Bellagio to MXP (Milan)

Old Mar 10th, 2008, 01:06 PM
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Hi All,

After discussing this with my husband all day, we would prefer to stay in Stresa prior to our departure day.

We have a lot of wiggle room in our itinerary. Bob, you may recall telling me a few months back that sleeping 7 nights in Bellagio was too much time (I'm ad libbing). Well, now it can work to our advantage.

Yes, Stu and imperialtopaz, it does come down to where we want to spend our last night in Italy.

I've sent an e-mail to the Hotel Astoria in Stresa requesting a room on Tuesday, May 13th for two (2)nights. That will leave us with five (5) nights in Bellagio, which looks fine to us.

Last May, a private driver charged Euro 60 to drive us from Stresa to MXP, and it took 45 min.

If I get a favorable room rate from the Hotel Astoria, I will grab it and cancel the two (2) last nights at the Metropole in Bellagio.

Hotel Luna, in Stresa, is also an option.
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Old Mar 10th, 2008, 01:56 PM
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Update: The Hotel Astoria has confirmed two nights for me: The Tuesday and Wednesday prior to our departure on Thursday!

We may be able to get the same room as last year: a huge room lake (Lago Maggiore) front, with a balcony, and a new bathroom.

Now, I must cancel two nights at the Hotel Metropole. I wish I knew someone looking for one of the large terrace rooms for May 13th and 14th - I believe there are only five of them in this hotel.

All's well that ends well.
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Old Mar 10th, 2008, 03:14 PM
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One more question:

Should we take the train: Varenna-Milano Centrale-Stresa, or take the hydrofoil down to the City of Como.

In Como, I assume we could rent a car and drive to Stresa.

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Old Mar 11th, 2008, 11:26 AM
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In my previous post, I asked about traveling from Bellagio to Stresa.

Are there any helpful transportation suggestions out there in Fodorland?
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Old Mar 11th, 2008, 12:00 PM
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OK, this one may not be obvious so I will mention it. There is a tourism excursion from the docks in Lugano that takes a boat to the far end of Lago Lugano and then a bus to the east shore of Maggiore and a boat to Stresa. You have to bus to Lugano but that is easy from Menaggio. The advantage is that the entire trip is very enjoyable---an excursion to Stresa via Lugano.
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Old Mar 11th, 2008, 01:07 PM
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Bob,

YOU ARE THE BEST!
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Old Mar 11th, 2008, 01:15 PM
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5 minutes later...okay, the trains will take us about 3 hr., 15 min.

Would you happen to know how (about) long it would take us using the route you posted through Lugano?
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