Stereotype is well known thing nowadays, so you should try to get rid of it as soon as possible. That was the reason why we decided to flew to Italy this winter. Managed to buy cheap tickets and next day ready to roll.
La Cita Alta in Bergamo is a beautiful entrance gate to Bergamasque Prealps area. Day or two will be enough for visit and then you can continue to Lake Como as we did.
When we arrived to Como city center, we had 7 hours to reach our final destination as planned. After tremendous effort all members arrived, but heavy backpacks gave us a hard time.
Reward was unbelievable. Lamps around lake drew this scene and everybody had been staring at it 30 minutes, at least. Next day wasn´t that good though. It had been raining all day which forced us to go down. I still think of it as successful trip despite of bad weather.