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Lake Como, Italy

Lake Como, Italy

April 2016

Lake Como was a stop upon returning from a short visit to Lugano, a border town in Switzerland earlier in the day. We had taken the EuroCity train from Lugano and dropped off at Como S Giovanni train station. From the train station, we walked to the War Memorial monument by the side of Lake Como. A slow walk and a quick stop at Carrefour for mineral water took 20 minutes. We then turned right passing Tempio Voltiano museum and onwards to Como town/square. From the bank of Lake Como, we can see the funicular line going up to the hill town of Brunet.

Lake Como is a peaceful lake and coupled with the chilly weather makes it feels romantic. Due to lack of time, we were unable  to take a cruise which would have lasted more than 2 hours and see more of Lake Como charms.

As you walk further till you reach a small round-about, you’ll be able to see another train station to your right. This is Como Nord Lago station basically serving the regional trains. We returned to Milan from this station as it has more train frequencies into Milan. The ticket cost €5.50 but it goes into Milan Cardona station instead of Milano Centrale. From Cardona, the metro cost €1.50 to get back to Centrale.

Lake Como, Italy

Como S.Giovanni train station, Lake Como.                                                        Credit : panoramio.com

Lake Como, Italy

Take these steps directly in-front of the station and walk down to Lake Como.       Credit : cadyluckleedy.com

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War Memorial, Lake Como.

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The Tempio Voltiano museum by the lake side.

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Notice to abide with.

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Commercial & residential area across Lake Como. Como-Burnate funicular in the background.

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View across Lake Como.

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Gheese and ducks in Lake Como.

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Boats in Lake Como.

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Cruise boat coming into Lake Como.

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If you have the money, you can fly into Lake Como by private sea plane.

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Como S Giovanni to Como Nord Lago.

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Como Nord Lago regional train station. Como Nord Lago to Milan Cardona.

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No doubt we’re in the correct train station.

Lake Como, Italy

Seats in the regional train … as good as the Inter City trains and cost cheaper.

Lake Como, Italy

Validate you train ticket before boarding.

Milan metro map

Useful Milan Metro map.

Train travel, Italy

Travel By Train, Italy

April 2016

Travelling by train in most European cities is very convenient, reliable and safe. The services are efficient and if booked early, you could get an inexpensive ticket on promotion. On-line booking is straight forward, easy and confirmation is almost instantaneous. About the only headache is finding the assigned platform of your train at the station. More often than not, your destination is NOT listed on the departure information board !

The reason …… the departure information board will show the station your train terminates. If your destination is in between the departure station and the station it terminates (last station), chances are, you won’t find the name of your station you’ll getting-off.  So, how do you find which platform your train will be departing from? Mind you, most main train stations have many platforms, probably more than 10.

I’ll show an example below. My departure station is Milano Centrale and I am travelling to Lugano. Looking at the departure information board, Lugano is NOT listed. You will then need to refer to your ticket to see what train you will be taking. In my case, it will be ‘EuroCity 14′ departing at 10:25. This will be your key information to finding your train and platform.

Train travel, Italy

An on-line train ticket.

You will then need to refer to the departure information board looking for ‘EuroCity 14‘ departing at 10:25. From the departure information board below, you’ll see the destination is Zurich HB instead of Lugano. This means, your train will terminate it’s service at Zurich HB (last station). You then search for the platform your train will depart. In my case, the platform number hasn’t been assigned yet.

On newer information board, a scrolling list of station stops will be displayed. This makes it a little easier and reassuring rather than the need to ask around or completely miss your train.

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Departure information board.

On the subject of choosing a front-facing or back-facing seat, this is a 50/50 chance. At most major train stations, the rail tracks terminates at the station. To continue the journey, the driver will get off the front cab and move to the back. When the train pulls out, the back of the train is now the front. Your front-facing seat now becomes a back-facing seat.

Milan Centrale, Venice Santa Lucia, Florence Santa Maria Novella and Roma Termini all has the tracks terminate at the station. In comparison, Pisa Central is a ‘pass-through’ station, so you maintain your seat configuration.

Train travel, Italy

So, front-facing or back-facing seats ?                                                                      Credit : thetrainline-europe.com

Santa Lucia train station venice

Venice, Italy

April 2016

Arriving Venice by train, you will exit Santa Lucia train station and be greeted by the sight of Grand Canal. Across you will see the San Simeone Piccolo church with its light green dome. There are a number of water bus stops to take you to your destination on and off the island. There are numerous attractions in Venice among those is the Rialto Bridge, St Mark’s square, St Mark’s Basilica, St Mark’s Campanile, Dodge Palace, Grand Canal, Murano Island, Burano Island, Gondola ride and much more. The quiet back lanes of Venice is also pleasant to photograph.

While the major attractions on the island is posted here, the other attractions command a post by itself which will follow namely Grand Canal, Gondolas, canals & bridges, Murano Island & Burano Island.

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Santa Lucia train station to the left.

Canal from santa lucia train station

San Simeone Piccolo church across the grand canal.

Grand Canal Venice

Water bus and gondolas on the Grand canal.

St Mark's square

St Mark’s square on a rainy day.

St Mark's square

Dodge palace facing San Giorgio Island.

St Mark's square

St Mark’s basilica and St Mark’s Campanile (bell tower).

St Mark's basilica

St Mark’s basilica.

Rialto bridge

Rialto bridge at dawn.

Rialro bridge

Souvenir carts leading to Rialto bridge.

Rialto bridge

Shoppers and locals on Rialto bridge.

Venice statue

Statue of the Italian playwright Carlo Goldoni in one of the square.

Venitian in traditional custume

Venetian in traditional costume and mask normally used during the Carnival of Venice.

Campo San Polo, Venice.

Campo San Polo is the second largest Venetian public square after St Mark’s square.

The picturesque back lanes of Venice.

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