24-ish Hours on Lake Como
Riding a bus around Lake Como is not for the faint of heart. To paint you a picture, the roadways range from about as wide as a Fiat to about as wide as a Fiat and bus next to each other — and that’s being generous. At least a dozen times, cars had to reverse down a windy road or around a blind turn so we could squeeze by … and by squeeze, I mean you pretty much brush mirrors with the car or the building next to you. But, we made it safely and the trip out to Menaggio is beyond worth it.
We kicked off our quick stay on Lake Como with a delicious pizza and some wine at a little restaurant overlooking the lake. It was delicious and just what we needed after the ride in. We spent about an hour at Lido di Menaggio, a resort-like area with a beach and pool right on the lake before jumping on a ferry across the lake.
We spent the afternoon and evening in Belaggio, one of the three most popular villages about 20 minutes by boat from Menaggio. We arrived to a mass of tourists, expected after hearing it’s the most popular of the three. We skipped the shopping that everyone raves about and decided to eat and drink our way through the village. It was perfect. I mean it’s impossible not to have a great day when this was your view.
We caught the last ferry back to Menaggio and called it a night after grabbing some wine and watching the sun set over the lake.
We headed out of town relatively early Sunday morning, but not before stopping for a bite to eat and a cappuccino down the hill in the center of Menaggio. Our ride back into Como wasn’t as bad as the ride in — whether it was the newer bus, different driver or the fact we knew what to expect, I don’t know.
Lake Como, I see why so many people rave about you. I would love to head back at the end of the season to enjoy the warmer weather and water, and to check out Varenna. Until next time…