four days in lake como

How to Spend 4 days in Lake Como

  1. Heather says:

    Great post! Really helpful information and gorgeous pics.

  2. Roy says:

    We are staying at the Villa Matilda this month and found this post. Thanks for sharing, I cannot way!

    • Ruth says:

      Hi Roy,

      That is so awesome to hear!!!! You are going to love it. Have the best time and safe travels!

      • Julia says:

        My husband and I are planning a trip to Italy in July with our baby who will be nine months old. I’m so glad I came across your blog! This is super helpful. Did you have a rental car? Do you think it would be helpful to have a car or more of a hassle to deal with parking? Thank you!

        • Ruth says:

          Hi Julia! How exciting!! 9 months is such an amazing age for traveling. You guys are going to do great!! We did have a rental car on this trip and it worked out great! We mostly used it for traveling to and from destinations and not really that much during our “exploring” days, unless we were doing a day trip somewhere. Specifically in Lake Como, once we got to our hotel we didn’t use it at all because we used the ferries the entire trip–dreamy! The reason we liked having a car for this trip was because babies can be unpredictable (as you know) and we wanted to just be on our own schedule. Also, we just had more gear and random stuff with us because of the baby and it was easier for us to just through everything in the car as opposed to having to pack up completely and get through a train station and such. The car kind of gives you a mobile “home base.” Yes, parking can be tough at times, but I recommend researching ahead of time what all of the parking situations will be at your lodgings, etc. Just map it all out beforehand. There are pros and cons to both but we liked having a car and I could see us doing it again. One last thing to consider is the number of different destinations and if it makes sense to have a car if you are, for example, only staying in Rome and Florence the whole time. I hope this makes sense/helps!! Please email if you have any other questions! Oh, and I am linking one more blog post for you that might be helpful:

  3. Samuel says:

    Hi Ruth, we’re also planning a trip with our 2 kids (6 and 3) next year in June and was considering various hotels and villas till i chanced upon your post Can i ask if staying in Torno made it hard to access the 3 central towns(Menaggio/Bellagio/Varenna) via ferry as it’s quite a distance away? Also, as we have 2 young ones in tow, is the walk to the ferry terminal far from Villa Matilda? Thanks in advance for your reply.

    • Ruth says:

      Hi Samuel, So fun that you are taking your kiddos to Italy this summer!! You all are going to have a blast. GREAT question about the ferry distance—Torno was a trek from the towns you mentioned, but the ferry rides were very much so a part of the experience and we sort of planned our days around them. Torno is much smaller and quieter and made for a very unique and “tucked away” stay, as opposed to the hustle and bustle of Bellagio, for example. If you want to be in the action, I’d look for a spot in one of the bigger towns, knowing it may feel a it more touristy than a town like Torno. The walk from the Villa Matilda to the ferry terminal took us around 10 minutes each day. It’s a safe pathway with some stairs that meanders through the alleyways of the town down the hillside. Very beautiful and worth it, in my opinion!

  4. Annie says:

    Hi Ruth.

    I loved this blog! I am trying to budget a trip to Lake Como but wondering around how much this trip cost? Sorry if this is nosy I just haven’t planned an Italy trip before!

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