Travel in Italy by train

Travel in Italy by train

The Italian rail system is operated by TRENITALIA http://trenitalia.com.

The rail network is adequately developed and widespread, especially between major urban centers and tourist areas. The fastest trains operate on the networks between the major cities while the regional trains are fairly slow and in bad conditions. You will find that rail travel in Italy is cheap and efficient.

A NO SMOKING POLICY APPLIES ON ALL TRAINS IN ITALY

TRAIN CLASSIFICATION

ETR: (also known as Eurostar) – very fast trains stopping only at major cities –

1st and 2nd class – supplement payable – booking compulsory – ETR 450, ETR 460/480,  ETR 500 and ETR1000 used on very high speed tracks from Torino to Milano – Bologna- Firenze – Roma – Naples and Salerno. Also on the Venice to Milano and Venice to Rome.

INTERCITY: Fast trains stopping at major cities – 1st and 2nd class – supplement payable – booking recommended.

INTER-REGIONALI: Good trains stopping at many cities – 1st and 2nd class.

REGIONALI: Local trains stopping virtually at every city within the same Region. Normally 2nd class only.

SLEEPER trains operate between major Italian cities and to foreign countries.

IMPORTANT NOTICE!

Please be aware that once you have purchased the ticket, you must stamp it before boarding the train at the special yellow machines that can be found all along the platforms. Failure to do so will result in a fine.

Application for refund of unused tickets must be submitted at the office where the tickets were purchased within one year of issue. All unused tickets must be stamped “unused” by an official of the European Rail Roads. All refunds are subject to a 15% cancellation charge plus administration fees.

Note: Rates are subject to change without notice.

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Major Italian Music Festivals

Cagliari ANFITEATRO ROMANO
viale Sant’Ignazio da Laconi – 09128 Cagliari
tel. 39 070 4082230 or 4082249
email: biglietteria@teatroliricodicagliari.it
For online reservations (in Italian only):
Click here
Florence

Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
May and June
Teatro Comunale
Via Solferino 15 – 50123 Firenze
Ticket Office: Corso Italia 6
Tel. 039 55 27791
PreSales and Bookings:
Tel. 39 055 211158 or 213535
Fax 39 055 2779410
e-mail: teatro.comunale@infogroup.it
Click here for the website

Macerata Season at the Outdoor Arena
Sferisterio of Macerata – Opera Ballet
August
Piazza Mazzini 10 – 62100 Macerata
Tel 39 0733 230735 or 233508
Fax 39 0733 261499
email: macerataopera@mercurio.it
For online reservations (in Italian only): Click here
Martina-Franca
(Taranto)

Festival of the Itria Valley
July – August
Centro Artistico Musicale P. Grassi
Palazzo Ducale
74015 Martina Franca (Taranto)
Tel. 39 080 705100
Fax 39 080 705120
Email: fvdi@italiainrete.net
Click here for the website

Orta S.Giulio
(Lake Orta/Novara)

Cusius Festival of Early Music
June
Associazione Cusiana di Musica Antica
Bookings c/o Office of “Amici della Musica” Novara
Tel. and Fax 39 0321 626344

Pesaro Pesaro Rossini Opera Festival
August
Info: Via Rossini 37 – 61100 Pesaro
Tel. 39 0721 30161
Fax 39 0721 30979
Click here for the website
Ravello
(Salerno)

Ravello Classical Music Festival
June – September and September – November
Societa’ dei Concerti di Ravello
Via Trinita’ 3 – 84010 Ravello (SA)
Tel. 39 089 858149 or 858335
Fax 39 089 858249
e-mail: info@rcs.amalficoast.it
Click here for the website

Ravenna Ravenna Festival
June – July
Teatro Alighieri, Via Mariani 2 – 48100 Ravenna
Tel. 39 0544 32577
Fax 39 0544 215820
email: ra.festival@netgate.it
Click here for the website.
Siena

Musical Weeks
August
Accademia Musicale Chigiana
Via di Citta’ 89 – 53100 Siena
Tel. 39 0577 46152
Fax 39 0577 288124
Click here for the website

Spoleto Spoleto Festival of Two Worlds
June – July
Associazione Festival dei Due Mondi
Piazza Duomo 8 – 06049 Spoleto
Tel. 39 0743 220320 or 45028 or 40619
Fax 39 0743 220321
e-mail: spoletofestival@krenet.it
Click here for the website
Stresa
(Lake Maggiore)

