For the last week we’ve had a visit from my cousin, Meg and her husband, Rodney from Virginia. They were finishing up a trip to Switzerland with another couple and ended up in Lugano so we arranged to take the train to Lake Como to meet them. It had been YEARS since I’d been to Como and I was looking forward to it. We had to take three trains to get there. A local from our station, a Freccarossa (fast) from Florence to Milan, and another local to Como. We arrived about 3PM and Meg and Rodney were already there.
I had made reservations a few months ago at Villa Flori which is between the city of Como and Cernobbio, right on the lake. It was a priority that we be on the lake. The hotel was one of the best we’ve stayed in. Very accommodating and pretty convenient. We could walk to the Cernobbio dock to catch the boats etc.
We had a lovely dinner the first night in the hotel restaurant Raimondi. I could look down from our balcony and see the restaurant tables all set for dinner.
My pasta was perfect and summery.
The following morning, after a sumptuous breakfast we walked to the dock to catch the boat to Bellagio. There are lots of boats and this one was the slow boat which stopped at just about every town along the way. But that was OK since we got to see alot of the scenery. We also enjoyed a spritz. Since we were one of the first to board we got a nice table for 4 at a window. I took a few pictures.
Mountainside flowers and palms
An amazing palazzo with its gardens
Approaching Bellagio. Spectacular mountains
We arrived in Bellagio with the crowds. It was packed with people. Nothing like I remembered from our last trip. We did some shopping and then we found a little place for lunch. It was nice, basic Italian food. Rodney finally got his spaghetti with meat sauce (ragu).
Pretty street. The town is on a steep hill and has the dock area and promenade and then the streets go up steeply to another parallel street above.
We opted to upgrade to the hydrofoil on the way back. It was amazing! the entire boat rises up on legs and flies above the water! We got back in half the time. I borrowed the below photo.
The following day we decided to visit Como after an aborted attempt to visit some gardens. Como was blessedly calm and uncrowded after Bellagio.
This was one of the oldest streets.
We had a nice lunch at a place recommended to Meg. It was great. No menu and the lady just recited the food.
The next morning we were off on the trains south to Umbria to complete a nice visit with family. Come back soon Meg and Rodney!
aw shucks. I love you too!
Wonderful summarization, you left out the “hostess with the mostess”! Love you and our time together!
Except for the crowds I liked it. I’ll avoid it in the summer from now on. Hope to see you soon!
Beautiful trip! I love Bellagio.