Spend a day away from metropolitan Milan and head north to Verona and the stunning scenery of Lake Garda. As the setting of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Verona possesses a romantic vibe few cities can rival. Similarly, Lake Garda's lakeside landscapes and crystal waters are nearly peerless.
Verona’s city center is an architectural masterpiece. The incredibly intact Roman arena at its epicenter still houses operas to this day. Explore the city’s winding, ancient streets and make your way to Juliet’s Balcony, said to be the inspiration behind Shakespeare’s famous love scene. Be sure to rub the breast of the Juliet statue's replica, which, according to legend, brings lifelong luck in love.
Next, journey on to the exquisite lakeside towns around Lake Garda, with Sirmione being your main port of call. The fashionable town is home to winding narrow alleys and a pretty moated castle. Take some free time to explore the natural beauty of the area before your scenic drive back to Milan.