Lakeside promenade, Como
Favorite thing: The beautiful pavement promenade is build all over the lakeshore of the town of Como, closing the both sides of the city port. The western side of the promenade is in particularly beautiful, offering deep shade in a hot summer time.
Lake Como is situated in subalpine area of Italy and is of glacial origin. The lake is inhabited since prehistoric times and has always played important role as a line of communication between the northern regions and the Po valley. The Romans settled in after the Gauls, and under their rule this area gained strategic importance.
After the Franks, around year 1000, Como became a free-city, but still had to fight for its independence from feudal Visconti and Sforza families. Afterwards, Como was ruled by the Spaniards, then by the Austrians and finally by the French.
Favorite thing: Every villa has its own private lake approach, since most of those classy villas are right on the lake. All of them are very beautiful, and many are even public, you can use them to go down to the lake yourself. Youngsters like to stay on the stairs in the summer evenings sometimes...
Favorite thing: Go for a walk also in the evening, not only during the day. The lakeside is beautifully enlighted and there are lots of interesting candelabres. You can also have your privacy in some of the many hideouts and little corners, since the lakseide is full of them! In the summer evenings you can soak your feet and listen to the water rumour under one of the lights.
Favorite thing: All around the lake there are these funny lace alike trees, I'm not a botanic so I have no idea what's their name (I never see them at home either!) but they are so impressive to me, especially when covering the lakside promenade.
There are so many ducks on the lake (I'll mention that a few times :)) But the little ones are the cutest! If you're lucky to see the chicks floating or walking behind the mother it's so funny! As soon as I approached, the little ones rushed to their mother's feathers, and sailed off to the Como lake together!
Children adore to play with them...
Sea gulls in front of villa Olmo, absolutely adore to stay on this fence, all lined up like an army of soldiers! Who is the capitain?! ;)
They are very funny! Approach slowly not to scare them off! :)
Favorite thing: In front of the villa Olmo, at the very lakeside, there is the huge anchor, kind of a monument nowadays, I wonder if it's real, if it belonged to some ship that really sailed in the Como waters. If so, it inded needed a very good anchor, as Como is the deepest lake in Europe, and its bottom is below sea level.
Favorite thing: The lake is full of all kinds of birds, ducks, swans... Some of the species you might come across are particularly beautiful, like this lovely orange duck! It was the only of a kind and it looked pretty isolated from the group... A loner evidently! ;)
Favorite thing: Mamny of the villas have impressive water approaches, usualy the stairs leading directly to the water. Some are well hidden, some are more exposed, but imagine the possibilities they offer. :) Like this hideout under the tree... :)
Favorite thing: If you take a walk by the lake side you'll face a chain of impressive clasy villas, it would be dificult to pick which one is more beautiful. Some are private, some public, but they are all very interesting to see, and not something you can run onto on every corner!
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Fondest memory: Spectacular ride on the jetfoil boat to Como, watching the villages and mountains along the sides of the lake.
Favorite thing: Ducks are just about everywhere!!! As soon as you approach the water, they are there in immense numbers and swimming happily, often chasing you to feed them!
Favorite thing: Marina is near the stadium, and the yachting club of course, right in front! There is also boat maintenance service, where the sailboats and yachts are kept during the winter and well maintained.