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    • Day 22

      Como and Milan

      July 11 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 32 °C

      On our way to Como we stopped in Milan to see Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper which is a mural painting in a church outside the city centre and the impressive Duomo (cathedral). The painting has been so well restored and depicts the expressions and body language at the moment when Christ told his disciples that one of them would betray him. The basilica next door also has some lovely frescos.
      It was a very hot day which made our visit to the Duomo challenging but the church was so impressive. It has 52 columns and too many aspects to mention. Shannon was interested that it held the relics of St Charles Borromeo (her local parish in Sydney), who was the Bishop here. We climbed the stairs to the terrace roof which gave lovely aspects but again was very hot so we couldn’t stay long. We definitely earned our gelato before heading off.
      We arrived in Como in time for a meal, a cool shower and bed. Early the next morning there was a big thunderstorm which cooled everything down and we had a lovely cloudy day for our walking tour of Como and a ferry ride on the lake. Our guide was so good in her calm yet passionate commentary and insights. She gave. Some good history lessons for Italy in general and seemed less territorial than most other guides. The lake and the quaint villages are so beautiful and wasn’t too crowded either.
      It was so nice just walking around and having meals with Theresa and Shannon. This would be our last evening together before we headed to India and the girls continue their Italian tour to Venice, Florence and Tuscany, Umbria and then a few days in Vienna to visit friends of Shannon’s before they start their World Youth Day pilgrimage, starting in Rome, Assisi and then onto Portugal.
      We had a typical Italian aperitif and then a lovely dinner in a local piazza. The meal was lovely and ended with another big storm so we had to run back in the rain which was quite a hoot. And so ended our Europe trip in such a special way with our girls (we missed you Robbie !). As always, Italy was so impressive in so many ways. Next time maybe we need to head South! Ciao!
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    • Day 9


      September 8, 2022 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

      Unseren letzten Urlaubstag haben wir an dem dritten See, dem Comer See, verbracht. Es war gar nicht so einfach, dahin zu kommen. Letzte Nacht waren hier im Tessin starke Unwetter mit Überschwemmungen und Erdrutschen, sodass einige Straßen gesperrt waren. Auch bei uns hat es die ganze Nacht sehr stark geblitzt, gedonnert und geregnet.
      Heute war es dann aber wieder super warm (für uns teilweise zu warm) und sonnig, sodass wir den Tag in Como schön genießen konnten.
      Wir haben uns die hübsche Altstadt angesehen, waren bisschen bummeln, sind mit der Standseilbahn nach Brunate gefahren, um den Blick von oben zu haben, haben lecker gegessen und für Addy seine geliebten Peperocini gekauft. Also ein gelungener letzter Schweiz-/Italien-Tag 😊
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    • Day 20


      August 12 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

      Un samedi au lac de Côme 🌞⛵️

      Après une matinée sur la route, nous nous sommes arrêtés à Como, ville située à la pointe sud du lac de Côme.

      1 / 2 / 3. La chaleur était au rendez-vous, ça nous fait tout drôle après avoir passé plus de 10 jours en montagne et en sweat 😅

      4 / 5 / 6 / 7. Les jardins de la villa Olmo 🌿🌷💐⛲️

      8 / 9. On cherche notre bateau mais on ne sait plus où on l’a amarré 🙄

      10. Pleins de petites rues toutes mignonnes, on aime bien se perdre dans les centres-villes à la recherche de petites boutiques, loin des grosses enseignes des rues principales.

      Il est l’heure à présent de nous diriger vers notre spot du soir. Pour cette avant-dernière nuit en Italie nous dormirons dans un camping au bord du lac Majeur ⛵️
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    • Day 44


      October 12 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

      Up up on the furnicula to Brunate.
      It's a steep 30 min walk up to Volta's lighthouse but definitely worth the view.
      Celebrated our 40yr anniversary with Karen and Ian plus our last night together. Sad,Read more

    • Day 32

      Lake Como!

