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Looking for day trips by train from Rome, Florence, La Spezia, Milan and Venice

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A great day trip from Venice is Verona.   It's about 1:15 hours from Venice and is the home of Romeo and Julliet.  The city is very easy to walk and has so much history.  The Collosseum there is fully functional and home to the Verona Opera Company.  

Another great day trip from Venice is Cittadella.  It's about two hours by train and is a wallaed Medival city.  You can actually walk the ramparts all the way around the city!  Nice museum and cafe's.

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Definitely don't miss Pompeii or Verona! So worth it.

Definitely  go to Tivoli from Rome. About 1 hour 15 minutes by train. 

Is a day trip to Tivoli worth it?

Is Tivoli worth visiting? Absolutely! Tivoli is home to not one, but two Unesco World Heritage sites – Hadrian's Villa (Villa Adriana in Italian) and Villa d'Este. It is possible to visit both villas in the same day – either by yourself or as part of a guided tour – keep reading to find out more!

So many options ...  what would interest you?      I'll stick to transport methods where you don't need rent/drive your own vehicle:

Venice?  Verona (traveling in opera season?), or Vicenza; unless the cathedral of St. Anthony at Padua is an attraction.  Could go to Trieste via Udine through Friulian foot hills of the Dolomites.  Consider day tripping other islands in Venetian lagoon ... Vaporetto to Murano for glass tours followed by Burano/Mazzorbo for lace and color (Michelin star restaurant Venissa if your splurging on lunch/dinner or a very unique local wine "Dorona" $$$ produced from grapes grown on the island); consider adding Torcello and you've got a 3-stop trip on public transportation.  Back "home" for dinner.  I've never been to Chioggia but hear it's worth the visit.  For me, skip the Lido - it's suburbia Venice style with a beach and casino' -  the gambling type, not the other type of Italian casino :-)

LaSpezia?  Le Cinque Terre is obviously the big one, Portofino the other.  Nice, but anticipate day tripper tourism crowds.

Milan?  Up to Lake Como? down into Piemonte wine country - tours galore, "slow food" movement started there.  Mountain visit in Val d'Aosta.   Radical thought ... skip Milano and go to Torino :-)  a place less on the tourist trail but interesting nevertheless.

Florence:  Sienna piazza and cathedral (will you go when carpets are up and floor mosaics are on display?);  wine country excursions - plenty options, duration and price levels;  to Lucca for bike ride on the wall;  to Pisa for the Tower/Cathedral/Baptistry.  San Gimignano is a popular bus trip thing - cute piazza with a few towers left standing, a unique local wine and some interesting shops (colorful pottery art, traditional in the region)