LAGO di COMO – Italy’s most famous lake

Lake Como lies between Milan and the border of Switzerland. It is 46 Kms long and has a width which varies from 4 Kms to 0.43 Kms. It covers an area of 146 sq. Kms and has a maximum depth of 410 metres. Ferries link the major villages and towns, providing both a good form of public transportation and the opportunity for sightseeing from the lake. The ferries range in size from very large car ferries to those just for passengers and then there are smaller boats for Tour Groups and Water Taxis which are smaller again. There is excellent fish (which I have enjoyed)served in the Restaurants hence fishing boats are also seen. I have been intrigued by the traditional style of fishing boat. Today we set out at 09:00 in order to catch a slow ferry to Cernobbio which meant 8 stops along the way. Although today was quite showery it gave us a wonderful opportunity to appreciate from the water the little villages with clouds hanging over the mountains in the background. It was Market Day so we made some purchases for lunch (bread, cheese, cherry tomatoes etc.). All of the daily happenings are quite an experience as many in the small villages have no English at all but everybody does their best to be helpful. We walked to the gates of Villa d’Este, the most famous of Lake Como’s Villas, but could only take photos at the gate. It is now a luxury hotel with 161 rooms so one is not able to enter the grounds unless a paying guest. Our return trip was by bus and ferry enabling us to experience once again the great skills of these Italian bus drivers on the narrow winding roads.(much use of the horn). By late afternoon the rain was very heavy and back in Bellagio water was pouring down the cobbled stairways. We were thankful for coats, hats and umbrellas and a comfortable dry place to call home at the moment.

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2 thoughts on “LAGO di COMO – Italy’s most famous lake

  1. We can see that there is no mention of jet lag as you have thrown yourself right into your Grand Tour. Your photos are all very evocative of what looks like a photographer’s dream! You have already packed so much into the first few days. You will both be sponges for days as you soak up all the wonderful vistas and people. Enjoy. X Glynis

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