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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 22, 2016
help with Itinerary in Bergamo Tirano Milan and the lakes using public transport  (5 Answers)

My husband and I live in the west of Ireland We are pensioners on a fairly tight budget We hope to go to Italy for two weeks We fly into Bergamo  at the end of May hope to stay there and then go to Tirano stay there for 2/3 days with a day trip St Moritz. I am looking for help with what is possible in the remaining 7 to 9 days We also want to visit Milan and  Lake Como or Garda and possibly further but have not fully finalised what towns to base ourselves in so am open to advice We will not be hiring a car and will rely fully on public transport Any help on transport links between Tirano and Lake Como would be appreciated I am finding the transporItineraryt system confusing but this may be because of my ability on the computer How much advance booking of trains ,buses etc is necessary .Are there any places that we should definately visit We are not disabled but due to back problems my husband would not be able to walk long distances Are there any budget hotels that are recommended which are close or in the various town /city centres We like a lively nightlife ,live music ,lively pubs,nice simple plain food
What is the most cost effective way to take the prosposed journeys ,is there any discounts for seniors ,is there any travel cards which we should apply for We would grateful for any help advice and suggestions that you can provide I have spend a long time online but find it hard to figure out the transport links in particular

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 23, 2015
Lake Maggiore on the last week of October 2015  (2 Answers)


I'm planning to visit Lake Maggiore and its surrounding on the 22-26 Oct this year. I understand it is nearing winter.

Are tourism affected by the weather there ? Such as, ferries no longer running, or shops closed, and all that we could see are the sceneries without being able to take any ferry ride out to the other areas.

Additionally, does any knows whether the Lake Maggiore Express be operating in that period of the year.
I've checked on the website, and the schedules are til June. We would like to see the picturesque scenery.

Any help is much appreciated.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 05, 2014
4 Days in Milan & Lakes Area  (9 Answers)

We have about 4 days to spend in Milan and Lakes area. We would like to spend a day in Milan but I am more interested in visiting Lake Como and Lake Maggoire. We will be using public transport so I am wondering where we should stay (I prefer not to have to move hotels over these days as it wastes time) that would be a great base for these trips? What would be the best places to visit to get a feel for this area (towns, villages, sites)?
We would appreciate any suggestions :)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 09, 2013
From Bergamo to Bormio by car  (1 Answer)

What is the best route/fastest to drive from Bergamo to Bormio in summertime?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 22, 2012
Como in autumn?  (4 Answers)

I will visit Bergamo and I would like to have one day trip to Como lake.
May I ask you if boat or ferry servises on Como lake are working in November? Is it better to take train or buss to reach the lake? What city is the best as a starting point (more boats, better connection, information)? San Giovanni or Lecco? Which town on the lake I MUST see?
Thank you very much!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 18, 2012
Lake Garda or Lake Como?  (13 Answers)


We are planning on traveling to northern Italy this fall (beginning of October) and are contemplating whether to travel to Lake Garda or the area of lake Como and Lugano.

which do you think is best to travel in the fall with small children?



Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 16, 2012
Travel from Panzano to Florence for Day Trip  (2 Answers)


We'll have a car while staying in Panzano. We plan to go to Florence at least once to see the Uffizi and the David (we have reservation) , plus have dinner nearby. Looking for best way to get there... seems the choices are take the car and park in some nearby lot (recommendations, please) and also avoid ZTL or a bus from Greve in Chianti, assuming we can park in Greve.

Looking for your best advice.

Also may go back for an as of now unplanned day in Florence for touring & shopping. Would travel on second visit be different as we might be a different parts of Florence?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 16, 2012
Transport from Milan to Pian Camuno  (4 Answers)

We are going to Residence La Splaza from 16th to 23rd December and will be flying to Milan. We do not want to rent a car but would like to make use of public transport - is that possible? Are there any day excursions from La Splaza, Pian Camuno for a non skier?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 21, 2011
Milano, Bregamo 28-29.10 etno/wold (tarantella?) music gigs&venues/or other music gigs for free?  (1 Answer)


I like etno music and I will be in Milano and Bergamo 28-29.10. Are there any places cafes/clubs where I can enjoy this kind of music (preferably life) where I can listen tarantella (etc.)? or ethnic minorities music?

Are there any music events for free at this date in these cities?



Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 14, 2011
round trip milano como and surroundings  (8 Answers)

I like to do a roundtrip with my wife by bus or train in summer 2012 with 1 week in Milan an some days with boat-cruise near lake Como.
We are 55+ years old.
is there such a trip possible ?
who can show me the way to do so ?
thanks in fore hand.
I wanna travel from Netherlands by train or bus.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 11, 2011
Renting a skateboard in Milano?  (7 Answers)


My son 14 y.o., doesn't care about going to Lombardian old cities (he must be a real barbarian from East;-). He only cares about skateboarding, but a skatebord requires an additional ticket in the plane, which is contradictory to my idea of low cost flight to Bergamo. I found an iteresting spot called Trinity skatepark in Milano (web page in Italian). Can you rent a skateboard there? Any other ideas for making my son happy?

I will not ask you for shopping places for his 17 y.o. sister, because than I will be broke and will lose my rating ;-).



Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 10, 2011
Pavia and Lodi  (20 Answers)


I have fond Pavia as an interesting place for a short visit from Milan/Bergamo. A town Lodi is close. The description of this place looks quite interesting in Wikipedia (English). Is Lodi worth to visit? For how many hours? Is it any public transport connection between Pavia and Lodi?



Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 07, 2011
Timetable difference between and  (5 Answers)

Why differ information in and ?

For example: morning 24.05, from Bergamo to Desenzano Del Garda (regional train): :
8.21 (change - TREVIGLIO)
9.07 (change - BRESCIA)
11.21 (change - TREVIGLIO) :
8.22 (change - BRESCIA)
9.00 (change - BRESCIA)
9.21 (чchange - TREVIGLIO)
10.07 (change - ROVATO)
10.21 (change - TREVIGLIO)
11.07 (change - BRESCIA)

The problem (and the question) is: which info is correct? To what information I can rely on to plan my trip?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 13, 2010
Tirano to Cremona  (3 Answers)

I need to get from Tirano to Cremona in one day after getting off the Bernia Express. Has anyone ever used a rental car agency out of Tirano? If not any other suggestions such as a bus? I'm familiar with the trains via Milan.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 22, 2010
In Vigevano from Oct 23-30  (2 Answers)

What is there to do for fun in Vigevano? I am planning to go to Milan as well. What is the easiest way to get to Milan from Vigevano? Any information is appreciated!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 19, 2010
Wine museum?  (5 Answers)

Is this in Brescia town, or outside the town? I can´t be sure:

Is there any winery/place where you can taste different wines, or is it only possible at restaurants (or buying a bottle)? Too bad, that we can´t buy any with us back home, because of those stupid liquid-limits at airplanes! (We will only have hand-luggage).

I guess there wont be any brewery there? in Brescia..

We like brewery-visits, and tasting different beers, but I know that wines are more the thing in Italy. We also like wine, but don´t know about it so much. Altthough we mostly buy Italian wines, when we buy wine.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 31, 2010
2 weeks in northern italy  (5 Answers)

Hi, I've just booked a two week trip to northern italy from Sep 4-18th. We fly in and out of Milan but so far don't have any fixed plans. We'd like to go to the lakes, do some walking, play some golf, eat good food/drink, beach/pool and sunbathing, sightseeing etc. I had thought of spending one week based in lakes then south to Naples area for Ischia but its a bit far so I'm looking for suggestions for a second week, maybe Tuscany (altho we've not got unlimited pennies!). I've not been to northern italy so nothing is fixed, we can do whatever with or without a car. Train travel seems pretty good. We just don't want to spend all our time travelling so its more 7 days in one location and 7 days in another.

Can anyone advise please?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 26, 2010
Parking in Tremezzo


My hotel (Hotel Bazzoni) does not have on site parking and i have been told that parking may be difficult in Tremezzo at the height of the summer. Could anyone give me any information regarding parking in Tremmezo as a google search came up with nothing.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 01, 2010
Off the beaten path  (3 Answers)

My husband and I will be traveling through northern Italy late May/early June on our way to Prague. Does anyone have recommendations for small villages/towns to stop in for a day or 2? We are particularly interested in non-touristy places.
thank you!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 21, 2010
Milan to Bellagio by train  (3 Answers)

Hi folks,

We'll be traveling from Milan to Bellagio by train. Just wondering if there is anything we should be aware of when we get to Varenna. Our thought is that we just have to grab a ferry to Bellagio from there, but I can't seem to find a lot of specific info. Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks.. Tom

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 28, 2009
Tremezzo to Malpensa Airport  (9 Answers)


I need to board my flight to Rome from the Malpansa airport. The flight is on a Sunday and departure time is 12:30.My question is how do I get to the Malpansa airport from Tremezzo? I will be staying in the Grand Hotel Tremezzo and private taxi is not an option.