Musical Weeks
August-September
Palazzo dei Congressi
Via R. Bonghi 4 – 28049 Stresa
Tel. 39 0323 31095
Fax 39 0323 33006
Click here for the website

Torre del Lago
(Pisa)

Festival Pucciniano (Puccini Operas)
Presenting Tosca, Turandot, La Boheme and Madama Butterfly between July 20 and August 30, 2007
Torre del Lago Puccini
Piazzale Belvedere 4 – 55048 Viareggio (Lucca)
Tel. 39 0584 350562
Fax 39 0584 350277 or 350562
Click here for the website

Umbria

Umbria Jazz
July 6-15, 2007
“Associazione Umbria Jazz”
P.O. Box 228 – 06100 Perugia
Tel. 39 075 62432
Fax 39 075 5730053
Click here for the website

Verona

Opera in the Arena
June through August
Piazza Bra’ 28 – 37121 Verona
Tel. 39 045 8051811
Fax: 39 045 8022566
Box Office: Via di Amfiteatro 6/13
Tel. 39 045 8005151
Fax 39 045 8013287
Click here for the website

Viterbo

Baroque Music Festival
August
Palazzo Santoro – Piazza Verdi 4/A 01100 Viterbo
Tel.39 0761 326666

Major Opera Houses & Auditoriums

It’s not easy to purchase advance tickets for musical events in Italy, but some of the beautiful opera houses have online booking:

Bologna TEATRO COMUNALE
Largo Respighi 1 – 40126 Bologna
Tel. 39 051 529011 or 529999
Fax 39 051 529934
email: boxoffice@comunalebologna.it
Website: Click here (Italian Only)
Cagliari TEATRO LIRICO DI CAGLIARI
Via Sant’Alenixedda – 09128 Cagliari
tel. 39 070 4082230 or 4082249
email: biglietteria@teatroliricodicagliari.it
For online reservations (in Italian only):
Click here
Catania TEATRO MASSIMO BELLINI
Via Perrotta 12 – 95131 Catania
Tel. 39 095 7150200
Fax 39 095 321830
Ticket Office: 39 095 7150921
Website: Click here
Florence TEATRO COMUNALE
Corso Italia 16 – 50123 Firenze
Tel. 39 055 211158 or 213535
Fax 39 055 2779410
The Maggio Musicale web site is:
Click hereTEATRO VERDI
Via Ghibellina 99 – 50122 Firenze
Tel. 39 055 212320
Fax 39 055 288417
Website: Click here
Genova TEATRO CARLO FELICE
Galleria Cardinale Siri 6 – 16121 Genova
Tel. 39 010 589329 or 591697 (no phone bookings)
Fax 39 010 5381335
General Information – 39 010 5381305
Fax 39 010 5381233
Website: Click here
Milano TEATRO ALLA SCALA
Via Filodrammatici 2 – 20121 Milano
Tel. 39 02 860787 (24-hour ticket booking service)
Tel. 39 02 72003744 (Information office for ticket availability)
Fax 39 02 861778 (to confirm your booking)
Website: Click here
Napoli TEATRO SAN CARLO
Via San Carlo 98F – 80132 Napoli
Tel. 39 081 7972331 or 7972412 or 7972111
Fax 39 081 7972306
Ticket Office open every day
10:00AM -1:00 PM and 4:30 to 6:30 PM (except Mondays)
email: biglietteria@teatrosancarlo.it
Website: Click here
Palermo TEATRO MASSIMO
Via R. Wagner 2 – 90139 Palermo
Information on ticket availability
39 091 6053249 by phone
39 091 6053325 by fax
Website: Click Here
email: e-mail: infotm@teatromassimo.it
Parma TEATRO REGIO
Via Garibaldi 16A – 43100 Parma
Tel. 39 0521 218910 or 218685
Fax 39 0521 206156
e-mail: tregio@provincia.parma.it
Website: Click here
Roma TEATRO DELL’OPERA
Piazza B. Gigli 8 – 00184 Roma
Tel. 39 06 481601
Fax 39 06 4881755 or 4881253
Click here

