Welcome back! I hope you are enjoying romping through Europe with me. It has been a blast sharing this once in a lifetime experience with you. Today’s post features one of my most favorite - Lake Como. It holds a special place in my heart as it was my grandmother’s most loved place on earth and, now after visiting, it has become mine as well. It was a longtime dream come true and it stole my heart, for sure.
We took the train to Lake Como from Milan and, each time we got a glimpse of the lake, the entire train was oohing and ahhing. We stepped off the train and started walking towards the ferry, and the entire group couldn't stop talking about how beautiful it was. It was dreamy!
We took a ferry to our Airbnb in Bellagio, Italy. The towns surrounding the Lake are a little more expensive than the other places we stayed, but, for us, Lake Como was a priority. Therefore, we were willing to spend a little more and, I promise, it’s worth every penny. Our Airbnb was adorable and the perfect size for the 4 of us. It was exceptionally clean and well kept (below is a view from our balcony). Can you see why I didn't ever want to leave this incredible view??
We no sooner checked in, than we changed clothes and headed straight to town. I cannot even begin to describe how magical it is. From the century-old buildings to cobbled stairs, you could wander around for hours getting lost in the magnificence of this picturesque little village.
After wandering around a bit and grabbing a delicious lunch (pasta of course!), we headed to Lido Di Bellagio. This is a beach club right on the lake and it was perfect! We rented beach chairs, jumped in the lake … it was chilly … and then relaxed the rest of the afternoon. Let me repeat, it was perfect! After traveling most of the morning, it was nice to slow down, soak up the rays and just enjoy the glorious view.
Alas, we headed back to our place to get ready for dinner at Silvio, the most adorable hotel and restaurant within walking distance from our Airbnb. Our host had recommended dinner here and we immediately made reservations. The beautiful outdoor patio was filled with little lights everywhere that added so much to the ambience. We each ordered unique pasta dishes that left us all grinning from ear to ear.
Something I learned in Europe, especially Italy, was that Europeans eat dinner fairly late (typically 8:30/9 pm) and take their time. You do not rush your waiter. We would sometimes wait 20 minutes before seeing our waiter again. So if you want wine right away or bread, ask for it at the beginning. But, this reminded me that yet again, we Americans are constantly rushing and missing out on LIFE. The best conversations are had with a bottle of wine, relaxed dining and good friends.
After stuffing our faces with pasta, a little dancing was in order. We headed back to Lido di Bellagio to check out the night scene. Bellagio’s night life is limited and this was one of the few places to go, but it was actually fun! Be aware though, the youngest people there were 16....that was weird. It made me feel old! I know I'm not that old so you can refrain from the "oh ya, you're sooo old" eye roll. We made the most of it and had a blast even if we were the oldest ones there. Haha!
One of my favorite days in Lake Como, was when we rented a boat and, surprisingly, it was fairly affordable. I was super excited because a sunny day on the lake spent with good friends and yummy food is my idea of the perfect day! And, it was SO much fun. We packed our cooler full of meats and cheeses, bread, fruit and wine (surprise surprise!) and set out for the day. It was SO much fun. The boat was the perfect size and we really took full advantage of it. Plus, we got to see more of Lake Como and the beautiful towns that surround it. Our friend, Mat, grew up on the water and was in heaven. If you find yourself with a couple of days in Lake Como, you should definitely rent a boat. It's cheap entertainment and how often do you get to say that you rented a boat on Lake Como?? Also, ask around for the best places to jump off cliffs!
Side note: I would advise renting a car or mopeds, maybe even bikes, if you are going to stay in Bellagio for more than a few days. We wished we had done this because the hills to our Airbnb were fairly steep and there really isn't a taxi service. So make sure you rent something! Needless to say, we earned all of the bread we ate.
Lake Como was the perfect way to break up our trip and relax in between traveling and walking so much. If you get the chance to go, I'm positive you will fall in love with the Lake. Plus, the town of Bellagio is slow paced, dreamy, full of gardens to walk through and, of course, right on the water. The restaurants are lovely and typically in old homes which make it even more romantic. The history is rich and the culture is classic. I could go on and on, but just know this - there is nothing like it. So pack your bags and go!
See you next Monday on the blog; I'll be sharing Florence with you! Ciao!
Ok, here’s a bit of outfit details for you! My favorite thing about shopping on Shein or Zaful (linked below for my swimsuit and two-piece set), is that people leave reviews and take pictures of themselves wearing the clothes so you can see the fit. This is so helpful. The outfits are sooo cheap, you want to make sure they look as good on you as they do on their website. I only purchase items that have thorough reviews, that way I know I am not wasting time or money. And, lucky for me, these items fit me perfectly!
Also, Lulus is my favorite place to find dresses. They have SO many and the fit is very true to size. They also have awesome sales so sometimes I will snag a few at a time. Their maxi dresses are very long too. So if you are shorter, you may have to have them tailored. I am 5'9" and was still able to wear heels with the dress I was wearing. Enjoy!
Two-piece set: Shein
Dress: Lulus, Similar one here
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