Subject: Ken's Italy trip
Hi Ken,

I just have to put in my two cents about Lake Como and Bellagio. I'm definitely in the minority here, but my experience there was that the boats around the lake are not all that convenient. We decided not to rent a car because we had been told that the boats were so easy to use. On more than one occasion we had to cut short a visit to catch the next boat, or plan to stay for three or four more hours than we had wanted, or take boats that left no time for a leisurely lunch, etc. We also took the bus, mostly because we didn't want to wait for the boat, and found it to be much more efficient even if the scenery wasn't so attractive. I don't know what the answer is, just be prepared.

Also, I heartily second the suggestion for a visit to Verona (one of my favorite Italian cities), but keep in mind that Verona closes up from 12:30 to 3 or 3:30. The shops, churches, museums, etc. are all closed. You can sit in the Piazza Bra enjoying lunch and a view of the Arena, but there is precious little else to do except walk around. If you're staying for a day or so, it's not really a problem, but if you're planning a day trip to see as much as you can, arrive early.

Callie in New Orleans