PARCO DELLA MUSICA

TEATRO MANZONI
Via Monte Zebio 14/c – 00195 Roma
Tel. 39 06 3223634
Fax 39 06 3203648
Ticket Office open every day 10:00AM – 8:00 PM

Torino TEATRO REGIO
Piazza Castello 215 – 10124 Torino
Tel. 39 011 8815241 or 8815242
Fax 39 011 8815214
email: info@teatroregio.torino.it
Website: Click here
Trieste TEATRO COMUNALE “GIUSEPPE VERDI”
Riva III Novembre 1 – 34121 Trieste
Tel. 39 040 6722111
Fax 39 040 366300
e-mail: info@teatroverdi-trieste.com
Website: Click here
Venezia GRAN TEATRO LA FENICE
San Marco 1965 – 30124 Venezia
39 041 786580 (booking by phone)
39 06 32658010 (electronic service)
Fax: 39 041 786580 (booking by fax)
email: fenice@interbusiness.it
For online reservations: Click here
If you are in Italy, call 147 882211
Verona ARENA DI VERONA
Via Dietro Anfiteatro 6/B – 37121 Verona
Tel. 39 045 8005151
Fax 39 045 8013287
Website: Click here

Italy – You’re gonna “lake” this place

Strolling over the stone patchwork walks of Corso Italia you can gaze to your right and see the majesty of the massive lake. Towering Swiss Alps seem to encircle you in their beauty and silhouetted shapes. The islands of Isola Bella, Pescatori and Madre seem like green oases in the flat waters of Maggiore. On the left you can stroll by some of the grandest European hotels each adorned with flowered balconies, ornate metal work and the pampered lawns.

Lake Magiore has refused the big industry that nearby Como has accepted with open arms. Como with its city like pace, fancy shops and crowded streets seems a world away from the calm comforting and gentle vibe of towns like Stresa and Baveno. Maggiore feels as it were frozen in time, stopped somehow in its most glorious moment.

Baveno with its short lakeside walkways, hip local cafes and family run pizzerias. On the shore are grand hotels boasting marble adorned bathrooms, dual balconies and gold trimmed doors; it’s not gaudy, it’s elegant in the most European way.

Become friends with Antonio and Franco two brothers who own La Trappola a local ristorante where they welcome each guest with a smile and a “how are you” in the thickest Italian accent. The freshest pasta, pizza and local dishes are prepared not with tourism efficiency but with gentle care of which your grandmother would approve. They come to visit each table to take a moment in time to meet you and truly wonder who and where you are from. You get a true sense of family and welcome not found in other busy areas of Italy.

During warm summer nights outdoor markets take root in the town square. They don’t offer the usual knick knacks but well thought out choices of fine and unique items. Over there, a man from Africa sells hand carved figurines, imported incense and handmade wooden combs and brushes. Stroll by a table top full of antique cameras, fine pens, pencils and colorful handmade candles.. each vendor displaying their pride with every glance of their goods. The smell of sandalwood tickles your nose.

The places to rest your head in Baveno offer a wide range. Campgrounds under the stars, just steps away from the lakes edge; small very well done three star hotels with lake view balcony’s or amazing grand old baroque style hotels offering everything from spasPsychology Articles, Olympic indoor pools to marble tunnels under the ground filled with the finest art in the world.

If you are considering a visit to the lake region of Italy; break away from what you may have herd and venture over to Lake Maggiore for a pleasant surprise.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Rem Malloy is owner and President of http://www.italy4real.com a tour operator and custom trip planning company with offices in USA and Italy. Visit the site for information and ideas for planning your own trip to Herculaneum.

Pizzoccheri Valtellinesi

Pizzoccheri Valtellinesi

Specialty pasta from the Italian Alps. This hearty, fibrous noodle is a specialty pasta from the Italian Alps (Valtellina) made with half buckwheat flour and half durum wheat. Approximate cooking time: 15 minutes

Teglio is the historical center of buckwheat cultivation and traditionally the homeland of pizzoccheri, which are dark-coloured thick tagliatelle made from a mixture of buckwheat flour and wheat flour. They are served with potatoes, spinach, chard and Savoy cabbage enriched with local cheese, preferably Bitto. It was the local cultivation of the town, which provided all these ingredients, that led to such a delicious recipe. Brasciadei, ring-shaped rye bread left to go dry and crunchy, is also added to the Teglio pizzoccheri. Another speciality of Valtellina is the Sciatt puff, which consists of cheese cubes covered in buckwheat batter with a drop of grappa and served on a bed of green chicory. The cuisine of Alta Valtellina, the area around Bormio and Livigno, is strongly influenced by South Tyrol and Engadina, and its typical dishes include Kanedel, Gnocc with white flour and Sughet. Tirano has unusual specialties like the traditional dish of Chiscioi, tasty cheese and buckwheat fritters, and deserts like the honey and walnut Cupeta.

