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Provincia di Como

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  • Day80

    Lake Como

    September 5, 2017 in Italy ⋅ 🌙 19 °C

    Left Lake Garda and we are now spending a couple of days at beautiful Lake Como. The view from our apartment is quite breathtaking.

  • Day91

    Lake Como

    September 5, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    We are staying in an apartment in Faggeto Lario, which is situated between Como and Bellagio on Lake Como. We have great views of Lake Como...and George Cluney's villa (so we are told). We may go exploring the region OR we may just sit here for two days and enjoy a beautiful part of the world.

  • Day92

    Bellagio Italy

    September 6, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Lunch at Bellagio (the village not the hotel!). Bellagio is located on the point jutting out where Lake Como branches off into two arms of the lake. Perfect weather here, about 26 degrees. Tomorrow we add another country to our trip - Switzerland. Lugano is our first stop.

  • Day10

    Lezzeno - Lake Como

    September 8, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    Our home for the next three nights is a traditional Italian holiday home on the shores of Lake Como, in a small town called Lezzeno, 2km from the well known Bellagio. Far enough away to not be too touristy but close enough to visit for the day.
    The bus ride here was quite perilous but the views and atmosphere are worth the scary ride.
    A beautiful place to unwind and relax for a few days.
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  • Day10

    Como - Lake Como

    September 8, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    Well we mastered two trains to make it to Como. I think we are starting to get a hang of the transport system here.
    From here we are catching a bus to Lezzeno, our location for the next three nights, but thought we would store our luggage and check out Como on our way.
    It is nice location on the end of Lake Como with a relaxing atmosphere and huge cathedral. I loved the colours of the Como Cathedral with the use of orange and black stone it was different to the other churches we had seen along the way. It was an impressive structure against the vivid blue sky.
    There was a service going on so we decided to enjoy a light and very delicious lunch under the shadow of the cathedral itself. While having lunch the service ended and we watched a procession of clergymen as they left the church. Not sure if they were from the local monastery but it was impressive to see.
    Como was a pleasant place to visit and one we could have spent more time in. Maybe next time.
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  • Day11

    Bellagio

    September 9, 2018 in Italy ⋅ 🌧 20 °C

    We caught the bus from our apartment into Bellagio and were quite charmed by the place. It wasn’t what I had expected but I loved the look and feel of the place.

    We managed to communicate enough with the locals to work out which ferry to catch and hopped on board to enjoy a trip around the lake.
    Our original plan was to hop off at a couple of places and explore but we decided it was lovely and relaxing to just stay onboard and enjoy the cruise around the lake. It was a lovely way to see the area and not punish our feet any further.

    We got off back at Bellagio, enjoyed a stroll around the shops, enjoyed a delicious lunch overlooking the lake and checked out the San Giacomo Church, built between 1075 and 1125.

    We finished the day with a naughty but delicious ice cream sundae and managed to catch the right bus back to our apartment. A wonderful day spent being tourist.
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  • Day12

    Crotto del Misto, Lezzeno

    September 10, 2018 in Italy ⋅ 🌧 27 °C

    We spent a "down" day today at the apartment, catching up on washing and just relaxing. At about 3pm we decided we were getting a bit peckish so walked to the restaurant just up the road for a late lunch, forgetting that Italians don't do late lunches. The restaurant was closed but instead of walking back to our accommodation we decided to sit on the verandah and enjoy a few drinks and some snacks while we waited for the restaurant to open at 7pm.

    The host pretended to speak very little English and did not "understand" when we were asking if we could have some drinks, but we overheard him later talking perfect English. There is a real lack of customer service over here and we often feel as if we are putting them out. He did manage to get across to us that we would need to book if we wanted dinner, which we were quite amused about as we were in the middle of nowhere. Thankfully we did though as it did fill up very quickly and the people we spent the afternoon chatting with were unable to get a table.

