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Milan, Lake Como, Venice Help - Is this doable?

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Many thanks in advance to this board! I've enjoyed reading through as many as posts as I can about our upcoming trip to Italy. Just one week ago, I was notified by a company I contract with that they need me to work one day outside of Milan in Vimercate. I convinced (!) my husband to join me and we are now arriving Tuesday, March 13 at 8 am at Malpensa in Milan and leave out of the same airport on Monday morning, March 19th. My work in Vimercate is all day Thursday, which means I need to be at that hotel by dinner on Wednesday and also stay there Thursday night as well. That leaves us free for Tuesday 8 am through Wednesday dinner, and then again Friday morning through Monday morning.

Here's the plan that I still need help with. We rent a car somewhere (Malpensa or somewhere in Milan??) and drive to Varenna (on the east side of Lake Como) and we have reservations Wednesday night at Hotel Olivedo (the others recommended on this board were booked already). We plan on spending the rest of Tuesday (after our nap from being tired from the flight and driving) and Wednesday in either Varenna or Bellagio which we hope to visit by ferry either Tuesday night or Wednesday morning.

After driving to Vimercate for Wednesday dinner and staying over til Friday morning, we thought we'd return the rental car to wherever we got it in Milan (or can we drop somewhere different than where we rent?) and then take the train to Venice. We have reservations Friday and Saturday night in Venice at the Hilton Molino Stucky. We're thinking having Friday afternoon through Sunday morning should be enough in Venice and we leave Sunday morning to travel back to Milan where we have reservations in downtown Milan at the Hilton Milan before flying out Monday morning.

So is it doable to stop in Verona or somewhere on the way back on Sunday using the train system? Should we use our weekend time differently? Should we keep the car and drive to Venice which might allow us to go to Lake Garda or somewhere else?

So my questions are... how does this plan sound? Where should we rent the car that first morning? What can we realistically do over the weekend without a car, and any other ideas that ya'll may have. My husband and I haven't visited Italy since we were in college and we're now late 50's/early 60's, so we are so excited!! I've never been to any of these cities at all. Please help us enjoy this wonderful opportunity!!

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