Blogs from Lake Como, Lombardy, Italy, Europe


Europe » Italy » Lombardy » Lake Como September 10th 2017

Boungiorno, This is our last full day in Italy, this time has flown by but we have really enjoyed spending our anniversary here but time to take advantage of our last 24 hours in this amazing place, we're headed up to Lake Como. That's where the residents of Milan go when they want to get away from the fast paced life of the city and go somewhere to unwind. Milan to Lake Como is about 84 kms which is about 50 miles or about to distance to drive from Sugar Land to the Woodlands in Houston, ok that drive in Houston might not be that far but it's close. Lake Como has been a popular getaway for Italians for hundreds of years, now many people throughout Europe and all over the world come here to unwind, ... read more
Best Pizza I've ever eaten!!!
View of Varenna from the ferry
Another shot of Varenna as we head to Bellagio

Europe » Italy » Lombardy » Lake Como August 7th 2017

We are staying in Lugano, Switzerland but we are very close to the Italian border. We decided to drive to Lake Como. The first town we come to is Menaggio. We stop here and walk through the town. I buy a Christmas ornament, a globe with pictures of Lake Como. It is a cute town with a promenade along the lake. We then head to Villa Del Balbianello, this villa has been used as a movie set for many movies including Star Wars and the Bond film Casino Royale. Darn the villa is closed on Mondays and Wednesdays. We decide to visit another villa in Tremezzi called Villa Carlotta. This is a beautiful villa overlooking the lake and has large gardens. We spend hours here checking out the villa and beautiful gardens. In 1843 Princess Marianne ... read more
Art in Menaggio
View from Villa Carlotta

Europe » Italy » Lombardy » Lake Como June 24th 2016

Today adventure is an afternoon boating on Lake Como. 34 degrees today so we have hired a boat for 4 hours and having a picnic lunch on Lake Como. We rent a boat from Varenna then boated down to Lierna across to Vassena up to Bellagio down to Lezzeno across to Isola Comanacina up to Santa Abbondio across to Bellano then back to Varenna. What an amazing place with the mountains as a backdrop and the outstanding lakeside Villa’s like Villa Balbianello, as seen in Casino Royale. On the way to Lierna we came across George Clooney’s Riva with the driver waiting to pick him up. Just so peaceful not sure what it would be like on a weekend but was great today. Must say a boat is the only way to see this area and ... read more

Europe » Italy » Lombardy » Lake Como May 4th 2015

We were up early this morning so that we could catch the 8.23am train to Varenna which is approximately half way up the eastern side of Lake Como. This regional service departs from Milano's Central Station so we had to take a Metro train from our B&B early enough to make the connection. Although we arrived at Milano Centrale yesterday and caught the Metro to the B&B to familiarise ourself with how to get about on the trains we still thought it best to allow plenty of time to get confused (or lost?) doing it in reverse. Our early start also meant that we missed the 'and breakfast' part at the B&B this morning. They do breakfast from 8.00am, but Bernie wanted to leave by 7.30am so we ate the fruit, etc that we bought at ... read more
Looking for Lake Como
Varenna Harbour

Europe » Italy » Lombardy » Lake Como September 15th 2014

13. Travel Blog Thursday 4th September to Tuesday 9th September 2014. Italy Thursday 4th September 2014. At the service station just outside Chiasso, Tom tries to install the LED lights that we had purchased at Hymer – no way. Only got one to work and decided he needed more cable joiners. Off to Lake Como. It is situated between the Alps and the Po Valley, close to the Swiss border. The lake is 46km long and varies from 4.3km and .43km in width. It covers an area of 146sq km and max dept of 410 metres. We go to campsite north of Lecco, Camping Abbadia Lariana. We go through a 6.6km tunnel – the longest one so far. They are booked out from Friday, because of the Formula One at Monzo, so we only stay one ... read more
5.9.14 Italy. Mandello del Lario. Moto Guzzi Museum (2)
5.9.14 Italy. Mandello del Lario. Moto Guzzi Museum (8)
5.9.14 Italy. Mandello del Lario. Moto Guzzi Museum (11)

