Category Archives: Italian Lakes

Dreaming of the mountains

We are still in tier 3 Covid restrictions, so no travel, no meeting up with friends. Life seems to be on hold. I am still dreaming of being up in the mountains. At least I can still wander down to … Continue reading

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Cruising down the lake

We needed a rest day and what could be better than spending it cruising down the lake on the slow battello. We caught the 9.20 am. bus to the head of the lake and on to the terminus at Colico. … Continue reading

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All aboard the Bernina Express.

The Bernina Line was completed in 1910 and is part of the narrow gauge network of the Rhaetian Railway and is the only Swiss railway to cross the Alps. From the southern terminus at Tirano just 429 metres above sea … Continue reading

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Walking the Greenway del lago di Como

The Greenway del lago di Como is a pleasant 10km walk from Colonno to Cadenabbia di Griante. It is mainly along the lakeside but it does climb up to pass through some villages. We decided to walk the section from … Continue reading

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Four hours in Bergamo.

On the second day of our holiday at Lake Como we went on a day trip to the City Of Bergamo. First we had to get a ferry across the lake from Villa Carlotta to Varenna where we boarded a … Continue reading

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A climb to the church of San Martino.

The church of San Martino is situated at a height of 475 m on the steep slopes of Sasso S Martino above the village of Griante on the shores of Lake Como. It should make for a pleasant afternoons walk. … Continue reading

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A morning at Villa Carlotta.

We had moved on to Lake Como and were staying in Cadenabbia. Just a few hundred yards from our hotel was the beautiful Villa Carlotta. The Villa was built in at the end of the 17th century for the Marquis … Continue reading

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Dahlia’s, Water Lilies and a Lotus Flower at Villa Taranto.

Today we visited the Botanical Gardens at Villa Taranto on the western shore of Lake Maggiore. They are open from March to September and are a riot of colour throughout the season. The gardens are the creation of Captain Neil … Continue reading

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Raising the flag.

On the Sunday Morning we went for a stroll along the promenade at Stressa. We paused to look at this statue of a man leading a donkey. The statue honours the Alpini. The Alpini were formed in 1872 and were … Continue reading

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Isola Bella at Lake Maggiore.

One of the “must see” places to visit on Lake Maggiore is Isola Bella, one of the Borromean Islands. Once it was just a rocky crag and tiny fishing village but in 1632 it was acquired by Carlo III, a … Continue reading

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