Nope - not a shy feather here. If you stop while no one else is feeding them, it is their custom to let you know you are supposed to be there at the Lake with bread in hand for them - they can be quite vocal about it!
As I climbed the dock at Cernobbio, I glanced toward Villa d'Este and happened to see this gentleman fishing - right there between the dock and the Villa. You don't see many people fishing now on the Lake - not like a few years ago. They did announce that the lake is badly contaminated, so I wonder what someone might catch that would be fit to eat. I do see "lake fish" on the menu at various restaurants and - I just wonder??
Villa along the Passegiatta Lino Gelpi displays modern art works in front of the old villa. Further evidence of this accommodation is the trend to decorate one's ancient home in minimalist decor - the younger people especially enjoy this mix.
Most of these boat access entranceways are no longer in use - however, it was - and still is - a grand custom. Just navigate your boat - not just to the dock - but into the underground entrance to your villa.
Lizarding? :-) It means to stay on the sun like a lizard and enjoy it very much! These people were practicing this sport by the lake in front of Barry's Bar on these benches. They had such pleasurable faces with nirvana smiles and closed eyes! Like enchanted! :-) Some were chit chatting a bit, but mostly the location is used for lizarding. Lovely!!!
Menaggio is larger than most of the towns we visited around Lake Como. It was also more crowded than most other places. But, also unlike many other places Menaggio seemed to be much more popular with the local residents. It was Sunday afternoon and the town was jumping. Parking was at a premium and the cafes were buzzing. Apparently, the piazza along the lakeside promenade is a prime gathering spot for motorcycle enthusiasts. No Harleys here. Very sleek Italian and Japanese speedsters lined the curb. Most notable were lots of colorful leather outfits and lots of flirting. In a sort of odd juxtaposition was the public bingo game set up in the square.
We, of course, decided to explore. It was our first full day on Lake Como and our first exposure to what would become routine but never boring... climbing the cobblestone walkways. As soon as we left the main streets we were nearly alone to wander and discover hidden courtyards, secluded gardens and private lanes. Eventually, we returned to the lakeside promenade, joined the locals and enjoyed a beautifully landscaped walk with signature views across the lake to Bellagio and beyond.
This group was undisturbed by the proximity of the boats and people disembarking. Maybe that's just what they were gathered to do - people watching - its contagious along Lake Como.