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Northern Italy itinerary

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Northern Italy itinerary

We are planning a trip for next may (four adults/two couples). I am thinking of flying into Milan (2 nights), train/bus to Bellagio (3 nights). I know we will have to go back to Milan to get a train and we will be headed toward Florence as that is where we plan on spending our last several nights and flying out of. My question is - is there a place between Milan and Florence which is easy to get to by train where we should consider staying for a couple of nights (we will not have a car)?

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1. Re: Northern Italy itinerary

I rarely rent a car when traveling, so I've often had to research things like this. What I do is search "Italy train map" to see my options. In your case, Bologna is one.

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Aside from Bologna (which is certainly the most interesting city between Milan and Florence, and where it is worth to spend a couple of nights), all other major cities between Milan and Bologna are very easily accessible by train from Milan: Lodi, Piacenza , Parma, Reggio Emilia, Modena. Parma and Modena are oustanding for history and art, and worth a visit for a few hours.

Bellagio: the best way to reach it is by train and boat, with a transfer in Como (best station "Como Nord Lago", trains leaving from "Milano Nord Cadorna") or in Varenna-Esino (direct trains leaving from "Milano Centrale").

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Turin! Italy first capital, beautiful and easy town. IMO she deserves two (or three) nights more than Milan does!

Less than one hour from Milan by fast train. Have a nice trip!

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You could go directly to Bellagio from Malpensa, then see Milan, Parma, and Florence.

There is no train station in Bellagio.

If you were to first see Milan, then you would take Trenitalia from Milan Centrale to Varenna-Esino, and then you would take the ferry from Varenna to Bellagio.

www.trenitalia.com/cms/v/index.jsp…

www.navigazionelaghi.it/eng/c_illago.html

If you were to begin in Bellagio, you would take Le Nord from Malpensa’s T1 to Como Nord Lago. Enter Malpensa Aeroporto and Como Nord Lago.

http://www.trenord.it/en/

ferrovienord.it/orari_e_news/ramo_milano.php

From Como, you could take the ferry onward to Bellagio, or the SPT C30 Como-Bellagio:

asfautolinee.it/Lineeeorari/…Default.aspx

asfautolinee.it/Portals/…2030.pdf

You could base in Bellagio and take a day trip to Milan.

Parma is an hour to an hour and a half by train from Milan, and a delightful city.

Bologna, Verona, Ravenna, Parma, Modena - how?:

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Would there be any quaint small towns we could reach by train/bus from Milan on our way to Florence? I have spent a few nights in Bologna (loved it), but with Milan, Florence and Bellagio, I am wondering if we should try to find a small town for a couple of nights.

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6. Re: Northern Italy itinerary

If you love violins you can stop in Cremona, Stradivari town.

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