Private day tour by car with driver
Discover the romance of northern Italy on your Verona and Lake Garda day trip from Milan.
Verona and Lake Garda Day Trip From Milan
Lake Garda has fascinated visitors for centuries.
The Romans were the first people to fall in love with the area, making of it a luxurious summer destination, contributing to its Mediterranean landscape of vineyards, olive groves and citrus orchards growing thanks to the lake’s uniquely mild microclimate. You will visit ancient Roman thermal baths and a grand villa in Sirmione.
Verona, the city that inspired Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet“, is the enchanting home of the Roman arena, and has gained UNESCO status for its collection of monuments from eras dating back to 1st century BC.
Spend an unforgettable and relaxing day on our Verona and Lake Garda scenic day trip from Milan.
- Verona and Lake Garda full day trip from Milan
- Duration: 12 hours
- Departure from your hotel in Milan at 8,30 am. Arrival in hotel in Milan within 8,00 pm
- code: 01213
- Total price € 520,00 for a trip by minivan within 7/8 people.
- Total price € 390,00 for a trip by car within 3 people
- This is a personal trip by private car with driver for one group of clients only.
- Round-trip transport from Milan by minivan (or coach on demand) with air conditioning
- Explore an enchanting Roman villa, the Grottoes of Catullus, and a 13th century castle in Sirmione, a beautiful lakefront village
- Visit Verona and see Juliet’s House (Casa di Giulietta), the fictional setting of scenes in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet
- Admire Verona’s Roman arena, the largest opera stage in the world
- Stroll down the medieval centre of one of Italy’s loveliest towns, declared UNESCO World Heritage site
- Taste the amazing diversity of food and wines from the surroundings
After leaving Milan early in the morning and a comfortable two-hour drive by minivan, you will reach Sirmione on the Lake Garda.
The stunning lakeside towns around Lake Garda have fascinated visitors for centuries. Romans fell in love with the area and left beautiful villas and many tracks of their love. Sirmione hosts some of those tracks.
It lies between the blue waters of Lake Garda and green olive trees, and is a very romantic village, of Roman origin, whose beauty has been praised by famous Latin poet Catullus.
It has been famed for its thermal baths since antiquity, and hosted Catullus’s summer residence, and a grand Roman villa whose ruined walls are still clearly visible.
You will have time to visit the Grottoes of Catullus (Grotte di Catullo), the grand Roman villa with mosaics and musem, Sirmione’s narrow medieval streets that burst with colour, and the moated castle, Rocca Scaligera, a rare example of a medieval port fortification, used by the Lords of Verona in the 1200s.
And admire Sirmione’s breathtaking lake views: Sirmione stretches along a thin peninsula that protrudes into Lake Garda for about 4 km. It’s one of the most beautiful places of the lake, from which one can enjoy the splendid views of both shores.
After Sirmione, one-hour drive by minivan (or coach) will take you to Verona, one of Italy’s loveliest towns, a beautiful and romantic city, a prosperous medieval town in its own and also a popular tourist destination.
Famous as the setting for Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, this enchanting Veneto city has gained UNESCO status for its collection of monuments dating back to 1st century BC.
You will have time to visit top Verona attractions like Piazza della Erbe and the exceptionally preserved ancient Roman’s Arena, the city’s grandest sight, where concerts and operas are still performed in summer.
The amphitheatre had the capacity to accommodate 20,000 spectators. The surroundings of Piazza Bra, where the Arena is located, are a stylish area lined with cafes, government buildings and fashionable shops.
You will also visit Juliet’s House, the principal point of interest for lovers of Shakespeare. Step back into Shakespearean times and lose yourself in the setting of the world’s most romantic story.
Verona also offers a beautiful medieval center, with narrow streets lined with impressive medieval and Renaissance buildings.
Do not forget to taste food and wine.
Veneto’s cuisine is one of the richest in Italy and it combines Mittleeuropean culture, Alpine and Mediterranean influences, recipes with ingredients from the Lombard plains. The area has been particularly active in wine production since ancient times. Among the local wines: Valpolicella, Soave and Bardolino.
At the end of your tour, you will be returned to your hotel in Milan.
- Hotel pick-up and drop-off in Milan
- Transfers by air-conditioned minivan (or coach on demand)
What’s Not Included
- Tour guide (on demand)
- Gratuities (optional)
- Food and drinks
- Entrance fees to attractions
Peschiera del Garda is a UNESCO World Heritage Site because it has kept intact the defense walls that the Venetians built to defend not only Venice, but also land territories and trade routes. The Venetian works transformed Peschiera into a “fortress on the water”, which can already be seen from afar and you pass through one of the many access doors.With Verona and Lake Garda dat trip from Milan you have the oppotunity to visit this interesting site.
Five bastions surround the historic center in a pentagon surrounded by canals on the mouth of the Mincio river: the Cantarane Bastion of 1551 rises above the waters of the Mincio not far from the Feltrin Bastion, the first to be built and which housed the Austrian powder magazine. Beyond the bridge are the Tognon and Feltrin Bastions connected by an unmissable path because it allows you to admire the entire Fortress. The last two Bastions are the Querini of 1552 and the San Marco Bastion which houses the Habsburg “Palleria”, the place where the cannonballs of the Austrians were kept. The islets on which the historic center of Peschiera del Garda is built are joined by bridges, the most famous of which is the one called “Ponte dei Voltoni” at the end of which is the last traditional fishing station of the Garda. From here it is all a succession of canals, houses overlooking the water, romantic restaurants and small shops that have earned Peschiera the title of “Little Venice on Garda”.
With this tour, lake Garda day trip from Milan, you can visit many romantic places on Lake Garda, but Punta San Vigilio is considered by all to be the romantic spot by definition. It is a small peninsula that meets immediately after Garda, the municipality to which it belongs. In fact, the tip can also be reached with a walk from the center of Garda, but it is a tiring route suitable for those who love trekking. Much of the peninsula of Punta San Vigilio is private but can be visited, so we advise you not to miss Villa Guarienti, the church, the historic inn, the small port, the park. Lake Garda day trip from Milan gives the possibility to discover the most interesting part of Punta San Vigilio is Villa Guarienti from the 1500s with a small church inside and a beautiful Italian garden with statues. The villa has hosted numerous famous people, including Pietro l’Aretino, Maria Luisa of Austria, Winston Churchill, Tsar Alexander II and many others. The nearby restaurant, a luxury hotel and the spectacular tavern in the marina are also part of the same property. This is the most photographed part: a stone bridge that launches into Lake Garda where you can sit and have a coffee with your feet almost in the water.