Friday, May 25, 2012

Lake Como, Bellagio, and Varenna

Day two of our Italian getaway started with a great breakfast at the Raddison. They had fresh pastries, greek yogurt, fresh prosciutto, cheeses, breads, and juices. There was even a great espresso maker!  We headed for the Metro towards central Milan train station.  It is a good idea to bring a map of the train system or download an app, as system maps are not available and many different train lines go to the central stazione! We caught the train to Como which was about an hour by train.
Once we arrived in Como, we walked down towards beautiful Lake Como. The city is clean and nice and it is only about a ten minute walk to the boat launch area. We purchased our tickets for the hydrofoil, which is the fastest boat ride to Bellagio. After a beautiful 30 minute cruise on the lake, the charming town of Bellagio was in our sights!
We dined on pasta and fresh cheeses; enjoyed delicious gelato; and strolled through the cobblestone streets visiting the shops along the way.

Bellagio and Lake Como
Varenna, Italy
After a beautiful day, we were ready to head back to Milan. We purchased tickets on the ferry to Varenna where we would catch the train back to Milan. As we left Bellagio, Varenna came into view and it was absolutely beautiful! Aren't the colors breathtaking?

We arrived back in Milan and walked back to the hotel, reminiscing about the wonderful day we had. We flew home in first class on Delta Airlines which was a great treat! We had such a fun crew and I knew we were safe with aviator man at the controls.  I mean, it is pretty romantic to have the man at the controls!
After some much needed rest, I'm looking forward to my next cookie adventure.....the beach and Father's Day are on my mind!

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