      June 3 in Italy ⋅ ☁️ 23 °C

      Ari and I arrived at Lake Como a few days earlier than anticipated. We spent one night at the northern most tip of the lake in a rather sleepy town whos name I can’t recall. After a night there we thought we’d enjoy a slightly larger town. We hopped a 4 hour slow ferry to the town of Como. It was a wonderful tour of the lake, and the ferry was empty when we got on. By the time we got off, people were crammed in every corner of that boat, sitting on the floor or anywhere they could find a place! We had to keep our butts glued to the seat if we wanted to keep them! We grabbed a hostel the first night in Como and ended up meeting a few very neat people to hang out with for a couple days while we awaited Cory and Sig’s arrival! 3 days in Como, and then we went to Bellagio to link up with Cory and Sig! Bellagio meant good wine, good food and great views! And some stellar hiking to boot.Read more

    • Day 68

      Our last day in Como

      May 20 in Italy ⋅ ☁️ 14 °C

      We had originally planned to spend the day on the lake. We were going to rent a boat and wake surf. This entire trip we expected it to be warm by now. Everyone has said this weather is usually cold. Since the weather didn’t cooperate with us, we had to change plans. We were all very disappointed. Gabe walked to the street market and found us a bag to pack up all our trip goodies! Did I tell you the 1st package we sent home is still in Lucca ? The Poste Italia sucks….the lady told us completely wrong and the package has never left Lucca. We are still working that out. I worked on some packing and the boys played video games together. We are all going to watch a minor league women’s soccer game. The game was cool. The stadium seating was covered. Which was good. Since is rained the entire day. After that soccer game we drove to Cernobbio. It sounds like “Chernobyl”. The traffic around Como has gotten so much worse since we first arrived. I cannot imagine it in the summer. It’s only a 2 lane road and in some places a 1 lane road. There was a car show going on in Cernobbio. So there were lots of cool cars driving around. We had a coffee and a pastry at a pastecheria on the lake. It’s Vitto’s favorite. Then we walked around a little bit. Gabe and I got a Bellini from the famous Harrys Bar in Venice. They have a little spot there that sells Bellinis, coffee and Chippriani products. Like pasta and sauces…We drove over to Franchi’s soccer game and watched his match. Then we finally made it to dinner. We didn’t get a proper lunch so we were all starving. We are super excited because we are going to a Lebanese restaurant. Vitto met the family who owns the restaurant at Tommis boxing class. The family has 5 boys and they all work at the restaurant. The food was wonderful. So homemade and tasted delicious. We were stuffed when we left. By the end of the night the restaurant was packed. They took a little while to bring our check and we really needed to get home to pack. Tomorrow we are leaving to go to Milan for the day. Ciao.Read more

    • Day 29

      The Lure of Lake Como

      August 4 in Italy

      We arrived to an overcast Como which was better than the forecasted thunderstorms, although it felt as though the weather could change any moment.

      After having gelati we needed to work out what to do next as everybody we know who has been to Lake Como raves about it and whilst we weren't getting that vibe we also knew we only had one night in Como so we had to make the most of our limited time.

      We hurriedly booked tickets for a boat trip hoping the weather would hold out (which it did) and took a 1 hour trip on the lake. It was spectacular and quite obviously an area of excessive wealth and prestige.

      Once we were off the boat our next stop was the funicular (cable car) to see Como from above.

      As the sun started to go down the place came to life and we decided to have dinner in the old city Square which was lit up and has the Cathedral as a backdrop.

      After a later dinner we had a leisurely walk home enjoying the balmy warm weather and thankful that the predicted thunderstorms did not materialise.
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    • Day 43


      October 11 in Italy ⋅ 🌙 18 °C

      Today we drove around the lake to get a different view. Still stunning but much mister than yesterday. First stop Menaggio for a gelato and walk before catching the car ferry to Bellagio. After checking out the shops and a bite of lunch it was off to Nesso, a quaint little town. Walked down to the Nesso bridge and waterfall then drove back to Como along the narrow winding road. Thank goodness Ian was driving.Read more

    • Day 9


      August 25, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

      Caught early train with a 5.00 wake up.
      2.5 hrs to Milan.

