Why visit Milan

Located a little further from Cinque Terre – a little over 150 kilometers – Milan is one of Italy’s treasures, and not only from a tourist point of view. Having a rich historical background, this city boasts of its architectural gems. In fact, most tourists don’t visit this city for its gardens or museums, but for its cathedrals and palaces.

Probably the most important sight to see in Milan is Piazza del Duomo, the city’s central square. This square is surrounded by several palaces and cathedrals, such as the Royal Palace of Milan (nowadays a cultural center and the city’s seat of government for several centuries, in the past) and the Milan Cathedral (dedicated to Saint Mary Nascent, this is the seat of the Archbishop of Milan – it took about 4 centuries to be built and is the 4th largest cathedral in the world).

While in Milan, tourists might still want to get a glimpse of its parks, some of them being over 200 years old. This city also has three important botanical gardens, one of them inaugurated in 2003 and named the Garden of the Righteous, in order to commemorate all those that have opposed the crimes against humanity.

How to get from Cinque Terre to Milan

By train

Depending on the station of departure, tourists who want to get to Milan while spending their vacation in Cinque Terre must change trains in either Levanto or La Spezia. Another option is to go via Genoa, and change trains here. For complete and updated information on the trains tourists can take in order to get to Milan, schedules, ticket prices and exchange trains, visit Trenitalia.

By car

In order to get from Cinque Terre to Milan by car, tourists have two main options. First they must get on A12 Motorway (Autostrada Azzura) and then head for Genoa, from where they must then take the A7 Motorway (Autostrada Milano-Genova) which leads them directly to Milan. The other alternative is to take the same A12 Motorway (Autostrada Azzura), but head east and exit on the A13 Motorway (Autostrada della Cisa), head north and then exit on A1 (Autostrada del Sole) from where a trip northeastwards leads them directly to Milan.

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