The Ultimate Road Trip Guide From Milan to Lake Como: A Three-Day Itinerary


As a great place for lunch, stop and take in the views at one of the restaurants overlooking the lake or head through the narrow streets of town for authentic Italian home cooking. After lunch, it’s worth taking a stroll through the gardens of Villa Monastero before taking the ferry to Bellagio for the evening and an overnight stay at the Belvedere Hotel. Perched on a hill above the well-known town, while Belvedere doesn’t quite match the grandeur of the Tremezzo, it’s an exceptionally well-placed and welcoming place to stay.

Day 3 – Bellagio to Milan

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It’s hard to find a more picturesque place to wake up to than Bellagio. In the heart of Lake Como, the charismatic town is a tourist hotspot during the day and, as a result, is full of restaurants, bars, cafes and, above all, gelaterias.

Coffee culture

Grab a scoop or two before hitting the road and doing tracks on the east side of the west leg of Lake Como towards Milan on the SP583. For those looking to take an alternative route back to Milan, branch off on the eastern leg of the lake also on the SP583 towards the town of Lecco.

Sticking to the proven track, the road on the east side of the West Stage of Como winds its way out of Bellagio and through other quiet Como fishing villages as it approaches the town of Como. Perched halfway up the limestone and granite hills above the lake, the road will be popular with keen drivers.

Lunch time in Torno

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Stopping for lunch at Torno is a must. Sitting near the small port of Torno sipping an aperitif is like stepping back in time. Church bells ring nearby as local restaurants begin to wake up and prepare for another lunch. Enjoy the gentle pace as you walk the narrow, cobbled streets before setting off for the relative bustle of the city of Como.

From Como it’s another short return to Milan on the A9 as lakeside life fades in the rearview mirror and the pace picks up in one of Italy’s liveliest cities.

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