We are traveling to the Lake Como and then Manarola in Cinque Terre. If we want to travel the trains with assigned seats, how far in advance do we need to reserve the trains. We want to make sure the trains are not full. I looked at the site, "Trainline.com". Since there is a fee for changing travel, I do not want to book until we are sure of getting all our accommodations in Lake Como. Right now we are missing one day we had planned to stay. We are waiting on possible cancellations. We want to be there from September 18 checking out on September 23. So far no one has all those dates. No one has September 22.
Does anyone have knowledge of places to try to book in Varenna, Bellagio or Como? We have tried Hotel du Lac, Albergo Milano, Hotel Olivedo, and Hotel Florence.
If we are unsuccessful at getting five days in Lake Como, where would you suggest for us to try to visit for two nights, before we travel to Manarola?