Cadenabbia di Griante Things to Do
From our inn at Cadenabbia, we were within a very easy walk to two different ferry terminals to catch the lake boat services, as well as 800 meter walk to the enticing Gardens at the Villa Carlotta. We took one short boat ride to to Bellaggio for a Sunday walk, and another, much longer, slow boat ride to Como where we caught a train back to Milan. (See my Cadenabbia Transportation Hints for more information on the slow boat.)Related to:
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As mentioned on my intro page, the Cadenabbia/Tremezzo area along Lake Como has long been popular with northern Europeans, especially the British. For that reason, I don't know why Nancy and I were surprised to discover an Anglican church in the village.
We took a few minutes to look around and to listen to the organist practicing. To be sure, this is not one of the grand cathedrals or basilicas one travels to Italy to visit, but we enjoyed our brief interlude there, particularly the organ music and the unique rose window pictured here.Related to:
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Cadenabbia di Griante Restaurants
This family-run restaurant is located on via Regina with great views over the lake to Bellagio. It has both indoor and outdoor seating and is open for both lunch and dinner.
After a day of being particularly unwell for me, whilst Suvanki had been out but still recovering from her own general malaise, we headed out to get something light to eat which wouldn't be too difficult to consume.
We both ordered the vegetable soup from the starters. This was served with croutons and cheese (both applied after serving at your table to quantities to suit each diner).
The soup was delicious, and just what I needed to move me back to proper healthiness!
Favorite Dish: I would like to have the opportunity to return to this restaurant and enjoy a better selection from their menu, however, the vegetable soup was delicious and required no extra salt.
After a long day travelling around the mid-lake section of Lake Como, we ended the day at Ristorante Rodrigo in Cadenabbia (where we were staying).
It was very late in the evening before we ate - probably around 22:30/23:00. The restaurant still had a few customers and were happy to seat us and take our orders.
Ristorante Rodrigo, along with the Grand Hotel Cadenabbia, is one of the places that make up the history of Cadenabbia. The restaurant is named after its first owner, Rodrigo Benaglio, who established the restaurant (and associated hotel at the time) at the end of the First World War, at the beginning of the 1920s.
At the time of its opening, the restaurant and hotel were popular with local dignitaries and celebrities, such that local people would pass by along the other side of the road, so as not to disturb the guests.
The hotel (and restaurant) was shut in the late 1980s, and remained neglected until purchased by the current owners who restored it to modern standards whilst preserving the Liberty dining-room which is decorated with a stucco ceiling.
Favorite Dish: I ordered a main course of spaghetti with shellfish which was delicious.
Unfortunately, whether it be from the shellfish or from eating so late, I was very unwell the following day. Sue and I were curious as to why we were both taken ill the day after we had eaten seafood.
On our first evening in Cadenabbia, we decided to eat near our hotel in Cadenabbia and selected this restaurant which was within easy walking distance and offered a good selection of local/Italian dishes.
The restaurant offers indoor and outdoor seating - with some outdoor seating located on the opposite side of via Statale Regina, next to Lake Como. As the evening was fresh, we chose to seat indoors.
As always, we chose to share a starter - a platter of seafood, vegetables and local pickles - and both ordered pizzas as our main course. I had a topping of prawns and rocket whilst Sue had a seafood topping. Chef Antonio and his staff prepare their pizzas in a traditional wood-fired pizza oven. I really enjoyed my pizza.
Favorite Dish: I really enjoy Italian pizzas - their thin bases, cooked within a wood-fired oven make nearly ALL of them delicious. My prawn and rocket topped pizza was delicious!
The restaurant is usually closed on Tuesdays.
Unfortunately, the following day, Sue was a 'little off colour' we both wondered if this was related to her seafood-topped pizza.Related to:
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Cadenabbia di Griante Transportation
Our trip to Cadenabbia included a train ride to Como, followed by a bus ride alongside the lake to our inn.
We decided on a radically different route back to Como where we would again catch the train - a battello or "slow" boat ride. Rather than taking a hydrofoil, a fast, direct boat, we chose one that took an indirect but scenic route stopping at numerous small towns along the way, about a two hour journey.
It was a cool and slightly windy day in late September, but nonetheless we found it to be an enjoyable and relaxing way to make the trip back to Como. The attached photos will give an idea of the trip and scenery.Related to:
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Once you have arrived at one of the many entry points to Lake Como (Como, Lecco, Varenna), you will find that each of them offer ferry services for travelling around Lake Como or for onward travelling to your ultimate destination.
For Suvanki and I, we had arrived at Varenna from Bergamo (after a train change in Lecco) and we took a ferry from there to Cadenabbia (with an interim stop at Bellagio). This one-way (single) journey cost €4,60 (discounts are offered for 65+ and children 4 - 11).
It is also possible to purchase a one-day unlimited travel ferry pass for €15,00 - this is a great option if you want to spend a day visiting numerous locations around the lake which are accessible using the ferry services. If you wish to use the hydrofoil or catamaran services when holding a day-pass, it is necessary to purchase a supplementary fare ticket.
Ferries to/from Cadenabbia require the use of two timetables (passenger and car ferries) as there are two separate services operating to/from Cadenabbia. Ferries operate a summer and a winter timetable. During summer (in 2012 the timetable operates from 2 June to 2 September), ferries operated to/from Cadenabbia between 06:05 and 23:35.Related to:
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If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.
Cadenabbia di Griante Warnings and Dangers
Every Italian male driver under the age of 50 must have visions of driving a Lamborghini in a championship road race, and practices for it on roads such as that in front of our hotel and along the lakeside. For that reason, one should exercise extreme caution when walking across this road, especially when there is limited sight such as created by the building next to the raceway, er road.
To be sure, motorcyclists are no different, just louder.
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