This past weekend our friends Jonas and Julia came down from Regensburg and we all drove out to Lake Como, Italy. The drive was just 3 hours and took us through Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and right up to the border of Lichtenstein. Como was right over the Swiss border.
This trip was my first to Italy. It’s somewhere I’ve always wanted to visit, but never had the opportunity. I was struck with how beautiful everything was. Everything looked like a movie set. The colors of the buildings were so bright, the greenery was so lush, and the streets were all perfectly made of pebbled stone.
Our first stop was the town of Bellagio – the one the Vegas casino is named after. The first three photos of this post are from our trips walking around. It was beautiful. The view of the mountains and lake was amazing and the stone streets were so darling. Since we went off season, the town was fairly quiet. I can definitely see it bustling in the summer months.
After Bellagio, we headed back to Como. The roads were windy and narrow – I cannot imagine trying to drive an SUV or larger vehicle through. There were so many times I thought we were going to scrape the cars coming in the opposite direction. We stopped at a quaint roadside bar along the way called Peppo’s, and had an afternoon espresso. Apparently if you order espresso at the counter in Italy, espresso is only 1 Euro. We took advantage of this a lot during our 2 day trip. I don’t even like espresso… When in Italy?
When we got back to Como we hopped on a boat to do a tour of the lake. The boat stops at many lakeside villages and allows you to get on and off whenever you would like. We pulled up to a little town called Torno, and we decided to get off and check it out. The town was a ghost town. Quaint and beautiful, but lacking actual people. We explored for a little bit, and then decided to catch the boat. When we made it to the landing, we were met with the most beautiful sunset. I think it actually may be the best place to watch the sunset on the lake.
We finally made it back to Como we indulged in Italian wine, and an absolutely delicious Italian dinner. I have never been a huge fan of Italian food when living in the US, but real Italian food changed my mind completely. We ate at a placed called Osteria del Gallo and it was beyond delicious. If you’re ever in Como I highly recommend going – just be sure to make a reservation. I’m pretty sure they only take one reservation per table per night.
I didn’t expect to like Italy as much as I did, but I totally fell in love. The atmosphere, the food, the wine, the architecture and of course – the shopping were just above and beyond all my expectations. I would love to eventually see different parts of the country, but I also would not be upset if I had to go back to Como again.
Have you ever been to Italy? If so, what is your favorite part of the country?
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