Hi everyone, how are you? This is a scheduled post, because as of right now, I’m on a weekend away, but you should travel a bit, too, right? After my first glimpse into my Living the dream feature, I have decided to take you back, across the Atlantic again, into a whole new country. WHY, you ask? Well, because I don’t want to reveal all of my wonderful american adventures yet, and because I feel like going back to nature, and to a small city, first. One I hope you’ll fall in love with, so let’s get started!
I know, there aren’t much surprises here, since the name of the city, AND the country, is in the title already. But, in case you missed it, we’re off to the beautiful Italy. Let’s take a rest from the big cities, and settle in peaceful Como. This little city is located North, only miles from the Switzerland border, and right next to the beautiful Lake Como. I know, a picture’s worth a thousand words, especially when talking about travelling. So, welcome to COMO, guys !
After a little more than four hours of road trip – I LOVE ROAD-TRIPS, in case I didn’t mention it before. Should I post about it?! -, my family and I arrived in Italy, and in Como. Traffic jams and getting lost three times on our way to the hotel didn’t get to us, and we decided to get to it already. Because we’re CRAZY TRAVELLERS, just like that. So, without further ado, put on your walking shoes and explore Como !
IN THE HEART OF THE CITY ⛲️
Often, when we think about travelling, we can dream of the big cities, the capital. I’ve always wanted to go to Italy, but didn’t expect to start my journey there with Como. But we did, and I discovered such a cosy, charming city, perfect for a relaxing getaway!
The huge, and gorgeous Cathedral of Como, most commonly called Duomo. It makes you feel kind of little.
Right in front of the Cathedral, you’ll stumble upon this cute little plaza, filled with restaurants and chatty people.
The lovely streets and houses and restaurants of Como makes a walk through the city perfect.
I mean, just look at this. I couldn’t resist, but, that Duomo is kind of a BIG deal.
GOING UP 🚠
One thing I love about travelling, is when you get to see the city from above. And just wonder how the little ants down there are living their lives, while you’re here, seeing the whole world. It’s especially beautiful, I think, to see cities from above. I’ve experienced my home town, New York, and lots of other places this way, and it’s always so, so great to see. But back to the subject… Como from above was absolutely GORGEOUS. You have to see it yourself.
If you’re there someday, and feel like going up, you’ll have to take the Funiculare Como-Brunate, Brunate being the city that’s above Como. It’s a short ride, and it’s quite impressive to see from the windows of the little cart you’re in, the city getting smaller and smaller, getting a sight of the mountains hovering behind, and the houses just becoming dots in it.
More than having this gorgeous view, if you want to take a walk, get back to nature, see wonderful little houses and paved streets, this is the place you have to go to. If you want the funny anecdote, it’s actually so disorienting that we ended up getting lost… but well, I guess it was okay to get lost in a place like this, haha.
You can easily spend the whole day up here, but at some point, you have to get back to reality, and, once again, get down to earth. Down, and down, and with a last glimpse at this crazy view (and, as you can see it, the railroads heading down. It’s making me dizzy again just to look at this).
ALONG THE LAKE COMO 🌊
If you ever come here, a walk along the lake is a MUST. Not only because it’s gorgeous -see above-, but because despite tourists and clicks of cameras, it’s so beautiful, and definitely worth stopping and taking some pictures.
Right next to the lake, yet surrounded by trees, you’ll find the Tempio Voltiano. It’s a museum dedicated to Alessandro Voltia, inventor of the electrical battery. I didn’t go in so I can’t tell you whether it’s good or not, but it does look beautiful, like a little treasure in the middle of nature, doesn’t it?
I’ll be honest here, walking along the lake, this, this gorgeous place you can see above, was the goal. It looked so, so beautiful from afar, and we really wanted to see it. After a great time longing the water, right next to tourists, bikes and everything, we finally arrived to the Villa Olmo. This beautiful place was supposed to be a summer retreat for aristocracy a long time ago, and now it’s open from time to time for exhibitions.