Lake Como best place to stay

Old Mar 18th, 2023, 06:27 AM
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Lake Como best place to stay

We are planning 5 or 6 night in the Lake Como area in May. Can you help me with where to stay? Should we stay in Como and do day trips or stay in Bellagio which is smaller and do day trips around the area.
We like to park ourselves in 1 hotel/city and not move around. Is this the trip to split it and do 3 days in each Como and Bellagio?

Also, How many days does one need in Milan?

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Hi Alane, this is rather a personal decision. If you are interested in the textile industry, Como city might be of interest; hiking, Varenna (which I thought was more intimate than Bellagio). My hub and I stayed in Bellagio in March so some of the hotels were not yet open. We stayed at La Pergola and enjoyed it but it isn't smack in the middle of things: That being said, we went all over on the ran frequently

Use the search engine for trip reports about this area for more ideas.

We trained from Milan to Como to Varenna (station is Varenna-Esino btw). We made Milan a day trip from Verona on another trip, but maitaitom and his family spent more than one night and stayed busy. Off to find his TR...

Editing to add Tom's TR: We Still Didnít Drink All The Vino: Mai Tai Tomís 2018 Return To Italy

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I would not stay in Como which is at the southern end of the lake. The most scenic part is mid- lake where Menaggio, Cernobia, Bellagio and Varenna are located. We always have stayed in Bellagio, in the upper part of town, farther away from all the tourists.

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You should develop a sightseeing list to figure out where you'll likely spend most of your time. Study the ferry timetables to see where the stops are and the frequency of service to understand what you can see/do from different points. Many of the most popular sights are in the mid-lake area (Varenna, Bellagio, Menaggio, Cadenabbia). You can make a day trip to Lugano by bus from Menaggio or by train from Como. You can make a day trip to St. Moritz by train from Varenna.
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