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Old Mar 11th, 2004, 10:43 AM
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Italy/Milan and Lake Como

I am considering flying inot Milan and staying here for a couple of days. Then going up to Lake Como and/or Lake Lugano (Switzerland). Is there enough to do in Milan for 3 days? Is Lake Como interesting and where do I saty that is not outrageous?
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Old Mar 11th, 2004, 11:37 AM
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How long is the total trip? What is the balance of how you want to spend your time - - "sightseeing" versus "la dolce far niente"?

If the trip is trans-atlantic, I would stay in Milan two nights; if you are bored the second day, make a day trip to Monza or Bergamo or Pavia. You can find info on some people who have stayed for "longer" duration at http://www.fodors.com/forums/pgMessa...2&tid=34464934 and probably other threads as well. See also http://www.hostetler.net
- - I have never actually heard any reports from anyone on this forum who "tapped into" all the info this family provides on their "labor of love" website.

Then, how many days on how many lakes depends on that "balance" question; few people will have "had enough" of Lake Como (especially Bellagio/Menaggio/Varenna and Villa Balbianiello) in 48 hours or less.

Are you headed elsewhere after this part of northern Italy/Swiss border?

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Unless you are really into fashion, I would skip Milan all together. Been there twice, and I found it gray, industrial, and boring both times. Lake Como (Bellagio) and Lugano and Locarno, Switz are wonderful - stay there more and cut back on Milan. It's not a pretty city.
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Old Mar 11th, 2004, 12:11 PM
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My air is into Milan on Sept 9 and out of Barcelona on the 20th. I was thinking
4 days for Milan/Lake Como, Nice for 4 days and then to Barcelona. I may have the option of flying out of Geneva or Zurich on the 20th. We are pretty easy going and have no particular agenda. We are open to suggestions.
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Old Mar 11th, 2004, 12:20 PM
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While I would generally favor not so much ping-ponging around, I think you are actually doing the right thing by getting down from those high altitudes and heading south for mid-September. Should be excellent late summer weather in the south of France or in Spain. Not so trustworthy in the Alps.

The problem is that I would want a car for this trip. And it will cost you if cannot return the car to the country in which you rented it.

Maybe six days centered around Milan, then fly volareweb.com Milan to Barcelona, and spend six days centered there. You could even rent a car there and do some adventuring into French Catalunya (Collioure, even as far east as the Camargue), if you really want some French element to this trip. You come back to Barcelona to return the car and head home then.
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