      At Milan we have a 'Best of Milan plus The Last Supper Tour' booked at 10:45am
      Our train gets in at 10:00. We struggle to locate the luggage drop off point as it is 3 floors below us. Grab a Taxi with a rally driver!!

      We make it perfectly on time. Eleana is our guide. She is colourful and cute. Earpieces in we begin with the famous Duomo.

      We walk the streets stopping at various buildings and statues. I like the one of Leonardo. We look up at the glass ceiling of the Victor Emmanuel shops surrounded by Prada, Versace, Lois Vuitton and it is all beautiful.

      The Sforsesco castle is amazing. Very old with a massive moat. Very hot today, I slurp on an icypole.

      We head to the church Santa Maria Delle Grazie where the Last Supper is painted on a wall in a room where the Monks would eat their meals.

      I took out my earpiece and sat still. Only small groups are allowed in for 15 minutes.
      The painting is well worn but still colourful. Many restorations have been done.

      All I know about the story is that Jesus and his disciples had just discovered that someone has betrayed Jesus and they were discussing whom it could be.

      Tour finished, we hail a cab to catch our 1.5hr train to Como.

      We are squished on the train and Athena has to hold our cases as they go rolling away on every turn!

      We arrive at Como and it is bustling with people and cars.
      We both wish we had booked more days in Monterosso as it was heavenly quiet.
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    • Day 18

      Milano Day 3- Como!

      July 6 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

      At this point, I kind of felt like I saw everything that Milan had to offer, saw all the sights and all the big things. So, I decided to take a day trip out to Como and see what it’s all about. Now, I booked my train on the morning of, and left my hostel at 11:25. My train was at 11:43 and it was an 18 minute walk (not including the time it takes to navigate around the station and find the platform. So i RAN, to the station, and probably looked ridiculous. There was no time to spare, and I made it onto the train with 2 minutes to departure 😭. After a quick 40 minute train, I arrived. It was raining this morning, but luckily the storm subsided by the time that I got to Como. First stop was food. Naturally, I looked up “best cheap food Como” and landed upon a sandwich shop called Passion Como. My experience was amaaaazing! It was a family run build-your-own sandwich kinda thing and it was so good! I was greeted at the door by Danny, the 9 (?) year old son of the owner and I went for a prosciutto, spicy tomato sauce, artichoke, mozzarella panini. And it was amazing. Danny was also amazing, and we chatted lots about bugs, the dirty lake, and video games. A1 marketing for having him at the door. I even felt inclined to get myself an aperol spritz because I was so happy to be at this sandwich shop!
      It was a pretty chill day spent strolling, admiring the scenery. I took photos for other families, individuals, peoples and was heavily praised because apparently i am a great photo taker LOL😎. I got some gelato- strawberry and lemon, which was so refreshing, and just walked around the town of Como. Later on, I took the funicular up to the town of Brunate, which was a 7 minute ride. To be honest, up there wasn’t much, just like, rich people houses. But the view was amazing, you could see Lake Como and all of the neighbouring towns! There was this one church up there, which was creeeeepy. I don’t know what it was about it- the music playing when no one was there, the excessive artwork, idk. The art was extremely beautiful though and I could appreciate it, but it was so overwhelming, the amount, that it was kinda scary. After a bit more exploring in Brunate, I headed back down the funicular and made my way back to Milan. I stupidly forgot to charge my portable charger so by the time I made it back to my hostel I had 1% to spare 😝. I got some pizza again for dinner, and later drank wine and went to go dance with some new friends from Paris- Véra, Catherine, and Irene :))
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    You might also know this place by the following names:

    Como, Комо, Côme, QCM, コモ, Novum Comum, Còm, 科莫

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