Thursday, April 18, 2013


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My budget for Italy (and the rest of the year for that matter) was very tight. If you ever find yourself around the Lake Como district with a nagging feeling that with your budget probably didn't even allow you going on the trip - but there you are anyway - try:

In Riva al Lago
Via Crespi, 4 /p.zza Matteotti 4, 22100 Como
A Bed & Breakfast (alas no breakfast during off-peak months), very affordable, clean & surprisingly un-kitsch for Italy, situated less than 20m from the lake.

Let's be honest, in Italy you'll rarely get a hearty omelette or nutritious muesli for breakfast. Como has dozens of typical Italian standing cafes where you can get an excellent cappuccino and croissant ('brioche') for around 2 euros (which automatically goes up to 3 euros as soon as you sit on a chair at a table. Opt for the table and enjoy people-watching.
El Merendero
Via Crespi 4, 22100  Como
Stay away from anywhere with a menu in 4 different languages and horribly-styled pictures of the dishes, offering a 'tourist menu' (often with a surprise 10 euros worth of service fees and taxes added to the bill). We were lucky to find a great & affordable restaurant full of locals right under our accommodation with amazing, perfectly thin-based woodfire pizzas without an excess of toppings.

- Buy a ferry day ticket & spend the day hopping around the towns on the southern part of Lake Como (see previous post). Definitely visit Villa Carlotta in Tremezzo and walk around Bellagio - preferably at sunset.
- Take the Como Funicular up the mountain & hike down.
- Wander around the city of Como - the cathedral, wonderful little delis (enough temptation to bring back a bag full of Grana cheese, truffle oil & Chianti), cafes and boutiques. It's clear that Como is an area for the rich.
- Do a day trip (or two) to Milan and Lugano (Switzerland) - both short train trips away.

1 comment:

  1. Como!!! I so wish we had been there when it was a little warmer, there was absolutely nothing to do in lezzeno off-peak (Where we stayed), no restaurants open and no cafes. We were in an air bnb place so it didn't matter so much and the surroundings are so beautiful but it would have been nicer to have a few more options around us! So glad you enjoyed yourself and that you went to lugano, I loooooved lugano x