We flew into Mestre (i.e. not-quite-Venice) late night, and found our way to the main station. After realizing we couldn't buy train tickets for the next day due to too many people sleeping on the floor of the ticket office, we settled on a panini and some much needed rest. In the morning, we hopped on a train heading to Verona, and spent the afteroon admiring the cheese in this charming city.
Another evening arrival at our next destination - Lake Como – though it was still light enough to be floored by the scenerey, upon seeing our surroundings after stepping off the train. This was a little corner of Italian paradise that we had no clue existed...
(a.k.a. not that far from Clooney's...)
We took the 1 hour 'fast-boat' (hydrofoil) up the lake to beautiful-beyond-description Bellagio (yes, like the Casino), which is located at the point on the lake where its lower two legs meet. Looking straight out from the point, you're surrounded by the Italian alps and Lago di Como - it's absolutely stunning.