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Summary

This guide offers a comprehensive plan for a self-guided day trip from Milan to Lake Como, covering the enchanting towns of Como, Bellagio, and Varenna. It includes detailed routes, transportation tips, and highlights the unique attractions of each town. From historical sites and beautiful villas to local cuisine and breathtaking landscapes, this trip promises a memorable experience.

🌅 Day 1: Explore Lake Como

  • A self-guided day trip from Milan to Lake Como, exploring the charming towns of Como, Bellagio, and Varenna with scenic ferry rides and picturesque views.

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🏞️ Como

Como, the largest town around the lake, offers a mix of history, culture, and scenic beauty. It's known for its walkable streets, beautiful churches, and vibrant piazzas. The city is steeped in history, dating back to at least the Bronze Age, making it an authentic and year-round destination.

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Tips

Spend a few hours exploring the quaint streets, browsing the souvenir and wine shops, strolling along the lakeside promenade, and possibly taking a dip if it’s warm.

🏞️ Bellagio

Bellagio is famed for its stunning landscapes, elegant villas, and charming streets. It's a picturesque town that offers splendid views and a serene atmosphere. The town is surrounded by tall mountains, cypress trees, grand villas, and adorable cafés, making it a delightful place to explore.

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Tips

Roam the streets, pay attention to the details such as the pretty pink flowers, old cobblestones, beautiful iron lanterns, bright-colored shutters, and sweet little balconies. Don't forget to savor some fruity gelato lakeside before catching the ferry to Varenna.

🏞️ Varenna

Varenna, with its colorful houses and beautiful waterfront, is a must-visit. The town offers an unbelievably picturesque setting, with the botanical gardens at Villa Monastero providing a peaceful retreat. The steep cobblestone alleyways are perfect for exploration, and the sunset views are simply breathtaking.

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Tips

Visit Villa Monastero's gardens, savor an amazing dinner at a lakeside restaurant, and watch the sun dip behind the mountains as the sky turns pink. If time allows, consider staying overnight in Varenna to soak up a whole extra day on Lake Como.