We are planning a trip in Milan in March. We will be staying in Milan but definately travel to Lake Como. Do you have any suggestions if we should visit Como or Bellagio? I have researched but can't decide. Also, I think Como is much easier to reach from Milan, right? Has anyone been in Bellagio and knows how to reach it from Milan? Or could we visti Como for 2-3 hours and then go to Bellagio and back to Milan?
[ Edit: Edited on 21-Feb-2016, at 08:59 by dogknowsapp ]
I stayed in Bellagio last night summer from Milan. Getting there by train was not an issue, we just hopped on the correct one at Milano Centrale and took it to Varenna where I took a ferry to Bellagio and from there our BNB. It was very simple and took approx 2 hours. Bellagio, Varenna, San Giovanni were all lovely and easy to navigate and all had beautiful views of the lake. We went swimming in San Gio and had a wonderful time.
I was formulating a possible response right up until I got to the 'for 2-3 hours'.
You aren't talking about 'visiting' Como or Bellagio, you are talking about just ticking a name off a list. Why bother.
OldPro, yeah, you possibly got him! It's very likely he made a list of possible italian little cities to visit and tick their names! He may even count the ones he's passing through with the train or bus... Your reply made me wonder, if this is what you have to say to help, really, why bother?
Because some people do not realize that not everything in the world should be treated like 'fast food' chridafrag. Some people need to be nudged back a step to look at what they are really talking about doing.
Spend 5-10 days perhaps in a place like this (my favourite in the area):
Then you might begin to get some feel for the lakes area, culture and people. Sit at one of the restaurants on the promenade sipping some wine in the evening; take a hike in the nearby mountains; hop on the ferry to visit places around the lake; etc. Just SLOW down.
People often say they want to 'see as much as possible' but they often confuse the word 'much' with the word 'many'. The way to see as 'much' as possible is to spend time IN places, not in BETWEEN places rushing from one to another.
A week spent in ONE place will provide far more in every way EXCEPT list ticking than a week spent rushing around 5 places will. Occassionally, pointing that out to someone planning to travel results in the proverbial light bulb going on.
[ Edit: Edited on 14-Mar-2016, at 10:03 by OldPro ]
Hello from me! Thank you all for your replies. Pinkberry your answer really helped. OldPro, unfortunately I only have one day for the lakes. I read in forums about other Americans or Europeans that are travelling for 4 or 5 weeks, but you know in Greece we only have 4 weeks for the whole year. So all I can "steal" from my job is 2 days for now, to add to a weekend. Anyway we decided to only visit Bellagio since Como doesn't seem as scenic.I wish I had more time to also visit the other lakes, but I hope some other time. Chridafrag, thanks for your reply
P.S OldPost, no one said we were going to sit on the promenade restaurants, don't jump to conclusions. I always research the places I visit and try to take with me as much local feel as I can