Lakeside Towns, Lago di Como
We took a boat to Varenna, which looked like a fairytale village from the boat, and it didn't disappoint us when we walked there. It's a mere village and less touristy than Bellagio and thus have more authenticity to it. We really loved it. We wanted to have pizza for lunch/dinner that day but as usual we wanted to eat at difficult time and ended up having mushroom soup. Good enough thought nothing special. We walked the lakefront to find Villa Monastero and ended up to the next village. We saw the Source of Fiumelatte (river of milk), which is the shortest river in Italy. Only about 250 m from its source to its mouth. It dries up in mid-October and appears suddenly again in second half of March. Coming back we saw it and it was funny that we actually had gone in there but as we didn't want to pay the entrance fee we decided to continue without realising that it was Villa Monastero! The castle of Vezio is up on the hill but neither of us fancied the climb up there, so we gave it a miss. To get back to Cadenabbia we had to take a boat to Bellagio first and then another to Cadenabbia. Nothing against that as the views were marvellous and weather was lovely.
We walked further, uphill, to find another villa and when we stopped to have a cup of coffee in a restaurant we asked for it and the waitress told us that it is not open to the public, so we returned to the centre of Bellagio and walked in its old town. It is very pretty with many narrow stairs and streets, but unfortunately it is very touristy too and many of its old houses are shops and restaurants today. Fortunately it was still off-season so Bellagio was not too crowded.
Nesso is a lovely picturesque town on the steep banks of the Como lake famous for its gorge (L'Orrido di Nesso) and waterfalle. Highplain Tivano is just above it (following the street to go to Erna) with magnificant view of the lake Como and nice mountain landscapes up there. Nesso itself has extremely steep and narrow streets, tiny passages, lots of little bridges, houses ending up in the water... It was an unintended discovery and a pleasent surprise! It's on the way to Bellagio, driving up from Como on the right bank of the lake.
5s45cbSee the smaller villages close to Como - take the little ferry that permits you to disembark and will pick you up on the way back.
The splendid Villa Mia in Torna is home to Saudi Prince Abdul Aziz Al Saud.
Then, before entering the town centre, you must stop and look at the view. Lago di Como offers the visitor such a beautiful landscape that any chance of having a bigger angle for enjoying the sights is worth the stop. Peaceful and relaxing
Entonces, antes de entrar en el centro de la villa, debes tomarte un respiro y contemplar las vistas. El lago del Como ofrece al visitante un paisaje tan hermoso que cualquier oportunidad para tener un angulo mayor desde el cual disfrutar las vistas hace que la parada valga la pena. Relajante y lleno de paz.
During our daytrip to Lago di Como, we arrived at Lecco, although we only stopped there to see the views. This branch of Lago di Como is called also Lago di Lecco. It didnt seem so charming as Bellagio, but the mountains behind the town made it an special place.
Durante nuestra excursion al Lago de Como, llegamos hasta Lecco, aunque solo paramos alli a contemplar las vistas. Esta rama del Lago de Como tambien recibe el nombre de Lago di Lecco. No parece un lugar tan encantador como Bellagio, pero las montanhas de detras de la ciudad y el propio lago, lo hacen un lugar bastante especial. Tambien hay una playa en Lecco.
This is Villa del Balbianello more or less near Sala Comacina & Ossuccio at Como lake, in a place called Lenno. The newest episodes of Star Wars were filmed there, it's the planet Naboo. Of course, slightly adapted.
You can see it from the boat, and walk to it in a path through the woods of peninsula. It's a museum now, it used to be a private property. it has the most beautiful gardens and surroundings, secret passages, huge library, remains of a monastery (it was built by the rich priests), collection of souvenirs from all over the world (the last owner was an explorer and went to many expeditions), old furniture, precious paintings and items... But the best of all is the feeling of serenity and all the beauty that you can see around. it's a MUST SEE!
Entrance fee is 11 EUR for both gardens and guided tour inside the villa (guided tours are only on the weekends).
It's open all the days from 15th of March to october 31st, from 10am to 6pm, except non-holiday Mondays and Wednesdays.
The last entrance is half an hour before closure.
