Now that airline flights are booked, other hotel reservations can be made. Here is the itinerary I have figured out:
9/2/09 - Fly ONT to MXP - Arrive on 9/3
9/3/09 - Two days in Milan before heading to Lake Como
9/5/09 - Four days in Lake Como
9/9/09 - Pick up car in Milan and drive to Torino for two days
9/11/09 - Drive to Acqui Terme for 10 days at Baur B&B
9/21/09 - Drive back to Milan to spend last night
9/22/09 - Fly home MXP - ONT
We haven't explored Milan before - just passed thru the train station on the way to Lake Como in 2006. So, we will take a couple of days to get over our jet-lag and check out the city.
I looked at a lot of hotels online and came up with Hotel Lancaster near Cadorna station. It is a smaller hotel (which I like) and near public transportation into the central part of the city, but only a 15-minute walk. 189E a night and it now seems to be completely booked for our dates, so I am glad I made an early reservation.
We loved Albergo Lenno when we visited Lake Como in 2006, so we decided to stay there again. It's located right behind the ferry station in Lenno, which is a nice quiet little town. We loved it there! 180E a night for a room with a balcony overlooking the lake.
We've never been to Torino either, so we are looking forward to our stay there. Several Slow Travel posters have raved about Hotel Victoria - I thought that was a good recommendation, so I booked two nights there. 190E a night plus 22E for parking (we are picking up a car at the Milan train station and driving to Torino).
Piedmont - Acqui Terme
Next, of course, is our 10-day stay at Baur Bed & Breakfast in Acqui Terme. We will drive there from Torino and will do daytrips to many of the surrounding towns. I am SO looking forward to that, especially Diana's out-of-this-world breakfasts!
Back to Milan again for our last night in Italy before flying home. I wanted to stay close to the airport to make sure we didn't miss our flight. I checked out several possibilities online and decided on First Hotel Malpensa. Got an online bargain rate of 99E, which I thought was great.
So, the lodging is all booked - on to other research!