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    • Day 29

      The Lure of Lake Como

      August 4, 2023 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 68

      Our last day in Como

      May 20, 2023 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 2


      March 15, 2023 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 9 °C

      We arrived in Como, Italy on Wednesday, March 15th. We flew into Milan airport and picked up our car that we rented for the duration of the trip. It’s a mid size suv, red. We packed in carry on bags and our ski gear in a separate bag. We each have a backpack as well. Somehow it all fit. We drove the hour to Como and found a perfect parking spot. I noticed that there was a school behind us and said I wonder if that’s Tommi’s school. It was! He was outside playing soccer. We got his attention and said Hello. We put our suitcases in the apartment and went to the grocery store. A foreign language grocery store is one of the hardest things to navigate in another country. We got a few essentials, mozzarella, prosciutto, milk and paper towels. Vitto made us one of her amazing crostada’s. We met Vitto, Tommi, Franchi and Nico for dinner at Riva Cafe. The pizza was amazing. They said its the best they have ever had! We agree.Read more

    • Day 1


      May 1, 2023 in Italy ⋅ ☁️ 15 °C

      Ciao ciao Svizzera 👋

      Unser erster Stopp inkl. Übernachtung ist in Como. Wir wollen möglichst rasch weiterkommen und da hat sich dieser Ort bestens als Zwischenstopp nach knapp 4 h Autofahrt angeboten. Leider ist es etwas regnerisch, aber trotzdem können wir das herzige Städtli besichtigen und die erste italienische Glace, auf die sich Eleni schon seit Wochen freut, geniessen! Natürlich darf das Spielen auf dem Spielplatz nicht fehlen, die Kinder sind froh, wenn sie sich bewegen und auspowern können.

      Andri's neue Wörter: Bei jedem Polizeiauto oder Krankenwagen welche vorbei fahren wird laut "Tatüü Tataa" und "Unfall" gerufen.
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    • Day 6

      Day 6

      June 13, 2023 in Italy ⋅ 🌧 17 °C

      Woke up to thick cloud , thunderstorms and rain . Headed off to Lake Como- luckily not raining there . Had a boat trip - geography of the lake very different to Maggiore. Then had a walk around Como ( the town) and went in the cathedral and general mooch around . Quite a pleasant place - didn’t see George Clooney!Read more

    • Day 24

      Como v.2 Day 3, Genova & Portofino

      April 6, 2023 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 4 °C

      Today we woke up surprisingly early. We walked to the Como Yacht Club so we could go on Vitto’s boat. She just got it and this was her first time to take it out. We cruised around the lake for a while on the boat and we saw a lot of lakeside villas that were beautiful. We also saw several sea planes take on and land. Tommi and Franchi had to go to tennis so we took the boat back to the marina and helped Vitto put the cover on. After this we walked and had lunch at this place by our house. We ordered a Tacchino cotoletta. We had to ask our waiter what that was. We know a cotoletta is a pounded and fried cutlet but we didn’t know what kind it was. He told us it was a large bat!? Gabe said do you mean a turkey? I translated the word and confirmed it was turkey! It was really good. After lunch, my mom wanted us to go see the Duomo in Como. I'm not sure what our church count is up to. Then we packed up our stuff to leave. We loaded the car and drove straight to Genova. We parked the car and walked around for a while and tried to go eat dinner. It was Holy Thursday and everyone was out to eat. We tried 3 different restaurants. Then we finally settled on this small restaurant on the side of the street. Genova is known for its sauce called the Genovese pesto. It’s a green sauce that tastes very good. I had it on some Gnocchi. After we finished eating we went to get gelato on the boardwalk. After we got gelato we left Genova the plan was to drive to La Spezia and see Cinque Terre. But my parents decided while we were on the way to La Spezia that we did not want to cram in our day in Cinque Terre. We are going to visit that area after Easter. So we found a hotel in Portofino and drove there. It was dark when we arrived but the hotel was very nice. I want to see the water in the morning when we get up.
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    • Day 2

      Stau ist nur hinten blöd 😀

      March 23, 2023 in Italy ⋅ ☁️ 9 °C

      Es lag noch Schnee auf dem Bernadino Pass, und die Landschaft fasziniert uns immer wieder in dem Bereich der Schweiz.
      Aber dann… ein Mega Stau um den Comer See zur Grenze nach Italien hat uns die Planung etwas durcheinander gebracht. Wir haben über drei Stunden gebraucht um über die Grenze nach Italien zu kommen. So verbrachten wir kurzentschlossen die Nacht in einem Wohngebiet kurz hinter dem Comer See. Die Nacht war ruhig und so geht es früh weiter.Read more

    • Day 17

      George Clooney country

      August 17, 2023 in Italy ⋅ ☁️ 30 °C

      Another beautiful day in paradise. The hot temperatures and humidity had dropped off after last nights rain resulting in perfect weather. Our friends have a house in Como where they normally live which is about 1:15 hours from their holiday house in Gravedona. Today they had things to do in Como so we tagged along and while they did their business we looked around the city and lakeside areas of Como. This is the main city in the Lake Como area with a population of about half a million. It is located at the southern end of the lefthand or western branch of Lake Como and is a busy boating and tourist city.
      George Clooney has a house about 15km north of Como. Villa Oleandra is situated in one of the most beautiful areas of Lake Como and is large villa that is not visible from the road but can be seen clearly from the water and the ferries passing by.
      Carolina has been waiting for George to invite us for coffee or drinks with him at his villa, but from our experiences in Italy so far we realise that either his invitation to us or the information he should have received about our visit here, has most likely been mislaid or misdirected. We know he will be sorry to have missed catching up with us this time but hopefully he will come to see us in Noosa sometime instead. So today we drove past his villa and did not drop in to see him as we did not want to surprise him too much.
      Como was again very busy with summer tourists. Sara kindly dropped us off in the city centre and we planned to catch the hydrofoil ferry back to Gravedona at 4:10pm in the afternoon. While Carolina went shopping, Peter stood in a queue at the ferry ticket office for an hour, only to find out that’s this ferry had been cancelled today (this is Italy). So Sara picked us up again when she was leaving to return to Gravedona. In the meantime had a nice time looking around Como for about 3 hours, but it was nice to get way from the crowds and head back to the quieter northern areas of Lake Como.
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    • Day 67


      May 19, 2023 in Italy ⋅ 🌧 13 °C

      Rain Rain Go Away…Today we plan to just hang out with our friends, walk around and go to dinner tonight. Andrew, Renee and Tommi are going to have piadina’s for lunch. Gabe, Vitto and I went to a restaurant. I found a bean soup. It was pretty good. Tommi has a tennis tournament today so Andrew is going to go watch him. Then we will all go to dinner.
      We are going to our favorite pizza place tonight. It’s called Riva. We met in Piazza Volta for an apertivo before going to dinner in the rain. The pizza was fantastic!! We got a gelato after and went to bed. We are hoping for better weather tomorrow.
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    • Day 25

      Cathedral of Como

      September 28, 2022 in Italy ⋅ ☁️ 14 °C

      Today was a mixed weather day so we checked out the stunning Cattedrale Di Santa Maria Assunta, Duomo Di Como. This is the last Gothic cathedral built in Italy with construction starting in 1396, and it was not completed until 1770. The stained glass windows were amazing and the beautiful elaborate blue ceiling was breathtaking. It certainly rates up there with some of the best we have seen.Read more

    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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