Stop No. 2: Bellagio, Italy
I liked Como because we had nothing to do but relax and take it in---nothing pressing to see or do (aaah). We picnicked lakeside, rode ferries, went on tree-lined walks, cruised the grounds of some fancy villa, and watched the lighting blaze through our skylight all night long. Luckily, it didn't rain in the daytime. My favorite part was the most amazing across-lake firework display I ever laid eyeballs on that lasted a whole hour.
(If you go to Bellagio, Hotel Centrale is a fab place to stay. It's as charming as can be and family-owned and operated.)