Europe » Italy » Lombardy » Lake Como July 2nd 2013

We rose early to go by taxi to La Cattdrale di San Giovanni Battista (Chuch of Saint John the Baptist) in Turin to see the Chapel of the Holy Shroud. We were amongst the first to enter this peaceful place. The shroud is encased in a special box to protect it. Once a year it is taken out during a special worship service, so we saw images of this special burial cloth. Tears came to my eyes as I prayed & contemplated on Jesus death on the cross. The love He has for us! Then we joined up with the rest of our group for a boat ride on Lake Como. The beauty of the Italian Alps create the perfect backdrop to the villas dotting the lake. No wonder so many celebrities want to live here! ... read more

Europe » Italy » Lombardy » Lake Como November 17th 2012

I'm new to this. I love the Lake Como area of Italy. My favorite restaurants range from very casual to chic and expensive. If you're in the area, you must try Da Rosa in Capiago Intimiano. Wonderful everything but their specialty is seafood. We love Valverde, near Maslianico for pizza and the best Branzino al Sale on Lake Como. For Lombardian cuisine in a delightful family atmosphere try Trattoria Faggiano in Moltrasio. On a sunny day, nothing is more delicious and fun than going to the Locanda dell' Isola Comacina. This is our guests' favorite day out. I hope this helps. Jim Cantwell Moltrasio, Lake Como, Italy... read more

Europe » Italy » Lombardy » Lake Como September 22nd 2012

Our first night at Lake Como no one, especially Jim who drove the narrow winding SS583 lake road from Como, wanted to go anywhere, so we opened our bottle of Chianti Classico and celebrated arriving in one piece. The next day we just hung out at our beautiful place on Lake Como (Ca de l'Üga Dulza, another great find of my sisters). The view was amazing and we enjoyed a slow day. In the afternoon, our friends the Wilhelms hiked up the hill from their B&B and we joined them on a hike up our “road” to a church about a mile up the hill. At the church, our road met the local hiking trail and we took it to an agriturismo, a local goat farm and cheese factory, run by a lovely young women. The ... read more
Lake Como sunset
Road above our place
Goats at the Agriturismo

Europe » Italy » Lombardy » Lake Como June 25th 2012

Ciao all! Well, after an exciting tour of Andalucía my parents and I made the flight from Málaga to Milan, well, some may call it a flight, it was more of a super nap at a very high altitude for me; I think I was awake maybe 5 minutes and was awoken by my head being smashed into the seat in front of me on landing. A rough landing well worth it to see Chiara waiting for us in the terminal. From the very start Chiara’s Dad, Emilio, and my Dad had a bond. They would spend the next four days talking about…um…things. We just sort of let them be talking out on the patio. The days usually followed this pattern: Wake up, breakfast, Dad and Emilio have a deep cultural chat, lunch, Dad and Emilio ... read more
New Best Friends.
Real Swiss Army knives in Switzerland!
Chiara and I in Lugano

Europe » Italy » Lombardy » Lake Como June 8th 2011

On the last leg of our tour of Europe. We are now in Italy, Lake Como and have been joined by My cousin, Stuart and wife Helen. Yesterday was spent in the airport at Paris, we had at 2pm flight and arrived early as we had nothing to do with our baggage. The only problem was our flight had been delayed for four hours due to a lightening strike. I was happy to wait for them to check out the aircraft. Nothing to do but have a few beers and wait. Arrived about 9.00pm and went out for dinner, pizza of course, accompanied by red and white wine. after a few more drinks at the apartment and plenty of celebrating we got to bed about 1am. Sunday we awoke to here the local church bells every ... read more
Stu and Helen
The inside
Celebrating Italian style

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