxation rooms and a natural solarium.
5. Il Vittoriale degli Italiani
If you want to turn your out-of-town trip into a weekend getaway, we absolutely recommend visiting the Vittoriale degli Italiani, the famous complex of buildings and gardens commissioned by Gabriele D’Annunzio in Gardone Riviera. This complex is located in a unique position, to say the least, overlooking Lake Garda and offering breathtaking views.
Excursion begins with a visit to the Priora, the house where the Italian poet lived for 17 years, with rooms full of rare objects, works of art and more than 33,000 books, and continues with the Schifamondo, which was to be the poet’s new and final residence, a clear manifestation of his desire for isolation.
The open-air Theater, Mimmo Paladino’s Blue Horse, the Auditorium, MAS 96, the Mausoleum, the Dancing Pond and the spectacular Nave Puglia are also a must-see.
The visit concludes with a walk through the Botanical Garden.
Ending the academic year with an excursion or choosing to take time between examinations, to refresh oneself a little is always a good option.
For a trip out of town, you are spoilt for choice between cultural destinations, immersed in nature or perfect for relaxing.
Now that you know where to go, all you have to do is pack your rucksack and set off on your trip.