Lake Como to French Riviera

Old Jan 5th, 2001, 10:50 AM
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Lake Como to French Riviera

I am planning a driving trip in Europe in early March. I hope to go to the Lake Como area and then drive down to the Italian and French Riviera...finishing up in Nice. Anyone have suggestions for hotels in Bellagio, Como, or Nice or just favorite spots to see on the way? Also what should I expect of the roads conditions and weather for this time of year?
Old Jan 5th, 2001, 11:05 AM
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I was just in bellagio in september. we stayed at the Giardinetto - a little family run pensione. It has a beauitful view of the lake and the church square. Very reasonably husband would still have the number if you'd like it.

along the way we liked:
Santa Margherita Liguria
cinque terra

Old Jan 5th, 2001, 11:21 AM
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Spent two weeks in Como at a nice hotel called Barchetta Excelsior right on main square on waterfront. Had room with balcony that overlooked the square and the lake. Would highly recommend this hotel. Nice rooms, good staff,great breakfast included. They have a web page I am sure. A 4 star property.
Old Jan 5th, 2001, 11:36 AM
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Visit the amazing Cinque Terre on the Italian riviera.
Visit the website, and
Old Jan 5th, 2001, 12:15 PM
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None of the responses so far mentions any place that is actually between Como and Nice.

Hotel choices on Lake como range from the sublime (Villa d'Este in Cernobbio or Grand Serbelloni in Bellagio itself) to various more reasonable places - - I recently had a good experience in Menaggio at Grand Hotel Victoria. Others have cited good experiences here with the Belvedere in Bellagio, and there has been one good mention of Albergo Milano in Varenna (also cited by Rick Steves).

You wouldn't HAVE to stop anywhere between Lake Como and Nice - - it isn't that far a drive. but if you want to turn in an Italian car rental, and take the train to France (to start a new car rental in France), then San Remo is the palce to do that. And I give the Nyala Suite hotel a pretty good recommendation, even though it is considerably "up the hill". At least that gives it a good view, especially at night curiously enough, when the hills are all a-twinkle.

There is also a nice hotel or two in Ventimiglia, and of course, there is Monte Carlo.

Hotels in Nice would be a fairly lengthy subject, and would include some world-famous places (though none is my cup of tea - - uggh - - those pebbly beaches in Nice!) - - I am more partial to Antibes than Nice, though any such bias constitutes a pretty big generalization.

Best wishes,


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