I will be in Milan from Sunday April 1 - Tuesday April 3 - I was going to stay in Milan the whole time but am now realizing most of the sites I want to see are closed on Mondays. Thinking of doing a day tour to Lake Como - the tours that take you there from Milan do not seem to spend much time at each destination - is it smart to just train up to Como and do my own trip for the day? Is that too much to take on? I am pretty good with directions - I just do not want to pay for a trip and regret it because we barely spent any time at each local. Thoughts?
The direct train from Milan to Varenna takes just over an hour. This is a nice destination for a daytrip; you can ferry the short distance from there to Bellagio if you like.
The train tomLugano takes longer, and you end up in a Swiss city, not a charming little town on the lake like Varenna or Bellagio.
If you do visit Como, there is a funicular near the Imbarco that will take you to the small town of Brunate. The panoramic view of the city, lake and the alps is awesome.
Hi. My suggestion: Don't go to city of Como. If good weather, take the train from Milan Central Station to Varenna and spend the day. Varenna is a nice, walkable small town, easy ferry from there to Bellagio, Menagio, and other towns. Extremely scenic if weather is good. No need to buy train tix in advance; under 10 Euro each way; no discount to buy in advance, no reservations needed. If weather is rainy, just stay in Milan. Enjoy your trip!
From Milan’s Central station take a direct train to Varenna (1h 15) and walk around there to see it all. This clean quaint village is worth seeing. When you’re done hop on a 15 minute ferry ride to Bellagio which is very high-end but well worth strolling along the steps that line its boutiques.
I spent four nights in Lugano once and there is one scenic block that is not worth traveling to from Milan.