May 18, 2018 - 6:33 PM
There is a train route from Como to Lecco (at southern end of eastern branch of Lago di Como) and then one that runs as far north as Chiavenna. But I would not do this. By all means rent a car and explore around the shores of the lake. The roads are narrow in some places but quite passable as long as you are not driving a Hummer or a 1960's american boat. I would go as small as possible just to make it easier to navigate and park. If you have the time, you can fit in a boat ride. I was just watching this video, which looks like fun. There are piles of videos about this area, which might help you decided where to go. I would recommend the southern area between the two branches of the lake which has Bellagio at its northern tip. The video Bellagio (italia hermosa) is very nice.
I do believe that car rentals in Italy are cheaper than in Switzerland, so you might want to check that. If you do not need to return to Lugano after your visit to Lake Como, why not go by train from Lugano to Como, rent your car there, and leave it there after your Lago di Como visit, and then continue on by train to Milano after that ? One more thing, you might want to consider staying for one or both of your two nights elsewhere than Como itself (i.e. in smaller towns). Just a thought.
Last modified on May 18, 2018 - 6:42 PM by Peterli