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  • damboy5 39 posts

    I have a week off in mid-November. I wanted the communities advice on whether it’s worthwhile to consider Lake Como (stay at Hilton Lake Como) and explore the surrounds. I’ve never been there before and summer is very expensive. I know days will be short and night close in 4pm ish but would you still have a good trip there? I’d hire a car and do some day trips.
    Advice much appreciated.

    can2 580 posts

    I think key point is the ‘surrondings’.. If you plan a good itinerary, it can truly be fun.. I’d also suggest some boat trips.
    I may be biased thou I love that area.

    Hbommie 220 posts

    We were there in the summer and it was wonderful, maybe check that restaurants are open in Mennagio, Varenna etc. also check the boat schedules.

    direttore 22 posts

    Used to be a concierge there for Citalia and Thomson.

    The weather is likely to be bad. Lots of fog and rain.
    Also many places will be shut.

    BUT…

    Como town is pretty.
    Lugano is around the corner.
    The driving up through the Valtellina is beautiful. Then you have the train at Tirano up to St Moritz.
    (Probably the best train in the world)
    Goldeneye dam isn’t far.
    Best place of all time is Bergamo Citta Alta.

    So get a car and make the most.

    Most tourist spots shut right after the winter and summer seasons for 4-6 weeks break.
    But bigger towns, Bergamo, Milano, Lugano will be open and unmolested by Germans this time of year.

    Do it.

    damboy5 39 posts

    Thank you everyone. Especially Diretorre, that was very helpful and has encouraged me a lot to Do It.

    Lady London 2,166 posts

    Why not go the whole hog and do Bologna instead?

    damboy5 39 posts

    Hi lady London, tell me more please 😊

    Richie 1,060 posts

    Indoor pool at the hotel looks good.

    Lady London 2,166 posts

    Why not go the whole hog and do Bologna instead?

    Google Bologna restricting the search to this site there is at least 1 good thread.

    Como has much less going for it anyway than Bologna – the best that can be said about Como is the ability to reach other places. In November it’s just sad. Unless you have some reason to want to visit Southern Switzerland I’d absolutely prefer Bologna as a base as very many nicer places to reach. And given grey and wet weather Bologna is still pleasant in town and a lot nicer than Como. You could even reach Florence if you had a mind to, eg via train and Venice isn’t that far. If you must have a lake there is Iseo/Garda but really, not at that time of year.

    So, so many interesting towns easy from Bologna too many to mention, good food..

    Como is nothing to compare especially in winter

    damboy5 39 posts

    Thank you Lady London. That’s very helpful insight.

    direttore 22 posts

    Thank you Lady London. That’s very helpful insight.

    I’m not personally a huge fan of Bologna.

    BUT… this is absolutely spot on about Como in November.

    robkeane 79 posts
    AJA 1,146 posts

    I’d second visiting Bologna. The colonnades mean that you can walk about quite easily even if the weather is miserable and wet. The city has various attractions including the two towers. It’s a University town so has that vibe. The food is amazing.

    The train station is easily walkable from the cebtre and from there you can get to Parma, Modena and Reggio Emilia or head south to Florence or northeast to Padua and Venice.

    Lake Como is fabulous but not in November..I’d rather go there in summer even if it is overcrowded and expensive

    damboy5 39 posts

    Ok thanks everyone who responded. I’m going to give Como a miss until the weather is nicer. Will keep researching and check out Bologna. Any hotel recommendations (preferably Hilton, IHG or Marriott)

    Richie 1,060 posts

    I’ve found trains in Italy to be very good, the int.bahn.de website / apps are helpful for planning.

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