Category Archives: Lake Como

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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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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Villa Balbianello

The villa and the Loggia were built in the last years of the 18th century when Cardinal Durini acquired the Punta di lavedo, a romantic peninsular on the shoreline of Lake Como. Over the years “Il Balbianello” was transformed into … Continue reading

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Greenway del lago di Como. part 2

We caught the “little train” out to Lenno to begin the second half of the Greenway del lago di Como walk. We walked along the lakeside for a few hundred yards to cross the bridge over the Pola torrent. Passing … Continue reading

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Colico.

Today we decided to make use of the local bus and ferry services to explore the northern end of Lake Como. We caught the C10 bus to its final stop, Colico, the northernmost town on the eastern shore of the … Continue reading

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San Martino

After two days cruising around the lake I was ready for a walk. For the past week my eyes had been drawn to the mountains  and to the little church of San Martino perched on the slopes of Sasso San … Continue reading

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The Villas of Lake Como

We decided to have a rest day and travel on a motor launch around the lake to see some of the prestigious Villas, owned by the rich and famous. Villa Carlotta. Tremezzo. Built in 1690 by the Marquis Clerici. Both … Continue reading

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