Lago di Como, a dream location near Milan, should not be missed if you have a free day wandering or just want to get of the beaten track. It’s only a short 45 minutes ride away, so…Why not? The lake is in top three biggest lakes in Italy, after Garda and Maggiore, and it’s one of the posh spots of Italy. Aristocrats used to come here during the holidays and that kind of made me curious. So, since I was in Milan anyway, I went to check it out.
Como is filled with tourist, no matter if it’s winter or summer, so it does the best to fill back their time: boat trips on the lake( when you can just peek at the Villas laying on the shore ), countless places where you can sip a glass of wine or catch up on some pasta, a funicular ride to Brunate, where…if you go on top of the Faro…you can take lots of pictures of the Alps.
We decided to choose the boat trip, for a panoramic tour, hoping to catch a glimpse at one of the celebrities that have a holiday home here, but the luck was not on our side. Although pretty busy, Como seems like a very laid back city, it’s extravaganza being mainly of a culinary type.
In the center of the city, at one of the hidden restaurants, we tasted a delicious carciofi pizza. That gave us courage to take the funicolare up to Brunate. The road is amazing, it just goes up and down the mountain giving you the chance to admire the view.
We stopped and checked Sant’Andrea’s church. Very impressed about the architecture, to be honest. You can find it in Piazza della Chiesa, right in the middle of the small town. Here, far away from all the buzz of Como, the heat seems to have melted everyone. The narrow road takes you to Faro Voltiano, an octagonal tower, 29 meters tall. If you want to have a bird’s eye view of the Italian Alps joining Switzerland, you can climb the 143 stairs.
The conclusion is that, even if it’s only a short visit, it pays of to see Como: for the amazing landscape, the wonderful people, the magnificent spiral that…oh, I just loved that magnificent spiral from the Faro. Would you visit? Leave a comment bellow 🙂