A few months ago I treated my mother by taking her on a holiday to Lake Como. Deciding to take her to Italy was the easy part, as it was a lifelong dream of hers to visit. Not so easy was picking where in Italy to go, this country seems to offer unlimited must see destinations. I decided on Lake Como as I knew the natural beauty would go down well with her.
I would definitely recommend staying in the small town of Lecco, it’s less touristy than say Como and feels like a normal working Italian town, accommodation and food prices reflect this. It doesn’t really matter where you stay around the lake, as all the towns and villages are connected with regular ferries, trains and buses. It’s also well connected to Milan by train, which is very convenient as you’re likely to fly into Milan Airport. Trains to Lecco are regular, take about 1 hour and cost a mere €6 (£5, $7).
If you’re still not sure, these photos below will certainly convince you to visit…
^ 1. No better way to start the day than a morning stroll on magnificent Lecco’s promenade
^ 2. My favourite view in Lecco, with the famous San Nicolò bell tower.
^ 3. I don’t know if it’s a car or a mobility scooter.. but I do know I want it!
^ 4. Varenna, the most beautiful town I saw on Lake Como. You can get here from Lecco by train, it cost me about €5 (£4.30, $5.30) and took just under an hour. The train ride itself is an attraction, charming small villages and panoramic lake views for the whole journey.
^ 5. Just a half hour walk south of Varenna we found this amazing beauty spot! This small rocky beach was just for us, as you can see I took advantage of the privacy. I’ll never forget this view. <3
^ 6. Taking the ferry from Varenna to Bellagio. The ride took about 10 minutes and cost just €4.60 (£4, $5) one way. In summer the service runs throughout the day every 30 minutes.
^ 7. View of Como. I actually walked here by mistake, thinking I was heading towards the funicular station. In reality I was walking up to some residential properties. Imagine this being the path up to your home, if only.
^ 8. Such an elegant little church in Brunate. Like most people I reached Brunate by taking the Funicular from Como. A return ticket for the beautiful uphill journey cost just €5.50 (£4.60, $5.80). After visiting this church, you must go hiking.
^ 9. Found this charming property hiking towards Brunate Lighthouse (Faro Voltiano). As we walked past the garden we noticed an elderly lady cooking, her auburn cat then popped out to greet us. It’s amazing how quickly you can find yourself in a traditional village.
^ 10. Do I even need to say anything here? :O