The two gems of Italy we need to talk about more.
While on vacation in Europe, my family and I were staying in Milan when we realized we had an extra day in the city. Milan was amazing, don’t get me wrong, but taking a day off to visit some less hectic, and equally beautiful, cities sounded amazing!
Lake Como, Italy
We took a train from Milan to Como, which is pretty inland and close to the Switzerland border. The train ride was about 1:30 to 2 hours and I would say it was quite scenic, considering we were in Italy! It was definitely worth the trip and I would 100% recommend taking an extra day in Italy to visit these gems.
Lake Como looked (probably) exactly how you would imagine it. The entire city was so peaceful and the mountains around the lake had these beautifully colored houses stacked on top of each other.
I heard a few celebrities have houses here, and I’m not surprised because all the houses looked gorgeous!
We spent a few hours in Como, and after taking a million pictures, we took a boat to Bellagio!
Just a tip: when you’re taking a boat to Bellagio, do not take the slow boat! It took two hours to get there, and the scenery didn’t change much when we were going through the lake. And if you’re like me, you’re probably going to fall asleep for half of the ride..
And finally, we arrived at Bellagio!
We didn’t stay in Bellagio for long (only a couple hours), but was gorgeous! This is honestly the scenery that pops into my head when I think about Italy. It was a small city with a dock for boats and a bus station, but it carried so much personality and energy. It was also a great place to take pictures, for you photographers out there. Here’s a few of my favorites!
After we finished exploring some of the shops and restaurants, we hopped back onto a very squished and narrow bus that we stood on for 2 hours; if I can give you any advice, it would be to manage your time wisely, because this bus ride could have been a lot smoother (but hey, I’m not complaining)! The bus took us back to Como, where we hopped back onto a train to Milan.
Lake Como and Bellagio were more on the leisure and experience side of travelling. There weren’t any specific areas to go to because the cities were small enough to fit into one day! But, I would definitely say you’re missing out if you don’t make a quick trip to either of these cities. Lake Como is definitely easier to travel to because it has a train station, so this would probably be your top choice if you’re on a time crunch.
The best way I would plan out this day for someone is:
- Get up really early (and I mean really early!) to catch a train to Como with plenty of time ahead of you.
- Once you get to Como, spend a few hours exploring the lake, taking photos, and even grabbing some lunch while you’re at it.
- Take a fast boat to Bellagio and don’t fall asleep on it haha
- Walk around Bellagio and grab some gelato; there were a few cute places I passed by, but didn’t actually get the chance to try out.
- Take a bus back to Lake Como around 4 or 5 pm to have plenty of time to book a train back to Milan (or wherever you were staying).
Thank you so much for reading and I hope I could give you some ideas for your next trip!
Hi! My name is Pauline and I’m from Los Angeles, California!