A Cloudy Lake Como
I’m on my way back from Lake Como. Unfortunately, the weather hindered my enjoyment of the beautiful city and lake. I definitely need to come back, though.
It was very cloudy and foggy, so you could not see the tops of the mountain and the other towns on the lake were very hard to make out. There are supposedly a lot of beautiful towns that you can get to by boat from Como, but I decided not to try. I’ve heard that Bellagio is the most beautiful as it has amazing panoramic views of the lake. From the postcards I saw, it will definitely be worth a trip back here next time I am in Milan.
When I arrived in Como, I wanted to take a boat tour of the lake, but since the weather was iffy I just went to one of their piazzas and took in the scenery. Then, I meandered around the town for about an hour before trying to get into their beautiful Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta, but it was closed until 3:00 PM. I found a pretty cheap place for lunch in the small piazza in front of the duomo, so I ate while I waited. I had a pretty good dish of pasta in a pesto sauce and a water for only €7.50. I expected everything to be pricey because I was in Lake Como.
Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta
Piazza in front of Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta
I finished my lunch with about 15 minutes to kill, so I walked around the perimeter of the duomo. It is a very intricate building. When I finally got inside, the building did not disappoint. It had the same structure as St. Peter’s Basilica, but smaller. The artwork was phenomenal and it had stained glass windows that looked like they were paintings!
After the duomo, I bought a postcard to send home and a pin for my collection. Just as I started to write the postcard it started to rain, so I packed up and headed for the train.
I think I’m going to take it easy tonight and relax at my hostel. It has a pretty impressive apertivo, so I will eat there & socialize with other travelers.
Tomorrow, I have my grand tour of Milan, then I am off to Berlin, my favorite city in Europe outside of Italy.
Note: This post was originally published on June 7, 2012 in a blog entitled “Romeing Around Europe…Again” which chronicled my post-graduation trip across Europe.