I’ve been to Lake Como a couple of times, but most recently we spent one night and more or less two days there. It rained, was windy and wonderful. Lake Como is a place that never ceases to amaze. We walked and ran, and visited Mr Clooney’s local hangout, amongst other things of course.
Here is what you should know when you visit Lake Como for less than two days and how to make the most of it, regardless of weather. Italy is completely full of magical places (Just take a look at my previous post to see why) and Lake Como is definitely one of them.
We left Pavia at about 8 am on a Saturday morning, and headed for Como. We had to take 3 different trains, each ride being between 30-40 minutes in total, which means it takes us about an hour and a half to get there. We had planned to meet some Italian Friends that we had previously met in South Africa over the summer (Long story for another post).
I digress, let me get pack to the matter at hand, we arrived at about 10 am in Lake Como and where picked up by our lovely friends, who we also happened to be staying at. We went home first and put all of our bags down, bathroom duties and then headed out back to the centre of town. Your first stop in any Italian City should be the centre, purely because that’s where most of the good stuff is, all the churches, the history and people. So we stopped at the main church in Lake Como first, as seen below.
This Church is called “Como Cathedral” and is the third largest cathedral in Italy, after the one in Certosa, and Milano. It is one of the most incredible churches I have been inside, naturally every time you walk into a Church in Italy it feels as if you have to question your very existence. They are all just so incredibly gorgeous. This one in particular had two HUGE organs on either side of the isle that you walk down, and it was almost impossible not to imagine the incredible sounds that came from them back in the day. The Como Cathedral is dedicated to the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Which essentially means when Mary died, her earthly body is believed to have gone to heaven. So yeah, we did that and it was spectacular.
All the while it’s raining so we are ducking and diving in to any form of cover from the terrible cold and rainy weather. By the time we had finished looking around the centre and had a coffee, it was lunch. As you already know Italians take their lunches very seriously. It is actually a verb here, “to lunch”. So we head to an cute little spot hidden away down a side street from the Lake itself. Where we had such an incredible fish meal. Unfortunately I didn’t get any pictures, you’ll just have to believe me.
After lunch, we all had to recover a bit from how much food had just made its way into our system so we went for a walk around the Lake (Obviously not the whole way around that would take days). There is a sculpture that was fairly recently erected, built by a man called Daniel Libeskind. It is called “Life Electric” and it is dedicated to the great Allessandro Volta (One of many great Italian men, this guy invented batteries, and was actually a graduate of Pavia). It embodies the elements; water, air and electricity. It is huge, and so so beautiful.
We then were informed that there was going to be a light show in the piazza later that night, as a way of welcoming Christmas. Now I’m basically a child at the best of times, but when it comes to Christmas I am essentially a Christmas Elf. So who was I to pass up an incredible evening of turning the piazza into a play land. It was spectacular. They lit up all the walls, and it genuinely looked as if we were inside a cartoon. I was one happy elf. After that we headed home to defrost and wind down after our busy day of galavanting.
The next day was warmer, and the sun was out, perfect for exploring on foot. Not like we don’t do that every where we go, but still. We headed out for breakfast and then to go and see Mr Clooney’s home and local hangout. We stopped by his local Cafe Harry’s Bar, but unfortunately it was closed, so we took a wonderful walk on the waters edge yet again. You would think that by now there wasn’t much to see, but Como is just so full of magic there is beauty around ever corner.
We had a quick lunch at home, and then headed to the station to catch our train. Overall it was a super successful whirlwind trip, something I would recommend if you’re ever in the area. Having been to Como before, I would go again and again, it is just one of those incredibly special places that never seems to lose its magic.
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