My family (kids 10 & 12) have a few open days before flying out of Milan towards the end of August. We are wondering if Genoa is worthwhile, or is there something else near Milan more interesting/fun. We will have been in Tuscany and The Dolomites.

Posted by Roberto
Fremont, CA, USA
5821 posts

Where are you coming from before going to Milan?
If you are coming from Florence (Tuscany) it makes no sense to go through Genoa. In any case of the 110 Provincial Capitals in Italy, I would rank Genoa as the 110th in terms of beauty. Said this, there are a few things worth seeing, if you are really interested. But I wouldn't go out of my way to go to Genoa.

Posted by Kathy
San Carlos, CA, USA
253 posts

How about Lake Como? I don't know if there will be enough for the kids to do but it sure is beautiful and different from Tuscany.

Posted by Roberto
Fremont, CA, USA
5821 posts

Both Lake Como and, even better Lake Maggiore (closer to Malpensa airport), would be great choices for a few days of relax along the lake before coming home. If you go to Lake Maggiore, from Stresa you can catch a boat to the Isola Bella. There is a beautiful villa with park that is open to the public, full of Italian gardens and birds (peacocks) that will enchant your kids.

Posted by barbara
San Francisco, CA, usa
26 posts

Thank you- I think we will aim fr the lakes. Lago Maggiore sounds beautiful and more fun for traveling with the kids- Thanks for the insights! Any suggestions for good, reasonibly priced hotels?

Posted by Martha
64 posts

My husband and I stayed in Stresa at Hotel Saini Meuble. Rooms are 102 Euro per night. It was very clean and in a good location.

Posted by Marcus
Kansas City, United States
231 posts

I second Lago Maggiore. Stesa is beautiful. You might also want to go briefly to Switzerland. Locarno is beautiful and taking a boat trip on either Lago Lugano or Lago Maggiore out of Locarno is really nice. There are many nice towns along the way to stop off at for lunch and then head onwards with the next boat.

Posted by Angela
Vancouver, Wa, USA
591 posts

LOVED Lake Maggiore/Stresa! Take the cable car to the top of the mountain for some great views, plus some rides for the kids. Villa Tarantino (spelling?) is also worth a look on the other side of the lake, and Isola Madre.