Today we headed off to the town of Como (the largest city on the lake) after a ferry trip over to Bellagio. The drive was about an hour of skin crawling, white knuckle near misses on roads wide enough for a fat guy on a Vespa. On the way to Como, you are on the lake side of the road… on the way back, you ride inches away from razor sharp cliffs. I think Julie said “YOU’RE GOING TO HIT THE WALL!” about 18 times. Ha.
Como itself was a big city that is quite busy. We walked around for about an hour after grabbing lunch. I would say skip Como and stick to the smaller, more romantic towns. After making it back to Bellagio in one piece, we toured the gardens of Villa Melzi (which was once occupied by Italy’s Vice President). They were immaculate. The trees were massive and the lawns looked like a golf course. We wrapped up there and hopped the car ferry back to Bellano. We arrived back at our hotel to find that a motorcycle crew had taken up all the parking spots and had to park at the top of yet another tiny road.
We had a couple of drinks outside on the patio overlooking the lake and watched the sun go down. The German bikers were doing the same. The little old lady that works in the evenings, brought us some fresh salami and breadsticks (not like pizza hut’s) and green olives. Since neither of us like olives, they just sat there. Ha. Julie has had a hard time finding something to mix with vodka since cranberry doesn’t exist here. Finally she was able to find a delicious juice made of carrots and oranges. YUM!
We then headed into the village of Bellano for dinner. We found ourselves in a perfectly authentic local family restaurant. We only spent 20 bucks on two giant pizzas and beers. Delicioso.
Back to the hotel where we watched The Men Who Stare at Goats and off to sleep.
Next up… drive to Austria, to find a hotel in Innsbruck!
It’s been nice seeing you Italy. Ciao.