Lake Como, Italy

After tearing ourselves away from Mürren, Daniel and I headed to Lake Como—my first time in Italy! We got there a bit later than we anticipated, so we really only had one full day to soak it in. Even on a tight schedule Italy was every bit as dreamy as I had imagined. We wandered the streets of Bellagio and Varenna, ate delicious food, explored the Castle of Vezio, and took a cooking class at Ristorante Il Caminetto where we enjoyed the generous hospitality of Chef Moreno and his family.

After squeezing all that into just one day, there was still one more thing I needed to do. Find the perfect gelato shop! Just as it was getting dark we rounded a corner and spotted a glass case filled with those impossibly high, perfectly squishy-looking gelato piles. You know, like this. I promised myself back in high school that I wouldn’t taste the gelato available here in the states until I first visited Italy and tried the real thing. I kept that promise, and it was worth the wait to relish my first cup while wandering Bellagio’s jasmine scented streets. Gelato really is silkier and creamier tasting than regular old American ice cream (unless the gorgeous scenery was just brainwashing my taste buds).

Based on our short visit, Italy totally lived up to the hype, and I hope I get to see more of it sooner rather than later!

Bellagio, Lake Como, Italy

Varenna, Lake Como, Italy

Bellagio, Lake Como, Italy

Varenna, Lake Como, Italy

Bellagio, Lake Como, Italy

Bellagio, Lake Como, Italy

Varenna, Lake Como, Italy

Bellagio, Lake Como, Italy

Lake Como, Italy

18 comments

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      Aww I hope to be closer one day—Slovenia is on my travel wishlist for sure! :)

  1. Jo

    I was there last September. So lovely. Chinque Terra was my favorite spot tho. And you know what – I don’t care for gelatto. I think I’m the only one.

  2. Kari

    We are considering visiting Italy in the fall, although I’m not sure we’ll go to Lake Como. Your pictures are beautiful! Curious what they demonstrated in the cooking class and if that’s a type of experience you’d recommend.

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      The cooking class was hosted by the chef of a small family owned restaurant in Varenna. He demonstrated how to make a roasted veal dish, how to make tortellini from scratch, tomato sauce, and risotto—all while telling us about his family, about life in Italy, and sharing lots of great cooking tips. We were given snacks and more wine than we could possible drink through out the course of the day before it was time to feast. We don’t usually do things like that when we travel (we usually try to get as far away from civilization as possible), but it was a really great change of pace and we both enjoyed the class. It was fun to meet the other travelers taking it too. Make sure you are able to read reviews somewhere online before you sign up for a class. I found the class at Ristorante Il Caminetto through all the glowing reviews on Trip Advisor.

  3. Eliane Foglia

    Hi,
    I’m Italian, living between Rome and Florence on my olive farm. My blog viadellafonte.com and my Fan Page in facebook : Via della Fonte , show life in Italy and my trips around the world. I love your blog ! Glad you enjoyed your visit to our bellissimo paese !
    Eliane

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      I love your blog Eliane! You are so lucky to live in such a beautiful place!

  4. Amanda

    Ohhhhh Lake Como! We visited for four glorious days while vacationing through Italy on our honeymoon, and stayed in Bellagio….I felt like a movie star! One of my favourite moments of the whole trip, was taking a boat tour through the lakes to Villa del Balbianello — talk about magical & dreamy! So happy to hear you loved your experience, the images are stunning!

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