For more information, contact the Accademia del Pizzocchero.

Panettone

Panettone

A bit of curiosity, if not history.

As panettone is the best known and most loved Milanese specialty in the world, here is a short legend about how it was invented.

One Christmas Eve many years ago a banquet was being held at the court of Ludovico Sforza. There was a festive atmosphere with music, singing and jesters performing. The lavish dinner was expected to be crowned with a fabulous cake personally prepared by the head cook and made to a most secret recipe of his. By mistake, or inadvertently, the delicious cake burnt. In the kitchen, beside the desperate head cook, Toni, a kitchen-hand, mixed the remains of the burnt cake with some candied fruit, spices, eggs and sugar.

When the new cake was ready he suggested the head cook should serve it. Despite its loaf-like appearance, they had no alternative. So, arranged on a platter, the cake was taken to the table where, after some initial perplexities, it had great, unexpected success; even Ludovico himself congratulated the head cook on his creation. This is how, the “pan-del-Toni” (Toni’s bread), hence called panettone, became the city’s emblematic cake.

Another version has that Toni made the special bread cake to win the hearth of the daughter of his boss, you are free to choose the version you prefer, while you taste your pan-del-Toni panettone.

Angera Rocca – Museum of Dolls and Automatons

Angera Rocca Museum of Dolls and Children’s clothes

Since 1988, the Rocca Borromeo has housed the Doll Museum, which is displayed in the twelve rooms of the Viscontea and Borromea wings. It is an extraordinary collection of dolls, toys, books, dolls’ furniture and table and board games which, due to the over 1,000 pieces displayed, constitutes one of the most important museums of its kind in Europe. There are wooden dolls from the eighteenth century, French closed-mouth dolls, German dolls, and “bob Caracteres” made of wax, papier-machè, porcelain, fabric, celluloid, and plastic, illustrate the historical and cultural evolution of this quite extraordinary object, which has always been an important protagonist of childhood.

A new section houses an exceptional collection of fully functioning French automatons. The museum has well-documented didactic information, which accompanies visitors on a fascinating journey through time to discover the fundamental gift of play.rocca2

To complete the museum, a section dedicated to children’s clothes, which bears witness to the evolution of taste in children’s fashion from the eighteenth century up until the 1950’s.

Approximately two hundred items of clothing and accessories are displayed, which are representative due to their elegance and sartorial quality.

Lavish christening gowns, sumptuous ball gowns with precious “white on white” embroidery, and dresses and suits for everyday use and for special occasions recreate under the visitor’s eyes, the image of a refined childhood that was luxurious and elegant.

“…but tell me what kinds of doll you prefer? Small dolls or big dolls? Baby dolls or dolls dressed like grown ups? Cloth dolls, wooden dolls or…” “Dolls for loving, just dolls to love!”
(Bettina Ehrlich, Dolls, 1962)rocca_autom_2

Angera Rocca Museum of Automatons

The Doll and Children’s Clothes Museum is, to this day, one of the most important exhibition areas in Europe dedicated to dolls. As well as the prestigious items already exhibited, in June 2002 a new section was opened, dedicated to French and German automatons dating from the 19th and 20th centuries.

The exhibits, which are true mechanical wonders and date from between 1870 and 1920, come from the Petit Musèe du Costume in Tours, France and once formed part of the famous collection belonging to Robert and Gisèle Peschè.

The collection now belongs to the Borromeo family and is composed not only of automatons but also a large number of dolls, porcelain and ceramics and books and other rare publications.

This material will soon all be put on display in the historic rooms of the Rocca Borromeo in Angera.

