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Day trip from Milan

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Day trip from Milan

I plan for a day trip from Milan with personal interest in heritage buildings and unique cultures. Could anybody help which will be the best among Verona, Genoa, and Turin? I understand there are many medieval cities nearby as well, but too small cities may not maximize the only free day I have.

Thank you in advance for any advices.

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1. Re: Day trip from Milan

No easy answer to this question, as it depends which on which types of building and your personal tastes.

Genoa has a wide range of architecture and probably the greatest number of mediaeval buildings, while the Strada Nuova is key to the transition from mediaeval to early modern architecture. It is in the most attractive setting (by the sea), but is also perhaps the least attractive and most confusing of these cities for the first time visitor. See http://www.visitgenoa.it/ for information.

Turin is possibly not for you, as it has lost a greater percentage of its mediaeval architecture in wealthier later centuries than the other two, though it does have a small nineteenth century copy of a Borgo Medievale. For an architectural enthusiast, it's better for the baroque and after.

Verona may be the easy option, with a readily comprehensible centro storico, and the Roman theatre and amphitheatres.

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