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Train/ferry to Varenna Italy (Como)

We just had a great tour in Milan and also to Como with one of Rick’s recommended guides. At the train station in Milan, she arranged to also buy our ferry tickets along with the round trip train tickets. Saved us a ton of time in Varenna.

Also, be aware that in busy season the train back to Milan is VERY crowded. We stood the whole trip back to Milan and counted ourselves lucky to be in the car with the bicycles! Not complaining, we could have taken an earlier train but my husband really wanted some food so we took our chances with the 4:30 pm train.

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We have taken that regional train ( no reservations) from Varenna to Milan a few times, and have always stood, it was so crowded (April). Time of day and day of great week don't seem to make any difference. Sometimes it doesn't feel very safe, especially when the train turns or lunges, and one is hard pressed to find anything secure to hang on to.
So- don't blame yourself. We are considering just hiring a car service when we are there next year.
Glad that you were able to visit this beautiful area of the country!