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Old 27.06.2011, 21:43
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Zurich to Como area, driving, routes, times etc

I'm taking the OH and inlaw to the Como area. I have a rental car booked and a hotel in the countryside of Lombardy south of Como for Friday night. I plan to leave 7 or 8am Friday morning, from central Zurich. Google reckons it'll take about 4 hours. The threads on the forum already are pretty ropey and I know there are some Ticino-pros on the forum for whom this is bread and butter/focaccia and olive oil something something....

1. What are good roads/roads to avoid on the way there? Will there be traffic? Is 4 hours realistic?
2. Where's good for lunch? It can be around the Como area of Lago di Como or somewhere in the countryside a dozen or so Kms south. What's good and seasonal and regional that I should be ordering? Wine to ask for?
3. We're there for a day, what's good to see or do? I know there's a lot, but does anyone have a personal recommendation of something they really like?
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Re: Zurich to Como area, driving, routes, times etc

On a Friday I would avoid the Gotthard tunnel and Go San Bernadino instead (So head for Chur out of Zurich) may seem the long way round on a map but you will avoid the queues at the Gotthard. Alternatively add about 40 minutes to your journey and go over the top of Gotthard. Depends on if you view the jouney as a part of the overall enjoyment of the trip rather than just a means of getting from A to B as quickly as possible, if that makes sense.

As for food, avoid the touristy places in Como town. Some very nice villages along the lake shore just a few km out of the town on either shore and we have eat at several trattoria/Osteria........all good.
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Re: Zurich to Como area, driving, routes, times etc

I agree with Chur - San Bernadino. Stunning drive and scenery and 4 hours to the border with Italy is pretty easy that early in the morning. First time I drove it was in April (still plenty of snow) and with a horse trailer, I think it was 3 hours from Flumserberg.
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Old 28.06.2011, 11:33
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Re: Zurich to Como area, driving, routes, times etc

If you leave in the morning, there should be no traffic.

2.5h from the time you get on the highway at Zurich to crossing into Italy at Chiasso (with no stops, and taking the Gotthard tunnel).

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Old 28.06.2011, 12:56
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If you leave in the morning, there should be no traffic.

2.5h from the time you get on the highway at Zurich to crossing into Italy at Chiasso (with no stops, and taking the Gotthard tunnel).

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So I should take the "A2" road?
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Old 28.06.2011, 13:51
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So I should take the "A2" road?
If you are leaving in the morning, yes.

Where are you going near Como?

Tom
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Re: Zurich to Como area, driving, routes, times etc

You can get from Zurich (autobahn entrance) to the border in 2.5hrs. The probability of that happening though is low - maybe 7am on Wednesday morning.

I have yet to find a route that is guaranteed to be quicker than any of the others available!
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If you are leaving in the morning, yes.

Where are you going near Como?

Tom
Well we're staying in Lecco, but whether we spend any time there remains to be seen. We'll check out the area and see where to go.
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Well we're staying in Lecco, but whether we spend any time there remains to be seen. We'll check out the area and see where to go.
Get off the highway at Como-Sud, then take the statale (via Erba) to Lecco, another 30 minutes or so.

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You can get from Zurich (autobahn entrance) to the border in 2.5hrs. The probability of that happening though is low - maybe 7am on Wednesday morning.

I have yet to find a route that is guaranteed to be quicker than any of the others available!
I do it all the time, but usually on Sunday.

Friday should be no problem, unless travelling after lunch.

Also, 12-15h is the best time to travel in Italy, much less traffic then. Worst is Friday after 15h, or Sunday after 15h.

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Re: Zurich to Como area, driving, routes, times etc

Lecco is such a nice place!
My bf's father lives in Calolziocorte (part of Lecco) and I love it there. You can see mountains everywehere and Lago di Como is wonderful (or at least I like it).
Of course, you should go to a Gelateria! There are lots in Lecco, but my favourite one is close to the lake; it looks nice on the outside, it is close to a Mc Donalds and they have the best icecream.
Also, don't forget pizzeria (of course). There is a very good one, but it is in Calolziocorte, the name is Chalet. The restaurant may not look luxurious, it is simple but I love their pizza.
Depending how much time you spend there, you can sightseeing in Lecco, other villages around there and then go to Bergamo (around 20mins). Beautiful place.
As the other ones also suggested- take St. Bernardino. The last time we came back to Switzerland there was a caravane stuck on the way up and the traffic was stuck for a while but then it was smooth. It may be a bit crowded when you come back, if there are Germans or Austrians going back, so you have to think of the hours. Leaving Lecco at around 11:00 is a good idea.
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So I should take the "A2" road?
Can take the one via San Bernardino but mind there are roadworks south of Chur so it will not be much quicker than Gotthard.

Either way if travel early enough will be fine.
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Re: Zurich to Como area, driving, routes, times etc

If you have time and you want to enjoy what is supposed to be a scenery journey (never done it but on my to do list ), you could follow a bit of the Palm Express ride (until Menaggio):

http://www.postbus.ch/pag-startseite...bot-detail.htm

The only time I've been in Como area, I only stayed a few hours in Como then I took a boat to Bellagio. It's a nice town, I recommend it:

http://www.lakecomoitaly.org/bellagio/

I had a nice meal in a restaurant out there. I'll try to find the name and address for you.
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Old 28.06.2011, 22:38
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I really like via Michelin, they have good alternatives to traffic jams. http://www.viamichelin.co.uk/
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