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!