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How to Spend Our Time on Lake Como; restaurant recommendations

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My husband and I (67 and 64) will be spending 3 nights in Bellagio in early May and are trying to decide how to spend our time while we are there. This will be the first stop on our trip to italy, so we are going there both to overcome jetlag and to see some beautiful lake scenery before hitting the cities (Venice, Florence, Rome). We do like to stay busy while traveling in Europe and want to spend our time there seeing as much as we can without exhausting ourselves.

We should arrive in in Bellagio in time to get settled into our apartment and wander around Bellagio, and perhaps even take the mid-lake ferry to Varenna that evening. That leaves two full days before we leave for Venice. We have researched taking the ferry to the various towns on the lake to view the villas and it appears that can be done in a day. I would be interested in hearing about your favorite towns, sights, and experiences and why you liked them. We are not especially interested in seeing the interior of villas but might enjoy some of the gardens if they are especially nice. While we can walk 5-6 miles/day sight seeing, we aren't hikers.

On the second day, we are considering taking the ferry to Como, seeing a few sights there, and returning to Varenna by train (or vice-versa). The other option is visiting Lugano. I have read some posts about how to do this but am confused about the connections. I found an excursion from Menaggio that involves a bus ride to Morcote with a visit there, then a boat to Lugano for the afternoon, and a bus back to Menaggio. It might be nice to see a second lake, and we would enjoy having another "taste" of Switzerland. I have tried to check out the bus schedules for this trip on my own but have only found them in italian and haven't been able to figure them out so far. Are there any in English, or can someone describe how to use them?

I know that everyone has a personal opinion about how much or how little to try to do on a trip and what to see but I do find it helpful to hear about others' experiences and to learn from their expertise.

We would also appreciate recommendations for places to eat on Lake Como. We do not need "upscale" expensive food and multiple courses but prefer simple local food at moderate prices (preferably under 50 Euros for two at dinner without wine as we do not drink alcohol).

As always, I am thankful for your time and expertise in replying!

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