I think I should reach the airport by 10:30 since I am not an EU citizen and dont know what all checks I would require.

So can someone guide me on how to get out of Tremezzo and what train/bus to take and around WHAT TIME so I reach the airport in time.

Someone suggested that I take the bus from Tremezzo to Como that stop near the Como Lago Nord train station and gave me this site for .

But its in Italian and I need to know if there is a bus around 7 am or something.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 23, 2009
Circumnavigating Lake Garda

Has anyone circumnavigated Lake Garda? Which towns did you like the most? Car, tour or public transport? How long does it take with stops to see the views? From where is the best place to explore Lake Garda - Desenzano del Garda?
Any help would be much appreciated.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 28, 2009
Need hotel or B&B recommendations outside of Milan  (1 Answer)

I need some recommendations for an agriturismo or B&B that is family friendly AND no more than one hour outside of Milan (preferably on the south side of Milan). We will be coming from Siena area and need a place to stay for the night before catching the fast train with two young kids to Switz.

Also - any tips for returning a rental car at Central Train Station? How much time should we allow for drop-off and getting to the train?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 17, 2009
Anyone recognize this place?  (4 Answers)


My fiance and I are planning a trip to Lombardy this summer. While searching for pictures of lake Garda we found a picture of a place that seems very nice, but haven't been able to find any information about it. Does anyone know where it is? Here is the picture:

Thanks :-)


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 09, 2009
Where to go from Bergamo?  (16 Answers)

My fiance and I are getting married at the end of June, and the day after the wedding we will go for a 3 day trip to Italy (actually more like 2.5 days). Of course we would like to be able to stay longer, but unfortunately that is all the time we have :(

We will arrive in the Orio al Serio airport in Bergamo around noon, and go back 2 days later in the evening around 9PM. Originally we were planning to spend the first day and a half in Milan, then go back to spend the last day in Bergamo (Citta Alta seems very nice!). However, we are now thinking that perhaps there are other options as well. For example, it seems Lugano is not that far from Bergamo, and seems quite amazing from the photos we've seen, with the mountains and lakes.

So, I would like to ask if anyone has some good suggestions where we can go from Bergamo, given the limited time that we have?

Thanks alot! :)


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 20, 2009
AC Milan 8th March  (1 Answer)

Hello all,
I'm taking my boyfriend to Bergamo for a long weekend for his 30th. On the Sunday (8th March) I'd like to get tickets for the AC Milan V Atalanta game. Will I be able to get these easily and how long before the game do they go on sale on the AC Milan website?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 06, 2008
How to go from Malpensa airport (Milano) to Casale Monferrato  (2 Answers)

I am travelling Thursday Dec 18th from Milano Malpensa to Casale Monferrato.
The trenitalia website does not give any result...maybe there are no trains...any buses?
I found one from Malpensa to Monferrato but it happens only once a day: at 11,30am.

No good for me as I am arriving Malpensa at 18,30 (6,30pm)...

Any alternatives from you, wise Italian travellers?

Grazie tanti,

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 16, 2008
need advices.4 days in Lombardy and Trentino by car.  (2 Answers)

Hello friends,

We will be in North Italy 10.12-14.12
Do you think is it possible to make a trip by car as...
Bergamo airport to Lecco and all the way along the lake(road #36)till Colico.
From Colico to Tresenda by the road#38.
Till Edolo by road#39.
Till Cles by road #42.
To Trento by road#43.
From Trento along the L. di Garda by the road#249 till Verona
Verona to Bergamo by speed road A4.

What is a condition of the roads?
What kind of weather can be?
Any x-mas villages, towns with x-mas markets on the roads? (we will travel with our child 3years old)

Please feel free to give any advices.

thank you in advance


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 16, 2008
X-mas markets in Lombardy region???  (2 Answers)

Hello , we are a family with child 3 years old.
Will arrive to Milan and rent a car for 5 days.Could you please to reccomend ...nice, sweet x-mas towns or villages in Lombardy region.

Last year we went to France, Alsase(Strasburg-Colmare-Mulhouse and many little villages on the road of Wine). It was amasing beauteful. Our little boy was very happy!!!
This year we would like to go to North Italy.
Feel free to give an advices!!

thank you in advance

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 07, 2008
Lake Como in December  (3 Answers)

Is including a visit to Lake Como in our Itinerary for a December visit a bad idea? We can handle some cold and even some rain, but would shops,restaurants be open? is the fog really bad?

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