Are you considering taking a day trip from Milan to Verona by train? This is a rewarding visit and, with just a little planning, you can hit the highlights of Verona with ease.
Get the lowdown in my guide to taking a day trip to Verona from Milan by train, which has all you need to know about getting there and the best things to see.
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Day Trip from Milan to Verona by Train at a Glance
- Distance from Milan to Verona: 87 miles
- Journey time: From 1 hour 12 minutes
- Cost of train ticket: From €9 one-way
Why Do a Milan to Verona Day Trip?
Milan is a fabulous city and has enough attractions to keep you busy for at least a few days. That said, it’s good to escape for a day to see a different side of Italy.
Thanks to its proximity, excellent rail connections and wealth of historical, architectural and artistic treasures, Verona is an excellent day trip from Milan by train.
As the setting for Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers, the city has become a symbol of romance across the globe. Literary connections notwithstanding, Verona is famous for its Roman ruins, including the Arena, which is the majestic setting for the renowned annual opera festival.
Is One Day in Verona Enough?
As Verona is a relatively compact city, it is easy to explore its top attractions in a day, including Juliet’s Balcony and the world-famous Roman Arena.
How to Travel from Milan to Verona by Train
For your Milan to Verona day trip, you have the choice of two train operators: Trenitalia and Italo. Trains depart from Milano Centrale and arrive at Verona Porta Nuova station.
Services run by both companies are frequent. If you travel on a high-speed train you will be in Verona in just over 70 minutes.
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High-speed trains from Milan to Verona
Frequent high-speed train services between Verona and Milan are provided by Italo and Trenitalia (Frecciarossa trains)
Regardless of which operator you choose, these services are comfortable and fast. The journey time is just over 70 minutes with both operators.
As both of these rail companies have set allocations of seats in the lower fare classes, you will pay more the closer you get to your travel date.
Eurocity trains from Milan to Verona
Eurocity trains are similar to Italy’s high-speed trains, but they connect cities across Europe at an international level. Expect similar levels of comfort as the Frecciarossa and Italo trains.
Clocking in at 1 hour 23 minutes, the journey time between Milan and Verona is ten minutes longer than the high-speed services. Like the high-speed train services, pricing is dynamic and booking in advance bags you a cheaper ticket.
Regional trains from Milan to Verona
Trenitalia operates hourly regional trains between Milan and Verona. As fare prices are fixed, there is no advantage in booking in advance.
The Regionale trains will get you to Verona in 1 hour 52 minutes, stopping at a number of stations along the way.
Remember to stamp your ticket in one of the machines before boarding a regional train service.
These regional trains can be very busy, especially at the weekend.
Getting to Milan Centrale Station
Milan’s magnificent Centrale station is the city’s main railway station, served by both high-speed trains (Italo and Trenitalia) and regional trains.
Built by Benito Mussolini to convey the power of the fascist regime, it is an attraction in its own right (try to find the mural featuring Il Duce on platform 21). From Milan Cathedral and Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, it’s a 30-minute walk or a short ride on the M3 subway line.
If more convenient, regional trains also stop at Milano Lambrate. This train station is not served by high-speed trains.
Getting from Verona Porta Nuova Train Station
Verona’s Porta Nuova train station is a 15-minute walk from the Roman Arena.
Getting Around Verona
The best way to get around Verona is on foot but city buses are also available.
Tickets for the green and blue ATV buses are sold at bus stations and newsagents. You can also buy tickets on board the bus, but these are more expensive. Find out more here.
What to See on Your Day Trip from Milan to Verona
As with any city, don’t try to shoehorn too much into your day. Pick a handful of things to see on your Milan to Verona day trip and stick with them.
The Verona Card saved me lots of money and should be good value for most travellers, even if you are only visiting three sites. This city pass includes a skip-the-line ticket for the Arena di Verona.
You can buy the Verona Card from various places across the city, including the train station and the Tourist Office on Piazza Bra. I bought my card online before my visit.
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1. Arena di Verona
Dating from the 1st Century AD, the Roman Arena is the jewel in Verona’s crown. Measuring 466 by 400 feet, this was the eighth-largest amphitheatre in the Roman Empire and the fourth-largest in Italy.
Verona was an important Roman city and this is where up to 30,000 of the city’s residents would cheer gladiator duels. Today’s pleasure-seekers watch plays and concerts and attend the world-famous Verona Opera Festival.
Climb the steps to the seats at the top of the Arena for fabulous views of Verona and beyond.
2. Juliet’s House
Incurable romantics from across the globe come here to touch Juliet’s bronze breast, said to bring good fortune in love.
If you want to blow kisses from Juliet’s balcony, you will have to pay a small fee to visit Juliet’s House. Inside, the house is nothing special but it does have props and costumes used in Franco Zeffirelli’s Romeo and Juliet, including a bed.
3. Scaliger Tombs
Verona was ruled by the powerful Scaliger family from 1277 until 1387. The Scaligeri were to Verona what the mighty Medici were to Florence.
They are buried in lacy 14th Century Gothic tombs enclosed by a wrought iron fence.
4 St. Peter’s Bridge (Ponte Pietra)
Ponte Pietra is Verona’s sole surviving Roman bridge. Just.
St. Peter’s Bridge suffered bomb damage in World War II and was rebuilt with slabs of marble fished out of the Adige River.
There are fabulous views of Verona from both ends of the bridge. The fortress of Castello San Pietro, crowns the hillside on the opposite side of the river to the historic core. Beneath this is the Roman Theatre and Archaeological Museum which are well worth a visit if you can squeeze it into your day trip.
Although including the Castlevecchio art gallery in your Verona day trip itinerary may be ambitious, it’s worth taking a look at this medieval castle from the outside. Built by the Scaligeri in the 14th Century as both a residence and a fortress, it has ramparts with crenellated parapets and an internal moat.
6. Verona Cathedral
Visit Verona Cathedral for the Romanesque carvings on its façade and the baptistery’s font carved with eight biblical scenes. It is also home to Titian’s Assumption.
7. Basilica di Sant’Anastasia
Consecrated in 1497, the light-filled Basilica di Sant’Anastasia is my favourite church in Verona. Its important works of art, include St. George and the Princess (1438) by Pisanello, above the chapel to the right of the main altar.
Don’t leave before touching the hump of the grimacing hunchbacks near the entrance. It’s said to bring good luck.
8 Lamberti Tower
Climb Lamberti Tower for views of Verona you won’t forget. This bell tower was built in the 12th Century and stands 84 metres high.
9. Piazza dei Signori
Piazza dei Signori is one of the loveliest squares in Northern Italy. Linked by arches – try to spot the whale’s rib hanging over one of them – its elegant buildings span five centuries.
Taking centre stage is a statue of Dante Alighieri, deep in thought. The Scaliger family granted him asylum in Verona after he was expelled from Florence by the pope.
10. Piazza del Erbe
Once the site of the Roman Forum, Piazza del Erbe has been the focal point of civic life in Verona for millennia. A basin from the Roman baths was recycled in the square’s Fountain of Madonna Verona, a symbol of the city.
This is also the perfect place to stop for an Aperol Spritz at the end of your day in Verona.