The automatons exhibited are masterpieces born of the genius of master watchmakers and the creativity of sculptors and artisans who modelled the faces and sewed the elegant costumes. The automatons will not fail to amaze you with their slow and rhythmic movements, accompanied by their music boxes playing famous arias often taken from operatic or popular repertory.

Magical sound and light effects mark the innovative layout of the exhibition and videos are projected, allowing visitors to see the pieces in movement whilst listening to their music boxes. The exhibits are displayed in one of three thematic sections, which are Music, the Circus and Vices and Virtues.

There is plenty of historical and educational information available to support the exhibit, consisting of period material such as sales catalogues and manufacturer’s publicity, which complete this fantastic journey through a world that was the precursor of modern technology.

“All things are artificial because nature is the art of God.”
(Thomas Browne, Of Dreams, “Religio Medici” – 1642).

In Angera you can also visit the Municipal Museum of Archeology, with significant remains of ancient archeological findings in Arona.

How to get there

Courtesy in part of www.borromeoturismo.it

Angera Museum of Archeology

This is an excerpt from the book “Milan and the lakes, Lake Como and Lake Maggiore

Angera

While the main attractions that should bring you to Angera is the Rocca di Angera (Angera Castle) with its Park and its Museum of Dolls, if you have extra time left, do not miss the small but interesting Museum of Archeology.

Angera Museum of Archeology

The Museum of Archeology is housed in a late Fifteenth Century building with a small courtyard and portico situated at no. 2, Via Marconi. The museum exhibits are displayed in two rooms, the first dedicated to Prehistory and Proto-history and the second to the Roman Era.

The pre-historical room illustrates the first traces of human presence in Angera, the oldest in the entire area around Varese, resulting from searches and digs performed from the second half of the Nineteenth Century onwards.

The finds, litchi works dating back to the end of the Paleolithic Age, mostly originate from the Tana del Lupo (The Wolf’s Den), a natural cave situated at the foot of the rock face which was later topped by the Fortress. Tools, weapons and faunal remains from the Mesolithic and Neolithic Ages were found in the same area.

This cave is better known as the Cave of Mithras, believed to have been dedicated to the cult of the ancient Persian God.

The second room mainly contains the wealth found in the great necropolis situated under the current cemetery, discovered between 1971 and 1979.

The digs brought to the light a large number of burial places dating back to between the end of the First Century B.C. and the Third Century A.D.. The ritual observed for the interment ceremony was prevalently direct cremation: the body, laid carefully on a wooden stretcher, was burnt directly over the pit in which it would then be buried alongside symbolic objects and offerings of food, drink and essences.

Do not miss the deathbed with terracotta decorations.

Only a very small part of the significant number of inscriptions and figurative monuments that gave the vicus (Latin for quarter or district) of Angera a monumental appearance during the Imperial Era are on display in the Museum.

The most important of these are on show at the Museum of Varese and the Museum of Milan, and testify to the presence of figures of high social standing and to the development of the settlement alongside the expansion of Roman traffic and interests in the Transalpine regions.angera_comune

Angera historical background

The first signs of human presence in Angera, the oldest in the entire area around Varese, date back to after the ice age.

They include findings starting from the mid nineteenth century in the natural cave referred to as the Tana del Lupo (The Wolf’s Den), situated at the foot of the rock face which is topped by the Fortress.

The land continued to be inhabited by both hunters and gatherers, who preferred settlements close to lakes or in the vicinity of waterways.

Etruscan exchanges with the regions of Europe inhabited by Celts passed through the territory of the Golasecca civilization, mostly across the Ticino river. This controlling and pivoting role for the passage of goods and people continued over time and became even more important during the Roman era when Angera – the current name which dates back to no earlier than the twelfth century – was called Statio (a stopping place to change horses), thus demonstrating the crucial role of Angera as a traffic nodal point.

From the end of the fourth century to the middle of the fifth century, the settlement underwent a period of decline, as shown by the burial places found amid the ruins of a large building in the center of the Vicus (Latin for quarter or district).angera_medieval

The Visigoths destroyed Milan, Angera and its center in the year 411. The land was given to Theodosius, the archbishop of Milan, who ruled until the area was destroyed by the Franks in 539.

The High Middle Ages witnessed the establishment of the first fortifications where the Fortress now lies, and Angera and its castle became part of the estate of the archbishops of Milan during the eleventh century.

