Lake Como, Italy
Updated: Dec 7, 2019
Back to the land of carbs and good wine
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Weeks before our trip, it was forecasted to rain the entire time we were at Lake Como. Great. Just great.
Hence, our expectation of Lake Como was kept to a minimal and it was each others' company that'd matter more. We flew to Milan and drove to Carate Urio, one of the provinces of Como, where our Airbnb was located.
In contrast to what was forecasted, the weather was absolutely perfect. Waking up to the morning sun shining into our villa; seeing the crystal clear water of the lake surrounded by mountains and hearing nothing but the sound of the birds. Feeling like Cinderella waking up in a dream!
Lake Como is so underrated. I was completely taken aback by the picturesque landscapes all around. It was the BEST decision to visit during the off-peak season because most of the attractions we visited were almost empty and we had the place just to ourselves; just the peaceful vacation we both needed. And not to forget, instagram-worthy shots everywhere!
What to do when around Lake Como in 4 days:
1. Wine and dine
If you don't already know, I am a wine a̶d̶d̶i̶c̶t̶ lover. With Italy's long history of wine production, I was more than thrilled to indulge in wines ranging from full-bodied and fruity to smooth and delicate.
When it rained or the weather was bad, we went for wine.
If you're not a fan of wine, why not coffee?
This was the third time I've visited Italy but only the first time I've properly enjoyed coffee here. Reason being that I wasn't as into coffee in the past as I am now; but wow, was I missing out. It's the coffee beans and how it's roasted; giving every cup of coffee the rich velvety texture that keeps us craving for more. Needless to say, we took as many coffee breaks as we could (in between/with wine, of course).
Don't drink coffee either?
There's bound to be a dish here that would please your palate. You name it: pasta, pizza and MORE PASTA, then finish off with tiramisu or gelato! It was a very rare occasion for us to be having food out in the cold especially in the middle of Autumn but an experience of dining by the lake should not be missed when you're here!
2. Visit the Towns and the Villas
I literally googled "instagrammable spots Lake Como" because I wanted the best views and no, it's not all about the pictures. It really helped us shortlist the top few places to visit especially on our tight schedule, so why not. We didn't want to miss out on the good stuff!
This charming little town is definitely less tourist-packed compared to the other villages on Lake Como. We explored Lenno with a promenade along the edge of the lake before heading to the famous Villa Balbianello.
Villa del Balbianello
This magnificent 18th century mansion is absolutely breathtaking. The beautifully terraced gardens feature trees and flowers in the colour of the the Italian flag: green, white and red. A number of well-known films have been shot here including Star Wars: Attack of the Clones and Casino Royale. See if you can recognise the exact spots the films were shot when you're there!
From Varenna's pier, the Lover's walk (Passeggiata degli Innamorati) leads to the historic centre. Take in the romantic views of the lake, mountains and colourful houses perched at the foot of the cliff. The steep cobblestone streets at the end of the pathway will guide you to Villa Monastero.
Surrounded by a spectacular botanical garden, the villa rests on the eastern shore of Lake Como. We spent the afternoon leisurely exploring the almost-empty garden grounds (perks of visiting off-peak season!) and that pretty much sums up our short trip to Varenna.
Tip when visiting the villas: Bring your student card for discounted entrance tickets. I personally thought the views were much better outside so only paid for tickets to the garden (where all the shots on my Instagram were taken) instead of the combined museum + garden tickets.
Being known as the Pearl of Lake Como, Bellagio should definitely be on your list of towns to visit. Sadly, we didn't spend much time here as we arrived late and had to catch the next ferry back an hour later. Do take the time to visit the old town centre, but make sure you wear appropriate footwear (unlike me and my heeled boots) as you'll find yourself doing quite a bit of up-hill walking on cobbled streets and staircases.
Located on the shores of Lake Como, this 5-star hotel is one of the most desirable locations for wedding proposals! We decided to make a visit to this opulent hotel as it was only 5 minutes away from our AirBnb. We expected to pay an entrance fee like how we did at the previous villas but it was FREEEEEE!
3. Take the ferry
Renting a car makes getting around much easier. However, I do suggest taking the ferry to properly appreciate the scenery. Just sit back, relax and enjoy the view! The ferry timetable can get confusing. Do make sure to check and confirm the timings with the ticket officer if you're unsure so you don't mess up your schedule!
That wraps up our stay at Lake Como for 4 days and 3 nights!
Thanks for staying till the end!
Much love xx
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