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Milan for three days, should we take a day trip to Lake Como or CT

We are traveling in Europe for 16 days in late July. I booked our air travel some time ago with arrival into London and departure from Milan. Our entire intinerary (post UK) has changed and now most of the trip is in Eastern Europe but we fly into Milan 3 days before our departure. We have been to Italy several times but have not been to Lake Como or CT. Nor have we really explored Milan. Any suggestions on our last three day itinerary?
Also if we do stay in Milan any suggestions on part of town we should book the hotel? Historic, Navigli or Business?? Thanks! ( Late July 2010 into Milan),
We have no problem with walking, trains or even driving in Italy. We like walking, eating, sightseeing, museums, history and theater. But by this end portion of the trip I think my husband will be worn out of museum visits. Thanks

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I would think that in late July, Lake Como would be more relaxing than the CT, for what it's worth.

Posted by
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You might also like Lago Maggiore with it's resort town of Stresa and the Borromeo Islands, Isola Bella and Isola Pescatori. It is quite close to the Milan Malpensa Airport.

Posted by
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Both are great but Lake Como is closer to Milan than the CT & we really enjoyed Lake Como last September. It's very relaxing and beautiful. I would stay 2 days in Lake Como & then 1 day in Milan (the night before your flight). We stayed in Varenna in Lake Como. It's a mid-lake town accessible by train and you can take a ferry to Bellagio & some of the other mid-lake towns. We stayed in the Albergo Milano hotel in Varenna and it was really nice. We got a room with a lake-front balcony & it was heaven. I enjoyed sitting out on the balcony early in the morning & late in the afternoon & watching the lake. It was a nice end to our hectic 2-week vacation in Italy and I'm glad we visited Lake Como & had a chance to relax a little before our flight home. Have a wonderful trip.