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Time to plan this year's European get away! This is our annual, week to 10 day long trip to Europe sans kids... This year we want to visit the Italian Lakes region as we haven't been there yet and have always wanted to go. Very excited to start planning but need some advise.
So far, looks like it's going to be just dh and me flying from the US, plus a friend joining us from London, so 3 adults total.
We have already booked air tickets for miles, for end of May, 05/24 - 06/01. But the tickets can be changed to add 1-2 days if we decide to make it a slightly longer vacation. We will be flying in/out of Milan, and, at least as of now, arriving on the morning of May 25th.
We are planning to spend one, maybe two (if convinced) nights in Milan, then rent a car and head out to the lakes. I am currently looking at the Hotel Florence (Hotel Firenze) in Belaggio as our base there.
So here are my questions:
1. Do we need 1 or 2 nights stay in Milan? Always heard there is not that much to do other than to visit the Cathedral. We are planning to book a tour to see the Last Supper.
2. How many days is sufficient to explore the lakes? We are into sight seeing, good food, and just taking it easy and relax in between. I hear there are good hikes, need to look into it for an activity. We are planning to take ferries wherever possible or drive around...
3. With the current schedule, we have 5 or 6 nights to spend at the lakes. Is it too many? Shall we split it in half and do 3 at the lakes and 3 elsewhere (Cingue Terre? Swintzerland? Any other destination?) If we decide to split it between two destinations, we can also extend our trip by 1 or 2 nights... With the tickets being so pricey nowdays (albeith these ones we are booking for miles) and trips like these so rare for us, I can't help but think that we should optimize our time in Europe and visiting only one location per trip is a luxury we can no longer afford)
I would really appreciate any advise on this! Thank you!

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