As part of our Rail Plus 10 day trip through Italy, Jess and I spent two days in Milan, Italy. This is what we did with 48 hours in Milan & Lake Como, Italy.
Milan & Lake Como, Italy
We arrived in Milan by train using our Eurail passes, and oh my gosh is Milan Central Station beautiful! Not only is the station insanely gorgeous, it also is home to a Rosso Pomodoro restaurant, which is my favorite pizza in Italy!
Once we arrived in Milan, we headed to our hotel, which was conveniently located just outside of the station. We didn’t have to carry our luggage too far!
By the time we got into Milan, it was dark, so we went for dinner at a local restaurant and had an early night to prepare for a busy next day.
The next morning, we woke up early, got ready super quick, ate at the buffet breakfast in the hotel, and walked back across the street to the train station to catch the local train to Como. The train from Milan to Como is just under an hour. This makes Como an easy day trip from Milan. We grabbed a seat on the train and watched the Italian countryside pass us by as we buzzed toward Como.
When we arrived at Como station, it was just about 10 mins walking to the city centre. We wandered for a bit before grabbing a local bus to the tiny town of Bellagio, one of the most picturesque towns on Lake Como. The bus ride took about 50 mins, and it was an exhilarating experience – imagine a bus driving the normal speed limit on a tiny, winding road, with oncoming traffic. Like I said, exhilarating.
Upon arriving in Bellagio, we hopped out of the bus and stared in awe at this tiny little lake town. The architecture, the colours; it’s absolutely gorgeous.
We even spotted snow on the mountains far away!
We took a little wander and stopped for lunch in an adorable little cafe called B Style Cafe. The lady who runs the store is also the owner, and she made some great suggestions for us. We both had different styles of fresh, local pasta for lunch. We finished lunch off with a dessert recommendation from the owner.
The dessert was a chocolate salami – not actually meat, it was a dense, thick, chocolate brownie type of dessert, rolled in powdered sugar. It was one of the best desserts I’ve ever eaten in my life – I highly recommend a stop here if you visit Bellagio!
We wandered around the little cobblestone streets and other shops for the afternoon. It was mostly a ghost town due to being off season.
We decided to take the ferry back for a change of scenery.
When we arrived back in Como, we strolled through the Christmas markets. We sipped mulled wine while the sun set over the lake.
After the sunset, we took the train back to Milan and had an early night.
The next morning, we woke up and had brekky before heading back to the train station. We got on a local train and went just four stops to the Milan Cathedral (aka the Duomo). This is one of the things I was most looking forward to seeing in Italy. I was not let down!
The cathedral is so big and grand, it’s truly mind blowing how stunning it is.
We walked around the galleria next to the Duomo. Next, we stopped in a cafe for a mid morning coffee and croissant. Then we tried to take in as much scenery as we could before we had to head back. We were on a schedule to check out of our hotel and catch the next train to Bologna.
We made sure to grab a pizza and prosecco on our way to the train at Rosso Pomodoro – a must do at Milan Central Station. Stay tuned for what we did in Bologna, and make sure to check out what we did with 24 hours in Venice!