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  • Day4

    Day 4 Varenna

    November 16, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 11 °C

    Varenna is an hour's journey by train from Milan through picturesque countryside. It is a quaint little town on Lake Como.
    We were met by the warmest Nona called Tosca at Tosca b&b then had a romantic lunch alfresco at the Varenna Cafe. The scenery is breathtaking.
    We then hiked up to the Castello to work off the lunch.

    Musings on Milan

    Many have commented, even criticised Milan for being plain, drab or even dull. Although seen to be the glamour capital of Italy, the actual city has often paled to Florence, Venice and Rome.

    When we arrived in Milan, our first stop in Italy, we were wary from the warnings of a dirty, boring, plain, drab city where people are arrogant and discourteous. What we experienced was the exact opposite. There was an abundance of graffiti, but the paths were clean. Despite the many dogs, there was a delightful lack of their poops. The buildings around Sant Ambrogio where our accommodation had plain facades, but many hid beautiful gardens, like 7 Via Cappuccio. The churches may seem non descript and boring on the exterior, but hid frescoes and art that would stand proud in any major gallery. The guide from our walking tour told us that Milan is a great example of never judging a book by it's cover. To see Milan, one needs curiosity to peer behind the drab walls, have the imagination to picture the treasurers behind a heavily graffitied building, and smile at the people around.

    The people of Milan are gracious and kind and warm. The waiters happily indulge our questions and translate the menu, the doorman happily led us into a private garden and left us to enjoy it for as long as we wanted. People waited by patiently whilst I took a photo before continuing on their journey, and noone growled at me for bumping into them when not keeping right, or just walking and looking at everything else but where I'm going. For all their indulgence of an awestruck and clumsy traveller, for all their hidden beauty and treasures, and for the wondrous Duomo that drips upside down, we say that Milan is marvelous. Thank you Marvelous Milan.
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  • Day4

    Dinner Ristorante Il Caminetto, Gittana

    November 16, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 11 °C

    Morena, the chef owner of Ristorante Il Caminetto is the 8th (and last) generation in an unbroken line of chefs. "When we were second generation cooking, Captain Cook just thinking of going to Australia" was the history he told us on the drive from Varenna to Gitanna. As the restaurant in Gitanna de Perledo is a 10 minutes drive up the mountain, free transfer from Varenna is offered.

    On arrival, we were settled in front of an open fireplace whilst more wood was fed into the slow combustion heater at the other corner of the room. We were the only guests in the restaurant that evening, and the restaurant was set as it would be for a full night. A board of 3 scoops - pate, gorgonzola blue, and ham spread, was complementary "for your waiting" smiled Moreno. Accompanied it was char grilled bread, smokey but not toasted dry. As we could not decide on hors d'oeuvre, we had a serve of the Complete Assortment to share. What a generous portion it was, with a large board of cold cut prosciutto, salami, coppa, and another like speck. There were also other small dishes of warm bacon with oregan, and the flavoursome Lombardy lard served on warm buckwheat toast. For mains we had lake fish, grilled with a crunchy crumbed top, and veal with Lombardy sauce. Both dishes cooked without any fuss, but the flavours and textures were sublime. As we were so full, dessert was a shared lemon and mint sorbet. Of course, house made. The complimentary limoncello at the end was a burst of bitter lemon, a completely different lemon experience to the sorbet.

    Dinner was such a wonderful experience, we're booked to return tonight.
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  • Day80

    Day trio to Lake Como

    July 11, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Today we took an early train from Milan Central station to Varenna and had a quick around this pretty little town and then took a short ferry ride to Bellagio. We did the tourist train around the town and then went for a lovely lunch and a couple of Aperol Spritz. After lunch we took the long and scenic ferry ride to Como and the train back to Milan.Read more

  • Day1

    Varenna, Italien

    August 13, 2016 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    Hier kann man auf die Autofähre ⛴ um nach Bellagio überzusetzen. Kann man! Wenn aber jemand nicht mit der Fähre fahren möchte geht es weiter allerdings erwarten dann einen gefühlte 25 Kilometer Tunnel! Wenn man jemanden dabei hat der in jedem Tunnel x Vater unser betet 🙏, hat man als Fahrer die A-Karte😫Read more

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