Visit Laveno! There's a cable car that goes up the side of the mountain where you'll get a beautiful view of Lago Maggiore. Cable looked like nothing more than just a metal bucket that can fit two people but it was quite safe.
Another great getaway is the Lago di Como, just on the border to Switzerland. Take the highway until Como and enjoy the view by using the 'funicolare'. But be aware, when walking downhill, the way can be adventurous.
When ever you are in Milan, You must make an effort to visit all the morthen lakes (LAGOs).
The Temperate climate and, for the tourist, the spectacular lakes of Como, Garda, Maggiore (shared with Piedmont) and Lugano. As in Piedmont, the Po Valley is the site of much heavy industry.
High mountains in the north, marking Italy's frontier with Switzerland, provide excellent skiing and climbing.
Photos taken in Lago Maggiore,
All these lakes, Check out the lakes of Como, Garda, Maggiore.
In my opinion, Milano is best visited as a daytrip from Como, which is about an hour north of the city. You can find hostels in Como itself or in Menaggio, farther up the lake. This area provides truly stunning scenery, and many of the towns that cluster around the lake - especially Varenna - are wonderfully charming.
Less than an hour away from Milan, you are in the Alps. Lake Como and Lake Maggiore are surrounded by villas and palaces. Between the two lakes you'll find Lake Lugano although most italian guide books don't mention it as it's mostly in Switzerland.
The lake of Como is situated in the north of Milan. The city of Como is really beautiful and the Duomo is one of the most interesting places as well as the Tempio Voltiano where is it showed the first battery, invented by Volta. There's a cable-railway going up from Como to Brunate. There's a belvedere where you'll see a nice view of the lake and the city.
I love walking...along the way I see something that catches my eye and it's always nice to take a pic.
We parked the car and walked going towards the lake passing a flea market, some nice shops selling the usual italian leather goods and clothes, and their little piazza with the beautiful church.
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