My love for Lago di Como – September, 2016

Hi readers!

(Just a little disclaimer, this post is a long one… so brew yourself a cuppa tea and enjoy)

Throughout the whole trip, Lake Como was the ultimate highlight for me.

I’ll let you see for yourself why I may think that…

On the 2nd day of our Italy trip, we took the 9.43am train to Lake Como from Cadorna metro station where we also purchased our tickets from. You will have to buy separate one-way tickets from Milan to Lake Como and Lake Como to Milan which cost around €9.60 all together. So incredibly cheap and worth every cent.

Here is a picture of the station as well as a quick OOTD, of course.

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The journey was over an hour long so I would recommend eating breakfast beforehand or perhaps bringing a couple of snacks to avoid unleashing the demon inside of you, as a result of being ‘hangry‘. We all hate that side of us.

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As soon as we stepped out of the train, we were left speechless… and as a modern day tourist, it was obligatory to take dozens of pictures from every angle. Below, the picture on the right shows the station.

We then swiftly made our way towards the Piazza in the hope of finding a decently priced cafe´to have brunch in.

I managed to fit in a quick OOTD shoot and this is one of my favourites:

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Details:

Hat: H&M

Sunglasses: Fenwick

Choker: Accessorize

Top: Bershka

Culottes: Primark

Shoes: Adidas

Bag: Primark

 

After a long mooch around, we faced the inevitable and settled for something familiar… McDonald’s.

I know what you’re probably thinking, “you’re in Italy for goodness sake, go eat something authentic“. We’ll get to that later. For now, it’s a generic chicken wrap meal and I most definitely did not regret a crumb of it.

I didn’t capture any pictures of my McDonald’s meal as i’m sure you could all imagine what it could have looked like. Instead, here are some shots during our walk towards and around the Piazza.

Shortly after our brunch, we walked towards the pier to check out the prices of a boat ride. I believe the rates were no more than €20 however, we sadly missed the departing times from Lake Como. Always do your research.

We decided to walk around the lake until we arrived at the jetty that was surrounded by beautiful, picturesque scenery. Honestly, I had to take a moment to really absorb the view as we walked along it. A glimpse through my 8mp iPhone 6 camera doesn’t do it any justice. And this was just the start of it…

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As we walked back towards the Piazza, we spotted a Gelateria. Sweaty and desperate for something cool, we decided to treat ourselves.

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Gelatos were a necessity and we had it every single day, without a fail.

After our quick pitstop, we headed back towards the station we arrived at in order to hunt for the cable car terminal. I would highly suggest asking a local or someone from the tourist information if you’re having difficulties finding it.

It was much further down but the views (and the signs which directed us to our destination) greatly aided our walk. Finally, we found it! The price for a return trip to the top and back down was only €5.50. If you are only going to Lake Como for a short amount of time, doing this should be number 1 on your to-do list.

The ride is very steep however, as always, the view was stunning.

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The higher we got, the wider our eyes became along with the excitement on our faces.

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We didn’t have the clearest plan once we got to the top therefore we walked aimlessly a certain way until we saw signs of places we could visit.

We made rest stops along the way to take even more pictures.

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We made a collective decision to walk towards a “waterfall” which we imagined to be grand and Niagra falls-esque.

The walk was around 15 minutes but half-way through, we almost gave up as we thought that this “waterfall” was simply non-existent. After stopping a couple who were walking the opposite direction, we asked whether we were going the right way. We were, however, the lovely lady gave a disclaimer regarding the size of this “waterfall”.

That didn’t put us off. We carried on walking. Although the so-called “waterfall” was merely a fountain, the view from up there made everything worthwhile.

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A lot more pictures were taken until we were finally ready to let go of the beautiful views and made our way back down via the cable cars.

The train tickets we bought were to be used anytime during the day which meant that we could spend another hour or so to eat dinner and watch the sunset.

To compensate for the McDonald’s we had for brunch, we ate at an authentic Italian restaurant where we ate authentic Italian food. The restaurant overlooked the lake which just put the cherry on top. Although always be aware of hidden charges (which are usually €2 on top of your meal).

As you can see, we had way too much fun with taking silhouette pictures.

Here is a very dramatic picture of my brother and I.

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It was quite a long wait for the sun to go down beyond the hills but if you have the chance, please just be patient.

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This is where the day ends.

We made our way back to Milan after a long, exhausting day where we said goodbye to my brother and his friend. They were to fly back to England the next day whilst we got to spend the day in Venice.

Look out for my next post where I will be sharing with you an honest review of Venice along with many more pictures.

Thank you so much for all the support and lovely feedback.

I hope you enjoyed seeing the pictures as much as I enjoyed experiencing it.

Lake Como is truly a beautiful destination, and I would love to visit again in the future.

See you all soon,

RP x

 

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