After a relaxing few days exploring Lake Maggiore, it was time for us to go lake hopping (wait is that even a thing?), heading east toward Lake Como, the region’s most famous lake and vacation home to residents such as George Clooney, Madonna, and Gianni Versace.
After a missed connection in Milan (our connecting train platform located across the station wasn’t announced until just 2 minutes prior to departure so that making a run for it only ended up being a sweaty futile endeavor), we arrived only slightly delayed in Como, the southernmost city on the left leg of the lake.
The streets of the old town around the Duomo were filled with families and tourists out enjoying a lazy Sunday afternoon; packing the outdoor cafes while sipping away on an aperol spritz, strolling along the cobblestoned streets eating countless cones of rich gelato, and window shopping the high end boutique shops.
Dan and I love climbing to the top of church domes, rooftops, or mountains to get a birds eye view of the places we visit and Como was no exception. We boarded the funicular to Brunate, the mountain town overlooking the shores of Como. After experiencing gorgeous weather for the last eight days of our trip our luck ran out and that morning the clouds had wrung out a good dose of rain on us leaving us with hazy afternoon skies, slightly obscuring our view at the top of the cliffside villages across the lake. Nonetheless, the journey up the mountain on the funicular was a treat and in clearer weather I imagine the views are breathtaking and the pictures incredible.
After returning lakeside, we were treated to our first halfway decent sunset this trip, the sun’s last rays glinting off the boats moored in the harbor. A picturesque end to the start of our time in Lake Como!