During the thirteenth century, the Visconti were the seigniors of Milan and Angera, and in1397 Emperor Wenceslas nominated Gian Galeazzo count of Angera.In 1449, the Ambrosian Republic sold the fiefdom to the Borromeo Family, but not the title of count, which continued to be held by Ludovico il Moro “The Moor” who wished to outrank the Borromeo family and gain favor among the people of Angera, raising its status from village to town and establishing the captaincy headquarters of Lake Maggiore there.

Angera was under Spanish rule for two centuries, followed by the Austrians, whose rule lasted until 1861, except for a brief stint under Napoleon.

The Treaty of Worms, in 1744, ratified the passage of the western shore of Lake Maggiore to Piedmont, and so Angera became a border town, which led to the commercial decline of the town, later attenuated and re-established thanks to the construction of the Austrian customs port (completed in 1821) and later with the advent of the unification of Italy.

A day trip to the little red train

The Brusio Circular Viaduct is a true masterpiece of bridge engineering on the Bernina Line. It was built to limit the gradient of the line to just 7 per mille.
The Brusio Circular Viaduct is a true masterpiece of bridge engineering on the Bernina Line. It was built to limit the gradient of the line to just 7 per mille.

One of the most spectacular ways to cross the Alps: the Bernina Express from Chur / Davos / St. Moritz – Valposchiavo – Tirano links up regions with different languages and cultures. This is not a rack railway and the train winds its way gently through splendid scenery.

On the highest railway across the Alps, the Bernina Express climbs up to the glistening glaciers before descending to the palms of Italy far below. This rail link between Northern and Southern Europe builds bridges between regions with different languages and cultures.

The Montebello Curve is one of the most widely photographed subjects on the Bernina Line.
The Montebello Curve is one of the most widely photographed subjects on the Bernina Line.

The railway is unique, blending ideally with the alpine landscapes around the Albula and Bernina Passes. The train negotiates the 55 tunnels, 196 bridges and inclines of up to 70 per mille with ease. At the highest point on the RhB, 2,253 metres above sea level, you will find the Ospizio Bernina. Here, visitors can delight in the cultural and natural surroundings and enjoy the Alps at their most impressive. The railway line from Thusis – Valposchiavo – Tirano has UNESCO World Heritage status. A brand name.

Lago Bianco is a watershed. To the south, the waters flow into the Adriatic and to the east, into the Black Sea.
Lago Bianco is a watershed. To the south, the waters flow into the Adriatic and to the east, into the Black Sea.

Don’t forget to take your passport with you!

This trip I entering into Switzerland, and you will need to have your passport to do so.

The 136-metre-long Landwasser Viaduct is the signature structure of the Rhaetian Railway.
The 136-metre-long Landwasser Viaduct is the signature structure of the Rhaetian Railway.

How to get to the “Little Red Train” in one day trip.

From Milan take the Trenord train that leaves from Milano Centrale station with destination Tirano. The train takes 2:30 hours, you can take the 7:20 train that arrives in Tirano at 9:52, before crossing into Switzerland and boarding the Rhaetian Railway “Little Red Train”. In summer (May through October) there are Bernina Express trains that skip many of the local stations on the way, it leaves Tirano at 10:03 and arrives at St Moritz at 12:36.

Bernina local train
Bernina local train

During all year around there is an equally confortable and panormic train that stops in all stations that leaves Tirano at 11:00 and arrives in St Moritz at 13:11.

For a complete timetable see the page of the Raethian Railays.

For the return in summer (May through October) you have an Express train in St Moritz at 15:12, it arrives in Tirano at 17:32, where you can board the train back to Milan at 19:08 or 20:08, with time to have an Italian dinner with Italian quality and price.

Bernina Express in Tirano
Bernina Express in Tirano

During all year around there is a train that stops in all stations that leaves St Moritz every hour from 12:48 to 16:48 and arrives in Tirano in time for a connection with the Trenitalia train.

For a complete timetable see the page of the Raethian Railways..

From Varenna-Esino you can board the Trenitalia train to Tirano at 8:24, it takes 1:28 hours to get to Tirano.

The line is harmoniously embedded in the surrounding landscape. Railway and nature blend into one.
The line is harmoniously embedded in the surrounding landscape. Railway and nature blend into one.