Varenna may be the most picturesque town on the lake, after Bellgaio perhaps... its steep winding alleys lined with charming homes, flowering balconies and lace-curtained windows. Just above it is the ancient castle where Theodolinda, Queen of the Lombards, is said to have died in the 7th century. Two famed villas to visit here are Villa Cipressi, with terraced gardens cascading right down to the shores, and Villa Monastero, a true showcase.
When walking through the narrow streets you can hop through small niche or hidden doors and appear at the lake suddenly, revealing the breathtaking landscape... i experienced one of the most beautiful sunsets there!
Varenna is also famous for the shortest river in Italy, Fiumelatte (check the next tip!)
I think I have never seen gardens so beautiful as in Villa Carlotta! Add to that the stunning view on the lake and Bellagio in the background, many little corners and passages, and you're in heaven! It's hyper romantic!
For more, check my Tremezzo page!
Lake Como is renowned for its exquisite villas, and probably the most famous one is Villa Carlotta, a perfect combination of luxurious interiors (beautiful stuccos, lovely ceiling frescoes and a great art collection, including an Eros and Psyche by Antonio Canova) and luxuriant exteriors (over 500 species of plants, trees and shrubs from all over the world).
For more, check my Tremezzo page!
Perhaps one of the most famous features of the lake, the astonishing villa Carlotta in Tremezzo is a definite MUST SEE! WIth its spektacular gardens full of gorgeous flowers of all colours and labyrinths, stylish clasy features... The best time is to visit from spring to September, but it can be lovely even later as well, unless it's closed for works (usually in November).
For more, check my Tremezzo page!
A nice visit when travelling around Lago di Como is Villa Carlotta. It is a neoclassical villa, built in XVIII century and ithas really beautiful gardens. Villa Carlotta is easily accesible from Bellagio and Varenna: just take the ferry, it is supposed to leave one about every 20 minutes. There are also a bus from Como.
It opens from 9 to 18 hours from April to October and in a more reduced opening time on low season. The tickets cost 7 euros.
Una visita agradable si viajais al Lago de Como es Villa Carlotta. Es una villa neoclasica construida en el siglo XVIII y tiene unos jardines preciosos y se llega muy facilmente desde Bellagio y Varenna: solo hay que tomar el ferry, se supone que hay uno cada 20 minutos. Tambien hay un autobus que va desde Como.
Abre de 9 a 18 horas desde abril a octubre y en horario mas reducido en temporada baja. El ticket cuesta 7 euros.
There is an amazing sight from Bellagio Pier. We had a beautiful autumm day, sunny although a little foggy and I think it gave the lake a hint of nostalgic feeling and even mystery. There are several places beside the lake shore to have a drink and you can see the ferry parting from time to time. Just look at the photo and dream...
Hay una vista impresionante desde el puerto de Bellagio. Tuvimos un hermoso dia de otonho, soleado aunque con un poco de niebla y creo que eso le dio al lago un toque de sentimiento nostalgico e incluso algo de misterio. Hay varios lugares para tomar algo junto a las aguas y puedes ver de vez en cuando a los ferries saliendo. Simplemente mira la foto y suenha...
Walk up and down the streets of Bellagio: it's a relaxing ambience, even if there are lots of people. You will find a charming place in every corner and always with a breathtaking view of the lake. There are several restaurants, bars and shops all around.
Pasea por las calles de Bellagio: es un lugar relajante, incluso si hay mucha gente. Encontraras sitios encantadores en cada esquina y siempre con un impresionante vista del lago. Hay varios restaurantes, bares y tiendas por todo el pueblo.
Just a step away from Varenna, there is a small town of Bellano, holding a big secret - L'Orrido (the horrid). All of a sudden, mild and tame lake environment turns wild and spooky - the Bellano Gorge emerges just behind the sunny lakeside, and the next step after palm trees you will find yourself in the deep throuat of the mountain, with high cliffs and intense water rumour, deep gorge and freezing water, with lush rainforest vegetation and a chilly climate! And don't forget the House of a Devil... (see the next tip)
Booo hoo hoooo...
(More info will be available soon at my Bellano page.