    We spent a lovely few hours admiring the view, having a few drinks, and appreciating the snacks they bring with the drinks, and chatting to a family from American that were celebrating their Dad's 60th. It was a fabulous way to spend the afternoon before enjoying a very delicious dinner at the restaurant. A great last day on Lake Como.
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  • Day19

    Menaggio

    April 29, 2018 in Italy ⋅ 🌧 57 °F

    Our 2nd day in Menaggio dawns cloudy with some sun. Views of Lake Como and the surrounding towns nestled in the mountains from our condo still spectacular. Leisurely breakfast while we do another load of wash - washing machine cycle is about an hour and a half - maybe longer. Since it is Sunday we decided to hike to a church. You can see a small church way up on top of one of the nearby mountains. (When the weather clears will add a picture from here - done). Trail head was about 25 minutes up the mountain from our condo in a village named Breglia.

    Easy to find the parking lot and off we went. This was only going to be about an hour walk through the woods to the church and another small chapel. It was a lovely walk, some up but not too bad. Wonderful green forest and glimpses of the Lake very far below. A few others on the trail as well but not many. The very small church had a paved walkway from the town and long cobblestone steps leading to the sanctuary. The site dates from the 1100s but a "new" church built there in the 1700s. An great Sunday AM walk in the woods.

    Back to the condo for lunch and then off to Lenno, a village about 6-7 miles from us. We are headed for Villa Balbianello, a magnificent villa perched over Lake Como. We walked about a mile from where we parked the car to the villa. This afternoon they have a Lake Como Music Festival event - a harpist and a sax/clarinet that did an hour and a half of wonderful music in a spectacular setting. Very special. Lots of villas with gardens in the area to visit. The wisteria is in bloom and I have never seen such lush and full wisteria. Looking for some clear weather for good pictures.

    After the music, off to Porlezza which is only about 15 miles away but is on the North end of Lake Lugano and just 5-7 miles from Switzerland. We want to do a hike from our place to Porlezzo. Our hiking book says it is 14.5K or about 9 miles. So we did a scouting trip. Got hungry there so stopped for pizza and gelato (frozen yougurt for Kay) for dinner. Home for some planning and catching up on e-mail.
    Miles: 5
    Flights: 32!
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  • Day25

    Menaggio

    May 5, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 63 °F

    Amazing day!! Day dawned sunny with few clouds! Our plan today was to hike in Switzerland. Last night we looked on line for a hike around Lugano which is only about 45 minutes away. Found one and took off this AM for Lugano around 8:30. Found parking in Lugano close to our destination - Monte San Salvatore Funicular. Yes, we "cheated" a bit. We took the funicular to the top of the mountain which was spectacular. You could see 360 around Lake Lugano. This funicular was opened in 1890!! All to bring tourists to the area. A lovely restaurant that has a Michelin rating at the top. (Only in Switzerland). Lots of posters and history of the funicular - very interesting. After poking around there for an hour or so we started our hike downhill. The Swiss are real professionals on hiking and signage. All of the signs tell you - not the distance - but how long it takes to get from one place to another. Our trails was one of many that went done the spine of the peninsula that juts out into Lake Lugano. The first section of downhill was steep, rocky and I used my "sticks" for the first ime on this trip. After that we got to a small artist village - Carona - and found Coke Zeros and sat by the street to have our lunch.

    Talked with a Swiss couple who we had seen on the trail and were lunching as well Then a long path through the woods and a bit of pastureland until we reach our destination of Morote, Switzerland. We planned on either the ferry or bus back to Lugano. As luck would have it, there was a ferry in 20 minutes. Thought it would be a quick ride but as it turned out this ferry pretty much toured the Lake. About 1.5 hours later, we were back to our car. Nice way to unwind and the Swiss ferries have wine !!

    Home to make pasta for dinner, warm enough sit outside for cocktails and dinner. Talked briefly with our "neighbors" - the kids from Latvia. They are partying elsewhere tonight. :-) And
    we enjoyed our after dinner Limoncello.

    Miles: 9.7
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Provincia di Como, Côme, Como

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