Italy: Heading North to Lake Como

Following the last post in Milan, with my sister coming along, she had suggested we go to Lake Como for the day as she’s seen the beauty of it online and have heard some great recommendations there – I’m not going to lie, James and I had not thought of going there but with a bit of research we managed to pull it off last minute and honestly, we have no regrets.

We started our day early at 10am and took a one way train from Milan Central to Varenna, the journey itself was breathtaking but as soon as you step off the train, it is simply stunning. The views and the fresh crisp air – it was truly mesmerising!

As the organised freak I am, the first stop was finding out where the ferry stop is to ensure we know where we need to be to make our next stop, along the way there were more views and seafronts with mountain views in the distance.

Of course, this was the perfect photo opportunity, we we took our photos and took in this moment to appreciate what we right in front of us. We decided to stay in Varrena for an hour or so before our scheduled ferry ride to Bellagio, which was simply a 15 minute ride across the lake.

As suggested online, we decided to have a little wonder around Varrena and see what it had to offer. Located on the shore of Lake Como in Varrena lies Villa Monastero, which includes a botanical garden, a museum, and a convention centre.

If you’re a regular reader, you would know from our past travels that we enjoy a good botanical garden and this one was no exception. The views, the flowers, the plants, along the lake and everything – it was quiet too, barely any other people there – absolute bliss, we could have easily spent more than an hour here.

After a quick ferry ride to Bellagio, it was lunch time and the first thing we needed to do was eat! As you could imagine, the food here is pretty expensive – so our first move was to find a decent cheap eats and that’s what we did, along with find handmade ice cream, perfect for the hot weather we had!

With more strolling up and down the alleys, window shopping and souvenir shopping, it was already time to leave, as we had another scheduled ferry journey to the bottom of Como to meet our friends at the end, Hannah and Ashley for some dinner at a restaurant they had been to previously and highly recommended.

The ferry ride from Bellagio to Como was the longest one yet but it was so smooth that we all ended up having an hours nap on it – shamefully missed the beautiful views, but the nap was definitely needed with the day we’ve already had.

Once we got into Como, it started to rain but that wasn’t going to stop us from walking to our dinner destination and decided to sit outside to take in more of the beautiful views but within moments it starred pouring down so hard, but we still enjoyed every moment of it – continued to have our dinner outside and just chatted away.

And with literately seconds to spare, we jumped on the train from Como San Giovanni to Milan Central around 8pm. It was such a great day, regardless of the rain and almost missing the train, it simply just made the day more memorable – the best way to end our trip and to end this Italy series.

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  1. What Corinne Did
    September 6, 2018 / 4:04 pm

    I have been to Lake Como a few years ago with my high school and it was a blast! When it is sunny, with an ice cream, it is perfect! Speaking of ice cream, yours look amazing! Oh Italy, I miss you!

  2. Amie Cadwallader
    September 6, 2018 / 4:14 pm

    Oh my gosh this looks absolutely gorgeous! I've always wanted to go to Lake Como, and I love Italy anyway, but this makes me want to book a holiday right now! Love, Amie ❤ The Curvaceous Vegan

  3. Golden Memos
    September 6, 2018 / 4:16 pm

    Great post and nice pictures! I’ve never been to Italy or Lake Como but now I really want to go! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  4. Molly
    September 6, 2018 / 4:20 pm

    The photos look so beatiful and those icecreams are so cute! I have never been to Italy but somewhere I want to go in the future.Molly | http://www.mollyeez.co.uk

  5. Mindful Adventures
    September 6, 2018 / 4:25 pm

    Lake Comp looks absolutely stunning! I’ve never been to Italy but it’s high up on my list to visit. I too love botanical gardens, beautiful places to visit. Thanks for the travel inspiration!Jo | mindfuladventures.co.uk

  6. Hello Bexa
    September 6, 2018 / 4:33 pm

    This looks like an amazing trip! The botanical gardens are beautiful and wow, those ice creams! I’ve been really enjoying your Italy posts, glad you had a wonderful time, thank you for sharing <3 xxBexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

  7. Karen Lanzetta
    September 6, 2018 / 4:43 pm

    Now I want to go! We love botanical gardens, and ferries, and gelato, and water, and good food! Thanks for sharing!

  8. KHarris
    September 6, 2018 / 5:37 pm

    This place looks so gorgeous! The photos you took are amazing and male me wish I could drop everything and go right now!

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