We are planning a 10 day trip to lake maggiore and como next June, flying into Milan Malpensa. There are 5 of us so we want a decent sized car, a mini van would have been preferable but I am outraged at the cost of mini van hire. In fact the cost of car rental generally. I wonder how easy (or not) it would be to do a trip in this area using public transport. We have used trains in Italy before and have been pleased with the price and service. This has been between 2 points though rather than travelling. Any advice from anyone who has done this using trains/boats/buses would be very welcome.