Few places are as romantic as Lake Como. We stayed in a small village called Griante, close to Menaggio and it was perfect because of its good ferry connections to other villages around the lake. The initial plan was to cycle around the lake to discover other villages, but after seeing the traffic there we decided to take ourselves back home in one piece and chose the waterways instead. I must say that all the villages are unique and beautiful in their own way, but there’s nothing that could beat Bellagio. Bellagio is also called the Pearl of the Lake and it has deserved its name in every possible way. The village is characterized by century-old buildings, stone lanes and picturesque cobbled stairways and is the best place to enjoy the panoramic view over the lake. On top of that, it is the best place to do the shopping for silk scarves.
During the summer, Lake Como is a perfect place where to go with all the family. The variety of watersports and other activities is amazing. Why not to go to admire the villas of George Clooney or James Bond from the water with a kayak?! Or why not to pick up waterskiing?
As Griante is so close to the Lake Lugano, the temptation to tip the toes into another Italian (and half-Swiss) water was always there. Until one day, after 45 minutes drive, we found ourselves having lunch in a cafe by the Lago di Lugano. For the first time in my life I can say that I went to another country just for lunch :). After a long walk around the city of Lugano it was time to head back to (Italy!) the hotel and to start packing for the last destination of the trip.