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Staying in Lezzeno...

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Staying in Lezzeno...

Hello all!! My group has reservations at Hotel Aurora in Lezzeno for mid-June. We both are planning on touring the other towns nearby and thought if we started out early in the morning and used the water taxis to get us around; have lunch in another town/city and get back to Hotel Aurora for supper, we'd be okay. Anyone know more about the town of Lezzeno? Are there things to do there in the evening? What time is the last water taxi from, let's say, Belagio to Lezzeno and do they drop you right off at Lezzeno?

Thanks so much!!

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1. Re: Staying in Lezzeno...

Well, Lezzeno is a lovely village stretched on the shore looking west and close to Bellagio.

The good is that it's very "natural", out of mainstream touristic routes and so you will enjoy a very peaceful stay. The bad is that it's not overly serviced from the boat transport. Only a few runs stop there and if i'm not wrong the last hydrofoil in the evening arrives around 6.00 pm. After that, nothing and don't expect also any kind of nightlife in Lezzeno as well.

On the other hand being close to bellagio means that you can easily go there with bus or taxi.

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2. Re: Staying in Lezzeno...

Your plan sounds workable, and you should have a lovely time in Lezzeno, provided you keep a few things in mind:

1) The town itself is 7 kilometers long from end to end, with several bus stops and one ferry dock.

2) Ferries are not necessarily going to be the best way to travel between Lezzeno and Bellagio -- the C30 bus is probably your best bet for that. Not only is the bus stop only about two yards from the Aurora, it's also faster, a good deal cheaper and runs more frequently (the Aurora usually has tickets and schedules on hand). The hydrofoil or batello (slow-boat) services are best suited to when you need to cross the lake itself (to/from Lenno to visit Villa Balbianello, for example), or travel longer distances (like to/from Como). You can also hop on the mid-lake ferries, which run more frequently, from one of Bellagio's two docks (one for car ferries, which also take pedestrian passengers and the other for passenger-only boats).

3) The ferry stop ("imbarcadero") itself is about 600 yards down the road from the Aurora (below the main town square), and there are only about 5-7 daily hydrofoil runs in either direction and *3* daily slow-boat departures (1 north, 2 south). The boats function more as a commuter service here, so those times tend to group in the early morning, around lunch, then late afternoon (last hydrofoil from Como arrives around 7:35 p.m., the one from Bellagio about 5:20; and the last slow boat from Bellagio arrives around 5:45). You can see last year's schedule for yourself here: navigazionelaghi.it/eng/com/nlc_ora_primaver… As another poster pointed out, the seasonal schedules are usually nearly if not exactly the same from year to year.

4) There has been an evening car taxi service run by a cooperative of drivers between Bellagio and adjacent towns (like Lezzeno) for the past two years to fill the gap after buses stop running around 7 p.m. The link seems to be MIA at the moment, though, so I'm not sure what's going on with that this year. There are also water taxis available, although most of them are ridiculously expensive. The Aurora will have recommendations.

5) Evening activities besides eating out or admiring the view ... are basically nil (aside from summer town festivals and the like). The Aurora restaurant/bar is actually one of the livelier "nightspots" (for both locals & tourists), along with the fresh-caught seafood restaurant Ittiturismo da Abate (www.ittiturismodabate.it/index.php?lang=en) down the road a ways (adjacent to Bar Tita). If you'll be there over the weekend of June 24th, there's a great fireworks extravaganza directly over Isola Comacina (smack in front of Lezzeno) on the Saturday night.

Anyway, I hope you all have a terrific time! You may also want to check out the TA Lezzeno articles for more info: tripadvisor.com/Travel-g664188-s1/Lezzeno:It…

Enjoy!

Kat

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3. Re: Staying in Lezzeno...

Hello Kat!

Thank you so very much for all the detailed info. on getting to and from Lezzeno via the transportation options. Since we are arriving by train, we won't have any way of getting around by ourselves.

Also, I have another question for you...We are planning on taking a train from Milan to Lake Como. Do you happen to know which train line/which train station we should be taking out of Milan and where exactly is the drop-off site nearest Lezzeno? We've never been to the lakes area, nor Milan, so are really striking out on our own on this trip! Thanks for your suggestions!

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4. Re: Staying in Lezzeno...

Take the LeNord train from Milan Cadorna station to Como Lago station. This station is right at the waterfront, and convenient for either bus or ferry.

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5. Re: Staying in Lezzeno...

Thank you, thank you!! Appreciate your replies! :0)

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6. Re: Staying in Lezzeno...

If you're already planning on coming into Milano Centrale (probable, if you're coming in from another Italian or European city), it may be easier just to take a train from there to San Giovanni station in Como rather than switching over to Cadorna by Metro. Bus C30 departs just outside Como S.G. (buy tickets in the station's bar).

The bus stops a few yards past the Hotel Aurora (something like the 6th or so regular stop in Lezzeno, about 4-5 km after you enter town) -- tell the driver, or keep your eyes open for the hotel on your right after you pass through the main church plaza, and hit the call button as soon as you see it ahead.

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7. Re: Staying in Lezzeno...

I am having trouble understanding the online bus and ferry timetables.

Is there a bus sometime between 9 and 10am from Lezzeno to Como on Saturday morning in April and how long does the journey take? I need to catch a train to Milan by 10am (with a child and luggage) and am wondering now if I should stay in a hotel in Como instead of Lezzeno.

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8. Re: Staying in Lezzeno...

You should be fine leaving from Lezzeno. The important thing to know about the bus timetable is that it doesn't list all the stops, but just gives you representative ones. So, for example, if you're leaving from the Hotel Aurora, the bus should come by somewhere between the times for S.Giovanni Cementeria and Lezzeno - Cimitero. (I always try to shoot for being there at the earlier time to save on anxiety.)

If you're going clear to Como San Giovanni train station at the end of the line (for state-run trains to Milano Centrale), the bus ride takes about an hour. You'll get off about 5 minutes earlier at Stazione Autolinee if instead you're leaving from the Como Lago station with LeNord (to Milano Cadorna).

There are many morning buses to accommodate kids off to school, but either the 7.50 or the 8.50 should do the trick (depending on how early you like to be, which station you need, and exactly when your train departs).

Don't forget to buy your bus tickets before you board!

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