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Old 02-10-2018, 08:55 AM
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Nice itinerary. My experience is the Eastern "path" around Lake Como was more challenging than the West; especially from Bellagio Southwards
I agree that from Bellagio south is tight, we drove up from Lego to Varenno which was perfect. That is the eastern side of the lake.
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It's hard to go wrong in this part of the world. I'm seconding the motion approving of your itinerary. For me, trying to see too much results in not having experienced a damn thing. You're constantly checking into and out of hotels, trying to find the next place you're staying, and compromising actually being someplace new.

The trick with Venice is that if you're driving, parking the car and getting or out of the city is pretty time consuming and can be a little tricky as well, just because it's all so different. Best to park the car, stay right in the middle of the city so you can experience it after the hordes of day-trippers have left, and spend a couple of days at least. Three is better. This would let you get out to the smaller islands in the lagoon as well.

Similar recommendation on Lake Como. Park the car and take the ferries (Vaporetti). Buy a ticket that allows you to get on and off when you see a place that looks promising. Wander around, rub elbows with the locals, walk into a random place when they're serving. You won't be disappointed.

One last note regarding Como. The roads are narrow, with the stone stoops of houses right at the edge of the road. And like many places in Italy, there are lots and lots of tour buses that you have to share the roads with - especially oncoming. If in doubt, move over as far as you can and wait. the bus driver will miss you.
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Thanks guys. It's great having this resource here and being able to go into these excursions informed!
if you are going to stay anywhere near Lake Como, do some research, some of the hotels have roads that are a joke to drive on...if I had a crappy little and I do mean little car I would do it, otherwise do serious research about how to get to and from the hotel you pick. We ended up just moving on down the road after discovering the insanity of the tight roads and no pullouts. Your car is brand new...you might want to keep it that way for a day or two . as far as Lake Como being a MUST...meh the pollution was so bad when we were there, you could not see the lake from the light houses. We enjoyed a lot of other places in northern Italy but Lake Como was a total let down from what we were told to expect. btw Pollution in Northern Italy is a problem beyond Lake Como but it was very pronounced there. apparently the lake is quite polluted too we were advised not to swim in it...not that we planned to but I wonder why people find this location so spectacular. Perhaps your experience will be different but my entire family(4 adults) felt it was the low-light of our northern Italy experience.

Sorry for being so negative about the place but honestly, we will not bother trying it again. Verona, Florence, Vicenza, even Venice were all very nice.
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if you are going to stay anywhere near Lake Como, do some research, some of the hotels have roads that are a joke to drive on...if I had a crappy little and I do mean little car I would do it, otherwise do serious research about how to get to and from the hotel you pick. We ended up just moving on down the road after discovering the insanity of the tight roads and no pullouts. Your car is brand new...you might want to keep it that way for a day or two . as far as Lake Como being a MUST...meh the pollution was so bad when we were there, you could not see the lake from the light houses. We enjoyed a lot of other places in northern Italy but Lake Como was a total let down from what we were told to expect. btw Pollution in Northern Italy is a problem beyond Lake Como but it was very pronounced there. apparently the lake is quite polluted too we were advised not to swim in it...not that we planned to but I wonder why people find this location so spectacular. Perhaps your experience will be different but my entire family(4 adults) felt it was the low-light of our northern Italy experience.

Sorry for being so negative about the place but honestly, we will not bother trying it again. Verona, Florence, Vicenza, even Venice were all very nice.
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