How to extend your stay in Switzerland.

If you want you can stay overnight in St Moritz, or Pontresina, and extend yor visit for one or more days. Be careful though, the price of the hotels and retaurants in this area of Switzerland are much higher than the prices of equivalent accommodations in Italy.

Trenord train from Milan to Tirano
Trenord train from Milan to Tirano

How to use the Bernina Express as part of a long haul trip

The Bernina Express is an excellent way to travel between London, Paris or Zurich and Milan, Florence, Rome or Venice, but its Tirano-Milan connection is very poorly advertised by the Rhätische Bahn, and many travel agents seem ignorant of its existence.  In fact, excellent modern Trenord trains link Milan Centrale with Tirano every one or two hours, no reservation necessary, just buy a ticket and hop on.  First class is virtually identical to the 2nd class seats shown here, but with grey seats not blue.

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Trenord introduced its new air-conditioned Milan-Tirano trains in 2015, very smooth-riding with clean toilets, video information screens & power sockets at all seats.  A pleasure to travel on, and it’s a nice ride as the train speeds along Lake Como and heads towards the mountains…

The Bernina Express continues after St Moritz and terminates in Chur.

bernina-express-chur

From Chur to Zurich by SBB InterCity or InterRegional train…

Swiss Federal Railways IC or IR trains run from Chur to Zurich HB every 30 minutes, taking you alongside the shores of the Walensee and then the Zürichsee…  No reservation required, just hop on and sit where you like.  Some of the IC trains are ICN tilting trains, like that in the photo of Chur platform above.

Lake Como – Everything You Want to Know

Lecco from Varenna
Lecco from Varenna

‘Lake Como’ is a name you will often hear from friends or read in travel blogs if you are planning a vacation in Italy. The third largest lake in Italy is a hit amongst vacationers, and there are plenty of reasons behind it. So, let’s underline everything that you would like to know about the area before reaching a vacation decision.

Where exactly is it?

Lake Como has a glacial origin and is in the region of Lombardy, Italy. Considered as one of the most beautiful lakes in Italy, Como is located between Milan and the border of Switzerland.

Why it is so famous?

Those who are unfamiliar with the charm of Lake Como often wonder why it garners so much attention. Why people fly from all around the world to see just a lake? Well, the answer the query is that Lake Como is not just any lake; it is marked by one of the best properties, natural beauty, mountains, picturesque villages, adventure sports options and, last but not the least, pure luxury of Lake Como holiday villas.

Apart from cultural heritage of historic villas and waterfront cottages, Lake Como area also offers plenty of scope for outdoor activities like hiking, trekking and biking. The lake itself offers avenues of kite surfing, sailing, yachting, windsurfing, and fishing. Ladies especially fall in love with the boutiques that mark the place, and men with golfing in Lake Como area.

Who visits Lake Como?

The hot holiday spot is frequented by vacationers from all around the world that crave a quaint peaceful holiday in the lap of nature. The rich and famous too chose Lake Como to spend time away from the flashlights. Celebrities like Madonna, George Clooney, Gianni Versace,

Ronaldinho, Sylvester Stallone, and Richard Branson maintain holiday homes near the shores of the lake. If you too are looking forward to the similar experience, then, Lake Como Villas for rent are easily available.

Best time to go?

For those who love to have sunbaths while holidaying, July and August is the best time. The lake is also at its best in spring and autumn. Everything that it has on offer can be relished in both the seasons. Winters pull down the shutters on numerous activities for obvious reasons but one can find solace in skiing on nearby mountains. In case, you are looking for Lake Como real estate for sale, then, any season would do.

How to reach?

This entirely depends on your location and how much time you plan to spend on travelling. There is well connectivity of flights. Rail and coach travel are also great options if you already reside in Milan or any other nearby place.

Where to stay?

Those who want to experience extreme luxury rent historical villas and cottages. The ones who cannot part with modern amenities go for boutique hotels Lake Como. So, it can be said that there are plenty of options to choose from.

This was all about Lake Como; have a safe and wonderful vacation!

Property at Lake Como is a company that assists real estate enthusiasts in finding lucrative properties in Lake Como surroundings. It also helps vacationers in finding the best hotels, restaurantsHealth Fitness Articles, and also villas for rent.

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