The best way to start an international trip is to ease into it. Eaaaasssseee into it. After 12 hours plus of traveling, bad connections, and sleeping in somewhat cramped quarters ....upright (unless you livin' that first class life) who wants to hit the ground running? When you arrive in a new country I say take your time and see if you can find a more mellow activities to kick off your travel adventure. Therefore, when I arrived in Milano I took the advice of my trusted travel advisor Rick (as in Steves). Instead of running all over Milan checking things off a crazy "bucket list" like a maniac (a. Santa Maria Grazie, b. La Scala Opera House, c.Duomo, check, check, check!) I arrived in the big city and escaped the big city by cruising Lake Como and spending my first full day in Italy in Bellagio. See how i eased into my journey! Cruising Lake Como and Bellagio in pictures.