Milan and Lake Como

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Rick Steves' Europe Travel Guide | No trip to Italy is complete without Milan and Lake Como. In Milan we'll take a peek at Italy's highest fashion, fanciest delis, grandest cemetery, and greatest opera house...not to mention Leonardo's Last Supper. Then we'll cruise along Lake Como, settling down in the lakeside village of Varenna...classic honeymoon country, where Italy meets the Alps.

© 2006 Rick Steves' Europe

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I could spend the rest of my life exploring Italy.

Author — M mc


Lake Como looks like heaven on Earth damnnn

Author — hehe45451


Living in Milan or Lake Como must be such a dream.

Author — Liz M.


This video is from 2006, so before the crisis, from that year many things changed.
In the last years we built new beautiful skyscrapers and we renovated many parts of the city, not only the old town, and some of the 60 ancient farmhouse out of the city with a respectful design.
In terms of mobility we can be proud about our new electric car and bike sharing system that, integrated with an always better public transportation system, could really stop our bad habit to use private car.
We also understood that we have to open our great private gardens.
In the last year, thanks to expo and all the investments made for it, i've really seen Milan as an European Capital and I hope we will restart to attract talents from abroad.
We are on the right way. Bella Milano

Author — Lorenzo Paruscio


Italy is so &respect from India....India loves Italy ❤🇮🇳🇮🇹

Author — Indian Anupam


milan is  one of the most beautiful cities in europe.

Author — anıl erden


This is great to watch, he is good in describing things

Author — Faizan khan


Italia è un bel paese, e bellissimo proprio 😘Io sono innamorato da questo nazione 😘

Author — Juan Dela Cruz


We visited Milano, Como and Bellagio this year. It was so beautfiul. Love this country!

Author — Explore the World


i never thought i would watch this kind of show/video. it's like a tv show that i totally would skip when i was a kid and now i'm loving it lol it's so relaxing

Author — Fiolita Chen


Hello my dear Steve many many thanks. You're presentation is excellent.
Greetings from Bangladesh

Author — Amiyo Krishnaroy


9:53 Even their cemeteries are beautiful

Author — Amazing Tunisia روائع تونس


Just loved Bellagio. If I could afford to I would live there. Probably my favourite place in the world.

Author — Susan Anderson


The best video on Lago di Como ever! Merci beaucoup Rick-さん!

Author — 流浪漢パリ


Beverly hills of Milan? Milan makes Beverly Hills look like a red light district. Great episode, but you cant compare any american city with Milan's fashion. Its the best in the world. Thanks Rick Steves -- this was a very helpful episode!!

Author — RichardRiddick78


My husband & I were in Milan & Lake Como last May for a vacation & it was very enjoyable. The places were beautiful .

Author — kelly51757


Lake Como could possibly be one of the best places on earth. Loved the scenery.

Author — Maria B


17:10 "The La Scala Museum collection features things that mean absolutely nothing to the MTV crowd".

Author — Benedetto Bruno


It was during my honeymoon, in December 2001, that I first visited Italy, and Milan. Italy is a very particular country, where everybody – and I mean absolutely everybody, including street sweepers with their fashionable uniforms – is well dressed. It combines ridiculous labour customs (the staff of a bank was on strike, and so was the ATM) with imaginative solutions to practical problems, such as "how do I deal with a wardrobe at an exhibition that can hold 10 coats at the most". The Italians solved it, very elegantly, and very well dressed.
Milan is a sometimes strange place. There's some seriously dodgy architecture to be found, sometimes not very far from the beautiful grand buildings. And then there's the Duomo, which is unbelievable. I love Gothic architecture, especially on cathedrals such as the ones of Cologne, Paris and Florence, but the one in Milan is a giant fractal made of white marble.
Would I go back there? I don't know. The biggest disadvantage of Italy, if you could name it that, is that it's an incredibly beautiful country. There *is* a reason why it has the most Unesco World Heritage sites. There's so much to see, and I've seen so little of it. Milan has to compete with Rome, Florence, Venice, Pisa, Siena... the list is sheer endless.

Author — Severity One


Looking at these beautiful cities always gives me a peace of mind. As modern as it can be, it always manages to fascinate me by its ancient traces of the bygone past which can be found in the color theme, the pace of life, the old castles, etc.

Author — thuong hoai