ISOLA COMACINA (Comacina Island)

At about 100 metres from the Western side of the Lake, near Ossuccio, is the only Island of Lake Como. It is roughly 600 metres long and only 200 metres wide and has a total area of 6 hectares. It is covered with lush Mediterranean vegetation – olives, linden, laurel, hack berry, horn beam and black mulberry. This corner of Lake Como has a mild climate and is favourable for the cultivation of olive trees and the production of local oil. Explanatory panels along the way describe the archaeological sites, the Church of San Giovanni Battista and the House of Artists. This is a picturesque and enchanting corner of the world where nature and history come together. It was our pleasure to spend a couple of hours walking the trails today in such a peaceful atmosphere (we only encountered four other tourists). The weather was perfect with the sun shining in an amazing blue sky and a top temperature of 19 degrees. Today’s glimpse at people we have met: A bright young man served us with our morning coffee by the Lake. His English is good and we particularly enjoyed chatting with him – he visited Australia on his honeymoon. In a Jewellery shop lakeside we met the owners, Rosa Maria and her husband who had so many stories to tell. Their home is above the shop where she has lived for her 75 years. She was a real gem and had we not been booked on the Ferry we would probably still be there chatting! Another day filled with new experiences and interesting people.

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