Adventure Guide: Milan and the Italian Lakes

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Table of Contents


Milan     1
Introduction     1
Climate     4
Economy     4
Currency     4
Public Holidays     4
Practicalities     5
Telephone     5
Emergencies     5
Getting Here     6
Consulates     7
Getting Around     8
Tipping     9
Tourist Information     9
Tours     10
Trade Fairs     10
The History of Milan     11
What to See     19
Milan's Top Sights     19
Historic Center     20
Northeast of the Historic Center     27
Milan's Fashion District: the Quadilatero     28
The Brera District     28
Beyond the Brera District     29
Other Sights in Northeast Milan     31
Southeast Milan     32
Corso di Porta Romana     32
Southwest Milan     34
Northwest Milan     37
More Museums & Galleries     42
Music in Milan     42
Sala Verdi del Conservatorio di Milano     42
Auditorium di Milano     43
Teatro Dal Verme     43
Adventures     43
On Foot     43
On Water     43
On Wheels     44
On the Tennis Court     45
On the Golf Course     45
On Horseback     45
In the Kitchen     46
With Wine     46
With Language     46
With Art     47
With Fashion     47
With Yoga & in the Spa     48
Where to Stay     49
Bed & Breakfasts     55
Apartments     56
Camping     56
Food & Wine     56
Milanese Specialties     57
Where to Eat     58
Happy Hour - Milan & Apertitivi     64
Nightlife & Clubs     67
Excursions     68
Pavia     68
Shopping in Milan     74
The Lakes     77
History     77
What to See     78
What to Do     79
Where to Go     80
When to Go     81
Lago Maggiore     83
Location/Geography     84
Economy     84
The Climate      84
Tours     86
When to Go & What to Pack     86
Public Holidays     87
Getting Here     87
Practicalities     88
Tourist Offices     88
Internet Cafes     89
Getting Around     90
General Markets     91
What to See & Do     91
Stresa     91
Angera     94
Baveno     95
Laveno     96
Leggiuno, near Laveno     95
Luino     97
Verbania: Pallanza & Intra     97
Cannero Riviera     99
Cannobio     100
The Ossola Valleys     101
Val Vigezzo     101
Ascona     103
Locarno     105
Bellinzona     108
The Ticinesi Valleys     109
Adventures     110
In the Air     110
On Foot     110
On Water     111
Bungy Jumps     112
On Wheels     113
In Nature     113
On Snow & Ice     113
On the Golf Course     114
On Horseback      114
In the Kitchen     115
With Wine     115
With Language     116
With Art     116
As a Volunteer     116
With the Spirit     116
Where to Stay     117
Italian Lake Maggiore     117
Swiss Lake Maggiore     122
Campsites     124
Youth Hostels     124
Agriturismo     124
Where to Eat     124
In Italy     126
In Switzerland     128
Lago Orta     129
Location/Geography     129
Economy     129
The Climate     130
Getting Here     130
Practicalities     131
Tourist Offices     131
Traveling Around     132
Tours     132
Markets     132
What to See & Do     133
Orta San Giulio     133
Isola San Giulio     135
Sacro Monte     136
Santuario della Madonna del Sasso     137
Omegna     138
Museums & Galleries     138
Adventures     139
On Horseback     139
On Foot      139
On Water     140
On Wheels     140
On the Rocks     140
On the Golf Course     141
With Language     141
Where to Stay     141
Renting a Villa or Apartment     143
Camping     144
Where to Eat     144
Bars     146
Lago Lugano     147
Location/Geography     147
Economy     148
The Climate     148
Getting Here     148
Getting Around     150
Practicalities     152
Currency     152
Tourist Offices     152
Tours     152
Markets     153
What to See & Do     153
Lugano City     153
Monte Tamaro     160
Gandria     161
Morcote     161
Vico Morcote     163
Campione     163
Kid-Friendly     164
Italian Lake Lugano     165
Mendrisiotto     166
Adventures     167
On Foot     167
On Wheels     167
On the Golf Course      168
On Water     168
In the Air     169
On the Tennis Court     169
On Horseback     169
With the Language     170
Where to Stay     170
Bed and Breakfast & Apartments     175
Camping     176
Hostels     176
Where to Eat     177
Swiss Lake Lugano     177
Taverne     182
Italian Lake Lugano     182
Grottos     183
Lago di Como & Como Town     185
Location/Geography     186
Economy     186
The Climate     187
History     187
Practicalities     191
Tourist Office     191
Tours     191
What to Pack     191
Internet Cafe     191
Public Holidays     191
Getting Here     192
Getting Around     193
Shopping     196
What to See & Do     197
Como Town     197
Medieval Como     200
Rationalist Como     201
Suggested Walks     202
Museums     208
Outside Como Town      209
The Villas     209
Around the Lake     212
Cernobbio     212
Bellagio     213
Isola Comacina     214
Lenno     215
Tremezzo     216
Menaggio     216
Gravedona     217
Bellano     218
Varenna     220
Near Varenna     221
Adventures     222
Multi-Adventures     222
On Water     222
On Foot     223
Suggested Walks     223
In Nature     225
Golf     225
On Horseback     226
On the Soccer Field     226
In the Kitchen     227
With Wine     227
With Language     227
With Art     227
In the Theater     228
In the Casino     228
Where to Stay     228
Bed & Breakfasts     234
Renting a Villa or Apartment     234
Hostels     236
Camping     236
Agriturismi     237
Where to Eat     237
The Food of Lombardy & Como      237
Pubs & Bars     243
Nightlife     243
Lago Iseo     245
Location/Geography     245
Economy     245
The Climate     246
Getting Here     246
Tourist Offices     247
Getting Around     247
Tours     247
What to See & Do     247
Iseo     247
Sarnico     249
Predore     250
Lovere     251
Valle Camonica     252
Pisogne     253
Marone & the Pyramids of Zone     254
Montisola     255
Excursions     257
Franciacorta     257
Bergamo     258
Adventures     261
On Foot     261
On Wheels     261
In the Kitchen     261
On the Golf Course     262
On the Court     262
On Water     262
In the Air     263
On Horseback     263
With Wine     263
Where to Stay     264
Where to Eat     269
Lake Garda     273
Location/Geography      273
Economy     274
The Climate     274
Getting Here     274
Tourist Offices     275
Getting Around     276
Tours     276
Markets     276
What to See & Do - Western Shore     277
Sirmione     277
Desenzano     279
Manerba     282
Salo     283
Gardone Riviera     284
Toscolano-Maderno     286
Gargnano     287
Tignale     288
Limone     289
Riva del Garda     289
Lake Ledro     291
Arco     291
Torbole     292
What to See & Do - Eastern Shore     293
Malcesine     293
Monte Baldo     295
Torri del Benaco     295
Punta San Vigilio     296
Garda     297
Bardolino     299
Lazise     300
Peschiera del Garda     302
Excursions     304
Verona     304
Adventures     307
On Foot     307
On Wheels     308
In the Kitchen      309
On the Golf Course     309
On the Court     310
On Water     310
In the Air     311
On Horseback     312
With the Language     313
With Art     313
Where to Stay     313
Where to Eat     326
Index     337
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