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Help me find an Italian Lake District town on my way from Florence to Geneva!

Help me find an Italian Lake District town on my way from Florence to Geneva!

Oct 29th, 2006, 06:26 PM
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Help me find an Italian Lake District town on my way from Florence to Geneva!

Hello all,

School will have me going to Geneva for a week this summer. But...of course I want to build in my biennial Italian fix while I'm there, literally a mountain away. And since Geneva is practically spitting distance away from Lyon, how could I not visit her as well?

This will be my first solo trip abroad. I will do this over the entire month of June. God bless my bank account!

While I'm sitting here researching Lake District towns to stay in for a few nights, I'm wondering which ones you'd recommend as someone dependent only on public transportation. I will need a town with hotels most conducive to reliance on trains and buses while allowing for a nice lake view?

From Geneva, I will be going to Lyon for a few days before I return home via Paris, again after a few nights. At least that's the plan. Any suggestions for Lyon while I'm at it?

Thanks!
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Oct 29th, 2006, 07:25 PM
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Stresa or Lugano?
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Oct 30th, 2006, 07:42 AM
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Stresa by way of Kandestag.
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Oct 30th, 2006, 08:40 AM
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Stresa, which has just offshore the fascinating three Borromean Islands to visit as well. Smack on main rail line to Geneva (via Brig and Rhone Valley, but i 2nd BobtNav 's idea of going via Kandersteg and Bern for a much more scenic route.
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Oct 30th, 2006, 09:16 AM
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Hi, thanks for the responses so far. I was thinking about Stresa and Lugano, but didn't think of going by way of Kandestag and Bern for Stresa. I think I need to secure a more detailed map...
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Oct 30th, 2006, 09:53 AM
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Most likely you will have to go through Milan Centrale station. From Milano Centrale it's a short train ride to Lake Como, for example Varenna. This is what I'd personally recommend (I like Lake Como better than Lake Maggiore).
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Oct 30th, 2006, 04:32 PM
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Sorry Eric--check your geography.
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Oct 31st, 2006, 03:50 AM
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bobthenavigator, I've lived many years in the area. can you enlighten us?
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Oct 31st, 2006, 05:45 AM
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It was just confusing to people to think you have to go thru Milano to get to Stresa from CH. Why would you need to do that?
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Oct 31st, 2006, 05:50 AM
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Ah, I see now that she may start in Florence, not Geneva. I guess I am confused which direction she is coming.
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Oct 31st, 2006, 07:10 AM
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that was the idea, Florence -> Milan -> Varenna -> Milan -> Geneva
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